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[THR] Gloveguy’s Recovery Thread

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by gloveguy, Dec 3, 2018 at 7:51 PM.

  1. gloveguy

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    Thanks for the heads-up.
    I’ve actually just reached the “Resumption of regular output” (Bone-obo) about mid-day on Thursday, so this tip is timely for me, lol!
    As I write this, it’s 3:36am and I’ve had pretty broken sleep trying to get comfortable in our living room recliner. I’ve decided to move downstairs where there’s a very long sofa to stretch out on, to see if that helps with these tight quad/glute muscles in my OpLeg.
    I’m hanging my hat in the fact that the hip itself seems to feel awesome! It looks like getting these muscles to limber-up is my next healing plateau that I have to achieve.
     
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    All still healing...things are just going to get stiff ...and getting comfortable is quite the trick these first weeks. It will get easier with time!:bored:
    All temporary...all worth it.
    Hang in there...you've got this!:ok:
     
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    Ah yes. I’m on the sofa downstairs now... all things considered, much better, at this point.
    Baby steps
     
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    Oops, spoke a little too soon.... not that comfortable yet, lol!
    Still trying!
     
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    It can be difficult to get comfy in these early days. You'll find your groove. Especially now that you're feeling lighter on your feet, thanks to output, lol:heehee:
    You're doing well. You have a healthy realistic attitude.
    I hope your weekend is a peaceful relaxing one.
    @gloveguy
     
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    Is it still normal for my OpLeg foot to be fairly swollen?
    I have sensation all over the foot, it just looks a bit more swollen than yesterday.
    Just curious
     
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    It can be.
    Keep leg elevated.
    Hope you are icing like a mad man!:ice:
    All temporary friend...really early days!:yes:
    Healing thoughts coming your way.:friends:
     
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    Yeah, I think with the spasms yesterday and overnight, I’ve gotten away from elevating my foot!
    Good call @Mojo333! :flwrysmile:
     
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    Toes above nose and lots of contact with your best friend > :ice:
    By the way...Happy One Week Anniversary
    Time sure flies when we're having fun :heehee:
    Hope you have a nice weekend! :)
    @gloveguy
     
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    @Layla... Warm wishes heading your way, as well. Thanks for the support!
     
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    Seconding @Alitm, that Magnesium is a wonderful aid to that other thing that ails ya. Gentle, too, and heaven knows,where THAT is concerned, we can all use some gentle.
     
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    I think I’ll be taking my first shower soon.
    Although I feel things have gone well, save for the muscle spasms, which seem to be a touch better today. I could use a little cleansing, both physically and mentally.
    My takeaway from week 1 is my hat is off to all the “Bilatteral Hippies” out there!!
    Respect!!
     
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    First full-body, in shower, shower complete... :tada:
     
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    Awesome, wasn't it? The first shower after surgery is a real milestone - way to go!
     
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    Indeed, it was awesome!
    I think I stayed a bit long, though, as my Opside glute muscle is clenched-up pretty tight but I think I may be onto something by sitting on a tennis ball, where I think my piriformis muscle is, and I seem to be getting a bit of relief.
    I’ve read somewhere that that little muscle can kick up a bit of a fuss with hip OA and after THR surgery.
    I’ll figure it out. :chinstroke:
     
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    Well, I think the increased dose of magnesium may be helping my angry glute muscles. I got approx. 6 hrs. of sleep, plus evening naps. I’ve got a twinge if new muscle pain in my inner groin, but I think that might be residual from the bouts of spasms I’ve had the past couple of days, coupled with more surgery settling.
    So, my Tranadol looks like it will run out some time on Monday, which has me thinking about a refill. The label on the bottle shows “0” refills, and my OS office said to go to my GP for more Tramadol. So, do I just go into the clinic with my empty prescription bottle and tell them my situation and they’ll issue me a new prescription, and go from there? I imagine these things work differently, depending on the location you live in. I live in southern British Columbia, so does anyone have any suggestions on how to best streamline the process?
     
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    Good Morning @gloveguy. My OS here on VI refilled my Tramacet after first surgery...I called his office and asked if he'd do it. However, if your OS said to contact your GP, that is your route. Normally you will have to make an appointment, as my GP won't refill an Rx without going in. It seems as if the opioid crisis has made matters more difficult for ligitiment patients needing pain relief. If you know your GP practice well, perhaps you can explain the situation by and they'll speak to your GP. If you are doing the walk-in clinic route, go to one you usually go to....but you'll have to go in as it is an opiod based Rx. I'd definitely take your almost empty bottle with you, to show the doctor. Too bad your OS won't refill for you, as it means you have to make the effort to go in in and wait in a doctor's office in these early days. Don't wait until you are out of it.

    I weaned off onto 4,000 mgs of Tylenol per 24 hrs by the end of the second week both surgeries, but I needed the second Rx to do so first time. I had leftovers from first surgery, so filled the Rx given at discharge this second surgery, and used the leftovers from first surgery to get me to the end of week two this second surgery.

    Good luck and let us know how you make out.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback @Alitm. Any information is good, right now. Everything is so new this early in the game.
    Today, it seems, my body wants me to sleep all day as it’s all I can do to stay awake, even though a decent nights sleep. I woke up a few minutes ago to go to the bathroom and my OpLeg didn’t seem to want much, if any weight on it. It wasn’t necessarily painful, I could just hear by body saying, “No you don’t... not right now, anyway!” :no-fin:
     
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    Sleep, sleep, sleep if you're feeling it. Our body does it's best healing while we're asleep.
    Sweet dreams! :yawn: :sleep:
    @gloveguy
     
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    Definitely go with the sleep as Layla says @gloveguy. I have found that good things happen hip-wise after a good night's sleep. Good napping counts too!!

    Listening to one's body with regard to how much weight to put on the hip is good. Use your walker, crutches, cane to support you and try a little test every day...you'll start to see the difference on how much you can do. Just don't break the restrictions, if you have them.

    Wising you a restful healing weekend! :)
     
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