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jumpman75

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My Story, and a question...
« on: October 15, 2015, 06:25:59 PM »
Hi
My name is Rob, I have been reading information on this site since 2012, and never posted anything. I figured if other stories have helped me, maybe my story could help someone else 😊 Words cannot express how helpful this site has been to me!

Thank you Pat!

A little background...When I was a freshman in high school I was 6'4" 265lbs, so naturally I played football and basketball. My sophomore year I had grown to be a very athletic 6'6" and 300lbs. I ended up playing 4 years of football and basketball and received a football scholarship to Oregon State University. I played football there for 3 years. After my playing days were over, my weight got away from me. I had weighed as much as 365lbs. So I decided to get active again, after getting back down to 300lbs I dedicated my self to running, by 2009 (at the age of 29) I had gotten down to 250lbs and was running several 10ks a year. Then my goals shifted to marathons. In 2010 I ran my first 1/2 marathon (1hr 48m not bad for a 250lbs man?) I then set my goals on a full marathon. I ended up running and winning my division (Clydesdale) in the 2011 Portland Marathon! I was excited, and already signed up for my next one....one problem, my hip had been bugging me for a while.

I had a friend who had recently had a labrum issue, it sounded like that could be my problem. So I went to a hip specialist to have it checked out. He took x rays, came back and told me he didn't know if my labrum was bad, but I had very advanced arthritis in both my hips and I should stop all impact activities. I would need to prolong a thr for as long as I could handle it. But I would probably need thr by the time I was 40!

That shocked me.

So I laid low on the running and just did some hiking and biking. As the months went on it felt worse and worse, probably knowing what was wrong made it word in my head. I thought, there has to be something else for me?  I heard a commercial on the radio (in Seattle) for a less invasive hip procedure. So I checked it out, and made am appointment with the Dr who preformed it.

I showed him my x rays, he said I had advanced arthritis, he didn't understand why o wasn't in more pain than I was. Nevertheless he told me thr and hr were both serious surgeries and I should wait a couple more years to have either.

That is when I found this site...after reading of other stories and learning of Dr Pritchett being in my backyard, I figured id make an appointment with him. He saw me in the spring of 2013. Told me I was a good candidate and ready for Bhr in both hips right now!

That scared me. But I did it, got my Right Bhr 11/4/13 and my left Bhr 12/17/13. My recovery went really well, I was on the stationary bike within a couple weeks, and I rode the 2014 Seattle to Portland bike ride in 1 day!

I have a very active job and go to the gym daily, have had virtually zero issues. I have not been able to get back to running. Like so many others, I can go for about 10 min then my right hip gets that deep ache that others have described.

I say all that to ask this question, I am almost two years post op. I have had muscle/soft tissue tweeks along the way. Usually called down after a couple days. But about 2 weeks ago I did some squatting and dead lifts for the first time since my surgeries. I have not been able to shake a low back/glute/hip strain on my right side.

I contacted Dr Pritchett, he seemed to think it was soft tissue.

Has anyone else experienced something that lingered lime this two years post op?

Like a lot of people I am hyper sensitive to anything about my hip. Deep down I think everything is fine. Just want to hear other peoples experiences.

Thanks for everybody on this site. You have had a great positive impact on me!

Rob
34 years old male
6'6" 250lbs
Rbhr 11/4/13
Lbht  12/17/13

Dr James Pritchett   Seattle, WA

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Re: My Story, and a question...
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2015, 08:12:09 PM »
 :) Hey Jump man75.
You guys have a lot of options over in the states compared to little ol NZ.
Have you in the last 2 years seen a Physio that specializes in Hip Rehabilitation?. I found a bloke through Australia and he used to be the physio for the Chiefs Rugby in NZ. Ok what has this got to do with it all? He was working in Aussie doing hip rehabilitation for FAI HIP patients some really young about 16 on wards..... He himself has 2 prosthetic hips. He also had 1 MOM stuff up so he knows all about it.
His main point of interest is the external rotation muscles (about 5 of them I think).
There also are a lot of other issues that I have experienced happen. When the joint gives out it seems the adductors grow to stabilize the joint and this then can be a problem. As well tissue seems to form around the joint where it was most worn or was getting inflamed.
Lots of stuff. Doing squats is good but not good enough I have found.
The hip is not a ball and socket as found especially with a prosthetic hip in it has not got the depth in it so muscle formation and strength in all areas is vital.
If you want his contact details I can forward them on.  Same thing in life you got to ask around. He may know of someone in the US real good at the same thing he does.
I was 8 years of issues and now trying to undo some of the damage seems real hard but getting some results. Yep can run though still other issues but getting there. Cheers K
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Re: My Story, and a question...
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2015, 08:53:04 PM »
Hi Rob

Thank You so much for taking time to write and share your story.  As you mentioned, the personal stories are very helpful to perspective patients.

