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Ifell 9 mths. Ago and fra tured my hip. I still have to use a walker. Is this normal? I’m 81
HI faith123. So happens my middle name is Faith and I too am 81. And Colleen is correct, I have not fractured my hip but………!!!! I have been in PT for over 3.5 years with the same therapist and we have a ball together. I work hard in PT just to see his smile! Fortunately he is only 44 yrs old so will probably be around for me for the rest of my life. I am fighting to stay out of a wheelchair due to a Dr’s mistake when he injected an overdose of cortisone into my knee that he had replaced two months previously back in 2006. Up until today, I do not use a cane in the house, but outside walk with two canes to prevent a fall. Just so happens, as of this morning, I have had severe hip pain for the very first time. I no longer drive and I recently got a scooter and there is a path between this retirement community and a great grocery store which is also a restaurant, gift shop and ice cream shop. But the path is gravel and very bumpy and I am afraid the bumpy path is precipitating hip pain. I was fine when I went to bed last nite and woke up with leg, knee, hip and back pain. That is why I wrote above ” but…………!!!!!”. Until now today I have not had any pain, so I do a lot of walking. When I first started PT, I was doing Rx exercises in a pool but now, I just do about 15 minutes of Rx exercises first thing every morning, and last Aug I started a walking project. But before that, I used a walker but stopped using that as I think my gait got worse with it. So now I use no canes in the house but two canes outside to prevent a fall. I bought a measuring wheel and it is tied to my left cane and drags behind me and measures the distance I walk to a fraction of an inch. As of last weekend I reached 100 miles……yes, that is miles. But with this new hip and leg pain, I may have to curtail my walking for a while. I hope not. I usually see the surgeon who replaced my knees every 2 years , but with this walking, I decided to see him a year early to check to see what if any thing adverse is happening to my knees. So I had scheduled an appt with him this coming Thursday, but this time we will add the hip to his “looking”. It is after midnight now, as I fell asleep in a reclining chair until just before midnight. and am writing to you…. now 12:37 AM. Do you use the walker for pain or because you are afraid of falling without it. If you use if for fear of falling, why don’t you try using two canes. I started using the walker way back because I noticed that others with a walkers, their gait seemed very good, but I didn’t want to be tied to a walker until I really needed it. WIth two canes, I pay attention to my gait and usually I can step out with it, however I don’t’ walk fast. It takes me about 12 minutes to walk 1000 feet! But I am still walking! I’d better get to bed. Hope to “connect” with you. Oh yes, before I close….when I reached 50 and now 100 miles I bought a cake to celebrate for my therapist and his staff. On it I had them draw a cane with a measuring wheel tied to it, and the words “XXX” miles.
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I have alwaysbeen an independent person. I’m not very good at sitting and my family is getting so they expect more than they give.i need my life back
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I wish I could be as upbeat as you seem to be. I lost my husband 2yrs before this happened.I also have afib and dvt which i didn’t know before surgery. I passed out in my kitchen and broke my hip Aug 3 last year. Have rod and screws. Spent 9 days in hospital. 7 in icu due to blood clot to lung. Went to skilled nursing and rehab from there for i think a month. Have had a round of pt at home for a few weeks. This month the Dr. Started me on more pt 3 times a week. I have same pt as before.The bad leg is shorter and side muscles are very weak. I use walker mostly but have a cane that i use some. I had never broken a bone before and I’ve never been in such pain. I’m also going through some problems with family. I have 2 children a son whom is disabled and a daughter that stays here also with minor disabilities. The trouble is 2 of her grown children followed her.Neither work.Oh well, shows how dumb I am.
Back to the leg. I can walk a few steps but have bad limp. I live in N.C. where are you? Thanks for listening. Any suggestions will be welcome. Faith123
Hi Faith….good to hear from you. I guess I am upbeat, though my PT says I am very negative……in fact we have a code between us….If I think I am being negative , I meow. If positive, I bark. Not sure he has ever meowed to me or barked at me!!! As I’ve said, we have fun together.
Glad to hear you do try using canes. But since I don’t LIMP as you do, I am not sure if that would work for you as well as it works for me. But is sure is worth the try as you become much more mobile.
The reason I have been in PT for over 3 years, is that because of that overdose of cortisone, I now have a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy.and they say I can never get better only worse and that started in 2016. However, my PT seems to think he can over “ride” that thought! I moved to this retirement community in 2010 and back then I could still walk well, Now I can still walk, but definitely not as well…..and a lot slower.
