I'm sorry to hear of your pain, Roseie. Is it feasible for you to join a gym where there is a warm water pool? I have moderate to severe OA with Fibro & have found the warm water exercises to be very therapeutic to my joints & muscles. I have even been able to put off hip replacement surgery due to the benefits of this water exercise!
Because water exercises are not weight bearing, our bones don't benefit. However, one of the easiest exercises for most of us where the bones do benefit is simple walking. Even just a 10 minute walk a few times a day in the house would help your bones.
Have you talked to your doctor about possible bone building medications? There is a variety of choices & doctors are now having patients stay on them for about 5 years at a time with breaks in between in view of the concerns about femur breaks.
My hip has been bone-on-bone for a couple of years now & although it can be painful, I have learned to manage the condition through the help of warm water exercises. Many at the therapeutic pool I visit on a daily basis have also been able to postpone surgery by using this pool.
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Things to consider when contemplating surgery include level of pain, one's age, & of course, one's health.
Become as informed as possible & if it is feasible, get a second opinion.
When the surgery is elective, it should always be the last resort. One comment with respect to the negative stories concerning knee replacements, for the most part, these bulletin boards tend to attract more negative than positive stories.
In reading your last statement, I feel confident that you will make the right decision about your treatment.
I admire the shape you are in, mfullmike, & also your desire to continue to be active & adventurous! However, I don't think "intense" activity of any kind should be pursued after joint replacement therapy. Your doctor may advise otherwise, however, you are relatively young for this procedure & the replacement joints at this point in time are made to last for some where between 10 to 20 years.
I can fully relate as I am 57 years old & my exercise of choice for over 25 years was jogging. Over the years, I climbed a few of the high peaks in the Adirondacks & always loved hiking of any kind. Unfortunately like you, I've inherited some bad genes predisposing me for degenerative joints throughout the body. I am adjusting to this by replacing previous activities with gentler ones. My daily routine now consists of swimming & water walking, various stretching & yoga routines & land walking.
My intention is to manage my condition while hopefully slowing the inevitable progression of the osteoarthritis.
It was a tough transition but I did re-invent my exercise routine & love the new one almost as much as the old one.
Another possible culprit of your diarrhea could be the use of antibiotics. Are you taking any at this time? I know they're essential in keeping infections away, especially after joint replacement surgery. Antibiotics are known to have a negative effect on the gi system.
This is another reason you should be eating yogurt! If you are taking antibiotics, they deplete the body of good bacteria as well as the bad. The acidopholous (sp?) in the yogurt replaces the good bacteria allowing for a better functioning intestinal tract.
Hello arbob5, Firstly, congratulations on your quick recovery & lack of pain from this major surgery.
I am not a medical professional however, I do a lot of reading on the subject. It's not uncommon to suffer "side effects" from major surgery. Because you suffer from uc, I'm sure your digestive system is more vulnerable & such trauma as surgery makes you more prone to this side effect.
Assuming it's nothing more serious than that, have you tried the BRAT diet? Bananas, Rice, Applesauce & Toast are supposed to help with symptoms of diarrhea. I find non-fat plain yogurt helps as well.
Try that diet for a while & keep in touch with your GI doctor. Sometimes effects from surgery can be long lasting. I hope this is not the case with your problem.
Hello Tate42, My surgeon won't replace mine & I'm 56. X-rays show bone-on-bone & it is painful but he feels I'm functioning too well & that I should wait because a replacement lasts for about only 15 years. Of course, there are some surgeons who aren't as concerned about that & will perform the operation regardless of age.
I can look at it from a couple perspectives. I respect the surgeon's concern for me however, if (assuming I live for another 30ish years) & have the first replacement in 5 years, I will only be that much older for the second one. I'm sure surgery of any kind carries greater risks the older one is.
For now, I'm living day-to-day. If I eventually have it done with this surgeon, I'm afraid he won't agree to it until I'm using a walking aid on a full-time basis.
I'm sure you'll hear from others who've had it done at your age & even younger.
My advice would be to wait until it's intolerable on an on-going basis. I noticed with mine, if I overdo it, it will feel worse but surprisingly gets better (for now). I swim daily & I believe this helps all my joints.
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