I will post you story on the main website, too.

I wish you the very best as you continue to enjoy the BHRs.  I hope you celebrate many, many anniversaries thru the years.

Thanks again and Good Luck.   Also Thanks for the kind words about the website and how it helped you.

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Re: My Story, and a question...
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2015, 01:22:18 AM »

I say all that to ask this question, I am almost two years post op. I have had muscle/soft tissue tweeks along the way. Usually called down after a couple days. But about 2 weeks ago I did some squatting and dead lifts for the first time since my surgeries. I have not been able to shake a low back/glute/hip strain on my right side.

I contacted Dr Pritchett, he seemed to think it was soft tissue.

Has anyone else experienced something that lingered lime this two years post op?

Like a lot of people I am hyper sensitive to anything about my hip. Deep down I think everything is fine. Just want to hear other peoples experiences.

Thanks for everybody on this site. You have had a great positive impact on me!

Rob
34 years old male
6'6" 250lbs
Rbhr 11/4/13
Lbht  12/17/13

Dr James Pritchett   Seattle, WA


Yes I have. Especially when you're getting back to activities you left behind.


Remember, you've been through pain and muscular adjustments that you may have made without knowing it.


Be patient with your body, especially when you're taking up long dormant activities. You've gotten in touch with  your doctor, which is the right thing to do.


I've had three issues that got me nervous over the years, the last was about two years ago while playing basketball when my back went. It was muscular, but I got all sorts of tests done because I was nervous about my back.


Everything was fine, I just had overstressed my back, despite doing a lot of exercises before and after. If you hurt, take time off and do it again, maybe not pushing it as much.


You need to build everything up and not all of it comes up at once.

Hernan, LHR 8/24/2010, RHR 11/29/2010 - Cormet, Dr. Snyder

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Re: My Story, and a question...
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2015, 02:35:27 PM »
Thanks for the replys 😊

Does anybody out there have a good stretching routine to keep the proper soft tissues around the hip flexible?

Just curious some daily stretching routines that others go through?

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Re: My Story, and a question...
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2015, 06:52:10 PM »
 :) Hey Jump man.
Yep good Point!!!! very good point!!
. I am going through basically the same thing that you are asking about. Range of Motion for a HR ...... I do routine about every 3 days just because that is now when my body feels like it. That is after 6 months.... It takes a while for the body to rebuild the tissue again and alter it.
I don't do real yoga stuff just some real plain stretches of the hips...
You may also want to look at starting your own routine up. It is not hard. Maybe start where it is worse in the range of motion. Take it easy and warm up a little (walk) then stretch in that area do not do anything that makes it worse is probably a good rule. Cheers K
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2019-2020 removal of Hip Resurfacing due to Metal Toxicity Cobalt - Chromium.
2011-2013 FAI hip surgery failure
2007-Injury wakeboarding with FAI Hyperflexion

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Re: My Story, and a question...
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2015, 05:37:20 PM »
Jump man,

Thanks for your story.......I am just in the process of sending my x-rays around to the pros but it looks like I am on my way to a bilateral.

I share a similar active story to yours  ( I did not -play d-1 ball) only I went the jiu jitsu/mma route after school instead of the heavy running, though I was a regular hard two or three miler for training purposes. 

I am responding to see if there are any special considerations or difficulties you ran into considering your height.  I am 6'6 also and not quite heavy as I have dropped about 15 pounds down to 225.

More curious about difficulties you experienced post op as for as getting comfortable and any difficulties with rehab etc....... 

your recovery sounds like its going well....that's great


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Re: My Story, and a question...
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2015, 07:37:12 PM »
I am more than happy to answer any question you have! We are all here to support one another.

Of course I only know my recovery at 6'6" and not the recovery of someone smaller. 😊

Two things that jump to mind was ...

