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[THR] AJinNH’s recovery RTHR

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by AJinNH, Mar 18, 2018.

  1. Atkinson8

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    I've enjoyed your thread discussions - I had left hip replaced in August and it seemed just about when I didn't need to rely totally on my right hip anymore, it decided to quit on me. The pain was eerily familiar - and I denied as long as possible. When I went for my 6 week check up, my OS xrayed the right hip and yes, it was in bad shape and needed replacement. I wept. Now, 2 weeks post op on the right hip - I'm glad it happened the way it did. I'm not pain free (way too soon for that) but even now, the discomfort is nothing like before - I walk with less fear of pain, move better, and see the light at the end of this particular tunnel. The one thing about hips---- we can try to hold off getting them fixed, but when they decide it's time, it's time.
    Keep up the good work and enjoy the holidays.
     
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  2. AJinNH

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    Hey @anny ! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! How have you been? I’ve been alternating between busy and exhausted. I hope to find that happy medium before I keel over.
    I’ve missed everyone on BS, sorry I stayed away so long.
     
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    Hi @Atkinson8 nice to meet you, how is your recovery going? I’m doing well, returning to everyday life, but still need to remind myself that I’m still healing. My biggest challenge these days is needing to prioritize things so that I leave time for stretching and modest activity. Inactivity is NOT my friend. Hang in there, it gets better.
     
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    :hi:So glad to see you on the forum.
    It is so good to know that all in all you are doing well.
    Stiffening up after sitting or riding for a period was an issue for me for well over a year...still can be...but then might be even without the hip replacement:shrug:
    I blame it all my hips, not getting older:heehee:
    We are doing it!
    Hope this week finds you happy and healthy:tada:
     
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  5. AJinNH

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    Hey @Mojo333 , nice to hear from you. I have a lot of catching up to do.
    You know it’s much easier to blame everything on my hip than on getting older, but there’s some of that too.
    My left hip (the ‘good’ one) has been acting up from time to time, at its worst it throbs like a tooth ache. It’s also not in the front of my groin like the right, but more inside and towards the back. I asked that they check it out when I go in for my annual appointment. But so far, knock on wood, it’s manageable.
    As I told another BS member, I don’t think about my hip most days, so I’ll take that, thank you!
    I’ll be relieved once I’ve had my annual appointment and hear that everything is fine. I’m sure that the occasional thigh pain after activity is normal healing, but I’m going to worry about it until March 20th. That’s just me.
    In the meantime I’m staying busy. I still fly back and forth between NH and IL. I love it, but it definitely interrupted the rhythm I had going earlier in my recovery, I’ve become less consistent with daily activity. I’m working on correcting that now. I had some health issues in the fall that slowed me down too, so hopefully now I’ll get back on track.
    I hope you’re staying warm, it’s freezing up here in NH.
     
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    I'm freezing and it is 53 degrees:heehee:
    The muscles around my hips don't like cold...shivering...tightens everything up and makes things achy.
    Don't understand how ice felt SO good for all those months.:shrug:
    Hope lefty isn't needing attention but I've got to say...life with two good new hips has been SWEET!:ok:
     
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    So nice to see your post, old friend.
    What a great update!
    I'm sorry to read you had some health issues in the Fall. I hope it's resolved.
    Great to hear you're still traveling back and forth to Illinois and enjoying life.
    May it long continue. Stay in touch, it was wonderful to hear from you!
    @AJinNH
     
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  8. AJinNH

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    Hello everyone, thought I stop by for a quick hello. I looked at the date and realized that today is 11 months post op. Replaced hip is doing really well. My left one acts up occasionally, but still manageable. Both will be looked at next month at my 1 year post op. The rest of me has had a less than stellar fall/winter, but nothing very serious. I had some GI issues that landed me in the hospital on 2/9, just as DH and I were away for a relaxing weekend. We'll have to take a raincheck on the weekend. Fortunately it wasn't as serious as first thought, and I've been told is unlikely to reoccur, so I'm grateful for that. Also was told it's something that isn't uncommon in 'my age group'. I guess it's all downhill from here...:heehee:
    Back to the hip, I've noticed that if I don't keep up with my exercise regularly things like going up stairs becomes harder than before. When I say harder, I mean that I have to expend more effort and sometimes grab the railing. After the hospitalization I had to stop exercise for a couple of weeks. So this weekend I'll be back to walking, swimming and elliptical as often as possible. No excuses!
    I'll be stopping back in a month to let you all know how my first annual visit went. I hope everyone is well. Spring is almost here, hang in there!
     
