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I am at 13 weeks after full right hip replacement. I feel Light pain when I walk and pretty heavy pain when I walk too far (over 5 miles). Is this normal? I am a 63 year old male in good health.
 

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:wave:@Trea and welcome to Bone Smart! Can I ask which hip you had replaced and the exact date? We'll get it added to your signature and that helps folks know where you're at in recovery so they know how to answer.

Realize you're a little farther out that most of our new members but will leave you our Recovery Guidelines that will give you some really good info. You may want to check out Activity Progression on #5 for starters.

Hip Recovery: The Guidelines
1. Don’t worry: Your body will heal all by itself. Relax, let it, don't try and hurry it, don’t worry about any symptoms now, they are almost certainly temporary
2. Control discomfort:
rest
elevate
ice
take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)
3. Do what you want to do BUT
a. If it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physical therapist - to do it to you
b. If your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it again.
4. PT or exercise can be useful BUT take note of these
BoneSmart philosophy for sensible post op therapy
5. At week 4 and after you should follow this
Activity progression for THRs
6. Access these pages on the website
Oral And Intravenous Pain Medications
Wound Care In Hospital

Pain management and the pain chart
Healing: how long does it take?
Chart representation of THR recovery

Dislocation risk and 90 degree rule
Energy drain for THRs
Pain and swelling control: elevation is the key
Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it
Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds
Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?

BIG TIP: Hips actually don't need any exercise to get better. They do a pretty good job of it all on their own if given half a chance. Trouble is, people don't give them a chance and end up with all sorts of aches and pains and sore spots. All they need is the best therapy which is walking and even then not to excess.

We try to keep the forum a positive and safe place for our members to talk about their questions or concerns and to report successes with their joint replacement surgery.

While members may create as many threads as they like in a majority of BoneSmart's forums, we ask that each member have only one recovery thread. This policy makes it easier to go back and review history before providing advice.
 

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Ok, I think your body might be trying to tell you you're walking to far at this point in recovery. Over 5 miles seems like a bit much at around 3 months. And I'm guessing that may not be counting all your normal walking, i.e. to the bathroom and back, going to the kitchen, grocery shopping, I think you get my drift. You don't mention if you're working, if so that is adding extra activity to your day.

As far as light pain when you're walking, you could be taking too long of a stride and walking a bit faster than your body is ready for. Just a few things to consider.
 
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Thanks - right hip - full replacement on November 3, 2019
 

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I would agree 5 miles seems like a lot @Trea try scaling back to a couple of miles for a few days and see if that makes a difference. Our hips are pretty quick to tell us we're doing too much, unfortunately never until the day after! Even after 13 weeks icing after walking couldn't hurt either. :ice:
 

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Everyone's recovery is different so it's hard to compare. Are you walking on flat ground? , that makes a huge difference to me. Old story if it hurts it's too much. I can walk on flat ground with no pain or discomfort and it doesn't bother me afterward. I do come home and relax with my icing machine in the evening. Now hiking in the woods or steep uphill and downhill will begin to aggravate my outer thigh, the IT band.
 

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Happy Four Month Anniversary!
How are you doing, Trea? We’d love to read about the progress you’re making.
I hope the pain you mentioned has eased. Please leave an update next time you’re around. We’d like to support you as your recovery continues.
A great rest of the week to you!. :wave:
@Trea
 

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