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[THR] Impossible Hip Pain No More!

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by leenie60, Jul 3, 2017.

  1. leenie60

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    Hi all: I am a newbie to the hip area but have been a member here since 2010. It's time for the hips. In hindsight I guess the hips have been bothering me for a couple of years, but having never experienced hip pain, I didn't realize it even was the hip. I was blaming it all on my back.

    Now that I am so fully aware it is my hips, I am having left THR on 7/19. My left hip went from being annoying enough to go to the doctor in February to bone on bone by May. The pain is ongoing, unrelenting, and debilitating regardless of what I'm doing and whether I'm standing, sitting or laying down. I basically can't stand up - never mind stand up straight. It pinches, burns, radiates, impacts virtually every aspect of my life.

    Who would have known that hips could cause so much discomfort.

    Since I had to wait for surgery (although now it's only 2 weeks away), I decided to treat the pain as if I was post-op. Admittedly, there is minimal relief with this approach but it is not for nothing. Sometimes I actually do get some relief albeit brief. Meanwhile, I have to get up and go about work and living and it is not pleasant. I've been keeping my activities to a minimum and not by choice but rather out of necessity to keep my sanity.

    Has this been anyone else's experience? Out of the blue you go from achy to needing replacements? Who knew...
     
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    Yep, quite a few folk do that!
    I had to chuckle at this! Can't fault you for trying though!
     
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    Hi! I can so relate. I, too, thought it was my back as I know I have back issues. My pain would come and go, be a day or 2, or several days. The balance of the days would be fairly manageable, or so I thought. In hindsight, it really was not being managed, I compensated more than I thought. However, after the first of the year I went from that to excrutiating, debilitating pain. I should have used a wheelchair, it was so bad. Like you, barely standing and straight???? No way. The pain was unrelenting, 24/7 and no pain meds even touched the pain. I went to the spinal doctor who looked at the X-ray and said that he could not touch me until my hip was replaced. He was able to have me see the hip doctor right then and there. The hip doctor got me in within a month for surgery but it was the longest month. I could not sit, stand, sleep, without being in horrible pain. Hang in there. The rewards of the surgery are so worth it.
     
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    It is comforting to hear I am not alone; not that I wish such pain on others. I am counting down and preparing.

    Thank you for sharing!
     
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    Why do these doctors think its our backs when we are classic!! I had groin pain, could not sit for long periods of time or walk. For years they said it was my back. I did have a back ache but i think a lot of it was my hips and limping. I remembrt two weeks pre op I was in so much pain. My second is coming up Juky 25. I wish i was thinner so i woukd not put weight on my new hips. Anyway best of luck to you and I pray that God watches over you!
     
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    I echo what is being said here. My GP sent me to a spinal specialist despite me saying I was sure I had a problem with my hip. That all wasted 18 months of unnecessary further pain till he identified (and agreed with me) it was OA in my hip. It's fair to say that I did have backache too, but we get to much pain referred to various other parts of our body from the source of the problem. The upshot was not one but 2 replaced hips and now my life has been completely turned around as a result.

    As far as looking after yourself in the build up. If you aren't using any walking aids then start now. A walking stick and/or crutches will make a world of difference and take the strain off the hurty bits. Also, do not push, pull, lift or carry anything - summon help. I found that if I did any of the above I would pay for it for at least 2 days afterwards. You are right to cosset yourself. Soon you'll be all sorted out and looking forward to a gradual, steady recovery and a new world!
     
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    My story was a little different, I was going about life hips were a little sore, I had a fall and broke my ankle. I had to stay off of it for eight weeks and when I was finally allowed to get up and walk I could not due to my hips being practically froze up, my OS said you have hip arthritis that was the first I knew that I was in line for hip replacement. I tried the injections they did nothing I tried physical therapy and finally bit the bullet scheduled the surgery, the last two months it has gotten so bad, and wishing I had scheduled it sooner, but I only have a couple of days left, going from dreading it to actually looking forward to it to get it over with and feeling better...


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    I too had mostly back pain and took almost 5 years to get a diagnosis in which time the degenerative OA was end stage and I had only bilateral hip replacement as an option.
    Like Nivea I thought I was managing for a while but I was honestly in pain always... Sometimes tolerable... But mostly at the end NOT.
    At to months post op, I'm amazed at how much my health has improved.
     
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    Wow thank you all for your stories. As for back pain, it seemed logical since I had a lumbar fusion in 2012.

    I did have a labral tear repaired arhtroscopically in my right hip almost 2 years ago and was hoping for a good 5 years before I had to consider joint replacement. I've done enough recovering (or so I thought)!

    Here I am 2 years later shocked that seemingly it's been the left hip causing most of the discomfort.

    I even said to my doctor in the spring that I feel like my back and my hips are collapsing and I'm going to end up paralyzed.

    I've endured a lot of pain over the years but these hips take the cake.

    I plan to have the 2nd one replaced at the end of the year so that it's paid for this year and I can recover with additonal benefits in the new year.