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    I am 6 1/2 months out, and realized today that I have been more uncomfortable in the past two days than I had been in ages. I thought about it, and the bitter cold outside as well as a lack of longer walks outdoors/exercise the past couple of weeks has probably contributed. I, too, need to get back in gear so I don't end up with aches and pains related to sitting around too much, and not moving enough. :groan:
     
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    Happy Eleven Month Anniversary!
    It's always so nice to hear from you! I'm sorry to read you had some GI issues that landed you in the hospital but happy to hear it wasn't too serious and you're doing well now.
    Please do stop back after your one year anniversary visit with your OS. Will look forward to an update.
    In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the Winter and stay warm!
    @AJinNH nNH
     
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    :wave:and so happy to see you popped in.:happydance:
    Thought of you often and wondered how things were going?
    I'm sorry you had another hospital stay and yes, alot of nothing doesn't do my hips any good either.
    Get back to activity in a mindful way ..do some and see how that feels and add more incremental.
    I bet you'll build up to good in short order.
    Keep the faith, my hippy pal.
    :tada:
     
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  12. AJinNH

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    Hello all! I celebrated my one year anniversary on Tuesday. Wednesday I saw my OS, and all is great with my replaced right hip. I’ve been in Florida visiting with family, this is the first chance I’ve had to check in with my BS buddies.
    You may remember that I mentioned having some issues with the left hip (inside toward the back of my leg) off and on the past several months as well as some occasional thigh pain in my right leg. Well he’s thinking that the problem causing both is with my back, I have a lot of arthritis in my lower back. Coincidentally, right before the appointment my lower back had been acting up quite a bit, so maybe he’s right. I’m so glad that he thinks that my left hip is “fine”. He’s sending me to a physiatrist to be evaluated, I have an appointment on 4/2, so I’ll keep you updated. I can understand the left hip pain coming from my back, it’s very different from what I experienced with my right. But I’m perplexed as to how my right thigh pain can come from my back. I’m glad he’s sending me to this particular specialist, he has a great reputation.
    I hope everyone is doing well. I’m happy with my new hip, and one year later, glad I made the decision to have the surgery.
     
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    Look who dropped in! :happydance:
    So nice to read your update and wonderful to see you back living life. After all...that's why we put ourself through this.

    Happy One Year Anniversary! It seems like it flew by. You and my mom were a day apart with your THR's if I recall.

    I'm sorry about the arthritis in your lower back, you'll have to update us after your appt in a couple weeks.
    It's good to hear you're doing well (aside from back issue) and we're able to enjoy time in FL with family. How fun!
    Wishing you only the best moving forward.
    Stay in touch and enjoy the weekend!
    @AJinNH
     
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    :hi:
    Happy belated One Year hipversary!!!
    Nice to see reassuring xrays at one year...was for me!
    Wishing you all the best @AJinNH :egypdance:
     
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    Hi Layla! Nice to hear from you. I hope you’re doing well. How’s your mom doing? If I remember her correctly, she’s a very independent person. I hope that she’s keeping you running :heehee:
    I will definitely be back to keep you updated. I miss my BS buddies. Life has indeed been keeping me busy, but that’s a good thing.
     
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    Hi @Mojo333 ! Nice to hear from you, how’ve you been? I was very happy that the X-rays were good, that thigh pain had me concerned, even though it only occurred occasionally.
    I’ve always had some level of back pain, but it’s been livable. Fingers crossed it stays that way.
    I hope life is treating you well!
     
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    :)Doing great. I have some minor back issues ..SI joint possibly but I walk over 12000 steps average per day and do alot of lifting...though I'm getting better at delegating to some of my younger volunteers when I have them available.
    Feeding the people is hard work.:yes:
    I feel like (and have had Jo suggest such) that a chiropractor might do me some good...but haven't found local one that I feel comfortable with.
    Don't want anyone messing up my brand new hips!:no-fin:
    I'm so much better than I was and hope I ain't as good as I'm gonna be!:happydance:

    Hope your summer is golden!:SUNsmile:
     
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    Hello all, here is the update that I promised after seeing the physiatrist. After examining me, he explained that the thigh pain has some neurological elements to it and explained how it was coming from my back. He confirmed that I still have 'plenty of miles left on the left hip'. He feels that the left hip pain near my buttocks is actually coming from tendons that became inflamed when I overdid it last summer and that I now have a new threshold where they become irritated more easily.
    His prescription is physical therapy for my back. He has something called Back Boot Camp where it's fairly aggressive and includes stretching and lifting. They talk about 'pushing through the pain' to get to less pain. My OS sang his praises. This guy is chief of the physical medicine & rehabilitation spine center at the Boston hospital where I had my hip replaced. 'Pushing through the pain' sent up some red flags for me, but I don't know everything. Anyone here familiar with this type of approach? By the way, my back pain has worsened over the past several weeks and is keeping me up at night, so I'm ready to try anything...almost.
     
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    Hi @AJinNH All I can say is I am one day ahead of you and there is NO WAY I would agree to the Black Boot Camp ... I would give it the boot! I agree with gentle stretching and movements allowing the body to heal naturally.

    I wish you well in your recovery.
     
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    I have several lower spine issues. Frankly pushing through the pain sounds absolutely crazy to me. You can not push through spinal pain. All that happens if you try and more pain in more places.

    The choice is yours of course. But if it were me I would be running in the opposite direction!
     
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