Walking a fine line

9,5 month PO; R  hip pinning from a complete hip fracture.

 

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I am still trying to figure out what my op hip can do and what it does not like. Last week my hip “updated” me.

 

Walking a hill of about 1 km length down hill resulted in my knees and quads shaking because the op side is not strong enough yet and after visiting a beach, making it up the hill again was tough. I was limping and walking real slow. I felt like I was back at 5 months PO. Hm.

Walking in sand is also pretty tiring because of the resistance of the sand and uneven ground, but still an upgrade doing it “without” crutches. ( “Beach & crutches” don’t match very well. Been there, done that – can not recommend it. See “PO week 11, “the traveling hipster”.)

 

I honestly thought I could do the hill and beach much better at this stage. Bummer. Still lots of atrophy and muscle imbalance going on, as well as strength and endurance need to improve. Same old song.

 

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The next day I had to sit quite a bit and did not get to move enough. Also not great. My soft tissue absolutely hated it.

Basically my whole quads on my op side were deeply aching all night long, like a 5/10, the side where my incisions are was also super aching and I had butt ache almost every night last week.

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Now I know, too much is not good and neither is too little. Hills are tough, walking in sand is not easy and too much rest is also a no go.

Still need to find the sweet spot, keeping my hip and muscles happy, challenging them a bit but not stressing them out. It’s constant fine tuning.

 

The never ending story. My fifth year this month, dedicated to my hip/s, and counting.

 

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8 thoughts on “Walking a fine line

  1. I’m due for another x-ray soon, to see if we can remove the screws that are causing me so much trouble. Even once that operation can happen, I’ve been told that there are no guarantees that I’ll ever walk unaided again – but only time will tell.

    I had to be at a funeral on Wednesday, and needed my wheelchair; I was only able to walk with crutches or my husband holding me up. I am genuinely hoping that the removal of the screws will be an end to it, but from what I’ve read I know I’ll have to take things slowly.

    I’m so sorry that it’s still giving you trouble after all this time.

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    1. How many months PO are you now? When are they thinking of removing the screws? I certainly hope you will be able to walk without assistance one day again but you have to give it time and give your bone a chance to heal first.

      Thanks for your kind words. I am sure at some point things will come together for me, it’s just a slow journey. I am used to it from my previous two hip surgeries.

      XOX

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      1. I’m more than six months PO and still reliant on walking aids, morphine patches and cocodamol. I have another x-ray due next month, and I trust the man who took my case after I demanded a second opinion.

        Currently, we’re just watching the progress of my hip, and whether or not it’s mending. Physio has been suspended until the screws can be removed (if they ever can be – but my new consultant hopes that this will be possible, in time).

        I’m used to needing walking aids and a wheelchair due to epilepsy and ME – and it’s epilepsy that caused my injury. However, I don’t usually need it every time I want to leave the house, and this is becoming massively frustrating.

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      2. I hope things will work out for you.
        I heard screw removal is a very tricky surgery which because of its difficulty is only done as last resort.

        I hope I can avoid it since it also would include time on crutches again.

        Fingers crossed for you. As a fellow hipster, I feel for you. 😘

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      3. I was told that it’s a ten minute surgery and I’d be home the same day. I’m under no illusions as to how it will affect me for a while, though. My husband would probably have to start injecting me with Clexane again, for a while, and I don’t heal well so I would probably spend a few further weeks in bed. It would be worth it if I finally get my mobilty back and no pain though.

        I have no idea what the outcome will be from such an operation. My epilepsy means that I could have a similar fall in future – and this time there is more risk of breaking that same hip again. At least I’m an optimist and learn to adjust to things caused by my disabilities, but in this case I really hope it doesn’t happen again!

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      4. I am sure it is longer than that.
        I asked my OS once about it and he said, he will not remove the screws until there is no other choice.

        There is risk of fracturing the femoral neck during the removal surgery and also, since three screws were/ would be removed, there will be open “tunnels” in the bone, where the screws used to be.
        This makes the femoral neck very unstable and till the holes are not filled with new bone growth, the bone has to be protected, meaning non weight bearing and time on crutches.
        The surgery is very tricky and because of its difficulty, very unpopular to do with orthopedic surgeons.

        I hope you have a good medical team who makes the right decision for you.

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  2. I think it depends on the situation as to whether to remove the screws. I’m 16 weeks PO and at my appointment this week my doc said mine would have to be removed eventually as the heads are already protruding out from the bone; also, he said that because I am thin, the screws would eventually start poking the skin and will be painful. I only hope they don’t get to that point before the bone heals! I am still walking with assistance (one crutch most of the time) and there was no change in healing vs. a month ago – i.e. I am a slow healer too. My doc told me to stop going to PT and just walk as much as possible to try to speed up the healing. I have also heard that there can be complications from where the screws used to be (I have osteoporosis, so already have holey bones!)

    Best of luck to both of you!

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    1. Of course it depends on the situation. Every patient is different but if the screws don’t cause problems, they usually stay in.
      Good luck with your recovery.

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