    Happy 4th of July!
     
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    @leenie60 oh clever you gaming the insurance like that-- your first one will max out the deductible PLUS the out-of-pocket! I was fortunate that the year I had my first one, hubby had had surgery earlier in the year that took us almost all the way to our limit, so I paid (relatively) little for the hip, and....everything else (pricey prescriptions too) was free free free from June until New Year-- I definitely enjoyed that.
     
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    I met my sizeable deductible from one flouriscopic hip injection then mri! Hey who knows what health care coverage is going to look like year after year. I am fortunate to have excellent insurance and short term disability. 34 days accumulated now at 100% pay and an additonal 12 days in January.
     
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    The more i think about my second surgery the more I wished i had both surgeries at the same time. Its like back to back pregnancies. Havent forgot the yucky stuff. I was reading josephines post on constipation and I found it to be so helpful. That was a huge problem for me but after reading her post the more I see i did everything wromg. Why can't surgeons put a booklet together to help you through these things. I was so constpated from the pain meds. My dr told me to take miralax and now i see thers are natural remedies that would be so much better. It was a vicious circle. I got constipated, then laxitived gave me stomach pain, then hetoids. I got no directions, i am so glad i found this site.
     
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    Hi everyone... just joined this forum and glad I did. I am in the early stages of deciding when, where, etc. I do have to replace both my hips although my left one is not as bad as my right hip. Still combing through all the different type of approaches (DAA, SuperPATH, etc.). I would like to find a good surgeon in either Boynton Beach or Jacksonville, FL where I will have support from family.

    gaulsuerou....I am now following you as well. Looking forward to your postings after the procedure. You are inspiring me as well.... Thanks!
     
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    Best Wishes on 19th leenie60. I'm just wondering even at this late stage should you look into bi-lateral or both done together as you are getting them done anyway.
    Same applies to you @dpesante. Welcome to Bonesmart. Are you considering bi-lateral. Why don't you start your own thread here in pre op. Some of the advisors and moderators on Bonesmart know the best surgeons in most areas in the US.
    Keep Well Guys.
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    I had my hips replaced at one time because they were both so bad... Thought I had it so much worse than most with single, but after seeing so many stories of folks trying to get through recovery with one operated.. One bad hip... I'm glad I did both simultaneously.
    Confess that I didn't feel like that the first month, actually thought I must've been delusional, but at 9 weeks I am hip pain free!!!!!
     
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    @Mojo333 ... hi, just curious.... Which approach did you go with (DAA, etc.)? could you sit and work on the computer during that first month?
     
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    @IrishJoe - My surgeon will not perform bilateral says the mortality rate is too high. I know some doctors will perform bi-lat but it's not worth the risk and I'm not sure many in my area perform them either. I did ask though and honestly, I'm already stressing about how I'm really going to make out with the restrictions, driving, with one replacement.

    @Belladonna - the more surgeries you have, the more information you are armed with including having the appropriate laxatives, stool softeners, etc. on hand. Make that mistake once, you won't make it again - at least not on purpose!!

    Also, my hospital through their doctors, hands out a very nice spiral bound booklet on joint replacement with what to expect and what to have on hand. They also mandate a joint replacement class which I actually attended this time. This is where they hand out the wash cloths that you use the night before and they go over pretty much everything in the booklet too.
     
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    @dpesante I had anterior approach bilateral. @leenie60 ... Dang. Glad your surgeon didn't do mine if he has people dying on him... But, I digress.
    Could I have worked on a computer the first month, uh... Maybe. Would I? Uh, NO! I had what seems to be the regular One Hip recovery issues... Pain, narcotic stupor, constipation, etc.
    I was concentrating on getting better and except for Bonesmart correspondence... On my phone, in my recliner for the first 3-4 weeks.
    I do believe after a month if I worked online only I could have managed but I did spend a few hours per day at my job at week 4 -5 and have made my recovery a priority...@ 9 weeks today... Walking without Cain or hip pain... Still dealing with minor issues... But nothing like before surgery.
    I did lose 20 lbs over a year time to try to get pain off my lower back...
    My surgeon said I was a great candidate for Bilateral.
    I'm 5'3" and went from 153 lbs to 128. That probably helped
     
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    @Mojo333 thanks for the info. Just curious, I heard that patients that undergo DAA basically walk out (with a cane) from the hospital. Not sure you heard something similar before having the surgery but I take it that was not the case for you at all. Or is it that you can walk but basically can't do much besides that. I guess I need to find me a comfortable recliner as well... :)
     
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    I had a walker...2 wheel. Very important for stability. And I had my surgery Monday noon and was released Wednesday noonish. I did walker-out.
    Yeah, first few weeks really not very pleasant... I'm not gonna lie.
    Don't want start trying to figure out how MUCH you can do...I did too much several times. I learned, but I have a new life in a little over 2 months. Amazing really since they saw your legs off and put in new ball joints and a railroad spike. It IS serious. Not getting wart removed.
    But very do-able and so worth it!!!!
     
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