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[THR] Living alone after total hip replacement

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by bocca2017, Feb 14, 2017 at 7:06 PM.

  1. bocca2017

    bocca2017 Junior Member

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    You bet. Ask away
    @Josephine

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    I had a weird feeling this morning in my leg. Good but weird. Almost like more freezing was coming out and I could all of a sudden be more aware of the back of my leg. Anyone else ever feel that?

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    Best guess is your nerves are waking up.
     
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    Never actually thought of that. yipee

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  5. Josephine

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    Here's your inquisition then!

    I'd like to ask you some questions if you don't mind, and it would be very helpful if you would answer each one individually - numbered as I have done - in as much detail as you can then I'll come back as see where you are

    1. what approach did you have for your surgery? Anterior, posterior, lateral? You can look here to see the various types THR approaches or incisions

    2. what are your pain levels right now? (remember the 1-10 scale: 1 = no pain and 10 = the worst you can imagine)

    3. what pain medications have you been prescribed, how much are you taking (in mg please) and how often?

    4. are you icing your painful area at all? If so, how often and for how long?

    5. are you elevating your leg. If so how often and for how long?

    6. what is your activity level? What do you do in the way of housework, cooking, cleaning, shopping, etc., and

    7. are you doing any exercises at home? If so what and how often?
    This is the most crucial question so please help me by using the format I have left as an example
    (which means please make a list and not an essay!)

    Exercises done at home
    - how many sessions you do each day
    - enter exercise by name then number of repetitions of each
    etc., etc.

    Anything done at PT
    - how many times a week
    - enter exercise by name then number of repetitions of each
    etc., etc.
     
  6. bocca2017

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    Well after my afternoon of feeling that tingling it got progressively more pronounced. I was in the kitchen just doing up my dishes in the sink and I had the weirdest sensation. I immediately went and laid down for the night. I got really scared actually. Felt like I took 10 steps back in my progress.

    I didn't do anything differently. Never broke a hip rule. Its 6am and I just used the bathroom. The weird pain is gone so hoping it was a fluke? At what point do you call your doctor again? My biggest fear is it popping out and I have no clue what that would feel like. Maybe I'm going crazy. Lol

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    1. Lateral
    2. 3
    3. Regular strength tylenol 325 mg. 4 every 6 hours and morphine sulfate 10 mg. And I take 1,every 12 hours

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    4. Yes I ice. Bag of frozen peas. Once every 2-3 hours for 20 minutes or so
    5. My leg is elevated by pillows whenever I am laying down. Which is most of the time
    6. Activity levels. I can make a simple meal. Clean up after myself. My grabber helps me tidy my bedroom floor

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    Worry not - if you dislocated the pain would be unbelievable and you would not be able to move.
     
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    1. Lateral approach
    2. pain score 3
    3. Meds: Regular strength Tylenol 325 mg 4 every 6 hours
    morphine 10mg 1 every 12 hours


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    Josephine I guess I didn't post all my answers properly in this thread. My apologies. Please let me know if you get them all

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    I was doing these 3 times a day till last night when I had a bad night
    I can walk for about 10 minutes down my hallway in my building but use my walker. Not so much for support while walking but safety And if I get tired

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    Oh Jaycey thank you for that.

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    @bocca2017 Hi so glad you found this site. There are wonderful people on here who can help with everything so don't be afraid to ask. You'll be fine when your daughter leaves. It's amazing how much better you can move about after the first week or so. Just rest that new hip and only potter about and keep taking the meds on time - they really do help to take away the pain so it's easier to move and they make us sleep which also helps recovery. Have a great recovery.
     
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    Thank you Cas. I've never been one for forums but this has made me feel so normal. I just had a scary moment because for the first time I looked at my body in a full length mirror and realized just how swollen my right hip is. Coffee and ice pack for breakfast

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    @bocca2017 LOL it's awful to look at isn't it. I don't do forums either but this place just seems so friendly I feel right at home!! You might be swollen for some time as all the layers have to heal. Gradually the numbness and swelling go away. I am nearly 4 months post op and still have a little bit of swelling where the drain was but nothing drastic. If you need anything just tag me - have a great day.
     
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    The drain??? Its so weird cause I have my long bandage and then a small one on top. I get to take my bandages off next week. I have a friend whose a nursing student come and do it. I don't think I can do it

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    @bocca2017 they pump you full of fluids before, during and after the op. Then there is swelling from traumatised soft tissues. All this will ease very soon. Lots of icing and elevating for at least 45-60 minutes a session.
    Sometimes a tiny tube is left at the end of the wound post op. This is usually removed before you leave the hospital. I did not have drains post either THR.
     
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    You don't!
    Trust me, if you dislocated your hip there would be no wondering about it. You would KNOW! It's excruciating and you can't move no matter what. You'd just lay there screaming for someone to dial 911!
     
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    Sorry, I really don't have time to read a sideways-on pamphlet! Can you not just write them out for me like you did the other answers?
     
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    I must also ask you to please not keep using the "quote this message" option to reply to a message.
    I know you know how to do it without because you have done so several times, which is to scoot on down to the bottom of the page and just start writing!
     

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