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Hip help

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allule Tue 24-Mar-20 13:19:31

I have been diagnosed with osteo arthritis of one hip. and put on the list for a hip replacement. This seems a remote possibility at present, and I wonder if any gransnetters have advice on living with it? It's particularly painful first thing in the morning, and I'd change my mattress if I thought that would help.

Sparklefizz Tue 24-Mar-20 13:32:25

Sorry to hear that you've got OA in one hip. Have you had physio yet? I have OA in my right hip, also in neck, lower back, ankles and fingers.

I was sent first of all for physio and given a set of exercises. You can find these exercises online, and they have helped a great deal with the pain. I don't want a new hip if I can possibly help it as I know it's not necessarily the answer to everything and know of many people who are still suffering pain afterwards.

OA is always painful first thing in the morning, and I do a series of exercises for back, hip, neck, etc etc before I get out of bed to help with mobility.

Sparklefizz Tue 24-Mar-20 13:33:39

versus arthritis is a helpful website.

Nonogran Tue 24-Mar-20 13:38:51

Hello Allule, yes changing my mattress helped my general stiffness in the mornings when I rose from bed. I had no idea a new mattress could make such a massive difference as I considered my previous mattress to be comfortable. If your mattress is at least 8 years old, it might be worth a try. Don't be embarrassed to lie out on beds in the show room and, make sure the bed is high enough to easily sit on but not too high if you're not very tall. Ive had a total knee replacement and have been utterly amazed at how Turmeric capsules 600mg (must be with Black Pepper) taken regularly twice a day have eased my pain in the other knee, back and my hand. Capsules available from a famous brand with shops on high street or presumably on line. I never thought it possible that Turmeric could ease my symptoms like it has. Thinking if you and chin up.

Sunlover Tue 24-Mar-20 14:12:02

There’s a great website called Bone Smart. It’s a bit like GNet with lots of threads about hips/ knee replacements. It was a life line for me when I was going through a hip replacement.

allule Wed 25-Mar-20 11:19:42

Thanks so much....I knew I'd find help here! I'll follow those up. I find it trying when I want to do things, but the simplest task becomes such an effort...weighing up whether to go and get myself a drink, for example!
I think I should have a higher, firmer chair, but to make room for one I should have to get rid of my lovely squishy sofa, which is so comfortable, but getting so hard to get up from!

Sunlover Wed 25-Mar-20 11:50:53

We have just bought an new sofa. The old one was soooo comfy but I really struggled to get up from it. New one is lovely and a bit higher so getting up and down is easier. Not as comfy though.

Charleygirl5 Wed 25-Mar-20 12:21:37

Allule think ahead before you buy anything. When thinking about a chair it must be a reasonable height so that after your hip replacement you will be able to get out of it without dislocating your hip.

Your present armchair sounds very comfortable but it would be a no-no after a THR.

If there are any shops open, or maybe do it online, have you considered a mattress topper before you fork out on hundreds of £££ for a new mattress?

I have a memory foam mattress which was too low so I bought a mattress topper so my bed is a decent height and I find it very comfortable. They are not everybody's cup of tea because it is difficult to get out of bed (I have my ankle pinned and bilateral knee replacements).

I lent my single topper to a friend and she hated it because it made her feel too hot. My double topper keeps the bed warm when I amble to the loo during the night.

Humbertbear Wed 25-Mar-20 12:23:42

It’s painful in the morning because all your muscles have relaxed over night after working hard to keep your hip in place. And it can be excruciating. I used to wake up ceying