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Hip...Knee...Back???

Discussion in 'Other joint replacements discussion forum' started by annie1234, Mar 10, 2017.

  1. annie1234

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    I've been with Bonesmart thru hip and knee replacements. Now it looks like I'm developing back problems. Does anyone else on this board have back trouble or can you direct me to a good back forum? Thanks
     
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    @annie1234 I have major lower back issues but to tell you the truth I never found a good support group in the internet for spinal problems. Use any search engine to find spine health - the used to have a forum but I have not been on it in literally years.

    So sorry you are suffering from back pain. Have you had a diagnosis or treatment yet?
     
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    I have spinal stenosis and some bulging discs. Was supposed to have back surgery last summer but landed up with kidney problems and a bleed from all the Advil I took
    Thought it was a sign not to go thru with back surgery. Had epidurals, chair yoga, PT and lots of stretches. No relief. On top of this 2 hip replacements same side left knee replacement both shoulders also
    Last summer fell off a step and tore 3 ligaments and sprained both sides of my ankle. Was in a cam boot up to my knee for 2 months til I couldn't stand it anymore. So between all these replacements and then falling my back is a mess! Now my balance is so off I keep tripping over things ( even things that are not there)
    Took 2 months off from Wk to heal but to no avail. Still searching for the perfect remedy which I don't think exists yet!


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    @Jaycey @susanne Sorry I didn't come back to post on this thread. I'm mostly on the hip/knee replacement sides. My MRI showed several budging discs, 1 small herniation, stenosis and a lot of degenerative changes. The OS did an X-ray and found a compression fx...but too old to do a kyphoplasty on. The good news was that my hip implants looked good. I'm dealing with a lot of unexplained medical issues right now too. So basically have been told to grit my teeth and deal with the pain without meds for the time being. Not pleasant. I'm still working too and some evenings I really wonder if I'll be able to complete the shift. The OS gave me a handout on back strengthening exercises which I'm trying to do...can't tell if they help or just hurt yet.
     
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    I'm still going to PT for my ankle rt knee and now back. He's working on core strength i.e. Pelvic tilts bridges which is hard to do when ur shoulders are weak, and lots of stretches every morning on a foam roller. I also do some yoga stretches. Plus I had epidurals , burning of nerve endings. Nothing helped. 2 pain management Drs said they can't do anything but recommend surgery I'm also working on balancing because I keep tripping and falling which is another issue all together.
    Right now with the weather being damp there is not one part of me that's not aching. Laying with heating pad for now
    The stretches will help but remember worse thing for back is to lay and not move around. Let me know how it works out for you
    After re reading what I wrote I realized I just repeated myself over and over

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    Now I can add a wonky shoulder to my problems! Dog almost tripped me going out the back door...I skinned the back of my heel on the brick step and only by grabbing the storm door did I keep from falling. Unfortunately, I yanked my arm back--hard! Now my shoulder hurts with more than minimal movement. I'm on 2 abx for the heel--worried about infection as my circulation isn't great. And an appt pending with a different OS who is supposed to be good with shoulders. I'm icing the painful spot and taking tramadol with little relief. IM doc still says no Tylenol or NSAIDS till my blood work looks better. I feel like I'm a candidate for a nursing home at this rate.
     
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    How about using a TENS machine? I found it invaluable when I tore a muscle in the back of my shoulder.
     
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    I'll join you!!!! Maybe we can find a spa like one on the beach with handicapped ramps and parking


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    Hi. I've got a new/ old issue that's driving me crazy. Ever since I've had my replacements I've had the worse leg cramps all the things I've tried no longer work. It's now 4 in the morning and I'm besides myself I've gone to a new neuro who put me back on requip which does nothing. I've been to pain management who prescribed gabbapentin. I've tried stretching before lying down but my legs have a mind of their own even tried icing and heat. I'm at a loss. All I want to do is go to sleep No these crazy legs of mine are acting up much earlier in evening where by I can't even sit comfortably in a chair or lounger Can anyone help me with this issue ? I'm slowly but surely going nuts from lack of sleep. I feel I've run the gambit of all medical professionals. And back to square one
    I don't know who or where to go for help. Is there such a thing as a restless leg/ cramping dr
    I've also been taking magnesium and potassium ever day and drinking so much water
    Please , anyone have any suggestions for me
    Thanks again venting session over it's 4:15am
    I'll just lay here and watch my legs do their own thing
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    Check with your OS or family doctor about this. I was going to suggest Magnesium but it sounds like you are already taking this. Here's an article from our Library on Restless Leg.
     
