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FiremanSam - need reassurance!

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by FiremanSam, Mar 23, 2017.

  1. FiremanSam

    FiremanSam Junior Member
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    So sorry to gate crash this feed, but I'm gutted at the moment as I received a telephone call from the nurse practitioner I saw last Friday to let me know that the X-rays I had on the same day show severe arthritis in both my hips!!
    To say I'm decanted is an understatement.
    I'm a 44 years fire fighter that has always been active.
    My head is all over the place and mainly due to the fact that I absolutely love my job and have 15 years until I retire.
    I still cycle, use the cross trainer and weight lift but can no longer run and haven't for 2 years despite previously running marathons and half marathons.
    I have been referred to an orthopaedic surgeon and I am just praying he has some better news for me.
    Suppose I'm just wanting some type of reassurance from people in this situation
     
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    @FiremanSam I moved you post to a thread of its own where you will get more input from our members. Welcome to BoneSmart!

    Of course you are shocked/surprised/discouraged by your diagnosis. We have all been in this space. The good news is you have been referred to an orthopod - a good first step. THR is not the end of anything. It is a new beginning. Hopefully your surgeon will specialise in younger, more active patients. If not someone here may be able to advise you on another surgeon.

    We are with you through this!
     
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    Josephine NURSE DIRECTOR, BONESMART Administrator

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    I agree. We've had a few firefighters, policemen, paramedics and so on come here for support in their hip replacement and I can't remember one of them that failed to get back to their chosen profession!
     
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    @FiremanSam I could have written your same post when I received the diagnosis; two hip replacements.. me??
    I'd been very active my entire life and hoped the Dr had got it wrong and was reading someone else's Xrays in error but those arthritic hip joints on the monitor were mine :bawl:

    It's shocking to get the news but once you get your head wrapped around the concept and start planning, life on the other side w/o hip pain is wonderful. Recovery takes some time and patience but it's great to know there's an end to this and you'll be able to resume most all your activities. I've seen several policemen, firemen and medics post here and all went back to their jobs.

    Once you find a surgeon you trust, you'll feel much more confident and want to just get it over with.
     
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    I agree with everyone, that the initial diagnosis is a shock. When I was told, I screamed NO and then started to cry. I am 5 weeks post op from LTHR and in no pain. It was a glorious feeling when I took those first steps after surgery and realizing I had no pain. I was in excruciating pain prior to surgery and I have to say do not do what I did. My hip was bad for many many years and as it did stop me from doing some things, it was fairly manageable pain wise, for the most part. I would have a flare up for several days and then not too bad. My hip was getting worse but my body compensated and I felt I could deal with it. Well, the joke was on me, so to speak. Seemingly overnight, the pain got so bad that I could not walk. I did go to an orthopedic urgent care, had an X-ray and that's about it. I had to see a hip ortho and that appointment was 2.5 weeks later. Once he said there was nothing he could do but THR, I fell apart. I had a month to wait for surgery and it was awful as the pain was so bad. However, I am now pain free and feel as though the surgery was the best thing I did.

    Good luck
     
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    Hello @FiremanSam ,
    To begin with, let me tell you: You will be able to return to your job and do all the sports activities you used to do. About 2 years ago, I was like you, saying oh no, I don't want an artificial hip. Like you, I'm very active and I was still endulging in sport, including marathons, even with a bad hip. I was compensating. The one mistake I made was leaving it until too late because I thought that after the operation, all my activities would be over. But it was different. I woke up pain-free after the operation, and by and by, I was able to do more and more. My activities today include long-distance cycling, swimming, travelling, long-distance running, hill walking. Even did a marathon last year (although I had to walk for a couple of kilometres - not because of leg ache but because of the heat - over 31°C). If you want encouragement, you can read my recovery thread "Constanze's recovery diary". With regard to a job that involves physical activity - that should not present any problems either (I myself have a deskjob, actually - it's translating). For example, there is someone who works on roofs in the United States here on bonesmart. Do keep on posting here and see how it goes. Good luck - Constanze
     
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  7. FiremanSam

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    Thanks so much for all your posts. Still at an early stage and still getting used to the initial shock. As long as I can go back to my job as a fire fighter I'm a happy man. Hope to be able to cycle on long rides, have long hill walks, row on a concept 2 indoor rowing machine and lift weights and I'd be satisfied.
    Also pray that massive advancements are made in hip replacements so any revisions will last the 20 plus years


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  8. Josephine

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    One thing is certain about that, FMS, we none of use know what's around the corner, not even if we will be around in 20 years time! I always think that a big red bus might come into play one day and make any such concerns irrelevant!
     
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    Can @Josephine recommend a good orthopaedic surgeon in the North of England that specialises in getting active patients back to being active after a THR and for me, back to being a fire fighter??
    I'm a similar age to you Cazmat and feel 44 years old is far too young for a THR and it's knocked me for 6!!!


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  10. FiremanSam

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    I see what you're saying I just can't see the point in having THR if I can't return to what I enjoy. My head is up my own bottom at the moment with it all and I still can't my head around the fact that the nurse practitioner at my GP's stated I've got severe arthritis in both hips from the X-rays!!!


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    Hi Fireman Sam, I haven't been offered a thr as yet, but I almost hope I do and sooner rather than later! I know this won't get better but will get worse and I want to get back to normal! I've had to stop running and moderate what I do and I'd rather be active and mobile in my 40's rather than in pain and aching and then have a thr in my 50's! Are you in a lot of pain?


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  12. FiremanSam

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    Occasionally I get a shock like shooting pain down my left leg but it's more of a dull ache. I can still cycle and go on cross trainer. My concern is my job. I have 15 years to do in the fire service and I love my job.


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    @FiremanSam What part of North England? What is the nearest major city or hospital in your area? I tagged Josephine in your post.
     
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    This can be overwhelming and frightening. Sometimes the best way to get a handle on this is to take control. Get an appt. with at least one OS and get information from the surgeon also. Get some ideas of dates and what they suggest. This site is awesome for information but you will still need to deal with a surgeon at some point. Get the first appt. and see if you like what they say and if you click with him. You might want to get a second opinion from another OS. Start getting information collection as to what you might have to get as options. It starts being about you and can help focus you as to what you need/want and how to make a decision.

    The other thing I learned first with my knees in 2013 and now reminded with my hip replacement is that this is not the end of things but the beginning of regaining what I started to lose and lost and would have lost more if I did not take charge of myself and get myself on the path to renewal. I did not want to end up in a wheelchair with pain and unable to enjoy any part of life. The other thing to remember pain really makes changes to your personality - my husband says it is nice to get the real me back.

    I wish you luck and strength on your journey to get yourself to a beginning and through this. It is possible that many here of assorted ages have done so there are some great examples here especially from those extremely young to older - their stories have always helped me.
     
  15. FiremanSam

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    Leeds is the nearest big city. Also is it right ceramic on ceramic can last 25-30 years???


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    Im really keen to know of any younger, in their 40's I mean, fire fighters that have had the procedure and how it effected their work if it all. My job is my main concern as I love it. Been able to work up the Yorkshire 3 peaks regularly again would be an added bonus. Also any hip replacements that have gone back to Concept 2 indoor rowing???


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    PS really appreciate people taking the time out to reply to posts and ease my fears


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  18. Josephine

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    I'd go wherever as long as I could get back to doing my job as a fire fighter for the next 15 years!!!


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  20. FiremanSam

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    And if I'm being really greedy, allowing me to get back to indoor rowing, cycling, weight lifting, walking big hills and elliptical trainer!!


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