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From: Joyce C.
Date: 26 Jul 2001
Remote Name: 18.104.22.168
I'm new to this and its good to be able to talk to others who understand what I have been dealing with over 23 years. I am interested in knowing if anyone had hip stems that were "glued' or "cemented" and had them to fail. Both of my first hips failed and had to be replaced. The cement never adhered we found out and literally slid out of the bone after wobbling for two years. As of this writing I am doing well and don't anticipate any updates for many years. My replacements were due to osteoarthritis that developed after several hip dislocations when I was young. I'm 44 now and I have taught preschool up until last year and now teach first grade in the public school system here in Nashville. Even though I've had some "failed"hips it still was the best thing I could have done. To be able to walk and be somewhat active (I have fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis in my low back) because of the replacements is wonderful. I have to admit though I'm still naive because I never knew until I learned of this website just how many types of replacements or alternative surgeries there were. I hope that some of you will share your stories of multiple surgeries and how you're doing and how you cope. At this point I could use encougagement in types of excercises (aquatic especially) that work and in other ways many of you deal with pain and keeping active. One of the best ways for me is to keep busy with church and school activities and to pray. Thanks for bearing through my rattling...