Joint replacement issues
Sunday, January 03, 2016
For over a year I suffered with lower back pain. I had MRI's, X-rays, pain management injections, pills and more trying to fight it. I was basically immobile. I had to use a cane to get through work each day, and would be basically sedentary the rest of the evening. Depression set in, and of course I started eating. Then the weight added up and not being able to move it multiplied. In turn it deepened the depression and led to more eating. A vicious circle of despair.
Finally, the pain was so bad they sent me to physical therapy. Ten minutes with the therapist and she say," It's not your back. It's your hip!" So, off to the orthopedic surgeon I went. Found there was no cartilage left in the ball socket joint. It was literally bone scraping bone with every step. The pain was distributed to my back though and not in my hip. I had the surgery for a complete hip replacement in June. Rehab has been so so, but now I have to get back to moving regularly and logging my food. So here I am.
Unfortunately, I will probably have to have the other hip replaced in the not to distant future. For now though I need to concentrate on getting some strength built back up and remove some pounds!!