Osteoarthritis in both hips

Sunnyside_12
Sunnyside_12 Member Posts: 27
edited 15. Aug 2022, 14:43 in Chat to our Helpline Team

Hi I have been suffering from osteoarthritis for up to three years and I am extremely upset my physio last year didn't refer me, I only found out last week, after seeing new doctors, I have now been referred, waiting for phone call from hospital, I cannot move around without difficulty, I have a stroller for help to get about my place, with it in both my hips its terrible trying to sleep, I was put on pregabalin for nerve pain, but wrong tablets, so weaning off those. I take Naproxen and Codeine and Paracetamol for the pain. I'm very nervous about operation, because I got Pneumonia from having Hysterectomy. I just want to be pain free.

Ruth x

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  • Hi Sunnyside_12

    Thank you for your posting on the forum. I am so sorry to hear about the upset you have had and that you are in so much pain. I understand that it is upsetting when you are waiting for a referral and then find out it has not happened. I am pleased that you have now been referred. It is understandable that you are nervous about having an operation when you have had a previous bad experience. I am unsure if the operation you are referring to is a hip replacement.

    It may be helpful to you when you have your appointment at the hospital to take a list of questions and concerns that you want to explore prior to any surgery.

    Pain can make it difficult to get on with your everyday activities and there are other things that may help to manage the pain, often using several techniques at once can help. These are painkillers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory creams and gels, steroid injections, heat/ice therapy, exercise, complementary and alternative treatments. You may find certain movements are particularly painful so you avoid them altogether. But it’s important to remain as active as possible as lack of use can lead to loss of strength and coordination. 

    Below are links to our information on sleep which may provide some methods that may help improve your sleep. Also,I have put a link in for information about osteoarthritis of the hip which includes ways of managing this condition. I hope that this is helpful to you.  

    Osteoarthritis of the Hip

    Sleep

    Best Wishes

    Dawn

    Helpline Advisor

     

     

     

  • Sunnyside_12
    Sunnyside_12 Member Posts: 27

    Thank you for your response Dawn, I have a physio who sees me once a week now and I have exercises to do each day. I think with getting depressed over my situation doesn't help, but I am now trying to get stronger.

    Ruth

  • Sunnyside_12
    Sunnyside_12 Member Posts: 27


  • Hi Sunnyside_12,

    We are so pleased to hear that you have managed to get help with physio and exercises as they are such an important part of managing your condition as it helps with the pain and the stiffness.

    I am so sorry that the condition is making you feel depressed though, but this is understandable and does affect many people in this way. Is there anything that you could do to distract you from feeling like this, either a hobby that you enjoy that you could take your mind off the pain, or going for a walk, sitting in the garden or meeting a friend for a coffee. I know that there will be days that you will probably not feel like doing any of these which is fine but perhaps another day, alternatively it may help to talk to someone about how you are feeling with a referral through your doctor.

    I hope you feel better soon.


    Best wishes

    Chris

    Helpline Advisor

  • Sunnyside_12
    Sunnyside_12 Member Posts: 27

    Thank you Chris

    I am going to see my daughter, she's on holiday at moment, but lives nearby. Most days are very painful, because it's in both my hips, but I'm trying to do more.

    Ruth x

  • Hi @Sunnyside_12

    Good to hear you are going to visit your daughter when she's back from holiday. Spending time with family and friends can definitely help to lift people's mood.

    You may want to have a look at some of the other discussion pages in the online community where you can chat to other members who may be in a similar situation to yourself. Living with arthritis is a good place to start, our members are very friendly, and will definitely be able to offer some support or advice.

    Take care

    Helen, Admin

  • Sunnyside_12
    Sunnyside_12 Member Posts: 27

    Thank you Helen

    I'm also looking at Tai Chi but haven't seen any classes nearby, not sure how I would be, because my osteoarthritis has bone on bone

    Ruth

  • Hi Sunnyside_12,

    Thank you for your message on the forum about looking into doing Tai Chi, this is very often suggested for a form of exercise for arthritis, unfortunately upon looking in our information on Osteoarthritis (OA) of the hips Tai Chi isn’t listed, so to be on the safe side I would speak to either a Physiotherapist or an Occupational therapist just to check if this is safe for your condition.

    Alternatively, your physiotherapist may recommend exercise in a hydrotherapy pool. It can help get muscles and joints working better and, because the water is warmer than in a normal swimming pool, it can be very soothing and relaxing.

    I have attached a link below with further information.

    Best wishes

    Chris

    Helpline Advisor

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