Good to be back!

I’m Brad a 59 year old runner.

Like many on this site, I put off surgey for too long because my doctor insisted I would not be able to run again. So every year there was one more run, one more goal. When I finally decided to do it because everything was hard to do; walking, running, driving even sleeping. At enrollement period I set up my medical coverage with surgery in mind. Then, lo-n-behold I qualify for Boston 2013.

I went to Boston certain that I would make it my last marathon. I scheduled my surgery for April 27, 2013.  Well I was 1/2 a mile from the finish line when the bombs went off and like many other runners, I was stopped. So now I had to decide, do I put off the surgery another year and run Boston 2014 (since I didn’t fullfill my dream of crossing the finish line)  or just get it over with?

I decided to hold off on the surgery and go for Boston 2014, and while I was at it may as well throw in a 50 miler two weeks before Boston. So I also signed up for the American River 50, I figured these will be my last runs.

I did both and had my surgery on November 17 2014.

Today is October 11 2015, less than a year since my “run ending” THR surgery and I’m signed up and on schedule to do my firsst marathon on November 1, 2015 followed by a 50-K on November 15 and my second marathon on December 6, 2015.

How I wish I’d done this surgery 6 0r 7 years earlier.

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Yvonne – Who the Heck is this Bionic Babe?

Hey all.  I’m your standard once in awhile contributor.  I’m notoriously overwhelmed with too much stuff to do– The Husband (author Weston Ochse) is deployed, my Dad had a stroke last October, I have three Great Danes (two of which are aging), and I work full time *and* still try to write fiction in my “spare” time while taking care of three houses (ours, the old one we haven’t been able to sell, and my Dad’s). What’s relevant here is that I had a hip replacement in June of 2012; my right hip had bugged me since I was a child, when I would occasionally get out of bed and literally collapse when I tried to take a step on the right side. I would “walk it out” (translation: lurch around) and ultimately be fine. It would go away for years, then come back. Then go away. As I got older the going away periods got shorter.

One day in mid-summer 2011 I wore green high heels to work, took a forward step, got a shot in the hip (which had been hurting more frequently), and this time it never went away. I had reached the point where I completely ran out of cartilage on that side. Apparently I had a genetic abnormality where my hip socket was smaller than normal (so same amount of pressure over a smaller area). In the course of the next year and the medical insurance controlling how fast I could get treatment, the top of the femur not only rubbed bone on bone but pushed upward about a half inch or so; I even had a last-ditch effort in the form of a fluoroscopic cortisone shot so I could enjoy a trip to Spain before my surgery (didn’t work and I broke down and bought a cane in Valencia, because I could hardly walk at all). The surgery went fine, my pain was awful because nothing (including all the Oxy, Percocet, etc.) stopped the pain. Then everything became a hundred times worse because I developed severe anemia. Long story short, ditch the whine, … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Dave – About Me

Hi, my name is David Whiteside and I had a total hip replacement on my left hip just over 2 years ago on Dec 6th 2010. I’m 52, originally from England but have lived in the US for last 22 years, father of 3 and grandfather of 2, and my story starts about 20 years ago from my days of playing soccer. Initially my doctor’s diagnosed me as having Hip Bursitis and in my 30’s I should consider giving up soccer, but that was never going to happen. So I continued playing and going back every 2-3 years when the pain got a lot worse until 2002 when I got the correct diagnosis of needing as hip replacement within a year as it was already bone on bone. I have to admit, tears came to my eyes with this news as I enjoyed playing soccer so much. I decided to get a second opinion from a sports specialist and he agreed I needed a hip replacement but encouraged me to keep playing soccer as long as I could, what damage could I do. I started taking Celebrex and it helped for a couple of years until my body got used to it and I then tried other medications but none really agreed as much with my stomach. One of the guys I played soccer with told me about a  natural liquid Glucosamine and Chondroitin formula he was taking which I took and it helped me a lot before I had my replacement allowing me to play for a few more years. By 2010 walking half a mile to the beach I would be limping quite badly and it would just get worse standing up while fishing. Having given up playing soccer 3 years earlier and now it was impacting fishing I decided it was time to take the next step, I was older, technology was better and what did I have to lose.

DaveTo prepare for this I started to run as I wanted to come out of the surgery strong as I hated the idea of not being able … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)