1) the car ride home, when I had my right hip done my wife picked me up from the hospital in our Subaru forester, it was to low to the ground. So it was a bit uncomfortable to get down into the vehicle. After my second surgery my dad picked me up in his truck. Much more comfortable to get up in a truck, than down in a car.

2)the toilet situation, make sure you either have a tall toilet, or a portable toilet that can hover over the top of your existing one. Its a long way down for us tall guys.

Other things may be that u have a good chair to recover in at home, one that doesn't force you to break the 90 degree rule.

This sight has helped me tremendously over the past 3 years.

I am excited to help others. Feel free to ask away. I will answer as best I can.

Where are you located? Have you narrowed down your surgeons? May sound like a broken record...but a good experienced surgeon is VERY important!

Rob

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Re: My Story, and a question...
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2015, 12:30:44 PM »
Thanks jumpman,


I have been reading about this 90 degree rule and at 6'6" almost everything I sit in is violating that.   I will need to get an elevated toilet for sure and probably invest in a nice recliner.   




I am sending my packages around as we speak.   I am the south Florida, Miami area......I am leaning towards Dr. Gross as he isn't that far, sounds like a top notch guy, and takes my insurance.  I have strong ties to NYC as well and checked out Dr. Su but he doesn't take my insurance.  Dr Marwin is also in ny, has an equally good rep, and also takes my insurance so he might be a good option as well.


Currently I am playing all the mental games I'm sure everyone else went through.  Does it really hurt that bad to go through this? Yesterday no, today I would jump under the knife right now.  I also get concerned that I am not a candidate for some freak reason and I'm nervous that resurfacing won't be an option for me.  Doctor thought maybe  I had AVN in right hip on initial X-ray but quickly gave me an MRI and said no AVN just really bad OA.  He is admittedly not a resurfacing expert but thought I would be a good candidate.  Packages are going out today so we will see. 

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« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2015, 12:58:12 PM »
Can I ask what PT that you have done and stretching? Do you keep stretching today? I am approaching 4 months now after both surgeries and I did have a niggling tightness in left buttocks. I have been going to PT 3 times a week and walk each day which has almost now eliminated this pain. Find a good PT and get them to sort you out I suggest.
L BHR (52 mm) 28/7/2015, R BHR (52 mm) 23/7/2015

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« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2015, 02:15:24 PM »
Dr Gross is great. I know you hear that on here all the time. I heard it so much I worried. Such cult like devotion! How could it be true? No one is that perfect. It is true. I hope you are a candidate.

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Re: My Story, and a question...
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2015, 09:33:16 PM »
jump man - how is the hip pain doing now?


i am not nearly as big or active as you...but I have been back doing weightlifting.. my surgery was in 2011.... i started weight lifting regularly a couple years ago...... i don't do a ton of squats b/c I had a hernia years ago and I think the squats did it to me.. but I do one legged squats (no weight, just body weight) and I do leg presses on the sleds..leg extensions, leg curls.. 


I noticed when I first started doing leg presses that I could a weird pain in my rear end... around the hip area.. more towards the back... I can't remember how long it lingered but it was more than the 1-2 days or soreness you get from a workout.. it was probably a week or two... i've sometimes noticed funky pains that come / stay and then gradually go away as I tried out new exercises.


i would just take it easy and see how it goes. I wouldn't freak out if it lasts a while.


when I first had my surgery.. at 6 weeks post op i went to disneyland.. .big mistake! i felt so goo and my relatives were going so I tagged along. i had intended to just sit out part of the trip but i felt so good i kept waking and walking.. by the end of th day.. i bet I had walked 5+ miles...  and my hip was SORE...  really sore.


i went home, slept.. next day sore.  i was worried i had damaged something. it was sore for a good 3 weeks.. i was freaking out at week 2 thinking i royally messed up my hip by doing too much too soon and by about j3-4 weeks it just went away and all was good.. fast forward to almost 5 years post op and my hip is great.


i would wait and if it's still bugging you am month later.. think about seeing someone.


good luck and hope all turns out well!!
Sean
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Re: My Story, and a question...
« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2015, 07:15:10 PM »
Feeling great now, went to pt and they told me I had a disc issue, gave me a couple of exercises and it was better in a day!

My poor form or weak hip muscles may have contributed...but I feel great now!

