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FiremanSam - need reassurance!

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

  1. kayak59

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    @FiremanSam can you buy OTC Lidocaine patches in the UK? Or get them from your doctor (5% by prescription, 4% over the counter). I was really surprised how effective they were! I would have been in complete agony when I flew from St Louis to London and back a month ago without them.
     
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    Just reading back over some posts and looking at others posts following a long day on the drill square!!!
    I love how encouraging people on this site are.
    Well I've started new role as a recruit instructor and I'm walking around 15,000 steps a day and cycling 8 miles to work and 8 miles home 3 days a week. Get aching at the end of the day and enjoy a sit down at break times but apart from that everything good.
    I'm sure I will know when the time comes for me to take action, but I'm hopeful I'll be able to do my duties as a recruit instructor for a couple of years first as still not felt the need to take painkillers or NSAIDs.
    Was chatting to a fire fighter that recently retired and came back having had a hip replacement on his break from the job and he was running across the drill square with his ceramic on ceramic hip joint. He was telling me he had got to the point where he couldn't stand or walk any distances without a bad limp and pain and he now is pain free.
    Is anyone on this site with a hip replacement really active nowadays??



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    Yes, I'm a marathon runner and long-distance cyclist and still active. Currently, I go to work by bike which is a commute of 26 km through the forest one way. I'm participating in a programme called "Go to work by bike" or "bike and business" funded by the ADFC - the General German Cycling Association and one German health insurance company. Employers can sign up for this programme and encourage their employees to take part. I've done over 500 km altogether this year.

    My last half marathon was in February, and I got a better result than last year: 2 hours 10 minutes. During my last full (forest) marathon last August, I partly had to walk, however, not because of my hip but due to extremely hot & sunny weather and not having quite the training standard back (after I had to stop exercising and get my hip replaced in 2015). I have already registered for that marathon again and am planning to jog throught the entire 42 km.

    It's been over 2 years since my hip replacement but I don't feel that I'm wearing it out. I believe in enjoying the 'here and now' rather than wondering what will happen when I'm 83. This is the age until which - as one surgeon told me - my hip should last, but I don't mind having a revision a few years sooner. Besides, I read about a Japanese study on the internet involving competitive runners with artificial hips that says there is no evidence that competitive running will cause their hips to wear out thus requiring a revision.

    While I might still be alive in my 70s and 80s, I might be too lazy for jogging and cycling by then, but now I'm still active.

    Of course my op was a single hip replacement (left). I can't give you any advice on bilateral hip replacements, but it should be exactly the same except on both sides (?).

    Good luck with your job as a recruitment instructor.

    Constanze
     
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    I have said this before but will repeat it - THR is not a life sentence - it's a new beginning. Most people return to doing all the activities they were doing pre-op. This is not surgery for the elderly anymore.

    The nature of this forum is that people on it post op for any length of time are here due to complications. For every one member here there are 10 others who have fully recovered and are out living active lives.
     
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    Pain is more frequent now and left hip hurts a lot at the end of a day when I’ve done 10K + steps!!
    Not taking any pain relief, but think I might have to start for the days when I’m on my feet instructing the recruits for the full day. Any recommendations for UK pain relief??
    Also had a text from hospital to contact ortho. I assume this is my yearly follow up since it’s a year since first appointment. What does follow up usually entail?? Upto date x-rays?
    Hope to be able to do my dream job for another year before I need to sort surgery out


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    Hi Sam. You had your right hip replaced and the left one is bothering you?
    Didn't see a surgery date though you mentioned it's been time for annual appointment. Can you supply us with the date so we can add.
    I am 10 months out and doing very well.
    I certainly hope you can keep doing your dream job and a very important one too!
    Sorry you are struggling with pain right now.
     
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    Hi there @FiremanSam
    I'm sorry for your pain. I hope you find some relief soon. It must be difficult to deal with as a firefighter.

    I noticed in your original post dated March 2017 you were diagnosed with severe arthritis in both hips.
    Since you're due for your one year check up, your doctor will be able to tell you the current state of your
    non op hip. Your doctor should also be able to recommend suitable pain relief as you discuss your feelings about a second THR.

    You realize the relief you obtained after the first THR. The decision on when to have the second surgery will be up to you. You'll tire of suffering pain and long for a better quality of life.
    I noticed early on in your thread that our Nurse Director, Josephine mentioned there have been many police officers and firefighters who've returned to their careers post op. She would know given her 50+ yrs experience in Orthopedics. Consider making the appt with your OS and go from there.
    I wish you luck as you move forward!
    Please stop back often, we'd love to offer encouragement along your journey.
     
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    @Mojo333 @Layla Sorry for not being clear in my message ladies, I’ve not had a THR yet I am putting it off whilst I’m in my new role as a recruit instructor. Once I go back on Station I will have to have it done. Left hip pain is a hard giving my grief at the moment after spending time on my feet.


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    Hi @FiremanSam
    I fully understood what you communicated.
    I'm sorry for your suffering. You'll know when the time is right for another surgery.
    I wish you comfort and peace in the interim.
     