You are fortunate to still have some family. I have no living relatives, except for my Step Mom who is still alive, but is 96 yrs old and lives up in NY near the Canadian border..I was raised in Yonkers, NY, just north of New York CIty but was moved to Doylestown, PA just north of Philly during a company merger in 1986 and to here in 2010. “Here” is in Lancaster, PA as my college room mate lives about 4 miles from me. However, she is now legally blind and between the two of us, neither drives so we haven’t seen each other for a while. Technically I am just north of Lancaster, in Lititz,, PA. ONe of the reasons I moved west from being above Philly is that in checking out retirement communities, I realized the further west I went the cost of retirement community living got cheaper….not cheap, just cheaper! I used to train guide dogs for the blind, so when I became disabled I trained my dog to be MY service dog, but he died back in Jan of 15 suddenly from an apparent stoke. He was an incredible dog. I think he laid awake at night thinking up things he could do for me, and he surely came up with some brilliant ideas on his own!!!!!!! FOr example, I did train him to bring me a portable phone in case I fell and needed help. ONe day I did fall and I was bleeding profusely, and I need help to get up, so I couldn’t use my cell to call for help. So I asked him to bring me a phone, and after he handed me the phone while I was still on the floor waiting for help to arrive, he brought me HIS pillow! I would have never thought to train him that. That was HIS idea alone!
What do you do to keep busy.? DId I tell you any details of my “walking Project?” I’m ,afraid if I go back to look at what I’ve already told you, I may lose what I have written now! Gail
Hey Gail, what a coincidence, my Father in law was blind and several service dogs down through the years . He owned a piano store here in Winston Salem. Sales tuning and servicing.He met Mom in school for the blind in Raliegh.She taught piano. They had 5 children all sighted. I had to have my little furbaby put to sleep before xmas. 10 yrs old with cushings . Sure hurts doesn’t it?
I work crosswords, Facebook and watch tv. I am now getting pt 3 times aweek. I do think i didn’t limp as bad today, but my pulse rate goes wild every time I walk. Afib acting up i suppose. I also have copd. I thought about retirement living at one time but expence is high and want to be home as long as I can. The nursing rehab was a bad experience for me. So understaffed. Best wishes and prayers going up for you. Keep me posted on your self. Faith Starling
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@faith123 Thanks for sharing your very interesting life story! You also seem to be involved in some interesting activities, good for you.
I am glad to hear that your limp seems better with PT. However, I feel a bit concerned when you said, “but my pulse rate goes wild every time I walk. Afib acting up I suppose.” I’m wondering if there may be some adjustment that your doctor can make to your meds to help control this. Have you called your cardiologist’s office about the pulse rate increase when you walk?
I only see my pcp. They have never sent me to cardio dr. I think i dropped my blood thinner yesterday morning and didn’t take it for i found one on the floor. Do you think that could cause it?
@faith123 I’m not a medical professional, so I couldn’t answer that question. I would, however, strongly suggest that you talk with your doctor about the symptoms you are experiencing when you walk. In order to check this out, Is it possible to ask your PCP for a referral to a cardiologist? Teresa
I go back to him aug. I will ask him then. My pcp retired and i now see a pa in the place i have been going for 25 years. I think i need to change but i dont know if i should. I’m 81
@faith123 I do understand how hard it is to make changes as we age. I suppose you have to weigh the advantages of changing doctors and/or seeing a cardiologist against the discomfort of change. What do you think is in your best interests right now? Teresa
I take vitamin D 3 2000 iu every day my daughter got 5000 iu by mistake. Do you think it would hurt to takr it?
Hi @faith123. I was just passing by when I saw your question about Vitamin D3. I just finished dealing with it myself, and that included some research. Here’s the crux of what I learned. Maximum regular dosage of Vitamin D is 4000 IU (international units) per day. In rare cases, specialists will prescribe much higher doses, often intravenous, but off-the-shelf amounts need to be treated as “regular,” especially in summer when we tend to get a lot of sunshine which manufactures Vitamin D in our skin. Since your daughter’s pills are 5000 IU and somewhat above the recommended maximum, I’d suggest that she cut each in half if possible. If it came in capsules that can’t be divided, I’d suggest taking one every other day, an hour after a meal. Do you think that will work for her?
I was afraid to take them so she got me the 100 iu so i take 2. The 500 iu were jel so don’t know if they can be cut
@faith123, my comments yesterday were aimed at Vitamin D3 doses of 2000 IU and 5000 IU per day. Doses of 200 IU and 500 IU per day should pose no hazard whatsoever. Martin
I fell august 2016 and fracturef my hip.surgery consisted of rod and 2 s rews. I ha e a lump formed in my groin. Ct scan showed it coming from hip. Anyone else had this?
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