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Re: June 20th, 2016 THR
« Reply #100 on: February 16, 2018, 02:13:44 AM »
What do you mean the hip is tight?  You mean the muscles?  Im curious as to what your routine is for stretching, mobility and exercise is, have you been consistent with it?
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Re: June 20th, 2016 THR
« Reply #101 on: February 18, 2018, 05:04:51 PM »
I stopped doing my physio quite a while ago as there was no improvement anymore & I had no oomph.  I know, I need to keep doing it well... pretty much forever as every doctor has told me (yeah, not only my surgeon but my GP & a neurosurgeon!).


Every chance I get, I sit astride & try to do stretching exercises but no improvements for almost a year.


My husband is helping me set up the equipment in the basement (we had a couple of floods, so the place is in shambles) so I can start exercising again.


When I first sit, it's painful as the hip area is so tight.  After 10 min, the muscles & everything starts to warm up & relax so by the 15-20 min mark, the pain goes away but the flexibility is still nil.  I'm pretty sure as my core improves, everything else should as well like it used to.  Harder to achieve as your body gets older & I also have very weak pelvic floor muscles as well ;)  I cannot sit in any western saddle (no matter the size & shape) & can in narrow english saddles but not dressage saddles because of the leg position.


My ROM is better than pre surgery (I had no ROM) but nowhere near the same as the other hip that has moderate OA.



I'll get there eventually.  :)  Hey at least this time around, I have equal strength in both legs & am no longer just a passenger on my horse.  ;)

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Re: June 20th, 2016 THR
« Reply #102 on: February 19, 2018, 03:38:06 PM »
After 2.5 hours of procrastinating (yes, I was still in bed refusing to get out of it), I finally did my physio.  My THR side was so sore throughout.  OA side was fine.

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Re: June 20th, 2016 THR
« Reply #103 on: February 24, 2018, 11:18:50 AM »
Maybe you could find someone for mounted physical therapy.  Someone on the ground to help control while you concentrate on following the horse's back motion as it gently stretches things out.  Have to have the right horse, saddle, instructor etc

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Re: June 20th, 2016 THR
« Reply #104 on: February 28, 2018, 03:51:20 PM »
Thanks for your suggestion.


I am a retired therapeutic riding instructor  ;)

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Re: June 20th, 2016 THR
« Reply #105 on: April 16, 2018, 10:29:11 PM »
Interesting how things develop.


At the beginning of April, my other hip (right) was really hurting.  My neck was still sore as well, giving me a searing right side headache.  I enrolled in 3 complimentary yoga/mobility classes geared specifically for hip/core area issues in athletes & athletic people with hip issues etc...  I'd hobble in with my cane & leave the class not needing my cane.  Only to start all over the next day.


I made a phone call to my surgeon, asking if we can discuss my hip & pain at my 2nd year post op appointment next month.   And because the headache was unbearable, I made an appointment to a local chiropractor to see if she could do something as I could not move my head at all to the right. 


It was the first time I was seeing her professionally as a patient but we had known each other for over 15 years as she was a client of mine & my husband's.


And I wish we would have been 15 years ago...  so 10 days ago, she was looking at me for the first time from a doctor's POV and from the second I walked in, she started picking up on things.  She started asking questions.  I was completely blindsided as I went in for my neck & a splitting headache... she wanted to know more about my hips & my SI joints (which I was asking every single doctor, PT, surgeon etc from day one about & who told me to disregard what I was concerned about).  What started the whole ball rolling when I was 14 & that every single specialist could not figure out.  She did.  She put all the pieces together, asked my permission to work on me after being aghast by what she was witnessing.


To me, it had become my normal for 40+ years.  So... in her opinion, it's not a mild hip dysplasia that was overlooked that caused where I am today.  Everyone, including herself asked "Did you have a significant trauma/fall as a child?"  And we couldn't remember anything specific.  Well nothing that brought me to the hospital.  But I did have several falls, I was constantly falling.  When walking, running, playing, down stairs, head first, butt first.  It was "normal" for me.  Plus a family member was abusive.  Add the horses, I've been dragged (foot caught in a stirrup & dragged down an old stone road), reared & flipped onto, bucked off...  So, no I've never broken anything but, I bet my body sustained enough trauma to shift things around that didn't get put back where they should have... like my SI joints. 


That, over the years, plus add the fact that I was active, did ballet & physio to stay flexible & have core strength, yet, my back would go out with a sneeze!  No wonder they never could pinpoint what was wrong.  So the wear & tear of the years, then came on the OA.. no wonder I ended up with a new hip at such a young age.


My right SI joint was off by almost 3".  After she made the first adjustment, she asked me to walk & for the first time, I walked like a normal person.  It was overwhelming.


I am on week 2 of seeing her 3X per week now & she is teaching me how to walk normally.  It's a lot harder than I thought it was going to be.  My body wants to waddle like a stiff, peg legged cowboy pirate.  Every day I slowly feel different things going on as the correct parts awaken, the "on" parts slowly release, nerve pathways, blood flows etc.  Today, I resumed my physio & for the first time, I did not have lower back & sacral pain.   Everything was easier, the muscles engaged better & evenly.