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Re: My Story, and a question...
« Reply #13 on: December 16, 2015, 02:59:07 PM »
Hey Jumpman.


I know this reply is quite late.......I am 4 years post-op (Right hip, Dr. Gross).  I, too, have never been able to get back to running.  I get about 1/2 mile into a run, and get the same, deep groin pain.  Occasionally I try to push through, and then it's 24 hours and 6 Advil to get back to normal.


I have been to physical therapy until I couldn't afford it anymore, but it did not help.


In the past, I have tried a running regimen where I run every single day just until the onset of the pain, then I stop.  I had gotten up to just over a mile, which was promising.  But, then work and life took over, and I missed a week of running.  I was right back to where I started.....1/2 mile.


So, I stopped trying to run.  I miss it, as I think it is the best calorie burn in the shortest time you can do.  The weird thing is that I can do an hour long "Insanity" DVD workout without problems, but can't jog. 


Anyway, I'll take my circumstances as they are - no pain, and all activity but running - over the pre-surgery pain.  I'm sure you agree.


But....if you ever figure out a solution to the running pain, PLEASE let me know.


Andy
Andy - Right Biomet uncemented HR with Dr. Gross on 1/11/2012......GO BOILERS!

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« Reply #14 on: December 16, 2015, 03:58:22 PM »
There are some people who report pain around the resurfaced hip that begins to occur during running or jogging that begins after 1/2 mile to a mile. Or 5 to 10 minutes, roughly, sometimes longer. There are two types of pain reported. One is deep in the hip and the other is more deep in the groin.

I had the type of running pain that was directly deep in the hip - the one that almost makes you nauseous. But it would resolve shortly after stopping. The longest it ever lingered was 2 hours and that is because I had continued so long after the pain has started.

But, what appeared to be a pain originating deep in the hip I found was actually my glut muscles referring pain into the hip.

One day I coordinated a run so that I would be near to my home when the pain would set in (for me it was a bout 20 minutes or so). Once the pain got pretty bad I got on my foam roller, put the glut on stretch, and rolled the area. I was surprised to find very sore tissue (like it was in spasm)that would relieve the pain as I rolled. I actually rolled the deep hip pain away.

Before that there never seemed to be any way to relieve the pain no matter how I stretched or moved or sat. I just had to wait it out.

After that I made a point to foam roll those exact areas on a regular basis. Over the course of a year, I would guess, the pain took longer and longer to set in and now it is rare and if it does occur it is not until over an hour or more. 

My theory is that some areas of glut have scar tissue that still exists after the surgery that prevents areas of the muscle from receiving blood and oxygen at the rate they need. They become oxygen starved and those areas become painful.  Very similar to a cardiac patient whose parts of the heart become oxygen deprived and so there is lots of pain that radiates.

Of course my theory could be wrong but my story of how I resolved my running pain might help someone resolve theirs.

Chuckm
Left BHR 11/30/12
Hospital for Special Surgery
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« Reply #15 on: December 16, 2015, 08:41:45 PM »
Chuck....that's really intereseting.


While my pain tends to be the deep groin pain....I'd bet is a similar issue.  Scar tissue preventing something else from working properly, or some smaller muscle that never quite recovered from the shock of surgery.


I DO find that, when I do something to the point that my hip (groin) gets sore, my glute is super tight and tired.


I wonder if the foam roller will help it?  I will say, I HATE that torture device.....but, I will push though being a sissy if that will do the trick.

Thanks for the potential fix!


Andy
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Re: My Story, and a question...
« Reply #16 on: December 17, 2015, 01:44:49 PM »
I would have to say the foam roller was unquestionably a key component in in my rehab after my hip resurfacing.
When first using the roller you have to support much of yourself with your arms and other leg to keep the pressure off. Otherwise you will find yourself in tears. Just apply enough of your body weight to slowly roll over and detect the tender areas. Then you concentrate on those. It only take a few minutes and you are done. Watch a you tube video of foam rolling the gluts.
After a week or two you begin to find that the roller doesn't hurt at all and is actually comforting. The muscles start to become soft and pliable like healthy muscle tissue should be. If you really get good at it you can target those little muscles that were cut and repaired during the resurfacing surgery - like the piriformis. But they are really deep in there and it may take practice and time before you can get the roller to effectively get that deep.

Chuckm
Left BHR 11/30/12
Hospital for Special Surgery
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