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THR Going4fun new hip adventure

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C'mon...what are you doing flubbing up a good thing?!! You were doing so well, dancing shoes back on, playing Nurse to your sister, thriving and back at work, now you're hobbling around, huh? :shrug:

All kidding aside, fingers crossed and best wishes it's soft tissue as you're suspecting. Hopefully that's confirmed in the morning. We'll be waiting to hear. Also, congrats on FA, well deserved, glad you're joining us. :)
Wishing you comfort and a relaxing evening!
@Going4fun
 

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Well, phooey.. Sorry to read your update, @Going4fun. Here's hoping it's a soft tissue issue (I like how that rhymes) and you will get some reassurances from your Surgeon.

Take care.. please update when you can.
 

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I hope your appointment provides you with good news. This whole hip replacement sure is an ongoing process, isn't!?!? Once we get through the initial recovery and to the point where most of the time we forget we even had it done, we're so hopeful that it will be smooth sailing from then on.

And then some little, or big, thing will happen and the worry flares right back up. I am close to 15 months out, and have been in that happy place for a very long time. A few days ago, when I came inside from doing some yard work, I had some throbbing pain in my operated hip. It wasn't terribly painful, but the fact that any pain existed at all really threw me. I took some acetominabphin, iced it, and rested. Later I took an epsom salt bath, and my regular magnesium before I went to bed, and thankfully, by morning it was fine, with no return so far. I hope yours ends up being something similar.

One other thought.....I know you are a teacher (I was too for 38 years before retiring:).) Are your floors basically industrial carpet on concrete slab as most schools are? If so, perhaps that is affecting your leg/hip/knee. I know it really is hard on those of us who stand and walk on it full time. Perhaps some different shoes with better "shocks" on them would help?? Or maybe a little less standing/walking while at work for awhile? Just brainstorming.:flwrysmile:
 

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:wave: @Going4fun and I'm so happy to have you on the team.
I am sorry this new glitch has become worrisome and I know for me, the xrays would be a great reassurance.
Don't know how long you've been back to your jogging and running but I'm guessing you have curtailed any impact type activity for the time being?
Even with a soft tissue issue of some sort...it may not like absorbing the shock.
Sending good mojo your way.
 

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No, I'm sorry, @Going4fun! You are not allowed to have any setbacks at this point, it's forbidden! I join the chorus in wishing you the best and that your overabundant caution in returning to the surgeon will be repaid with the result that your implant is fine and it's probably just your pesky muscles/soft tissues deciding to act up for some reason. Hang in there, it's a process and there will be ups and downs for all of us. Best wishes, and hope to read relieved report from you shortly.
 
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Good news: I saw my surgeon this afternoon,,and he said my hip was looking fantastic. On his monitor, he called up the X-ray from June and placed it side-by-side with the X-ray from today.He pointed to all the areas around the device and said there was great bone grow-in. He guessed that my issue might be a quad problem ...

Anyway, mission accomplished: he assured me that I could rule out the device as the issue causing my random weakness in the lower quad. My next task: I'll experiment and pay attention and see if I can find any patterns to this feeling. And I'll most likely consult my PT.

That's the good news. Now to the great news, which this issue stepped on.

Two weekends ago I attended a blues dance weekend with live bands and workshops and classes. I dance three plus hours on Friday night and three plus hours on Saturday night. After the first night, I felt some soreness around my hip incision ... I came home and iced and rubbed some lidocaine on the sore area.

Saturday afternoon, I attended a couple of workshops ... and then Saturday night, if anything, I danced harder and this time felt nothing afterwards, not the soreness from Friday night, nothing.

It has been my goal to be able to dance through an intense weekend and I was able to do that. I feel very fortunate. But let me raise the stakes here. Blues dancers are young, as in 80 percent of the attendees over this weekend were probably in their 20s. Some of the teachers who ran workshops were in their 30s. Yes, I might have been the oldest person there.

Well within this young energetic crowd, I danced with this one woman ... who was the fastest, most energetic dancer I've paired with in years. Blues dance is usually slow but the Saturday night band played a few uptempo soul and rock n’ roll songs. And wow, did this woman cut loose. She was a beginner, and sometimes beginners can really be musical because they don’t know enough technique to be constrained by technique. They allow themselves to have fun and dance.

Cut to 12:20 a.m. Saturday night-Sunday morning ... The band leader announces another fast song to close out the night. (Might have been Chuck Berry's "Johnny B Goode.") Well ... I look around and see Miss Energetic Dancer and notice that she didn't appear to be partnered with anyone. I approached her and said, "For the final song, I want to dance with the fastest dancer in this place. That's you."

