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[THR] BeBe finally!!!

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by BeBe, Mar 23, 2018.

  1. BeBe

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    I am so happy to be here!!
    Surgery was first one this am. But I have no memory of anything until I got into my room around noon. Very groggy and eyes not focusing.
    Spinal was at 7:30 OS called my husband at 10:00.
    Spinal wore off at 12:30 and level7-8 pain began
    Crazy bad muscle spasms in thighs but with Charlie Horses that don’t go away. The deep ache in the joint was secondary and is tolerable.
    They gave me oxy and I got up to walk the hall which went well but I’m back in the recliner at present just had the second oxy with anti nausea
    Am a bit dizzy so will post more later
     
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    :welome:Glad you are on the right side (at least for this hip). Get the pain under control and the Charlie horse and spasms should go away. If not, ask about whether there are any other meds that might help. You know the mantra - ice, meds, rest and more ice! No where to go but up from here!:flwrysmile:
     
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    :welome: Congrats on the new hip.....Hip, Hip, Hooray! :yes!:

    BeBe....you don't know how much pleasure it brings me to finally be able to see you on this side
    AND post the Recovery Article. Yahoo! YOU MADE IT!
    Love and big hugs to you! :loveshwr: :friends:


    Hip Recovery: The Guidelines

    1. Don’t worry: Your body will heal all by itself. Relax, let it, don't try and hurry it, don’t worry about any symptoms now, they are almost certainly temporary
    2. Control discomfort:
    rest
    elevate
    ice
    take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)​
    3. Do what you want to do BUT
    a. If it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physical therapist - to do it to you
    b. If your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it again.​
    4. PT or exercise can be useful BUT take note of these
    5. At week 4 and after you should follow this

    Pain management and the pain chart
    Healing: how long does it take?
    Chart representation of THR recovery

    Dislocation risk and 90 degree rule
    Energy drain for THRs
    Pain and swelling control: elevation is the key

    Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it

    Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds
    Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?

    BIG TIP: Hips actually don't need any exercise to get better. They do a pretty good job of it all on their own if given half a chance. Trouble is, people don't give them a chance and end up with all sorts of aches and pains and sore spots. All they need is the best therapy which is walking and even then not to excess.

    We try to keep the forum a positive and safe place for our members to talk about their questions or concerns and to report successes with their joint replacement surgery. While members may create as many threads as they like in a majority of BoneSmart's forums, we ask that each, member have only one recovery thread. This policy makes it easier to go back and review history before providing advice.
     
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    Congrats on that new hip! And glad to hear that you got up and walking! Hope they get your pain better controlled and that you get some sleep :flwrysmile:
     
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    :thumb: good to see you on this side! Recovery here you go!
     
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    Congrats on joining us @BeBe. First days can be challenging but you’ll make it through them. Hope muscle spasms calm down.
     
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    Think Temporary, Temporary.
    Glad you are on the healing side.
    Healing mojo coming your way:console2:
     
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    I am home!
    Seems like I have been dozing all day, with breaks to get up and walk, meds, routine hospital care,
    PT to climb steps.
    2 hr ride home. I've been taking oxy and Tylenol, timing is everything. I can already tell the oxy will have to go soon as it's a dizzypukemaker which interferes with my mobility. But it does keep pain from overtakingme.
    All tucked in bed and hoping I sleep and no vomiting.
     
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    Glad to hear you are home. Hope you can get some restful sleep tonight :sleep::sleep:
    You are on the road to recovery!! :flwrysmile:
     
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    Yay! Surgery behind you and back home :happydance:How wonderful!
    Hope you sleep well tonight @BeBe
    Sweet Dreams :yawn: :sleep:
     
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    Sleep well - you've earned it! i understand about the oxy but make sure you take it (or another good alternative) as long as you need it. Set an alarm to take meds on time and refresh your ice packs!
     
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    I felt the same with the percoset. Was great for pain but :sick: and constipating. Ended up taking only at night and tylenol round the clock. Then switched to Celebrex (anti inflammatory) which gave me no side effects. Wasn't as effective in pain management but ok.
     
