You will soon be an even better match for your cars, Dave.
The age issue can be disputed in that none of us know how long we'll be around on this earth, AND quality of life is also to be taken into consideration as well.
It's interesting that there are a variety of both methods and materials used by the surgeons. The Cleveland Clinic doctor said he would use stainless steel along with the cement. That choice of metal pleases me in that I'm concerned about potential allergies.
Along with many in the community, you and I suffer from a host of conditions. As I often tell myself, it could be worse.
Hi Dave, I had to chuckle at your dislike of bugs more than the evils of winter, as I feel the same!
Like time in general, even the winter seems to pass by quickly with age. On brutal days, I take advantage of uncontrollable conditions by staying in and hibernating with good books and movies.
Although Buffalo tends to get lambasted with snow, western NY is generally spared from true weather disasters, at least, so far.
I've been also meaning to comment on your upcoming hip replacement surgery. Being at the pool daily, I'm surrounded by many who have had hips, knees, shoulders, etc. replaced and the hip outcomes seem to be the most favorable.
I, too, need my left one done as it is bone-on-bone and has been for a few years now. Unfortunately, the OA is compounded by a condition known as Fibrous Dysplasia, a fancy word for a benign (thank goodness) bone tumor. The tumor is located in the left femur. Because FD is uncommon, no local surgeons here are experienced with the condition. I found a specialist at the Cleveland Clinic who is well-versed with the condition however, he would like to hold off surgery as long as possible because his procedure would involve cementing the prosthesis to the femur to properly secure it. Because of my age (59), he's looking down the road at the need for a possible revision and un-cementing would, of course, make things more challenging.
With regard to your upcoming THR, I wish you the best of luck. Your attitude is a good one and I'm certain this will help with your recovery. Can't wait to hear all about it!
Hello Tim, Whenever water is mentioned, I must chime in!
The benefits of aqua therapy cannot be stressed enough. Upon the onset of various symptoms resulting from moderate-to-severe OA of the spine (& left hip), spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and fibromyalgia, I visited many a doctor looking for a diagnosis. They all recommended water exercise for my various musculoskeletal issues.
Since taking an early medical retirement over three years ago, I joined a gym with a pool and visit it every morning to receive my best medicine. The buoyancy of the water allows me to move in ways I cannot on land, and also without the impact of land.
Water aerobics have given me a better range of motion, more flexibility, and subsequently, improved mobility. It also helps in lessening pain. Of course, one's mental state benefits as equally from regular exercise.
To those in this community my ongoing advice to you is, if your doctor agrees, and it is feasible, find a pool to use on a regular basis. If you're on Medicare, this can be quite economical.
Before sharing what helps my conditions (fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis, lumbar spondylolisthesis, moderate-to-severe osteoarthritis in spine & hip), let me stress that before engaging in any exercise always check with your doctor to see if it may be safe for you.
That being said, water therapy is my best medicine. The water provides a buoyant atmosphere allowing our bodies to move more easily than on land.
If your doctor agrees, please try water therapy. My issues include fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis, & osteoarthritis (moderate-to-severe) in the spine & hip and the pool at the gym has been my best medicine.View Thread
Hi Mel, I make my own very basic salad dressing with Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Apple Cider Vinegar. I find that many of the spices/herbs can be easily disguised in this mix. If not, alone they are very tasty. Both the olive oil & vinegar are very healthy foods & don't contain the many additives found in most bottled dressings. Vinegar has many beneficial properties & of course, most of us by now are aware of the medicinal benefits of olive oil.
Hello Mel, Atlhough I, too, suffer from pretty severe pain, I have chosen a non-narcotic plan. I take only aspirin. I do take many supplements which have been known to ease pain including vitamin D, calcium, magnesium & 5-HTP. I also inlude many herbs & spices in my healthy diet including ginger, cayenne, & turmeric; all known to ease pain & inflammation.
I've always heard that constipation is a side effect of many pain killers & wondered if a very high fiber diet might help counter act this. In addition to lots of fruits & vegetables, ground flax seed is a wonderful form of fiber. Would eating such a high fiber diet help with drug-related constipation?
Hello Tim, Obviously your state of chronic pain has not negatively affected your mind for your articulation of this problem shared in this community could not be said with any more eloquence.
In addition to daily water aerobics, stretching & walking, all as tolerated, I have found behavioral therapy to be helpful in coping with my pain. I do not see a therapist but instead rely on discipline & training my mind towards more positive thoughts. Reading on this subject has very much helped as well.
This community is one of my best forms of therapy. I don't miss a day of checking in.
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