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In the time leading up to hip replacement surgery, you were looking forward to living pain free. But now months after the surgery, you are disappointed with your reality of living with ongoing pain or even worse pain than you had before. What went wrong? Why aren’t you experiencing the pain-free life that you dreamed of? A few things can be going wrong and preventing you from the best possible results after the replacement of your hip.
First and foremost, you might be caught in a painful triad of arthritis involving both the hips and the spine. Replacing one or both hips does not solve the back pain. And fusing the back does not solve the hip pain. The hip-spine connection is frequently encountered in the elderly because all of these parts have deteriorated over time. 1 Sometimes hip arthritis is misdiagnosed as low back pain. Sometimes low back pain is misdiagnosed as hip arthritis. And many times both are seen together in the same person. Even someone who has had t...
In the 14 years since I was "officially diagnosed" with osteoarthritis, I guess I've been quite lucky. Yes, I have nine artificial joints from the waist down, and I'm certainly NOT going to say the surgeries were my idea of fun - neither were all of the follow-up hours of physical-therapy - but yes, I've been lucky. I have only had minimal bouts of horrible pain pre-op and the fun of struggling to get a new joint working correctly, but the reality is, I was fairly ok.
A few short months ago, I suddenly seemed to be falling once in awhile for no obvious reason. This was rather strange for someone who had climbed part of Mt. Kilimanjaro for the SECOND time in January , as well as climbing in the mountains of Madagascar. I was there in February 2011 to photograph endangered animals - and I did so without EVER falling.
The pain in my left hip (yes, it's artificial) suddenly became excruciating with accompanying pain down my entire left leg. The pain in my entire ba...
Hey you, sitting at your computer: Sit up straight and don't slouch. The importance of having good posture at your desk, at your dinner table, and in school has been drilled into your head by the posture police. What about your posture while sleeping? Your body position and alignment during the sleeping hours is just as important as during the waking hours. Heck, you can spend up to half of your day sleeping, so of course sleep posture is important. Poor sleep posture can cause back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and hip pain. Improving your posture while sleeping can help to alleviate many types of pain. You need to know if your sleep posture is poor and ways to improve it.
If you wake up with pain, if your pain is worse during the night while trying to sleep, or if your pain is worse in the mornings when you get out of bed, then chances are that your sleep posture is contributing to your pain experience. If your pain is one-sided and you tend to sleep on one side primarily, ...
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