Hi Pat and welcome.
I'm sorry to hear about your pain. I have not had any experience personally or through friends regarding the surgery - but wanted to wish you well in your quest to feel better. I'm quite jealous of your activity level.
The mind is a funny thing and it is amazing how your body can react to concern, stress, and other emotions. I wouldn't pull out the permanet pipe and slippers just yet ..this is still all very new for you and your body as well and your mind are adjusting to this new information and pain. I don't think you should have to or need to give up your active lifestyle, but you do need to do research and see what you can do to avoid making things worse, keeping pain to a minimum, and learning to listen to the new "voice" in your body.
Hi, just got back from 2 hours of Tennis. Starting to get harder to finish the session off now. 2 paracetemol+codeine help a little. Hot bath when I got back, that seems to help the most.
I have a dull ache at the moment which will slowly turn into pain. Not excrutiating pain like before I started taking my anti-inflamitaries but just that constant nagging pain that wears you down and stops you from sleeping.
I'll have a couple of hours rest now. Then onto my Body works pro to warm my joints ready for my squash. 2 more pain killers and a hot bath when i get back, another anti-inflam and almost certainly no sleep tonight again.
Funnily enough it's the phantom pain in my knee that hurts the most and ther is nothing wrong with that.
Anyway the chair and pillows are calling me.
Make a calender with your best photos! LOL....all proceeds going to Healingwell! hah! I bought a Gazelle about 5 years ago when my RA got bad & the gym was a waste to pay 60 dollars a month. I was disapointed because it had almost no resistance, but it did feel great on the hips. Streatches them nicely. But maybe they make a better model now, I'm sure.
Now I just walk when & for as long as I can. My weight is not a problem (94 pounds)...but like you know...I'm used to having a very very lean physique [ photos available...my agent is Ducky]....LOL! Trying to embrace my "squishiness".
I can definitely see the football causing the major pains...try something lighter...say Rugby, just kidding.
Do you bike? Cycling is pretty much joint sparing.
The best to you Pat.
Hi, I am only to pleased to listen to anyones opinion (after all that's why I'm here).
It's very awkward for me, I have spent the last 23 years keeping reasonably fit. I have been able to keep going this long because I love it so. I have so often heard the phrase "Quality of Life".
This is a compromise of how much pain compared to how much pleasue my sport gives me. i am in the early stages of my condition. So far I have had just over a year of almost unbearable pain because I had not gone to the Docs. Since seeing him and getting some meds the pain has been reduced a great deal. (Although had a really bad day today, could hardly walk if I was offered a new hip and knee today I would have jumped at the chance)
Living in th UK I either have to wait to see a specialist (this could be as long as 6 months) or pay to see someone. Over here that would be way out of my capabilities to pay as I have never had the forsight to take out insurance.
Until I have had expert advice I will continue to do as much as possible. I am getting a Tony Little Gazelle Elite on Monday to try and help keep my joints moving. This hopefully will help with the pain also.
Anyway I can still only do what my body will allow.
Xmas is just around the corner so I will have a little rest time. I am going to get a new Chess set from my partner and start playing that again just in case the worst happens and I have to stop my sporting activities. I also still have my PC to keep me busy.
I am currently teaching 2 people the finer arts of the game of Squash and don't really want to let them down unless I have no other choice.
If the worst does happen I have already been lucky enough to have spent as much time as I could with my children when they were younger. I helped my son improve his football (still play with him on a Tuesday night). During the summer I spent most nights in the park with both of my children and taught them both to swim. Now they are older and mostly go their own way.
Fooled you! hah! I'm not too computer savy and do not know how to transnfer photos onto a written post! So the cartoon people will have to do.
Aha! I forgot about Madam Tussauds. They have quite a bit of money (well, her husband does...he works on Wall Street in New York) so I know they will hit Harrods.
My sister studied English Literature when in University...so she holds the UK dear to her heart.
When I traveled Europe I did the opposite of what the "tourists" did! And I was pretty much "under the influence" in London on my journeys around the city...so I cannot remember where I went! But, I did get mooned by 6 British guys outside a pub near the big VirginMega Store....they were singing, "You are My Sunshine"....and down with their pants they went on the last verse. Priceless.