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    THR Knee pain 1½ years after THR

    I saw the rheumatologist today. She's pretty certain that the knee pain is due to arthritis, though she ordered a blood test for gout (result was negative) as well as Lyme disease (still waiting for that result). She recommends PT up to twice a week, icing, and perhaps a knee support. I asked if...
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    THR Knee pain 1½ years after THR

    Thanks, @Eman85, @GrannyC, @Layla, and @MammaT. After I see the rheumatologist on Monday I'll decide whether to make an appointment with the ortho surgeon who did my THR. The ortho surgeon's nurse responded to my email in which I asked whether the knee pain might be referred pain from the site...
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    THR Knee pain 1½ years after THR

    Thanks, @Josephine, for the response and the scorecard. I've now emailed the office of the surgeon who did my hip replacement (he also treats knees), describing my knee-pain onset and asking about being seen by him. I'm wondering if the knee pain might be related to altered biomechanics...
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    THR Knee pain 1½ years after THR

    Hi, all. I've not been on this site since around the time of my R THR in late October of 2016. Everything seemed to be going well postop -- and perhaps it still is. However, over just the last week I've had a new problem, and after doing some online research I have the unsettling suspicion that...
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    THR Groin & Thigh Pain 5 Months After<

    I agree with @Josephine that NSAIDs can be dangerous. It's not for me to say whether PPIs may or may not be beneficial in specific situations. Obviously, this risk is just one among other factors that patients and their physicians would want to consider in relation to PPI use.
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    THR Groin & Thigh Pain 5 Months After<

    @Josephine, this article touts the supposedly salutary effects of proton-pump inhibitors to offset possible damage done by NSAIDs. PPIs are falling into disfavor, at least in the U.S., and rightfully so, as they have been linked to C. difficile colitis as well as osteoporosis. (Though there is...
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    THR Last surgery of the day

    The advisory that no fluids should be consumed after midnight prior to surgery is both outdated and unnecessary. I've had this conversation now about four times in the last few years prior to procedures and surgeries. Each time, a preop-admission nurse insisted that the mandate be strictly...
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    THR I actually went through with it!

    @SwimGirl, I like the paper-plate idea; would probably use a paper bowl, but still that'd be less unwieldy than maneuvering heavy ceramic bowls with reacher tool. It's filling the cat's water bowls that doesn't seem to lend itself to any posture other than bending. Most days, someone comes to...
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    THR I actually went through with it!

    Had my one-month follow-up today with surgical nurse. According to her, I am doing great ... so much so that I am cleared to drive if I can brake the car on short notice without discomfort, allowed to lean down to retrieve/refill cat bowls if I hold onto something for support and stretch...
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    THR Total hip replacement activity level and dislocation

    @Josephine and @Postalgal, I see my mistake. Looks like about five months before dislocation risk is "low." (Still seems like a long time ... but better than years.)
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    THR Total hip replacement activity level and dislocation

    @Josephine, I'd asked you a question, earlier in this thread (on Wednesday), about the dislocation-rate chart. Still interested in the answer :)
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    THR Total hip replacement activity level and dislocation

    @Josephine, if I am reading the chart right, the risk of dislocation goes to low only after nearly two years; is that correct?
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    THR Post op with lots of questions

    Compression stocking caused a secondary, unnecessary injury on my operated side. (I had RTHR three weeks ago.) It bunched up, creating a tourniquet-type injury, which culminated in a massive blister. When the blister broke, I was left with an open wound that has had to be monitored and dressed...
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    THR Risk of moving femoral stem

    There is still a raging debate re: alleged "need" for antibiotics prior to so-called invasive dental procedures. The American Dental Assn has revised its guidelines to say that antibiotics are NOT needed for routine tooth cleanings, novicaine injections, etc., and not necessarily for other...
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    THR I actually went through with it!

    Problem du jour: OT was here today and pointed out that the raised-toilet contraption should have been fitted with a splash guard. (Yes, not having it was causing unwanted leakage on floor.) I found it and she put it on. But how the heck can you clean this thing without bending down? My...

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