First time poster - hip OA - question re 'start up' pain
Hi all, hope everyone is doing OK.
I was diagnosed with hip arthritis about 18 months ago after going to the doctors with back and knee pain. I had an MRI and x-rays that showed scoliosis, stenosis and degeneration in my spine and OA in my left hip. Knees are both OK so obviously the pain I get in those is referred. I had my second hip injection in Jan this year and it's already wearing off (first one lasted around 10 months).
I've had physio and do my exercises at home (probably not as often as I should because, well, pain). Consultant says I'm too heavy and too young (51yrs) for hip replacement at the moment so wants to wait a few years if possible.
I've started losing weight - 17lb down so far but a long way to go. Once I hit a 'normal' weight I'm going to push to have the surgery because this pain is just making me miserable and impacting my day to day life.
So, my question is, do any of you have any tips for dealing with 'start up pain'....I'm ok sat down (well my leg aches but I can deal with that) but when I stand up to walk ...those first 5-10 steps are sooo painful. Painkillers don't seem to make a difference. Once I'm up and moving I can do about 15 minutes of slow steady walking but it's just that initial getting up (even if I've only been sat for a few mins). I dread putting my weight on my left leg. I'm hoping losing the weight will help but if any of you have any strategies to help with this start up pain, I'd be really grateful. Tia Jo x
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