I just wanted to come here to introduce myself. My name is Sara, I am 32, and I have been told I need THR. I have always loved sports but growing up I had a hard time finding where I connected to sports. Hand eye coordination has never been my thing, and I was often left on the sidelines. When I went to college I originally went for sports management, looking to find my connect to sport but my career ended up someplace else. When I was about 26 I decided I need to get in shape. I started running for weight loss (I was never overweight, just didn’t like where I was headed) and feel in love with running for the effects on my mental health/how it made me feel.
S0, here I am 6 years later. Two doctors have told me I need THR, which I have seen the x-ray, and there is no doubt that is true. The first doctor I felt like was in disbelief because of my age, no family history of arthritis, no former injuries, and I felt like did one of those “in disbelief laughs” and told me to find another way for stress relief other than running. Told me to play tennis, swim or go for walks and said “even walking can be bad”. Second doctor I saw was top Boston hospital. Same story, no running. Felt pretty defeated after that. I feel they are telling me the same thing they would tell someone a lot older than me, who isn’t that active. I like to push myself/explore and I feel like I am being told I can’t do that anymore. I have an appointment with a running clinic/hospital in Boston next month. I am hoping they can have an more optimistic approach.
I have found an awesome Physical Therapist. She has been great and thinks that my femur on my right side (the bad hip) is longer then the left and that is what is caused the OA. For me, I just want to know what caused this so I can get back to being active, and damage the prosthetic less after surgery. I feel like the the orthopedic surgeons I have seen are really great at what they do, but they have no interest in finding out why this has happened, just to fix the problem at hand. Which I guess in reality, that’s their job. But nerveless, still frustrating.
In my head I have a timeline of getting it done the first week in December. My company shuts down for 2 weeks in December, so more time to recover. Also my favorite holiday is New Years so I want to be up on my feet before than. I want to stay active this summer. I love stand up paddle boarding and I don’t want to be on the couch all summer (we have had a brutal spring in Boston this year and I just want to be outside as much as possible). I have in my head this summer I have to be fit as possible before this surgery. So looking for ways to do that this summer. I do the strong lifts 5X5 program, cycling classes, and I swam last Saturday and it felt great! I need to do better at the workouts my PT gives me, I know those are the most important.
With surgery being done in December 2018, I have hopes to run the Boston Marathon 2020. I need to run Boston once. If that’s my last, then so be it. Do you think that is doable?
Thanks so much for setting up this page! It has given me hope!