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    Glad to read that you’re home. Wishing you well with your continued recovery :flwrysmile:
     
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    @BeBe if your meds are making you nauseous ask for anti-nausea medication or an alternative pain med. And do remember to eat something before taking your pain medication. This will all settle very soon. Hope you are getting some rest.
     
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    @BeBe so glad that you’re home and the surgery is behind you. I had a similar reaction to the oxy, but while still in the hospital so we experimented a couple of times, first with Tramadol which was ok until the block wore off, then it clearly wasn’t enough, then with Tylenol with codeine #3, which seems to be working for me. We supplement that with extra strength Tylenol, just have to watch the dose and daily totals. It still causes some discomfort in my stomach, especially if I take a whole one, but not as bad as the oxy. A whole one makes me a little dizzy too, but they all seemed to do that. It seems typical unfortunately to have to play musical meds until you get it right.

    The first few days are the roughest, but I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly things began to improve. Hang in there. Rest and make sure you eat enough protein to heal properly.

    Sending hugs :friends:
     
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    I slept well until 5am with the help of the 12:30 am oxy
    I was able to get myself out of bed, walker to bathroom and kitchen for crackers
    And put myself back in bed. Then husband hears me and came down to assist!

    Pain levels are so subjective but- the hip joint pain is there, however seems quite tolerable
    The anterior groin pain to knee and the IT band pain outside thigh hip to knee is worse
    I had both of these quite painful prior to surgery so no reason to think it will resolve overnight
    And I have log leg
    And leg is longer - this alone could count for muscle aggravation
    And can’t really control or bear weight on surgical side, muscles seem to be non functional or cramping

    I am in good spirits and going to try to play with the meds to see what my options are
    OS gave me a script for Valium to try and quell the leg cramping which I have not tried yet
    OS phoned my DH immediately after surgery at 10:00 am but gave no pertinent details other than I made it through and hip really needed to be done
    PA came in to check yesterday before I was discharged and said “Rumor has it you had a pretty rough surgery”
    I asked “ define pretty rough”
    She looked at me oddly then came up with “oh you know it was arthritic”. DUH! Honestly where do they get these people. Apparently she was the hospitalists PA not my OS ‘s PA who actually closes for him. So very not my idea of communication between OS and patient
    Also I didn’t wake up until around 1:00 pm from spinal and propanol. Still had difficulty focusing eyes at 3pm
    This also seems odd for me compared to other procedures I’ve had in the past
    I won’t see OS for three weeks.
    By then I should be able to beat some info out of them with my cane!
     
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    Good wishes for your recovery. It does get a teensy bit better every day.
     
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    Hi @BeBe that lack of communication sounds frustrating to say the least. The Fellow who assisted my OS gave me the most details, my OS is normally a man of few words.
    You’re two days after surgery, which is when I was discharged, it also happened to be the most painful day for me as well. I thought I was in for a rough ride at home, but thankfully things improved dramatically soon after. I hope you experience the same as well.
    It sounds like you had a lot done, so take it easy and be sure to ice frequently. And allow yourself to be assisted, it’s still very early in your recovery. Do you have the ability to text or call your husband if you’re in a different part of the house? I set up a baby monitor so I could ask for help during the night. It’s been handy.
     
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    Hi there :hi:
    It's great to hear you had some decent sleep, BeBe. It sounds like you're getting around nicely also.
    Log Leg is so annoying. Craziest sensation!
    You'll be feeling so good by the time you see the OS at three weeks. I hope your left hip behaves some and doesn't spoil all the good of recovery.
    Hopefully your pain is well managed and you're able to rest comfortably.
    Wishing you a peaceful week as you continue healing! :loveshwr: :friends:
    @BeBe
     
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    hey hey @BeBe ! I kept looking for your check-in - I have just found it! Im so glad to hear you are two days in, home, and up getting crackers on your own!! Thats awesome! How are the dogs acting? Mine were very standoffish seeing the walker come at them!

    It sounds like you are doing really well & im so happy to hear this. Please check back in when you can! Yay you bebe! :martini:
     
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