She laughed and took my hand, and we found a spot on the floor. The music started and just like before, she explodes. She hopped, jumped, bounced, kicked, twisted … danced on one leg and then the other … all the while keeping the rhythm. And I did the same, keeping right up with her." I mean, she does not relent. And she’s smiling and laughing the entire time. At one point, I realize, I’m not at all winded. Progress! I’m getting in better shape!

The music ends, and we thank each other and say how much fun we had ... and then I tell Miss Energetic Dancer, "I had hip surgery last year."

She gave this me this long, skeptical look. "No way would I have thought that you had surgery," she said. "No way! ... That's amazing." Funny: my mind refused to take in her words. Then I realize, OMG, Miss Energetic Dancer knows nothing about me and surgery. She’s not being encouraging. She’s honestly reacting!

Attending that dance weekend was a milestone--and I hit it at 13 months, which might be longer than I had hoped ... but frankly felt right on time.

Thank everyone for the BS encouragement and wisdom along the way. I look forward to being a forum advisor and returning the favor. The journey continues.
 

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All I can say is :wow:. Great news from the surgeon and I'm tired after reading about your dancing all weekend!.:happydance:
 

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First off, its great to read that all is well with the prosthetic. You had us a little concerned. I can imagine what a relief you felt today. Hopefully this doesn't happen again and if it does, your PT is able to help you do some strengthening, or whatever is needed.

Amazing, all the dancing you were able to endure without paying for it the next day. I wish An54 could read this. She'd really appreciate it. It sounds like you thoroughly enjoyed yourself and I'll bet it felt good to get back to something you have such a great love for. I'm happy for you!

Glad all is well. Have a great evening!
@Going4fun
 
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Going4fun.. I'm sure you are so relieved!! Quad issues can be annoying but hey, they can be handled, right?

the dancing sounds like a blast! You had a goal and you met it.

And now you are a forum advisor and I agree, it's so good to give back to the amazing site.

Congrats, sir!
 

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Sheesh, @Going4fun, I am totally winded after reading your posting--all that dancing sounds totally exhausting! But, oh, so much fun and you were able to do it with such apparent ease and without suffering mightily afterwards. I am sure Miss Energetic Dancer was being honestly complimentary, and blown away by your revelation of hip replacement surgery. Hurray for you--such a positive and encouraging post to read. And congrats on your new forum advisor role, I know you'll be great at that. Cheers, and happy November 1!
 

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Thank goodness it's Hump Day:happydance:
Hope things are easing and when you get home you don't mind going back to rest, ice, and elevate...I did whenever things seemed to get sideways...I believe almost up to a year, though not necessary as often.
Hope today is a Good Day.
 
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@Mojo333 ... yes, I'm taking things kinda easy ... I get a soreness up high when I exercise hard ... this above the knee feeling was new and didn't seem related to exercises.

I just ordered a new icepack that I can use ... it has straps ... very easy to put on ... then throw in the freezer ... and put on again when I need. I wore out the last one I had--had bought that one for knee problems 5 years ago.
 

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Sounds like a fancy but practical ice pack, @Going4fun, although sorry you needed a new one. My knee that was twinging away seems to have settled down, just another bump on the recovery road. Keep on plugging along, and glad you're taking it kind of easy--bet you'll feel better soon and be running around shortly. Take care of yourself!
 
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Thanks @Barbaraj, I really am trying to be curious about this new issue ... haven't felt it much this week. Of course, now that my surgeon has ruled out a device problem, my anxiety level has gone way down ... and my system is giving itself permission not to worry ....

One early hypothesis ... my leg acts up when I don't exercise ... and sitting in a recliner for long periods isn't good ... also treadmill running may be leading to weak hamstrings ... which apparently don't have to work very hard on the treadmill compared to outside.

You seem like you're plugging along ... you've climbed the steepest part of the hill with your second hill ... still some uphill walking but not as steep as in those first months, I hope.
 

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Good Saturday morning, @Going4fun Yup, I am trudging along and it's much easier than it was only a month ago. Still not 100% but given that I'm not quite four months out, this is understandable. Still thinking 2020 will be a wonderful year, and goal is to get to a point when I do NOT think about either hip at all. I suspect your pains are just a temporary setback for you and when you step back, figure out how to move forward and do so carefully and sensibly, those pains will ease. I agree that finding the right combination of exercise and rest is critical, we are all constantly recalibrating.
 

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