Registered: 2 years, 8 months ago
My name is Mark and I'm 63 years old. I've been a lifelong casual runner but since 2011 I've gotten more serious and have completed a dozen half marathons. In the last year and a half my right hip has been getting increasingly painful. For the longest time I thought it was a strain and that proper strengthing, care and rest would take care of the problem. When self care failed to show improvement ( I'm not inclined to go to the Dr) I sought actual medical advice. X-rays showed significant osteoarthritis. Then the medical playbook - physical therapy, cortisone shots, reduction of running, etc. I had one last half marathon planned, the Disneyland Paris Half, and decided that if I had to crawl to the finish I intended to complete it. The race proved to be challenging and very slow but I got it done. Then back to the Doctor. Unfortunately, nothing helped my symptoms and further deterioration of my hip followed very quickly. I could handle limping and hobbling around but what I couldn't handle was lack of sleep. Pain all night was the deal breaker that finally caused my decision for a THR. Surgery is scheduled for 1/29/18. As anxious as I am, I'm ready to get it done and move on. My Doctor says no running on the new hip. As much as I miss running, I will wait and see. I plan to take recovery slow and easy and see how my new hip can handle differing activities. I do hope to run again. In my mind I am a runner, always have been and always will be whether I have to hang up my shoes or not. My thanks to the Hip Runners! I'm thrilled to find a forum of like minded runners to share their experiences.
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