I joined a local gym that offered the complimentary classes for my situation & the instructor will work with me to help me improve the mobility & strength in my hips & core.


Over the weekend when at work, I sat in the western saddle I was hoping I could purchase at some point (but my new hip was so stiff & sore sitting in it).  And it was much more comfortable to sit in.  So there's hope. ;)

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Re: June 20th, 2016 THR
« Reply #106 on: April 17, 2018, 04:28:38 PM »
That sounds great! I am happy for you.

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Re: June 20th, 2016 THR
« Reply #107 on: June 25, 2018, 03:22:48 AM »
A few days ago was my 2nd year post THR anniversary.


A few weeks before this, I met with a fellow filling in for my surgeon.  The THR hip looks amazing on x-ray, the doctor was very happy.  I have a lot more ROM but still not 100%.  There is still a lot of pain around the capsule & abductors not firing well but I'm still thrilled about my new hip.  I'm improving slowly.  :)


My other hip's OA is slowly progressing.  50% of the time, I'm using my cane & eating extra-strength ibuprofen & Tylenol 3.  I'm also still seeing a chiropractor 1 - 2 X a week as well as going to yoga mobility classes 2X a week.  These really help I find & everyone involved (surgeon, chiro, GP & trainer) are so supportive & in agreement of what I'm doing to help with my hips.


The fellow asked me what I wanted to do with my natural hip: surgery, medication or cortisone injection?  I decided to try the cortisone shot.  So end of July is the date set.  I booked the day of off & the next day off from work also so I can go at my own pace.


I'm still not doing activities every day, that's my own fault really, I'm just so tired.  But having said that, on the day of the anniversary, I "played" with my old mare; pain free.  When I sat in the saddle, (last time was in Feb) I wasn't tight in the THR hip, nor was it painful.  It was amazing!  Mind you, she is still green broke (yep, even though she's 24 yrs old), this was ride #6 or so & she made me work my buns off!  10 minutes of using my glutes to get her going & keep her going.  My THR hip felt even better after the 10 minute ride.  I was so pumped by this.  :D
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Re: June 20th, 2016 THR
« Reply #108 on: July 31, 2018, 04:19:21 AM »
Lots of progress has been happening since the last post.


- I'm almost walking normally which is awesome & weird at the same time.  I have to keep thinking about walking properly as it's not natural yet still.  I had to stop going to the chiro as I ran out of funds for it.


- The yobilty class is going great, I'm slowly improving.  So I'll stick with it for as long as I can.  I've been paying for package that includes 2 classes called strong & mobile but wasn't ready to join in until 2 weeks ago.  We do circuits that strengthens your hips, core & shoulder area, as well as cardio.  A year ago, I could not have done half of it.


- I started cycling 4 weeks ago.  My husband finally convinced me to give it a try.  We purchased me a second hand Trek road bike & cleat shoes, as well as a new helmet & gloves.  I can now do 20 Km.


- And last week, my husband convinced me to join a gym that we can go to on the days I miss or don't go to the gym I go to for my hips.


- Oh... I can't forget to mention this, last weekend, I finally got back in the kayak & it was awesome!  We took the tandem & our Husky.  I loved every minute of it.  The new hip was amazing!


So, having been this active, since I started the one gym in April, I lost 5 lbs & from starting cycling earlier this month & upping the frequency at the gym, I lost 12 lbs more!


Both my hips are feeling a lot better than they did in March/April.


Today I had my first cortisone shot in my natural hip.  It was not pleasant that's for sure, it will not slow down or stop the degeneration of the OA but hopefully will lessen the pain on the unbearable days.  I didn't need my cane going into the appointment but I'm glad I had it after the procedure.  I couldn't lift my leg to get dressed or put my shoes on as it hurt at the injection site & slowly affected my walking.  There was an ache but it's bearable. 


I'm glad I took the time off of work as the doctor today mentioned it would be a good idea to "rest" for three days at least before getting back to my daily activities.  So nothing strenuous like barn chores, the gym, classes, cycling & my printing & sign job.  I may take my dog for some short walks, she's really good with her halti & loaded backpack when I have my cane.  Somehow, she knows when the hip acts up & we can't do activities at her level.  :)


So yeah, July has been pretty awesome hip wise.  Can't wait to see what August brings. ;)

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Re: June 20th, 2016 THR
« Reply #109 on: July 31, 2018, 12:08:00 PM »
Sounds like things are really improving for you.  Thanks for the update.


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Re: June 20th, 2016 THR
« Reply #110 on: August 01, 2018, 04:15:06 AM »
Thanks Pat.   :)


Today was not a good day.  Deep in the injection site hurt like a SOB!  Sitting was the trigger & the instinct of blocking the SI joint & rotating the leg in.  I had to spend the day stretching the hip open or relax the area by lying on my back & making an effort to walk normally.  It's now 38 hrs post injection & the pain is finally much less.  Phew!  I'm using my cane but seriously though of taking the crutches out.

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Re: June 20th, 2016 THR
« Reply #111 on: August 04, 2018, 02:38:45 AM »
My goodness I never realized that having a cortisone shot in the hip would take such a toll.


