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[THR] Fairydell's recovery thread

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I've continued to think about your situation and have additional thoughts.

It took more than one appointment to convince my doctor how miserable I was. The killer, as you know, is lack of sleep. It makes nerve pain worse in my case and probably your case as well. I ended up with a tricyclic medication that helps me sleep better, and a low dose pain med to take when I'm desperate

I think your GP is being conservative and we want our providers to be conservative, by starting you on a low dose and giving you time to adjust. Pregabalin does make one feel wonky. Be sure to drink extra water. And, yes, distractions help.

Lastly, what is your nerve pain diagnosis? I assume that your doctor is on target. If you get to the point where both of you have thrown up your hands, it would not be out of line to ask for a neurology referral, especially since you might have a wait getting in to see a neurologist.
 
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Our neighbor across from us had hip replacement last Fall. Went through similar issues with nerve pain and his knee. He did end up with a neurologist and pain management specialist eventually. Agree with above post. Time to lay it on thick and get another opinion. Feel terrible for you. Positive note, above neighbor is fine now and happily walking with his wife. It is temporary, but enough already. Prayers for relief.
 

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Hi my friend.:wave:
Hope you have had lots of pleasant distractions as I've always felt like our minds can definitely affect our bodies...and you have much more control of your mind.
Hugs:friends: and hoping still all is temporary!
 
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Hi @Mojo333 I wish I could say that things are looking up... but they aren't. I had a truly awful night and a flippin rotten day. I am trying to be patient and give the meds chance to work but it's exhausting. The surgeon said that I would need to exercise my 'patience muscle' easy for him to say. This is not how I saw my recovery but I an absolutely determined to get fit and strong again. I am currently watching you tube videos on nerve damage in order to be better informed. Thank you for your kind support. I really do appreciate it.
 

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I can only imagine how gutted you feel right now. I went through different issues 5 years ago but similar in that my recovery was an absolute nightmare. I keep feeling like there should be some easy fix for you but so far it never seems to come. More hugs at you! :console2:
 
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Thanks @Carriemay60 It's 1am and I am currently sitting on an ice pack. I am back on the sofa as it is more comfortable than bed. I have some lovely tunes playing softy in the background and I am starting to feel a little sleepy. Fingers crossed for at least a couple of hours sleep.
 

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I know that I was one of your fervent encouragers, so I hate to see you struggle and I have no omnipotent foresight to say what will be.

Please know that I fervently hope this is, indeed, a temporary situation.
Please do look at this, as Maryo mentioned...https://bonesmart.org/forum/threads/nerve-damage-after-hip-surgery.48942/
In googling it looks like a corticosteroid could be the protocol for eliminating inflammation .
Please let me know how you proceed!Hugsxxxx
 

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Hoping that you were able to drift off last night and get a little sleep. Thinking of you and hoping you finally find some relief soon.
 
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Hi @SE Florida Unfortunately I had a dreadful night. I intend to speak with physio tomorrow and see if they can suggest something... anything... to help me to sleep for more than an hour at a time. The physio lady had originally suggested the nerve blockers but said they would leave me feeling groggy.. which they do but it doesn't seem to make any difference to me sleeping. I am wandering about in a fog. On a good note though, the hip is healing really well and other than being a bit sore and tight at times it really has been very little bother. It's had a couple of uncomfortable hours but nothing to complain about really.
How is your recovery coming along.. Are you over the worst part or is it still sore?
 

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@Fairydell, How kind of you to ask about me when you're having such a difficult time. I'm sorry nothing has helped with your sleeping. And it's terrible to feel groggy as you mentioned. Perhaps you could ask about a light sleeping pill of some sort when you speak with them? It's good to hear that your hip is healing well although it does seem to take some time for the soreness and stiffness to disappear for some of us. Mine has been getting better just recently; it comes and goes whenever it feels like it. I imagine you've tried every trick in the book to get some sleep. I certainly hope they are able to suggest something for you tomorrow. So hard to keep the faith sometimes, but hopefully this will all seem like a distant (nightmarish) memory very soon!!! Rest well friend.
 

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:hi: Would love to know how you are doing?
Hope you have been keeping the ice going to keep the swelling to a minimum and that the nerve pain is subsiding?
Glad that hip pain is gone..just praying the other resolves!:beg:

Wishing you a good day @Fairydell
 

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Hi @Fairydell
It's good to read your hip is doing well. Now for the sleep issue :bored:
Wondering if you got any new ideas after talking to the Physio yesterday?
Hopefully this begins to turn around for you soon.
Wishing you some restorative naps this weekend. :yawn: :sleep:
 
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I had a session with physio yesterday but I think it must have aggravated my hip as it has complained badly all night. I had the TENS on several times but I didn't get much sleep. I bet you are sick to death of me typing pretty much the same thing every day.
On a better note, my old friend Chris popped in to spend the day with me. We have had a really good catch up over a sugary doughnut and several cups of coffee. Tony is cooking a large roast pork dinner tonight... yummy. I hope you all have a pain free weekend, and I hope I can tell you that I am improving.
 

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I think you have our sympathy in not having any improvement to report. Wish it wasn't that way for you.
We all know it could be any one of us in your position, since we never know how our recovery will play out. Glad you enjoyed time with your friend. Sometimes those pleasant distractions dull physical pain.
Hopefully that was the case for you today. Enjoy the pork roast dinner....sounds yummy!
@Fairydell
 

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I am certainly not sick of you. If I was in your shoes I think I would go crazy if I didn't have somewhere to vent and seek support. I can't see anyone doing this nightmare alone. I didn't remember you had a TENS, hope that helps a bit.
That must have been have been nice to have a catch up with your friend and get your mind off things for the day!
Tony's dinner sounds great!
 

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