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    I’ve not had any hip surgery to date


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    Hi @FiremanSam (gosh that takes me back a few years to when my boys were small! :) :-) (:). I take it you didn't have a THR after your posts last year, but now your consultant has called you in for a catch-up? My orthopod wants xrays no older than 6mths so I should think he'll need some recent ones. Why are you trying to make your troublesome hip go for another year? Well, I can understand the fear that a replacement might not be as good as 'the real thing', but honestly, is your real one up to scratch? And is it not getting worse? I'm just coming up to my first THR and am finding it a bit confronting, but I think I'm even more scared by the thought of how much worse it will get if I ignore it. And from everything I've read, the earlier you get it done the quicker you recover and the better the result will be. I think the consensus on pain relief is that virtually nothing will alleviate oa pain except for the op, and if you were taking really hard-core ones like opiates, you might not be a very good trainer! Everything I've read leads me to believe that you'll still be able to carry on with your job, as long as you are patient and allow the new hipto recover in its own time. I believe it was Mojo who said that the only thing her surgeon told her not to do is bungee jumping, and that probably doesn't feature much in a day's work even for firemen :wink:

    Sorry this is abit lengthy.....and doesn't actually answer your question....but please keep an open mind about the op, talk to your orthopod and use the forum to find out other people's experiences, everyone on here is very generous with their support
     
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    Fireman Sam. (Oops on the misunderstanding)
    I had bilateral hip replacement at the ripe old age of 53 last May.
    I manage a Food Bank where we pick up business donations every day. Unload boxes, walk 15000 steps plus, as complex is spread out, fish and ride ATV on weekends, I feel I am extremely active and certainly expect my new hips to last next 20 years if not forever..
    I do plan on taking care of them, especially at this early stage - try not to jar or overstress them with certain activities.
    I am hip pain free which makes my life full and busy.
    I want to pursue my wildlife degree as my ambitions are to work with the park system.
    The can't do or don't need to were necessary to get to this point so the success of your hip replacement will be contingent on your care and patience with it , especially the first year. My opinion.
     
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    @FiremanSam Hi there. So glad you found this forum. Everyone is so supportive and have loads of advice and kind ears to hear all your worries. Have read a lot about people in jobs such as firemen, scafolders etc that pick up where they left off and continue in there careers. Was only talking to a man last month who does roofing jobs and he had both replaced and going strong now. You will be fine with two new hips that will be stronger than ever able to do pretty much all you want them to do. Even everything you want them to do. My OS was brilliant and would recommend him to anyone but he is in Hull. Will give you his name if you want it. I saw him yesterday and he showed me my exray with all the new bone growing back arpund the replacement. It was amazing and feels better than it has done for years. Good luck with your decision. Keep us informed with how it goes. Rooting for you! :wave:
     
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    Hi @FiremanSam ,
    I enjoyed reading some news from you. I think I was the one who did not express myself clearly in my last post to you. I just waffled :))). I was trying to say: You will be able to continue with your dreamjob including the active service, not only insructing, because your new hips will be better than the old ones. They will work whereas the old ones just half work. I took up running again 13 weeks after my op - phased it in slowly of course - run-walk-run at first and then slowly increasing the distance. I'm now back to marathoning and half marathons 2 3/4 years post op. Completed a winter half-marathon in the forest in February. My result was 2 hours and 4 minutes, almost as good as my best result in a life-time ever. My posture while running is better than preoop and I have my muscle strength back - after my muscles had atrophied because wrong use due to the pain.

    I think a ceramic lining of the cup and ceramic ball is the most durable material - more durable than plastic. Inform yourself about methods and materials when you speak to your surgeons.

    Good luck with your appointments. Best - Constanze
     
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    Yeah ceramic on ceramic is what I’m favouring from the research I’ve done.
    I’m just hoping I can carry on for one more year doing my job as a recruit instructor before having to take time off.
    I think the time will then be right to go back on to a station once recovery is complete


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    Oops, I get...that I didn't really get it! :hissy:
    No surgery yet....
    I wish you luck as you try to soldier through.
    Keep us posted, we'd love to follow your journey.
    Wishing you a great weekend!
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    Tough day today. Wednesday I spent all day on my legs in a couple of fires in our training facility and again on Wednesday night so left hip has been sore since. Walked 5,000 steps so far today and left hip is sore. Can anyone recommend any movements to ease the pain??


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    Also every now and again my leg seems to give way slightly around my left shin area.
    What is the best medication to take when the pain is high as I still don’t take any form of medication?
    Are there any surgeons who particularly specialise in active patients that want to get back to an active lifestyle. I don’t mind the fact that I won’t run anymore, but I’d still like to get in the gym, cycle, walk big hills and row on the indoor rower competitively.


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    Hi @FiremanSam
    I'm sorry that you continue to suffer pain. Most take NSAID's for pre-op pain. NSAID's work for many, but not for all.

    I understand you realize you need hip replacement but at the rate your going, the end of 2019 is a long time to wait. I feel you may be underestimating the outcome of THR.
    Many return to their normal activities and occupations. Even if it becomes necessary to modify activity at work, wouldn't it be worth losing the pain and the inevitable (surgery) hanging over your head? Speak to your surgeon about your active lifestyle and your expectations of THR. Most likely you will still be able to go to the gym, cycle, walk big hills and row. Some members even run. Check out the recovery threads of @Constanze and also @dougie0216 who both resumed their active lifestyles of cycling and running. They are a small example of the many who've returned to the activities that fulfill them.

    Also...I read elsewhere that you feel you'd need a revision in 15 yrs. Wondering if you've read this -
    http://bonesmart.org/forum/threads/hips-that-have-lasted-32-40-41-and-45-years.13853/
    Your prosthetic could outlast you! Amazing, it's it?

    Wishing you the best as you move forward!
     
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    Nothing really touched my bad hip pain and I don't really like to be medicated for the heck of it.
    Heat helped some...
    I'm one year out and active every day.
    Some things I still haven't done yet, but probably could.
    Giving these new hips all the time they need to heal.
    Can't you find a way to expedite this?
     

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