So, for the first 3 days I wondered wth I had done... whyyyyy?  Fourth day, I went to work.  Three hours after my shift started, my hip was achy & I felt exhausted.  But I resumed going back to my yobility class which did help a little.  I just went at my own pace.


Day 5 (today), I felt great!  So, went for a gentle 9 km bike ride (meaning no hard pushing & using the easier gear when needed) & did a little bit of gardening & mowing.  It's the end of the day & my glutes are tired.  A little achy.




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Re: June 20th, 2016 THR
« Reply #112 on: August 15, 2018, 04:25:37 AM »
The good & the bad...

The good:  I'm cycling up to 26 km now, I'm gaining strength.  And on the natural hip, the cortisone shot is working its magic!  I haven't used my cane for a week now & sitting for any length of time doesn't hurt.  Yay!

The bad:  I don't know what's going on but the THR hip hurts.  Has been gradually getting worse for 2 weeks now.  The hip capsule is painful.  Did I do too much & strain something?  I remember deciding to push a bit more in yoga class because I thought I was babying the hip.  Not sure what to do.  Call my surgeon, call my regular doctor, just ice & take it down a notch?

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Re: June 20th, 2016 THR
« Reply #113 on: January 28, 2019, 04:18:19 AM »
So I fell of the wagon exercise wise by the month of September.  My THR hip continued to hurt while the natural hip continued to feel great until the end of November.  It slowly began getting the familiar twinges & I am now back to the pain I felt pre cortisone.  So I am back on the wait list for injection #2.

Mind you having stopped cycling, training at the gym & yoga, the pain eventually went away.  I think I was pushing too hard.

In December I enrolled at a new riding school to start taking lessons again.  I had 2 lessons before Christmas & though my THR hip tired very quickly and my coordination was far from stellar, I was able to tough out the whole hour each time & somewhat keep up with the group.  As well, my hips did not hurt even though I was on a large horse that needed a lot of leg to get going straight & correctly.  It was a great feeling.

Winter has not been the kindest, so no riding for the past 4 weeks but hopefully February will be nicer as I've booked 4 lessons & will hopefully start going back to the gym this week.

Also, now that I'm 2.5 yrs post surgery, I don't need to take antibiotics when I go to the dentist for non surgical dental work according to both the dentist & my surgeon.

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Re: June 20th, 2016 THR
« Reply #114 on: January 28, 2019, 02:02:52 PM »
Thanks for the update.  Hopefully you will get a skinny horse next time.  LOL  Glad you are getting to do some of the things you like.
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Re: June 20th, 2016 THR
« Reply #115 on: May 30, 2019, 04:53:47 AM »
Lol, thanks Pat.   ;D

I had my yearly post THR  surgery appointment last Friday.  The THR hip looks great according to the x-rays.  Unfortunately it seems I'm damned if I do & damned if I don't in the exercise/activity department.  The more I do, the more the soft tissue hurts, so I am told that I'm pushing too hard or overdoing it  (which really I'm not IMO).

The less I do, the stiffness & weight gain comes back but hip pain goes away.

Gaaah! :o

After twice asking for a second cortisone shot, third time's the charm?  I asked the doc if my requests had got lost & yes, unfortunately they had.  So he went & did it.  But...

After looking at the (non THR) hip, he said there wasn't much change, still mild to moderate OA, he offered to put me on the surgery list.  When I asked why so soon?  The answer was that it so I wouldn't have to suffer with the pain & loss of quality of life like I did with the other hip.

Wow, nice!  That made me happy to know the offer was there.  But as much as I would love to have it done asap, I said that'll I'd try to wait a year & see if the 2nd shot works just as well as the first.

What I dd forget to ask was, if I went on the list now, how long was the wait?  I'm guessing it'll probably be a year or 2 because it's non urgent.  I'll have to call & ask.

Riding wise, I never did go past 3 lessons.  Because of storms or severe freezing temperatures as well as my work schedule, I wasn't able to find an available time slot.  I also haven't been able to ride my own horse, it's always raining on my days off it seems or if it isn't, I'm mowing the lawn & catching up on outdoor work.

I also gained back most of the weight I had lost.  I felt terrible at my appointment when the doc mentioned "... as long as you keep the weight off as to not overburden your hips".  Yeah... about that. :-\   

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Re: June 20th, 2016 THR
« Reply #116 on: August 31, 2019, 11:03:40 PM »
I finally had my second cortisone shot yesterday.  Not pleasant.  But... The pain is almost all  gone 24 hrs later & can almost walk normally.

I took a few days off like I did last time.  Spoke with my pharmacist on how to manage my pain, considering I've been taking 1 - 2 extra strength advil with tylenol 3 for quite some time now.  And my doctor has started me on Lyrica for my neck.

I've gained back all the weight I had lost last year. :-[
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Re: June 20th, 2016 THR
« Reply #117 on: September 22, 2019, 05:56:05 AM »
So I guess it didn't even last a month.   :(

Sharp pains have started again a week ago, along with thigh nerve pain & numbness at times.

On Friday I called my surgeon's office & left a voice message  asking to be put on the wait list for a THR.

 

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