Thigh Pain?

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I’m about 17 months post Right Total Hip Replacement. Ceramic on Ceramic and cement less. It took me about a year to really feel good running again. I was able to run some mostly uphill mountain races here in Alaska and coached XC running this fall and jumped into some 5K’s. My fastest this fall in trails was a 17:48, so I was really happy to be running again and getting fit.  I tried not to overdo it too. I was probably running about 30 miles a week with lots of just uphill hiking.  About 4-5 weeks ago I started to get some sharp pain in my mid- thigh, but would go away after a good warmup. Then eventually, it was so sharp and painful that it would stop my right in my tracks.  I could barely walk and now I’m walking with a stupid limp at times.

I went and got an X-ray, which they said the implant looked good and nothing was loose, so that eased my mind but I was still walking with a limp and pain at times. I also got an MRI done. I can’t remember the exact term, but doctor said it was a precursor to a stress fracture? Not sure I believe him or not.  When I look at x-rays/pics I can never tell what they are talking about.  He wants me to not run for at least 2 months, which shouldn’t be a problem because I physically can’t run right now if I wanted too.   It doesn’t hurt to bike or ellipticial at all. It’s only when I’m weight bearing. I am walking without a limp most of the time now, but I can definitely feel it when I take a few steps and try to run. Pretty disappointed. I hope I didn’t screw things up by running too much.

Anyone else experience this?  My plan is just to bike and strength train until the new year and hopefully I can run again.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

1 year Post Total Hip Replacement

Well I thought I would share some news on my Total Hip Replacement.  On May 9th, 2018 I got an anterior right total hip replacement.  Ceramic on Ceramic.  I was 44 years old and have been an avid runner for the past 10 years running 3-4 thousand miles a year with about 2 marathons a year.  Ran Boston 8 times with a 2:34:28 marathon at the age of 40.

I was able to start biking pretty good about 4 weeks after the surgery, but running never felt good for a long time.  My hip felt pretty good hiking at inclines of 20-40%, so it was nice to get in the mountains here in Alaska or on the incline treadmill.  I would be careful coming down though and used trekking poles.

I’ve just recently started doing anything that resembles to running.  I would say at 10 months, I was able to shuffle pretty comfortable but a long stride and flat terrain still didn’t feel great on the hip.  This past month it has been feeling much better.  I run about 3 times a week between 5-8 miles and can keep a 7:30 pace and have it feel pretty good on the hip.  The other days I bike and hike.

I guess my advice to everyone is just be patient.  When I would see stories of people running after a few months, it was kinda discouraging because I was nowhere near that.  I would always think something went wrong in my surgery or I would never be able to run again.  It just takes time to recover and everyone is different.  I am so happy where I’m at now and I know it’ll get better as time goes.  I’m super stoked to run the uphill mountain races here in Alaska this summer, especially after missing all last summer recovering.  They key for me is to make sure I don’t overtrain and mix it up with biking and hiking.

My other hip is pretty arthritic as well, but I hope to get another 2 years of playing before getting that one done.  It’s … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Thigh and Knee pain

Hello hiprunners,

I had an anterior hip replacement on May 9th.  I was biking and uphill hiking as good as ever 8-10 weeks post op.  I can still bike and do the elliptical without any pain.  A few weeks ago though, I started experiencing some pretty good thigh and knee pain.  Someday’s it makes it very difficult to even walk.  Only hurts when I’m weight bearing. Has anyone else experienced this?  I don’t have any pain in the hip, but I’m thinking it’s where the implant goes into my femur and I hope it hasn’t moved or become loose, etc… I understand that the bone grows around this new implant and maybe that’s the pain I’m still feeling.  Just frustrated that it was going pretty well and now this pops up.  I’ve never had thigh or knee pain before.  I’m thinking of going back to my Doctor just to get an x-ray and some peace of mind.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

When to expect to run without pain?

Hello hip runners!

I’ve been following this website for almost a year, but this is my first post.  I appreciate all the information I’ve learned and it’s motivating listening to stories. I had an anterior right total hip replacement on May 9th, 2018 at the young age of 44.  First few weeks post op were pretty brutal, but I was biking just about as hard and long as I wanted around 6-8 weeks.  I can also hike/run up mountains (I live in Alaska) and hike/run on the incline treadmill at 25% grade with little to zero pain.  I’m very careful using poles when I have to descend down the mountain though.

I’m just curious as to when most people can start running without feeling pain in the hip? I know everyone is different, but when have most people on this forum able to start running and having it feel normal again?  I’ve tried a few times (usually 1-2 miles at a very slow pace) and it definitely doesn’t feel good and my gait ends up horrible, so I just listen to my body and stop. I know I’m not ready to start yet, but I’m only at 16 weeks post op.  I’m in no hurry to start, but looking forward to running again.

Just a quick background on myself.  I wrestled in high school and college and got into marathon running in my 30s.  I’ve run about 20 marathons and 8 of those were the Boston Marathon.  I’ve averaged about 3,500 miles a year for the past 10 years, so I’m sure that led to having a hip replacement sooner than later.  I never really crossed trained at all, I just ran everyday.  I was pretty competitive with PR’s of 15:58 5K, 33:07 10K, 1:12:35 1/2 marathon, and 2:34:29 full marathon all of which happened in my 40’s.

I’ve come to terms that my faster running days are over, but I’d love to still be able to get out 3 days a week to run and fill the other days with biking, skiing, and hiking.

 

Tom

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