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Feels like a long wait

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by Tarasgreen, Feb 13, 2019.

  1. Tarasgreen

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    Hi, I am scheduled for a the on April 18. Had a second cortisone shot in in January which did no good. Still working and doing stairs, but in a lot of pain. Wondering if others have tried Gabapentin, and if it was helpful? I just tried it on the advice of my doctor and did get a good night's sleep. Very grateful for this website which I've been sneaking around for a few weeks.
     
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    @Tarasgreen Welcome to BoneSmart! Which hip are you having replaced. I'll pop that information along with your surgery date in your signature for you.
    I was given Gabapentin post RTHR and it worked very well for me. Unfortunately there are not many drugs that touch pre-op pain. But if this is working for you that's great!

    Here are some links to a few articles that might help at this stage of your journey.
    Recovery Aids: A comprehensive list for hospital and home
    Recliner Chairs: Things you need to know if buying one for your recovery
    Pre-Op Interviews: What's involved?

    And if you want to picture what your life might be like with a replaced hip, take a look at the posts and threads from other BoneSmarties provided in this link: Stories of amazing hip recoveries
     
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    Welcome to BoneSmart. That is great if you found something that helps you with the pain. I just used Alec’s and that worked fairly well for me although near the end of my wait, it wasn’t quite as effective. I think we all felt it was a long wait until surgery. Then you get a fairly good day and you wonder if you made the right decision. I found overall though that the pain just keeps getting worse so surgery definitely was the right decision. I also found this website/forum extremely helpful as I planned for my surgery as well as during my recovery. There is always someone willing to help with a question yiunhave or to offer support.
     
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    Thanks do much for your replies. I know, if I ever have half an hour pain free I start wondering if this is still the best decision. Then the pain comes back and I remember why I am doing this! Are other people working still and how do you manage? Also, not durs how to reply individually? I am having rthr. Thanks
     
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    Just keep posting just like you are doing now. If you want to tag someone just use the @ sign and their user name (no space between. When you type the tag you will see a drop down box with that user's name. Just click it and that member will be tagged. Like this @Tarasgreen !
     
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    Hi Tarasgreen. I remember those pre-surgery days well. I was fortunately able to keep pain fairly well-managed with Celebrex, until toward the end when I was fully bone-on-bone. At that point, I coped mostly by becoming more and more inactive, and spending many hours getting to know people here on the forum. It seems interminable to have to wait...but suddenly it will be on top of you.

    Are you at all flexible in your timeframe? If so, it can't hurt to ask your OS to put you on a cancellation list and maybe get this surgery done sooner. Just a thought.
     
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    I used to have a couple of hours pain free.... and then it hit me like a sledge hammer. Now I just enjoy the pain free times and rest when the pain is really bad. Hope you are managing at least a little bit of pain free time.
     
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    Thanks for all your generous replies. I have to wait until April 18 because I had a second cortisone shot (which didn't' even work!) so it's 12 weeks from then that I can have surgery. Already off the Gabapentin because I started to feel too goofy. Maybe I will ask my PC about celexa.
     
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    :wave: and :welome:
    I'm sorry you have a bit of a wait. Hip pain is the worst!
    It is good to know there is an answer to it so hang in there!
     
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    Thanks so much! Love the emojis:curtsey:
     
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    I was a lurker too :wink:
    I learned a lot while lurking but coming forward from the shadows is so much better.
    The support and encouragement here is the best.
    We're here for you. Stop by often.
    Wishing you comfort as you await April 18th.
     
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    Thanks again. Just wondering whether others worked while waiting for surgery? I have a sedentary job, but just getting tinwork and upstairs to my office is an Odyssey...
     
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    I worked until weekend before. I manage a nonprofit and also needed the paycheck.
    My activities were curbed considerably but honestly as hard as it was...it provided a distraction from over-obsessing about my pending surgery.

    Also kept me from googling too much!
     
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    Lol, I know what you mean! Thinking of doing some work at home via Skype
     
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    I worked at an office right up to my surgery date. I was able to work at home for them after surgery too and it truly helped with my recovery. Idle time just makes my brain work overtime with worry and googling WAY too much. If they agree to you working with Skype that will make your wait much more manageable. The stress with the wait is almost as excruciating as the hip pain!
     
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    Its so good to hear from all you folks on the other side of surgery. Woke up this morning almost unable to walk-what could I have done in my sleep?:flabber::shrug:!
     
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    Aww, that's too bad. I suppose you're going to have some of those mornings / days.
    Only 56 days to go. Hopefully it flies by.
    Just think how good you'll be feeling by Summer :happydance:
    Wishing you comfort as you wait it out :bored:
    @Tarasgreen
     
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    Wow, thanks for that-56 days doesn't seem so bad!
    Im wondering about any pre-op exercises that I could safely do, particularly to build my upper body strength for crutches? Dies anyone have experience with this? I am sadly out of shape...:mcoffee:
    Many thanks to everyone
     
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    @Tarasgreen
    Find yourself a good strong chair with arms and you can practise pushing yourself upwards. It will be useful for standing from a sitting position either from a chair or from the toilet.
    I must say my shoulders have been going through it a bit from use of the crutches but that's only because I have been on them almost continually since last July as I have had 2 hip,replacements and am about to have a knee replacement next week.
    I am sure you won't be nearly as bad as I have been but it doesn't hurt to be prepared.
     
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    @Tarasgreen Are you using a cane or crutch to take the weight off that sore hip. I spent the 6 months waiting for surgery using one crutch. It did ease the pain of walking slightly.

    Bionic's suggestion about using a chair is very good. You will need strength in your arms to do things like standing from a seated position, getting in and out of bed and in and out of a car.
     
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