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[THR] My second hip.... Dilly Dilly!

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by MajorHeidi, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. MajorHeidi

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    I had Left anterior THR on Thursday, and went home on Friday. :good-bad:

    The great news is that the leg length discrepancy caused by the first THR in 2014, was eliminated by
    this THR. I have been wearing a 'shim' in my left shoe ever since. Now both legs are the same length again. So, I don't need the shim anymore. :thumb:
    I think I had set aside any number of little issues, and recall how 'easy it all was'. :flwrysmile:

    Important note: Eat some food before you take your pain pills. It does make a difference. :sick:

    Its funny, but it seems that what I remember most about my 2014 THR was the great group of friends that I made with Bonesmart. :friends:
     
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    :welome:Welcome to recovery! Great news on the LLD.
    Here's a refresher for you in the form of the Recovery Article.
    I hope you're resting comfortably and wish you a peaceful night!

    Hip Recovery: The Guidelines

    1. Don’t worry: Your body will heal all by itself. Relax, let it, don't try and hurry it, don’t worry about any symptoms now, they are almost certainly temporary
    2. Control discomfort:
    rest
    elevate
    ice
    take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)​
    3. Do what you want to do BUT
    a. If it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physical therapist - to do it to you
    b. If your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it again.​
    4. PT or exercise can be useful BUT take note of these
    5. At week 4 and after you should follow this

    Pain management and the pain chart
    Healing: how long does it take?
    Chart representation of THR recovery

    Dislocation risk and 90 degree rule
    Energy drain for THRs
    Pain and swelling control: elevation is the key

    Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it

    Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds
    Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?

    BIG TIP: Hips actually don't need any exercise to get better. They do a pretty good job of it all on their own if given half a chance. Trouble is, people don't give them a chance and end up with all sorts of aches and pains and sore spots. All they need is the best therapy which is walking and even then not to excess.

    We try to keep the forum a positive and safe place for our members to talk about their questions or concerns and to report successes with their joint replacement surgery. While members may create as many threads as they like in a majority of BoneSmart's forums, we ask that each, member have only one recovery thread. This policy makes it easier to go back and review history before providing advice.
     
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    Yippee @MajorHeidi so glad you're doing well! And what a relief for you to do away with your lift.....will you have a ritual bonfire?:heehee: Can't believe how fast time is going.....one minute we're fretting about the op weeks in the future, next it's all behind us and we're on the upward slope to recovery. Wishing you an uncomplicated one, and lots of rest:yay:
     
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    Best of hopes and wishes for a great uneventful recovery friend!
     
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    @MajorHeidi Welcome to the double hippie club! Sounds like you are going through a similar journey to mine. My LLD was corrected during my second THR. I did have a bit of discomfort as my body adjusted to the balancing but was very happy with the result.

    I look forward to following your second journey!
     
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    Yay Heidi:happydance::yes!:
    On the way and evened up!
    Hope you are resting and as comfortable as one can be at this stage...
    Healing mojo coming your way!:ice:
     
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    Hope you're doing well @MajorHeidi
    So nice to be healing at home!
    You know the drill so hopefully your recovery flows effortlessly.
    Lots of rest / sleep and loads of ice.
    Wishing you a great week of recovery! :flwrysmile:
     
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    @MajorHeidi
    Good to hear you made it over again!
    Hopefully the nausea is settled - no fun in the beginning?
    I'm so happy to hear your legs are even now!! I'm looking at "shims" til my next one.
    Keep us posted on your progress
     
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    @anny How are you coming along one week in front of me?
    @BeBe Same question posed to you , too.
    @Jaycey I like your avatar! are those mules? do they represent your hips? lol
    @Me2 My solid, sure friend! What's new with your life? Doing anything fun?
    @Layla @Mojo333 Thanks for your continued support!

    Today I am stretching pain meds to 6 hours from 4hours.
    I may add a Tylenol 500mg on the 5th hour to help.
    This morning was a little rough having woken up to a 6hr duration.
    I am being careful to have food before the pain meds.
     
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    Not mules, my 2 foster donkeys. Don't represent anything except animal welfare - another thing I am passionate about.

    Very early days to be reducing your meds. When you start to forget doses that's the sign your body doesn't need as much medication. Easy does it!
     
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    After more pain, the stretching out of the time between pills shall go back to 5 hours (and with food).
    I also added a Benedryl due to itching just about everywhere. :unsure:
     
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    Itching is just as annoying as the pain... I had several melt downs in the hospital,with severe allergic issues with opiate pain meds. Took lots of benedryl....
    Wishing you lots of get well wishes every day on your journey to a better quality of life!
     
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    MajorHeidi, I'm sorry you had to do the second hip, but I'm glad you came back to us. My second-time-around was even easier than my first, and I wish the same for you. I know you know better than to be too stingy with pain meds too soon. And don't forget how helpful ice can be. May help with the itching as well.

    Sharon
     
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    Wondering how you're doing? @MajorHeidi
    Hope you're comfortable and your pain is well managed.
    Can't imagine things are too exciting in these early days.
    I recall lots of tv watching and changing of the ice packs, lol :ice:
    Maybe you've done something exciting by now like....first shower?
    Hope whatever you're doing you're comfy, cozy doing it.
    Happy weekend to you!
     
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    Hi @Layla Happy Friday!
    Lots of progress and changes.....

    1) The home nurse removed my dressing on Tuesday, and with that, I had my first
    nice hot shower. Delightful!
    Still has lots of glue/tape to wear through, and eventually get removed on first followup visit with PA
    on 4-13. Friday the 13th..... :badspidy:
    2) I have now been 'released' from PT and home nursing care. ok.....
    3) The PT said I can now move from walker to cane. ok....
    4) Those ice packs wear out very quick; :ice:
    5) I completely overdid it on knee lifts and walking too much. I have a ton of inflammation
    and feeling like a sausage squeezing out of its tubing. It hurts going on 2 days from that.

    I hope everyone is marching along forward; but I had a few steps backward, too.
     
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    Early days my friend. Please don't end up in the over did it club. Keep that icing going and don't feel pressured to move to the cane until you are ready. It's your timeline - not PT's.
     
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    So good you are doing well!

    Patience . . . advice from the most UN-patient patient. Enjoy this recovery and such wonderful reason to just relax as that is truly the best medicine.

    I'm still trying to get back to life at full speed and pain free. My right hip/back is again giving me so much grief that I've got to find a solution. The taste of not hurting so bad for about two days with the last bursa injection made me so hungry for permanent relief! I will find a way do or die!

    I hope those days of your minding bursting with relief and excitement of each new accomplishment of being able to "do" come quickly for you. You are crossing to that time so quickly . . . soon you'll be able to put socks on ..... walk without thinking . . . . . reach down to pick something up and find you can do it!.......you can do this!
     
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    @MajorHeidi
    Hope you're having a forward recovery day!
    I completely get your #5 above, I am no where near giving up the walker!
    We will get there
     
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    I have been off oxycodone for 48 hours plus.....
    Last night into right now I have the experience of 'I cannot get warm no matter how many things I cover myself with".
    I think this may be something like light withdrawal symptoms?
    I am taking 6 500 mg tylenol per day and it seems to be ok in that regard.
    Still have profound inflammation from knee to thigh top, as well as most of the pain
    being adjacent or below the incision.
    Is this normal or ok?
     
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    All post op pain. Ice and elevate as much as you can during the day.

    With regard to feeling cold - I didn't take oxycodone but I too had that problem with feeling cold in the early days of recovery. I can't remember doing anything to address this except to pile on the clothes and blankets. Hope this eases soon for you.
     
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