GloriaA.-About Me. Testing the waters!

I am very excited, yet a little tenative about joining this group.  I had a right THR 1/15/2010.  The procedure went well & I had an excellent recovery and have been working out since 12 weeks post-surgery.  Mostly biking, elliptical & fast walking.  I have managed to lose 25 lbs in that time, but really want to lose 20 more.  With that in mind I started adding a little bit of running in with my walks.  I was told by my doctor to never run.  Wanting to not believe him I started googling about running on a THR .  Most articles said NO!  However one thing I read made me reconsider running as an option.  It was about the load on your hips during certain activities- the load with walking 3 mph was 3.75 & running 7 mph was 6.  Well I was walking @ 4 & running @ 6- so I didn’t see a significant difference!  Still I was afraid.  I kept running a little & surfing the net for info.  About 4 months ago I googled again and that’s when I found hiprunner.com.  I bought the e-book & was convinced it wasn’t as risky as I was lead to believe.  So I bought a new pair of running shoes (Nike Pegasus)  and started a Couch to 5k program.  I ran into a little trouble once I started running- but on the non THR side.  I got a bad case of Piriformis Syndrome & was forced to back off.  Currently I am doing a run 1 min/ walk 1 min routine for 45 minutes 4-5 times a week.  Hoping to do more in the future.  Glad to find a group of like-minded & brave (lol) people.

Tom – Bloomsday Prep

Have you ever had one of those workouts where you know its going to be painful and you just want to get it done so that you can celebrate the fact that its over?  I had one of those last night with the SDP boys.  In preparation for the upcoming 12k Bloomsday Road Race we ran the Bloomsday course and stopped at the top of each killer hill turned around, and did it again.  On the second time up, when we got to the top, we surged for 20 additional seconds.  Torture.  But when it was finished (10 miles later), there was sweet satisfaction in knowing that we had conquered the workout.  After 4+ weeks of fighting a cold, last night was the first that I felt that I was back and even though I still wasn’t as conditioned as I would like to be, I was able to finish the workout feeling strong.  I even had an additional gear for the hilltop surges.    That left me feeling optimistic about the Bloomsday Race which is coming up in 2 weeks.

The Bloomsday road run is one of my main races that I train for each year.  Last year I had hoped to beat my age (47), and I ran 46 and change.  I would like to do something similar this year.  Over the weekend, I went for trial run on the course.  It wasn’t quite race pace, but I wanted to see what I could do.  At the 12k mark (7.46 miles), I was at 49 minutes and change.  I think a little speed work is in order.  This weekend I will be running The Race for the Cure.  This little 5k race should be just the ticket for some final speed work before the big race.  And now with my cold behind me…..I think I am peaking at the right time.

The hip is doing great!  Sometimes I catch myself because I almost forget that I should be reporting on my hip.  At 2 years and 4 months it is doing awesome.  Some days….it is stiffer than others….needs a little time to warm up.  But most days I don’t notice because there are other parts of my body that are aching more.  Right now it is my lower abdomen.  I must have a muscle strain.  I first felt it after I ran the St. Paddy’s Race back in March.  It’s tolerable, but I feel it, especially when I just begin my run.

We have some new Hip Runners joining us:

Carol S – She just had her hip replaced on 4/21.  Here daughter found this site  a few days before the surgery and had this to say….”My mom broke her hip on Saturday running a half marathon trail run.  Because of her age and severity of the fall tomorrow she is getting her hip replaced. I found your blog and am so thankful for all of the stories and information. My mom has been working towards qualifying for her 5th Boston Marathon and instead is getting her hip replaced.  She will run again.”

Stacey C – She is trying to decide and needs some nudging….. ” I can’t decide. I have bone spur and arthritis in my right hip. I am in constant pain getting in the car, out of bed, etc. But I have a high tolerance for pain. I fell two Christmases ago, and the rest has been pain history. I am afraid to do it. I run and walk marathons (my best time; 5:18), and want to keep doing what I love….even if it isn’t marathons, I want halfs, 10Ks, or whatever I can to stay fit and sane. Can you all help me be brave…be decisive….and know that I am making a good decision for this time of my life? I don’t know anyone who has done this”.

Watch for their posts soon…..

 

Margaret – About Me

I’m 58 years old. I’ve been running ultras for over 25 years.  My first 100 miler was Wasatch in 1987 and my last 100 miler was  Hardrock completed in 2010. I’m a middle to back of the packer and just love going distance. Over the past 6 years I noticed something was going on with my hip. There was no pain so I ignored it. It became more and more difficult to tie my shoe on that leg.

It wasn’t until this past April that the hip stopped me from doing what I wanted to do. I was training to run another 100 but I just couldn’t do it. I started to limp and drag my leg. Running just didn’t work. I couldn’t sleep because I couldn’t get the pain under control. My knee on the same leg was really hurting. PT tried to help me but said it looked like I needed a hip replacement. Xray showed large bone spurs and flattening in the joint. 3 different doctors said I needed a hip replacement. So I decided I would do it during the winter.

The pain subsided when I quit trying to be active or walk. But I still had the limp and people asked about it. I wasn’t even aware of it. The fall was spent mostly small hikes dragging the leg and strengthening the legs by mountain biking.

After Christmas I didn’t feel a lot of pain and questioned the whole decision to have the surgery. That is when I found this site and found support in what people wrote. I noticed other people had similar knee pain of the IT band associated with the bad hip. I also noticed others did not have the extreme pain. I decided I would work out for the two months leading up to surgery and see how I felt. I needed to know that this was the right thing to do. I actually ran twice before I came up limping. Then I went to jogging and the limping aggravated my good hip so much I had to stop that. So I x country skied almost daily for the last month before surgery.

