Losing my tread?

English: Hip joint

English: Hip joint (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I knew I would be away from my blog for a few days this week because I had appointments with my Orthopedic surgeon two days in a row. I have osteoarthritis as many older folks do…another of those delightful age-related illnesses. The Doc says he can do nothing for my hip..the cartiledge is gone and I’m walking bone on bone. The X-ray is awful. “When you can’t stand the pain anymore, we will replace it. That could be this year, next year, five years from now, or ten years from now, or never” (assuming I die in the interim?)

The X-ray of my knee discourages him and me. I underwent athroscopic surgery on my knee a few years back to repair a torn meniscus (knee cartilage) and in the intervening time, the cartilage has completely disintegrated. However, he gave me a shot of cortisone in the knee so apparently it is not as bad as my hip where the cartilage between the femoral head and its socket has completely disappeared.

Actually, my back is worse than hip or knee, but I wanted to eliminate the hip and knee as possible “side effects” of my back issues (scoliosis, spinal stenosis)…hence my visits to see him this week. He says the knee and hip have problems of their own. Osteoarthritis affects everything in my body it seems.  

Doctor Mac compares the cartilage in my joints to the tread on tires….when it wears out you replace the tires. I don’t think they can replace my backbone, however.

All this wouldn’t make me miserable, except last week my ophthalmologist told me I needed cataract surgery. Actually, what he said was, “Are you ready to get rid of those cataracts?” I’ve known for years I was developing them…a genetic thing it seems, as is osteoarthritis.

Meanwhile, David is suffering with his own arthritis issues. He accompanied me to the doc’s yesterday and saw his own guy who is in the same practice in the hallway. David had an appointment next week, but his doc asked him how he was, and David told him.

Next thing I knew the doc had pulled David into an examining room and given him two shots, one in the new replacement hip (bursitis), and one in the old knee..both on his right side. He told David his new replacement knee (left side) would not hurt as much if the 83-year old knee (right side) felt a little better and he shifted his weight onto the old knee. (Got that??) 

Anyway, the major motivating factor behind my attempt to lose weight has been to avoid exacerbating my arthritic condition. I have lost 20 lbs and need to lose 20 more. However, David is underweight, so weight does not explain his arthritis.  On the other hand, banging my knees when roller skating and a couple of birth defects in my skeleton were probably contributing factors, to say nothing of falling off the porch and landing on my hip on a huge concrete planter.   

Whoever said aging isn’t for sissies knew what he was talking about.

12 thoughts on “Losing my tread?

  1. I can recommend hip replacement, I had mine replaced almost nine years ago and since then had both cataracts removed. All three made a great difference to my life. Cataracts are day surgery and and the longest part is the half hour drinking tea or coffee after the surgery!

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  2. I’m sure you’ve heard it all before: weight loss, plant-based diet, oregano capsules, exercise. All those have helped with my arthritic knee and spinal stenosis.

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  3. Feels like I am heading down the same path but not to the point of surgery yet. As you said, maybe never. Wishing the best for you, David, Al, Mage, Tom, Friko and Gigi’s David. Blogging has dramatically expanded my prayer list!

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  4. Like others, I can only laugh in recognition at your last sentence. I have one bad ankle and one bad knee. But I also have one older sister who had a hip replaced; and another older sister who’s had BOTH knees replaced. So I figure, no problem … when the time comes, just trade the old ones in.

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  5. I’m with your last point one hundred percent.
    Arthritis and cataracts are far too common as complaints to elicit any sympathy round here. You are the exception if you don’t suffer, not the other way round.

    I was complaining only this morning about being almost entirely in the company of old, decrepit has beens; how am I supposed to remain cheerful?

    Ah well, I’ll have a glass of wine and pick up my IPad to read (can’t use a book because of cataracts). Or perhaps I’ll stay with blogging and whine in common with my blogging mates.

    Look on the bright side~: we might have died already!

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  6. Oh, boy, Oh, boy….we have all the same stuff. Yeah, I move around less and gain weight. I’m the fattest I’ve ever been. Schedule that hip. Mine is being done on the 25th. We will both lose more weight if we can bound around a bit. Schedule the eyes, you will love the colors out there while you are walking. 🙂

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  7. You’ve hacked into my medical records, haven’t you? This is exactly what I am dealing with now myself. Do you think your doctor would give us a 2 for 1 special on the hip replacement?

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