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THR Meralgia Parasthetica - any experience?

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ritabell

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I am disappointed and depressed with my progress on both hips. I stopped reading everyone's posts because I feel like I'm not healing well and don't want to compare. I am seeing a neurologist tomorrow AM for confirm Meralgia parenthetical in the first hip which the OS said I might have. This seems to be a complication of the anterior approach according to the Hospital for Special Surgery. While performing surgery on hip 2, they lean and strap down hip 1 and sometimes compress the nerve. Have been taking gabapentin for it and it has given me some relief. My psychiatrist, who I have been seeing for years, said he can give me a steroid shot to lessen the symptoms but not so close to having the surgery on hip 2. That is why I am seeing a neurologist to confirm this diagnosis and go forward.

Regarding hip #2 it is very stiff and I have not been doing enough walking because of the pain in hip #1. It is very sore at the top of the leg where the incision is even though I am numb there too. I am not walking well. I don't think I've ogresses in the last couple of weeks which concerns me. I always think something is wrong. Seeing OS next week. These 2 holiday weeks are a horrible time to try to see any MD.

So that's my story. I am regretting having this anterior approach which is so highly recommended because of how I am healing and this nerve complication and I hate to say that because there's nothing I can do about it except feel sorry for myself. Hopefully my next 2 MD appointments will bring better news. When you're in the midst of something like this, it's hard to think rationally and be hopeful. Oh well...
 
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@ritabell Nerves take tons of time to settle after a procedure like this. Please don't feel like this is the end of the road for you. You just need a bit more time. Hang in there!
 

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My nerve damage, which maybe isn’t caused exactly the same as yours but has the same symptoms, is still very slowly getting better. I’m off the meds, I’m watching my gait to keep my back straight, and doing the exercises I was taught. It is going away so so slowly but it is definitely going away. For me, it’s been 4 1/2 months since it started. Now, I often forget about it.

As @Jaycey said, hang in there.
 

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@ritabell I do hope your upcoming appointments provide more information and hopefully some aid in decreasing your symptoms. Everyone's path is so different with recovery. You have a hard path at the moment but I am sending healing thoughts your way and I do hope your path will become easier. We are here for you even if you just need to get some frustration out.
 

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I'm sorry Ritabell.. you are discouraged and wish it weren't so. I would be, too. But like the others before me, I believe that time will heal a lot of the issues you are experiencing. I know, cold comfort right now.. (((hugs))) Good luck with your upcoming appt. I hope they have some solutions for you to keep you comfortable until things calm down.

Time is a great healer. We all need to believe in that. :flwrysmile:
 

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Happy Two Month Anniversary!
Wondering how your two appointments went...if you care to share with us.
With any luck things are looking up and the New Year brings you perfect healing.
Hope to hear from you soon! :)
@ritabell
 

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