My surgery was March 5th. I’m excited for this new phase of my life with a new hip. I’m looking forward to being able to move along mountain trails again. Not that I’ll try another 100 but I enjoy pacing friends at 100’s and trying the shorter runs of 20 to 30 milers.

I really appreciate this site. It gave me encouragement to follow through with my surgery and now onto recovery.

Margaret – Two Week Post Op

Sorry for the long delay in posting. I had a left total hip replacement March 5th. I had some complications from all the different drugs I was given. The hip surgery went fine. Right afterwards my heart rate and blood pressure dropped. I spent 3 days in ICU, had two units of blood, a heart ultra sound, a brain MRI and found out everything was functioning fine. Once they got my blood pressure and heart rate stabilized I spent two more days in the regular ward, only to find out all the pain meds made me very nauseous.  I feel like I failed my “Dressing 101” class in the hospital and barely passed my PT walking up and down the hall because I was so nauseous and had to get back to bed. I walked and did stairs with no problem except a spinning head. After 5 days we headed home. At home I tried a different pain med with the same nausea results. My next two days were spent in bed, still too sick to get around. I quit all pain meds and started taking Tylenol as needed for pain. On day 8, things took a turn for the good. I was up and able to start walking laps on our deck. There is still 2 to 3 feet of snow around the house. We live remotely in the mountains.

I met with my surgeon yesterday for my two week check up. He was very happy to see me feeling better. I asked how far he thought I should be able to walk now and he said 1/2 mile and keep adding as it feels right to me. I feel the first 7 days resting was a good thing and has not held me back at all. I was able to do my PT handout and got another one yesterday to continue to build on. He reminded me these first 6 weeks are critical for healing and not to overdo it. I went into surgery in good shape, x country skiing 7 to 10 miles almost daily, which I feel has helped my bounce back now.

So I’m increasing my laps on the porch and going for time to mimic a 1/2 mile. I asked about sleeping, since that is when I’m the most uncomfortable. He said I could take Ibuprofen for pain. I took it last night and slept great. I even tried sleeping on my side with the pillows between my legs which was great to get off of my back.

I’ve been using a walker but just started to use one ski pole with rubber tip.

 

Tom – Welcome to 6 New Hip Runners

Our  group continues to grow.  From a personal trainer/ironman triathlete, to an individual who runs to be happy……..Please welcome 6 new hip runners:

Rick R: (Aug 2007-Reconstructed OCT 2011): I have run 5 marathons on my BHR.  and then my cup broke out from my ace-tabular. I was able to have the inventor of the BHR fix me in Birmingham England. I have since competed in the 2013 Ironman World Championship in Hawaii among many other races. Super grateful for Dr. McMinn and another chance.

Kevin G: (March 2010): I would just like swap stories and progress with other hippies

Cheryl G: (AUG 1985):  I would like to share my success with my replacement, this year will be 29 years since my original surgery.

Robin D: (TBD): Would love to share my progress.

Christine W: (MAR 2006):  I was a runner for almost 30 years (never competitively), when disabling hip pain indicated an alarming absence of cartilage in my left hip. The deterioration progressed quickly, and I had a THR at age 54 (8 years ago). I recovered quickly and now do almost everything *except* running. I have been speed walking and have completed two half-marathons. The most recent was 3:15. A friend who is a rheumotologist said that it was ridiculous to forbid running and that the docs were being overly cautious–I have never forgotten that, and now I want to try!

Amanda O: (JUN 2007): I had a full hip replacement at age 30. I’m now 43 and running daily – perhaps more than I should. I keep my miles down – almost never more than 5 miles – and try to listen to my body. If I start having pain I back off. I was advised against running by my doctor and for the first couple years I didn’t run much. But after going through some stressful periods, I found I really needed running to stay happy. So I’m still running. I run occasional 5ks (and one 10K a year). It makes me happy.  I know it’s not advised, but I’m hoping for the best because I can’t seem to give it up!

Jen T — About me

I’m 47 going on 48 this summer and after having terrible hip pain I finally went the surgery center to have an x-ray performed. Found out I’m bone on bone and need a full hip replacement. Told I wouldn’t be able to run anymore. I’ve competed in road races for 27 years and competed 17 years of long distance triathlons that due to lack of rest days my body just started to give out. In starting my research I found this forum and hope I can meet other runners who are going through this process. The soonest I’m looking at a replacement due  in the fall for the surgery. My question is that I was prescribed Meloxicam (I’ve also read a side effect is rapid weight gain…is that true?)

After a long run
After a long run

which helped my pain go from a 9.5 down to a 4. I’ve heard about Coritzone shots and do they work? I just need something that will give me more time to get a second opinion and also find a place that will do a good job. I’ve also heard of some different types of hip replacements that will last longer than others. So I’m just curious if anyone can follow me through this process and will I be able to run again?

Maree – Hip Runner from Australia

Hi everyone, love reading your posts on your recovery from your hip replacement op’s, wish I had found this when I had mine 3 years ago! Obviously against the surgeon’s recommendations, I have started to jog (I won’t say run, I can’t go that fast!) again in the last 6 months, feeling that surely by now everything in my new hip would be settled.  I started out with strength training to get my core muscles under control and last weekend I completed my first  10km fun run.  I was happy on how I went, especially my recovery, because I am doing another one this weekend!  I must admit though, my hip is starting to niggle, I refuse to take it as a “warning sign”!  Will go back to brisk walking and strength training post next race until the next one in April. Was wondering if there is anyone out there that is in my time line with a new hip, and how far/often they run? Do they have any lingering soreness afterwards?