Perthes - Effect of Cold Climate ?

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I've had perthes when I was about 13 years. I underwent surgery (hip osteotomy, I think), and then after 5-6 months, I was able to walk again. I'm 23 now and am more or less fit, though I do suffer from occasional pain in my left hip. Fortunately, most of it is relieved by cycling.

I have been living in a tropical climate (temperature between 5 to 30 deg Celsius) and am about to move to a much colder climate (with a minimum temperature of about -20 deg Celsius). I was wondering if this would affect my hip and leg adversely.

If anyone knows about the [b:4795b42bef]effect of low temperatures/cold climate on perthes patients[/b:4795b42bef], please do reply. Any kind of feedback is more than welcome, especially from those who've lived in colder climates. Also, any precautions or tips regarding this would be welcome.

I am in a time crunch regarding my moving decision and prompt replies would be very gratefully appreciated. Thanks.


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    If it's any help. my hip gets worse when its cold but not exclusively and not unbearably.
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    Hi, I am 43 and had perthies since I was 7 years old, as above if it helps I to tend to suffer more when its colder weather. You have youth on your side, so go for it if thats what you want, try not to let it restrict you, although I fully understand why you ask the question.

    Same as above, hope this helps.


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    Thank you both for your replies. They've helped a lot. I have decided to move.
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    Hi, I see I am lapsing on your time crunch ...but just wanted to wish you well and hope you haven't found the change in climate to hard. I have had Perthes from the age of 11 years land have lived in the North East of Scotland for all my 26 years after. I have found it is not so much the once warm to cold climate but the change from winter/spring into summer and the summer into autumn/ winter. I have a few bad days/ weeks always at this time of year. Know I now this it doesn't seem so hard to bare. I also have in age become aware that I have to be careful when just carrying the local shopping or turning with a load for the washer.... these are things that I hope you are aware... if you are in pain more than usual ..keep a diary of what you have done and look back to see if it's useful... simply carrying your messages to the car ( as bag yes) then being the one to pull them from the cart into your trunk...... please I have found so many little things that I now know are the reasons for a lot of pain/ no sleep/ and suffering I don't need to have. Of course I was never on bed rest/ wheel chair/ or splinters and am aware how lucky I was as a child but it is today and how you keep up your fitness and awareness that is important. I hope you don't ignore them like you th best cx
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