Spring is in the air and in my step! If anyone reading this blog is struggling with the decision about whether or not to go ahead with a Total Hip Replacement, then please read on.
I believe that I was relatively young (at 50) to undergo a THR, but I wish I had been younger! In my mid-40s I realised that something was not as it should be. I was running but the aches in my hips/ lower back became more obvious and debilitating. Hundreds of pounds were spent at the osteopath and the relief did not come. At the time I was teaching Pilates and consider myself to be very in tune with my body and range of movements. They were diminishing; being replaced by a near constant nagging pain and ever apparent limp! What was going on?
Cycling was my saviour as running staggered to a halt. Thank goodness I could still get my fresh air and endorphin kick! Painkillers became essential before considering sitting in a car – I even wondered if I should give up my job as the pain of travelling from school to school was agony. Sleep was more and more aloof for both my husband and myself, as I failed to find a comfortable sleeping position. Without sleep, everything seems even worse doesn’t it? I was becoming a wreck.
First diagnosed with back trouble, I was referred to hospital for some physiotherapy. It was my ‘no-nonsense’ physio who further referred me for an x-ray which identified the osteoarthritis in both hips. I was both horrified and relieved. I knew what was causing the growing agony.
A steroid injection which did provide relief for several months. On seeing the specialist (who I consider a true hero) as my pain management was failing, I burst into tears while trying to explain the disruption to the flow of life and sleep that I was suffering again. Mr Conroy was patient and honest with me.
THR in Leeds Nuffield Hospital. I have written blogs about my first few weeks and you can read them by clicking on the following titles.
These blogs relate to my latter recovery and rediscovery of fitness.
Get on with this wonderful life! Keep fit and strong. Don’t surrender to any exercise that you love – you can adapt and still enjoy!
As soon as my left hip becomes a constant grumble I will be tapping on Mr Conroy’s door again. I have no desire to be a hero and hang on hoping that the hip pain will reduce and go away. It won’t. Life is too precious to avoid confronting the big decisions involving its quality.
Having a THR has given me a pain-free, full life! Now in my 50s, I feel better than I did a decade ago. I appreciate that not every story has a happy ending, but my experience says “Do it or you will never know”.Loading Likes...