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Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by BusterBeans, May 18, 2017.

  1. BusterBeans

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    I had a simultaneous BTKR in 2015 and a LTHR in 2016 with the right probably to be needed in 2017-2018. After experiencing pain in my lower back, thigh and calf, I visited my OS and said it might be time for my RTHR. He had xrays done and said that while I would still need the right hip done in the next year or two, I needed back surgery done in the next 6 months and probably a right shoulder replacement but I should try to put that off as long as possible. He knew I was moving away so he has no reason to push unnecessary surgeries.

    But holy smokes! I'm soon going to be fully bionic! How could these new joint/disc disintegrations be occurring so rapidly? Now I'll need to find an OS at my new home who does back surgery and one who does hips. And surgeons who I can trust as I did my previous one. My friend who is a nurse suggested that I be tested for lupus because of so many joints going bad.

    Anyone else have so many joints needing replacement?
     
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    @BusterBeans,
    I have moved your thread to Hip Pre op, for your upcoming THR.
    You can post about your shoulder in the other joints forum, you will find others with multiple joint replacements there. @tashia has 5 joint replacements and @NightQuilter has had 4 joints replaced.
     
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    @BusterBeans Ah, how frustrating! You get those knees and the hip fixed up and other joints start yelling at you.
    I'm in a similar boat. Had LTHR in October (just one month after you) and am seeing OS tomorrow to talk about getting my knees done--right knee is acutely painful at times, then calms down, and left knee just hurts all the time--and I know my right hip is not in great shape. A bit overwhelming, eh?
     
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    Hi @BusterBeans ! You had better check into the Four Replacements Club soon (under the Social tab)! I did the bilateral hips 14 years ago. At first, we thought I only needed the right one done, but shortly before the scheduled surgery, the left started "tracking" what I had experienced with the right one. I recall my OS was shocked at how rapidly it had deteriorated in a matter of weeks ... he had never seen that before. He sent me to some specialists, like a rheumatologist, but no one was able to reach any conclusions. Since then, the knees went out and I have had two fusions - one at my L4-L5 and in January, my C5-C6, together with a microdecompression of the C6-C7 (basically rotor-rootering out all the debris from deterioration, to hopefully avoid another fusion).

    So what is going on with your back and shoulder? Also, where in PA are you and where are you moving? I grew up in Erie. Wishing you lots of answers.
     
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    Buster, you don't need to say 'simultaneous'. So far as we are concerned, saying bilateral means you had them done at the same time. Just thought you'd like to know!
     

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