Hi, so i was diagnosed with arthritis in my left hip a while back now and pretty much left with some exercises from the physio, basic medications and told to lose weight (isn't everyone).
Since then i have been going to Pilates classes weekly which i find is very helpful as i can walk out of the class so much better than when i walked in. My hip pain overall has been getting much worse however. I now no longer can swim, walk far or generally exercise. Even walking through my house is difficult. I have a crutch to use when out and about and i furniture walk through the house but struggle to do basic activities, but have to as i am a mum (and we are apparently super human)
I am now receiving PIP but not the mobility part as they feel i can walk well enough (?, assessment done over the phone) i struggle to get in and out of the car if i cannot open the door wide enough.
recently i have been told they want to refer me for the next step to getting a hip replacement but i have to show i can lose some weight first. This is where i am getting stuck. HELP, how do i do this? Its hard enough trying to cook basic meals as it is without having to do different things for my family and myself as the kids really do not need to diet. I have been attempting to have smaller portions, reducing carb intake and not snacking but nothing is really working. What else can i do, any suggestions welcome as i really need to get this referral to get a normal life back.
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