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. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.
2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.
3. Mrs T looked like the leaning tower of Pisa; she had a slipped disc at L5 making her lean towards the opposite side. It's called the postero lateral disc hernia; she's much better after two weeks of treatment and will go back to work next week, part time. Lateral discs are more difficult; both take a minimum of six weeks to heal. In my opinion, antalgic patients need what I call exercising bed rest. Sit and it won't get better.
4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months. He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the groin pain, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.
5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.
6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your lower back is just as important as the pain.
7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.
8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.
9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.
10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.
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. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.
13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback
since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he
has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments
he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?
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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