So happy to hear of all your progress, Dave! Sounds like you're becoming a transformed man. I would guess that losing the weight has given you more energy as well as a new outlook on life. Of course, those of us suffering with OA know how very important it is to keep the weight down. Do you have any plans for the sagging skin or will you just live with it? As we age, cosmetics aren't so important however, feeling good is always a goal.
I bet the envious hip will be experience the same success that its mate has had.
Hello doug825, Water therapy is very beneficial for all types of Osteoarthritis. Is it feasible for you to join a gym with a pool? If not, a physical therapist would certainly be of help. Researching legitimate websites online is another way to go as well.
Hello Dave, So glad to hear the good progress report!
I know you suffer with pain in the spine & perhaps elsewhere, so eliminating any amount of pain must be a great relief.
I have a few questions. How is the range of motion in the area of your new hip? Did you suffer from any referred pain, & if so, did that pain go away? Were you tested pre-surgery for any allergies to metal and/or glue cement? What is the material(s) of your new prosthetic? Last but not least, when is surgery scheduled for the other hip?
Best wishes for continued good progress with recovery. Please continue to keep us posted.
Hello, My condition is similar to yours with the exception being that my knee has not been replaced. My left hip is bone-on-bone, and has been for a few years now. Because of pain in my left knee as well, x-rays have been taken of that knee. The x-rays reflect no arthritis or any other conditions. This pain is common and is known as "referred pain."
Please keep in mind that although we can share our issues, each of us is different. Your knee pain may be a result of both referred pain, and also because you are favoring your ailing left leg, the musculoskeletal system is out of alignment possibly causing pain as well.
Although these are likely causes of your knee pain, only an x-ray or MRI would give a more definitive explanation.
Best of luck with your hip replacement. Please post on your progress.
If unable to get in to see a doctor sooner rather than later, I always call in (sometimes daily) to check on possible cancellations. More often than not, by doing so, I'm able to fill a cancellation spot making it a win-win situation for all.
I'll continue to send good vibes your way in hopes of all going well for you.
Hello Dave, Sorry to hear you're not feeling well but pleased to learn that you won't be going through with the steroid injections. Although I've never had steroids, I understand that there is no guarantee of their efficacy. Consider the potentially serious side effects, I think it's best that you just wait for the surgery.
Hello Dave, Firstly, you could never write a posting too long as yours are always well written and enjoyable to read.
I am so pleased to hear of your change in eating habits. This is the key to losing excess weight and maintaining a healthy one. Bariatric surgery may be the answer for some however, it is often done without realizing the life-style changes needed to keep the weight off.
Although I have been slim for many years now I did battle weight for at least a decade of my life and know how difficult the battle can be. Food is as equally addictive as drugs, etc. yet because we all need food, it can be the hardest to get under control. Cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, etc. can be given up completely however, one must eat.
In addition to enjoying smaller sized clothing, you will love the increased energy you undoubtedly will experience as the pounds shed away. Always remember, nothing tastes as good as thin feels.
You and your wife have been truly blessed with one another. Hopefully, the new hips for you and loss of weight for you both will enable you to spend many more happy and healthy years together.
Best wishes for continued progress with all. Please keep us posted.
Hello Dave, No doubt you wish that you were recovering from the hip replacement at this time however, I commend any doctor who feels it should not be done unless conditions are just right. I know of at least a few at the pool whose obesity has not stopped the doctors from replacing a knee and/or hip, and I can't help but feel that they don't have the patient's best interest in mind.
Wouldn't it be nice if you could have each surgery performed at the same time?
I hope the steroid injections don't interfere with your efforts at losing weight.
Good luck with it all. Please continue to post with your status.
Hello shawna1961, Firstly, congratulations on your weight loss. Do everything possible to keep it off as added weight is one of our worst enemies. I'm sure you feel more energetic & better overall since losing this weight.
It is crucial for us OA sufferers to keep moving as much as possible (motion is lotion). I have moderate-to-severe OA in my hip, neck, & spine, along with Fibromyalgia. Keeping a positive attitude is also very important.
I visit a gym every morning for use of the pool. Aqua therapy is one of the best for our joints as the buoyancy of the water allows us to move with more ease & does not impact the joints as many land exercises do. The pool is full with many who suffer from musculoskeletal ailments.
5 mile walks can be tough on one in good condition; I commend you for doing this. Have you tried shorter walks, perhaps a mile or less?
Because the bones don't directly benefit from water therapy, I walk as much as I can tolerate & also perform light weight training exercises. I use 5 pound weights & follow some exercises I found online. Both of these benefit the bones & don't create much of an impact on the joints.
I can't guarantee that these exercises won't hurt some while performing them but I can say that I always feel better afterwards both physically & mentally.
Good luck & please keep us posted on your condition.
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