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    Talk to your doctor about gabapentin (neurotin) or pregabalin (lyrica). I see both used for restless leg where I work and they seem to help. Just a suggestion...
     
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    I've been taking 600 mg of gabapentin for a few weeks. Sometimes it' works other times not so much. I've been using a heating pad on knees at night
    Riding the bike and stretching
    One of these has to work


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    @susanne ... it would be a neurologist you would see about restless legs. Your gabapentin is a relatively low dose. It may be you need to take more in the evening. Have a chat with your GP if you don't want to go to a specialist and see if you can up the dose a bit.
     
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    It's been prescribed by my new neurologist. She also does acupuncture on my back
    Concerned I dont sleep had sleep study and results insomnia. What a surprise. She thinks it could be the restless legs that keep me awake
    I've doubled up on the gabapentin and she prescribed Lunesta for sleep. 2 mg which will probably do nothing. But will try and will let her know in 2 weeks how it's working
    Also started wearing brace in knee for stability. Feels much better. I see my DO fri the one who did the PRP and will be getting a booster a stretching and a massage. Can't beat that for an after work release



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    I'm with you on the stretching and massage...can't afford to get them every week but LOVE them when I can!
     
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    Saw the shoulder specialist...he said there might be a small tear (didn't say where in the joint) but wanted me to try a month of PT then see him again unless pain gets worse. Also talked about an MRI and an injection. But the PT dept is booked up and I will have had 1 assessment appt and 1 actual PT appt before I'm sched to see the OS again! I'll talk to PT at my assessment and see if I should push my OS appt back some. The PT dept belongs to the ortho group so they should know what he wants. The good thing is my shoulder is getting better as time goes by...still have a couple of movements that hurt and a feeling of weakness when I lift it above my head to do something.

    Saw IM doc and my liver labs are down a bit but not as much as he wants. Im to repeat them in a month...no Tylenol or NSAIDs yet...and if they are not down a lot more then he will send me to GI. He has me on furosemide (lasix) and spironolactone (aldactone) and has pulled 24 lbs of fluid off of me in 1 week. Needless to say, that made me feel a lot better. But why the edema? Is it related to the elevated liver labs?

    I saw the pain clinic about my back as it still hurts. The PA there was concerned that the compression fx probably occurred after the MRI was done as the MRI didn't mention the fx. He was also concerned that I might have another compression fx when I almost fell as the back pain was getting worse. So he ordered another MRI and I'm waiting to hear if it is to be done today. He put me on Zanaflex (tizanidine) and oxycodone. I wasn't familiar with the muscle relaxant so did some research and found I shouldn't take the 2 together. But, I also found that the Zanaflex by itself really helps my pain but makes me too sleepy to use at work....and, yes I still working...a 16 hour shift yesterday evening and night.
     
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    Fluid retention can come from many sources, but if you have elevated liver functions that would definitely contribute.
     
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    Wow you are the only person that is going through the same issues that I'm going through. I have degenerative disc disease of my lower back in ankyloses spondylitis that is affecting must of my joints I will be getting hip surgery on my right hip June 9th and I will be getting my left hip done in July I'm trying to avoid back surgery however my surgeon said I need it. My knees are very bad and eventually I will be needing surgery. my neck shoulders, ribs hurt all the time and inflammatory bowel disease.:console2: Oh and I'm only 43 :tada:
     
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    I'm 64, an RN working in a Skilled Nursing and Rehab facility with lots of long term residents (1st 30 years of my career were in OB and women's health). I like what I do, but the hours are far too long and I'm responsible for too many things all at one time. I plan/hope to work till I'm 70...will make my RN career 50 years, and due to the social security system...after all I've paid in, I want the max back! I joke with the rest of the (younger) staff that I will retire on a Friday and move in the following Monday...there is probably more truth to that statement than I want to admit.
     
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    Saw PT for my shoulder and she was great. Pin-pointed the exact painful spot and found some weakness in my left arm and a very tight joint on the assessment and did some massage, heat and something like a super TENS treatment. Gave me some gentle stretching exercises. I left feeling much better mentally and physically. We bumped my appt with the shoulder OS back a month to give PT a chance to work with me.

    I'm to have an epidural injection for my back pain next week. All I know about epidurals is from working L&D. Hope it helps.

    My hip is giving me fits. Don't know if the back problems are causing me to walk funny but the hip hurts much the same as before my replacement. The hip OS says the X-rays show the replacement is ok but I have a nagging feeling that something is wrong there. He has mostly punted me over to the pain clinic for management and I'm not sure how I feel about that.

    I really don't want to go to a revision specialist...have too many docs juggling me around right now as it is. And I don't know what my liver labs will show next week and where that might be leading.
     

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