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Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by Gretel, Sep 9, 2017.

  1. Gretel

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    Hi, so glad to find this forum.

    I'm booked in to have both hips replaced 4th October. I'm currently getting things organised for post op and trying to get things easier for hubby to manage while I'm away. He'll be looking after our five dogs. I've been struggling trying to lose some weight but not doing too well with that :( I used to love doing aquarobics very actively but with a bad back and both hips sore all I can do is gentle walking and exercises in the hydrotherapy pool a few times a week. I so miss walking the dogs too!

    I have multi level facet joint disease in my back and was initially sent to a spine specialist who gave me a cursory examination, looked at my X-rays and told me to see someone for my hips. I did as I was told and he thought it was my back. So I then had cortisone into my spine which helped for one day.

    Next was cortisone into my right hip which did give me some good relief for months. Cortisone into my left hip only helped a couple of days.

    I am so looking forward to new hips but dreading recovery. Reading posts in here have certainly lifted my spirits! My friend, who told me about the forum, had hers both done at once and has been very positive but I thought maybe she just did very well. Heartening to read of others!

    I am worried about how my back will be during and after recovery.
     
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    Hard to say, I was never diagnosed with a back problem but my two hips- degenerative end-stage osteoarthritis- caused major lower back pain. My consistent complaints about my back likely led to the delayed diagnosis as they were looking primarily at my back.
    I know now mostly transferred pain from my hips...and with BTHR I am hip pain free and mostly back pain free. I can Straighten out and up better now and as I practice getting out of that bad posture I acquired, I get some back strain feelings but better every day.
    Even if not all cause of your back issues, let's hope it makes a difference. :fingersx:
    Plus, no no hip pain. All just getting well leg pain stuff. Amazing for me
     
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    Hi @Gretel
    Welcome! Your avatar is so pretty....love it.
    Both hips at once, so you'll be joining the bilaterals. There are several in the forum as you've probably
    noticed if you've been familiarizing yourself with the site.
    To name a few @gaulsuerou
    then there is @Mojo333 as well as @Irish Joe
    In case you haven't noticed if you scroll down the thread titles under Hip Replacement Post Op,
    look for green tags which denote those who've experienced bi-lateral hip replacement.

    I'm sorry you took the long route here suffering some in the interim but you'll soon be in recovery living again without pain. Don't dread the post op. Most do very well.
    Best wishes on your upcoming surgery and recovery. Please keep us updated, we'll be here to cheer you on and encourage you through all.
     
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    The three aforementioned bilaterals have done extremely well I'd say.
    What do you say @Irish Joe and @gaulsuerou ?

    :chuckmarch:....at the same time?????
     
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    Of course there is no guarantee, but you may be pleasantly surprised to find your back problems lessening once your hips are back in proper alignment. This is one of the reasons we advise folks not to wait too long to have failing joints replaced. When one or more joints get out of alignment, the body tries to compensate and that can result in pain or problems for other joints including the spine.

    I'm glad to hear you're scheduled for your hip replacements soon!
     
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    Oh thank you so much for the replies :) I have a lot of reading to get through.
     
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    Hi @Gretel, I'm having right THR on October 4th and @Welshgirl is the same day too. We will be cheering each other on in the next few weeks.
    My hip problem was briefly misdiagnosed as back pain but a hip MRI showed where the damage was and it has really deteriorated in the past month so can't wait for the surgery to happen.
    I'm going on holiday tomorrow and hope that I won't slow my husband down!
     
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    Hello Gretel.
    Life has taken me away from the forum at this time but I wish you well with your bi-lateral hip replacements.
    I know that it made such a difference to me and I'm positive your overall wellbeing will be transformed.
    As others have said click on one of the bi-lateral banners and you'll see many great outcomes.
    Joe.....
     
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    Must be a good day for it. We were supposed to be overseas at the moment but had to cancel cause I just wasn't up to it. So disappointing!
     
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    @Gretel Welcome to BoneSmart! You will not regret this amazing surgery!

    Hard to say how your back will respond to the surgery. I have chronic lower back issues and my first THR did aggravate them a bit. But I worked with a specialist back physio and had some osteopathic treatments that worked a treat. Second THR didn't bother my back at all.
     
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    Hi @Gretel. Another Aussie. :) :-) (: Welcome to BS.
    Sue
     
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    Hi @Gretel, welcome! I'm 12 days post op and doing well. Bone Smart has been a Godsend, both before and since surgery. I think the best thing I did was to prep the house and buy or borrow things I would need in recovery. Sure you have probably already read the articles here. Just think, it won't be long and no more pain. Wishing you all the best.
     
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    Thank you. Glad you're doing well. So far I have crutches, walking stick, and friends will lend me a toilet aid and shower chair. We bought a chair for me to use on the weekend cause we really didn't have anything suitable that was supportive and had arms. Oh and I have grabbers which I already use cause of my back.
     
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    Hi, I've been doing a little reading. I've seen that people have been getting a bit more comfy in a recliner. We have a rather old one that's not very supportive. Would it be a good idea to invest in a new one do you think? Thanks. @Mojo333 I'm reading your recovery thread.
     
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    I was pitiful wasn't I???? Up and down and all around.
    I love love love my comfy recliner. The only place I could sleep for any length of time with two scary incisions, and still the best place to ice and elevate when I get home from work. My sister bought mine, not sure even what brand but there is information on what to look for when buying on this site. I'm embarrassed to say I'd have to find out where unless @Jamie or @Jaycey correct help me direct you. My phone is my only BS connection as I am still or if power in GA. Personally I feel it's a great investment just to be more comfortable while everyone is in front room. They all know to get out of my chair when I come in.:no-fin:
    Yes, I just went back and RE-read some of my first weeks posts and I was some kind of sad worried confused new hippy who couldn't keep auto-correct from messing up all my posts!:bawl:
     
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    I believe it's under Library recovery?
     
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    @Gretel I do spend a lot of time in my recliner, especially for elevating my feet and icing just as Mojo333 said. I usually start out at night in bed, but if I wake and can't get back to sleep, I move to the recliner. We recently got new ones, but I think the old one would have been okay. My husband did build a platform and attached it to the recliner base. That makes it easier to get out of the chair.
     
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    I'm finding it very informative :) Only up to page nine. I've had a busy day. Turns out my sister in law has a good recliner I can borrow.
     
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    Here's the thread Mojo was referring to: Recliner chairs: things you need to know if buying one for your recovery. Many of our members report spending a lot of time in their recliners - especially in the early days when you might have a restriction regarding only sleeping on your back. It's a big expense for a short time however. And you would need to try one out before purchasing.
     
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    Thanks @Jaycey.
    Many have managed without one. I didn't know I would love mine so much even after I no longer NEEDED it.
    Not necessary, but we have a special bond my chair and I
     
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