Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Oh my achin' hip

I was a little too ambitious yesterday taking Aidan on a walk and using the baby backpack. I love wearing the backpack as it burns more calories and gets me a better workout. Plus Aidan likes riding on Mommy. His patience lasts much longer there than in a stroller. So we walked over 4 miles, which is no big deal -- it used to not be a big deal anyway. But by the time we got home I was pooped. I mean Aidan weighs over 25 pounds!

Later that night my left hip started hurting. It's been painful now for the last couple of months and I've been taking glucosamine and controitan tablets hoping it will help. My sister said it helped her hip joint after about 6 weeks. I'm still waiting. I think my hip problem is a result of power walking for the last 18 years.

When I was trekking in Nepal in 2001 I had a hip joint attack when I was a good 5 days hard walk from the nearest town. All I could do was hope it went away and it did, thank goodness. But walking four miles with a baby on your back on flat ground is small beans compared to the hard climbing I was doing five years ago. Can five years really do that much deterioration? I'm so glad I went trekking when I did because I don't know that I could do it nowadays. I could whip myself into better physical condition no problem, but the hip joint -- your skeleton and cartledge -- you cannot get into better shape.

One morning several months ago I got out of bed and the pain was so severe I could barely walk. Fortunately that happened only that one time and it didn't last long. I hope my body doesn't fall apart on me! My consistent exercise regimine has been not only to control and maintain my ideal weight but to feel good! It's for a good quality of life. I hope I won't need a hip replacement when I'm older. Yikes.


amygeekgrl said...

ouch. that sounds awful. have you thought about seeing a doctor or maybe trying acupuncture? hope you get some relief soon.

alise said...

One word to fix your aching hip: YOGA. Seriously. Even if it is just ten minutes.