Learn about four common causes of hip pain that keeps you awake.
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Joint replacements reduce pain but sometimes they can limit a person’s range of motion. But a particular type of hip replacement allows patients full range of motion. Dual mobility hips
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Well, let me begin by welcoming you to my hip journey. I think we all can agree that we are first told we need a hip replacement (or two) – everything starts moving in slow motion and we leave our bodies. I was told I was too young and lingered in pain for two years and until I could no longer walk without a cane. I began to keep a journal and wrote in it daily as I hibernated from the outside world. The journal became a WordPress blog and a place for me to release my emotions as rapidly as they came up. Three years and two hip replacements later, I began rebuilding my life. I, like many, had complications which triggered me even more into googling, connecting, writing and remembering to breathe. Breathe. Breathe. S L O W down.
No matter how you applaud yourself (or if you even do after everything you’ve been through)…we applaud you… as you have now become a proud member of the Hipster Club… a community of bionic men and woman around the globe.
No one understands bone-on-bone pain or the landscape of the unknown until they face the challenges of a reduced quality of life and the fear of surgery. And, until you have sources of information, support and the knowledge that experience brings…it can be a scary process… Especially to go through or face alone.
For example, I would never have known, if I didn’t receive some good tips from a fellow hipster, to ask for anti-nausea pills in the hospital (caused by the pain medication). I wouldn’t have known what special devices to get (my grabber was incredible), or to hook myself up with a buddy to go on walks with or bring me food or take care of my pet in the early days after my hip replacements.
That’s why I created Hipster Club, and also a FB style place for hipsters to gather – hipsterclub.ning.com…
So, I welcome you to the land of becoming bionic and I thank you for finding your way here to The Hipster Club.
Don’t go it alone…ask for help from people who have been through hip replacements…
I have to admit when I first was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and AO I was shocked and scared. Besides the bone-on-bone killer pain, I suffered from “why me” and I couldn’t understand how it happened. I wasn’t a runner (I’m a walker), I wasn’t a professional dancer (I was a swimmer) and no one in my family had hip issues (in my immediate genealogy line). I was frightened, alone and spent far too much time researching online and meeting with orthopods. Looking back now, what the pain and panic did provide was education and motivation to help others find a path to becoming more pain free and a better self-advocate. That is what this site is about, that is what I learned and what I am focusing on…education and advocating for yourself.
One of the things that really helped me is PEMF Therapy, I was introduced to it prior to my surgeries when I researching ways to lessen my pain and extend the time before I had to cry “uncle”. Stretching in a YMCA swimming pool with senior citizens (wearing shower caps) and using PEMF Therapy at home became my staples. During recovery and many years later, I remain a fan and spokesperson for PEMF and all it does for the immune system and to reduce inflammation (which causes pain).
PEMF devices are a popular option for patients suffering from chronic pain, autoimmune conditions and inflammation, even brain conditions with the Brain Entrainment aspect. The body mat energizes the cells in your body. Other accessory PEMF devices provide more direct pulses of energy for localized pain. For example, if you are having difficulties with pain in your knee joint, a PEMF paddle is a beneficial option for delivery of pulses directly to the joint.
Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields or PEMF help the body heal itself through enhancing its natural healing mechanisms on the cellular level. The most basic cell functions are to generate energy, eliminate waste, to repair and regenerate itself and perform its most basic function which depends on the type of cell. PEMF acts on basic functions of the cells. Magnetic fields cause motions of ions and electrolytes in the tissues of the body. This movement stimulates an array of chemical and electric action that helps the body heal itself. Through the increase of motion of ions and electrolytes, PEMF helps cells create more charge at the cellular level. This charge or energy is called ATP, which is how the cell (in the part of the cell called the Mitochondria) produce energy. This is where glucose is turned into energy, this is what gives us life. Low levels of ATP cause cells to be sick and have trouble to heal, and function poorly. This is because the cell has to work harder to make energy for its functions. So just like us, when we have to work harder for an extended period of time, to do our daily tasks, we get tired and make mistakes. When the cell does this, it leads to disease.
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Does this scenario sound familiar to you or anyone you know?
You feel dizzy, a tingling in your body, you feel like you’re being electrocuted with nerve pain. You cannot get out of bed or you wake up with migraines, pains in your mouth and teeth, joint pain, and it hurts to be touched…you just don’t feel like “you”. You want to isolate and sleep. So, you go to your doctor and he tells you it’s all in your head. No one seems to understand and you feel crazy. Some of us feel more deeply, some of us are very sensitive to our environment or are allergic to what we’re putting in our bodies. I used to consider myself the Princess and the Pea – where I would feel everything while others felt nothing.
And, regular blood work doesn’t tell an entire story of your condition or any imbalances or…
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As hipsters, we at times, are not sure how active to be. Some of us get stuck in ‘why me’, others go out of their way to be super active to prove bionic hips are as good – if not better – than what we were born with.
Sitting on the sofa and fearing “if we move too much, are “too” active, that our hips won’t last as long” – is not the answer for a long an d happy life. Afterall, that is what we wanted – to get our life back, free from pain and fear. As in everything, moderation is the key – and continuing on with life the way we were before is important for our emotional health as well.
When I speak to other hipsters, we are all curious about the LIFE of a hip replacement, even long after our parts have expired. I am a huge chearleader for being your own advocate, and in this light – we must learn about our bodies. How do we feel after we swim, how does running feel to our hips, knees and legs, is walking the best way to feel healthy and play it safe. What I am saying is – listen to YOUR body. Every hip recipeient is different.
So many of us hipsters wonder how long our new hips last us. Sometimes we stay up at night pondering the possible scenarios…hoping we never have to feel that bone on bone pain again, or worry about another surgery. Recalling the times we woke up in the middle of the night with that OMG pain when we moved in our sleep. Or when we had to take comfort in using a cane to help relieve the pain and have assistance in walking. We recall the times when we cried UNCLE and planned for our hip replacement surgery, feeling like a dog or cat going to the vet…heart pounding, an out of body experience. The search and mission of finding the right surgeon, researching the right procedures for us and connecting with others for support, encouragement and education.
I recall when I asked a friend how long a case of golf balls will last me. We both had a good chuckle at the answer, and the humor in the question. The answer was – it depends how you play, and the course you are on.
Like a classic car that needs to be honored and sometimes rebuilt, our bodies are not that dissimilar. Whether we need new tires, an alignment, or new brakes – it’s about how we use our bodies, our genetics and what we came into this life with. I consider myself lucky in many ways with a new appreciation of this body of mine, and that now I can also help others who are walking down the path of becoming more bionic.