Moderate left Hip Osteoarthritis and mild in the lower back
I am 50 years old and I have had symptoms of pain in the hip for almost 3 years and have finally had a diagnosis from xrays of the left SI Joint, lumbar back, and left hip - 10 xrays were taken in all in different positions.
I have pain that radiates down to the knee and feel groin pain. Some days are worse than others for pain. I went bowling a month or so ago and this has really flared something up; symptoms seemed to have gotten a lot worse - the xrays were taken about 2 weeks ago so it was after the bowling.
Before the bowling incident I could grocery shop and go out but it is very limited now and I push a cart and kind of limp around and the pain increases. I was taking glucosamine sulphate for a month but have discovered I am allergic. I had pain in my throat area; it wasn't sore to swallow though, and also tightness in my chest area too like sore muscles and also in the front sides of my neck. I was also going pee about 25 times a day and up 2 or 3 times in the night as well; after I stopped taking the supplement the symptoms went away.
Can you recommend any other supplements? I have stiffness in the morning; I do sleep okay and not woken up much by pain. I went to my first physio and have a couple stretching exercises to do and they will try tens. I was told by the therapist to get into a specialist and look into hip resurfacing so that I can avoid a total hip replacement til I'm 65.
I had a D&C surgery which was a simple procedure when I was 35 and I had excessive bleeding and my blood pressure dropped very low and they had to keep me in the hospital to monitor me. My blood pressure tends to be low 100/75 and it dropped a lot during this surgery. I'm afraid of having a major surgery and want to avoid this at all costs. Can you advise any other supplements to try and what other things I can do.
I am overweight and have lost 30 lbs over the last 6 months and am still working on more weight loss; probably another 40 or 50 lbs to go. I'm going to try yoga and swimming as well but I am unable to get down on the hard floor for exercising so I do what I do on the bed.
I take a regimen of vitamins - multi, calcium, vit d and c, omega 3.. I also have a fruit smoothie in the morning made with fresh fruit and green tea instead of fruit juice - also add cinnamon & lemon juice to it. I will now cut out starches from what I read they are not good and all sugars as well.
I eat a lot of vegetables and little meat - mostly chicken and fish; some hamburger. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you so much.
Well done, Cheryl, you've made a great start to regaining control over your health.
Research shows that the SINGLE MOST EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR HIP ARTHRITIS is to lose weight. So, a fantastic start, but do go all the way. Quite right, avoiding the starches is the easiest way forward.
Not only will this weight loss greatly help with your hip condition, but of course reduce the chances of stroke, diabetes...
The glucosamine chondroitin sulphate research is very weak. So no surprise it didn't help you. What is proven is fish oil. Actually, the omega-3 oil in fatty fish. I would also start taking flax seed oil, and grinding up your own flax seeds for mueslis, hummus and so on.
Don't be concerned about the fat where omega-3 is found. These are healthy oils, and it's very dangerous to go off all fats. Just change to the good oils, particularly from the olive, fish and flax. Walnuts too.
If you have access to a pool, start swimming regularly, the best exercise for an arthritic hip or knee.
Chiropractic: I have an aggressive treatment for hip arthritis that is quite effective. Usually, I'm afraid it doesn't help always, but usually chiropractic mobilisation of the hip, adjustments of the sacroiliac joint and a back rehab programme make a huge difference.
But that's your decision. If you're happy with the PT treament you're getting, stay with it.
Good luck, keep going... one other thing, fruit is high in carb, but I notice in the Weigh Less programme they don't count the calories from fruit. I go along with that, eat more fruit, though perhaps be conservative with the very sweet fruits.
A chicken bone extract has been proven to help with the inflammatory arthritides and may help your hip. Nice anyway, makes a great veg soup. See our Chicken Bones page at C-H.
Comments for Moderate left Hip Osteoarthritis and mild in the lower back
1. Mrs D, a 78 year old woman has very severe sacroiliac joint pain, and even more severe cramps in her right leg. There are two problems; she is on two diuretics but no slow K. Taking her temporarily off one diuretic and adjusting the SIJ brought 50 percent relief within four days.
2. Mr S, a 48 year old man, has right low back pain, groin pain and a numb feeling in his lower leg when he sports. For six months he's been off football. He too has two problems; a very treatable lumbar facet syndrome and a very serious blocked artery in the groin; it's called intermittent claudication. Smokers beware.
3. Mr S looks like the leaning tower of Pisa; he has a slipped disc at L5 making him lean towards the opposite side. It's called the postero lateral disc hernia; we'll fix it, but he has to stop for a week or two. Antalgias are serious so take them seriously.
4. Mrs V too has two conditions; a chronic low grade sciatica giving her an ache in the right leg, and a threatening Morton's neuroma. She's glad I'm back in Holland; chiropractic fixed it before, and we'll fix it again.
5. Mrs W is one of the lucky ones, says her doctor. I agree. He says only 40% of patients with lumbar stenosis have a successful operation. We fixed a nasty slipped disc three years ago, but it came back two years later; the surgeon did a fine job but she has a weak ankle now giving her subtalar joint pain; it's routine stuff.
6. I myself had an acute exacerbation of a femoral nerve lesion last year. One immediate treatment of the new strain by my colleague has fixed the pain in the lower back, but there's some residual numbness in the lower leg; no soaring tomorrow alas.
7. This lady is a 86 year old woman with a 63 scoliosis. Chronic lower back has been her lot in life but she's well pleased with chiropractic and comes for chiropractic help once a month; some conditions you can never cure.
8. She is an 78 year old woman, is doing remarkably well with a bad sciatica. But over 200 pounds she is not losing weight; in fact, gaining despite my suggestions. She's high risk for a stroke. I have referred her to a dietician to crack the whip.
9. A 61 year old man with upper cervical pain yesterday; it's not severe but also not getting better of its own accord. He's afraid it may turn very acute as when I treated him three years ago. Since then it's been fine.
10. A 64 year old woman has had scheuermanns disease; it's left her with a spinal kyphosis and chronic middorsal pain. She responds well to chiropractic treatment provides she come every six weeks or so for maintenance treatment.
11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.
12. Mrs D, a middle aged woman with hip pain of one year duration, despite other treatment. Xrays reveal an impingement syndrome and early hip arthritis. There's much to be done.
13. Mrs B has had one of the nastiest of conditions; vertigo caused by a
disturbance in the inner ear. Falling repeatedly and vomiting she
consulted her doctor but medication didn't help. After two sessions of
the Epley manoeuvres she was 50 percent better. After two weeks 75 percent improved. No longer vomiting all falling. She's not enjoying the Brandt Daroff home exercises.
And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.
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