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Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by boyblu9584, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. boyblu9584

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    So, I've had pain in my right hip for years. I would go away most times until now. I'm an avid weight lifter and I started to notice I couldn't squat like I used to. And then I started having trouble putting on my socks. Last year I had a terrible asthma attack that put me in the hospital. They prescribed me large doses of prednisone which caused me to gain weight and then my hip really started to bother me so much I thought the prednisone had cause some bone problems, so I had my hip x-rayed. Low and behold I'm bone on bone.
    Anyway, being the idiot I am, I opted for a cortisone shot in stead of surgery right away. Well that seems to be a disaster. I don't know if it was a steroid overdose (I was still on the prednisone) or what but ever since the shot I've had horrible back spasms and when I sit longer than 20 minutes it takes about 5 minutes before I can straighten up and walk. I'm 59 and I am not ready or prepared to be this immobile.
    Any good thoughts out there? Not scheduled for surgery for at least a month.
     
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    Hello and welcome!!
    Sounds like you found out what is wrong and want to tackle it right away. Good for you. I am bone on bone, too, but am not planning on surgery till May.

    You came to the right place for support and advice, I have been learning so much here. Good luck to you. Look forward to your recovery thread.
     
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    This was me before my THRs. Wasn't sleeping well at all. Standing up could take me as long as a minute to straighten up and get moving. Doc sent me to PT, and to a specialist to investigate the nagging pains in my hip and back. Finally ended up with the osteoarthritis diagnosis, with surgery suggested as the fix.

    While waiting for surgery, the PT helped - but ultimately it was the THRs that got things moving in the right direction. My physical therapist pointed out that the body is a system, and when one thing goes wonky, the rest of the system can get out of whack. And seemingly lots of back problems can be traced to problems with the hips.

    Sounds like you have a plan in place with surgery coming up - poke around the forums and you'll see that it can change your life. It's a big step, but I never had second thoughts, and have no regrets. Got my life back - hopefully you will too.
     
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    @boyblu9584 Welcome to BoneSmart! I was in the same state pre-op LTHR. My hip had collapsed and I literally could not move around on my own. Baby that hip. If it's bone on bone you do run the risk of collapse.

    How long ago was your injection? You may have to wait until that is out of your system. But do talk to your surgeon. Getting your hip replaced soon rather than later means a less complicated recovery.
     
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    If you can get your surgery next month go for it… It will be worth it… The pre-op PT I was given included trying to get out of chairs as much as possible without using my arms in order to strengthen my leg muscles. It wasn't easy but I am glad I did it as has helped me post-op. My back has been a lot better since the op. I had not associated it with the bad hip beforehand. Doh!
     
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    Yeah. I have to wait for the cortisone to go away. I'll have surgery in Jan. for sure. Thanks everyone for the positive advice.
     
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    Hi, Welcome to BoneSmart. Thanks for joining us!
    I'm sorry you're struggling with pain and hope you're able to obtain relief soon.

    Following are some articles that may interest you as you contemplate surgery -
    http://bonesmart.org/forum/threads/choosing-a-surgeon-and-a-prosthesis.2491/
    http://bonesmart.org/forum/threads/...visions-how-long-will-my-new-joint-last.4491/
    http://bonesmart.org/forum/threads/pre-op-interviews-whats-involved.13327/
    http://bonesmart.org/forum/threads/recovery-aids-a-comprehensive-list-for-hospital-and-home.12499/

    Wishing you comfort!
    @boyblu9584
     
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    Total hip replacement is a slam dunk. I did marvelous but I was only 34 at the time and have had my hip replacement now for 20 years and it hasn't worn a bit since it was put in. I got a ceramic/ceramic hip as part of a clinical trial but the same hip is now approved for use after it took them 5 years to clear the FDA's regulations.

    Use crutches and stay off that hip. One doctor had me pumped up on Tylenol 3 x 3 a day and then when I asked about post op pain, they told me the same medicine. I went to another doctor who did my surgery and he said he didn't want me on any pain meds preop so that meds would work post op. He said to use crutches until surgery to avoid pain meds which I did and my recovery was a breeze. I did take oxycodone 10 mg every 4 hours from day 2 to 3 in the hospital, but once I was out I was given a bottle of 30 pills and never took a single pill. The only rough part of the total hip replacement was the first 3-4 hours until my PCA got pumped up enough to give good pain relief, and the I was on the interent in my room chatting away. My fever ran up that first night to 101.5 and scared me enough to call the surgeon at home at 3AM in the morning, then an hour later a nurse took a bunch of blood to have it cultured, but it was just normal post op fever from the surgery, nothing to worry about and nothing infected, but it was nice to have them check it anyways. But 4 days post op I was on the golf course with my brother, riding but not playing, and within a year I was back playing 18 holes of golf.
     
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    You are very encouraging. :snork:
     
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    I had the injection last month.. It was worth trying, but just like you, I now have to wait until it is out of my system... Blimmin awful painful day today and I can't wait for February when I next see the surgeon
     
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    Hi @boyblu9584, you have joined the "I'm shocked by arthritis-in-my-hip" club.

    Wanna hear something funny? ... My hip pain presented 7 years ago ... as inner thigh pain ... somehow through obsessive googling, I figured out it was a hip issue ... (BTW: don't wait 7 years ... I was not in excruciating pain during all that time.) ... Anyway ... after I got diagnosed 7 years ago ... I remembered something ... about a year earlier, I had felt this odd tightness in my inner thigh. I just assumed it was some shoes I bought. I got rid of the shoes and didn't think twice. I say that to make the point that lots of us are shocked by this diagnosis.

    I go through all the sadness after my diagnosis ... and then something hits me ... OMG, my mother had hip arthritis and a limp for every day of her life--until the very end, when her surgeon ORDERED her to have the surgery, because he thought she would fall and crack it. Probably got some dysplasia (ball not fitting neatly and evenly into the joint--which causes premature wear) from her.

    The key is to find a surgeon you're really comfortable with. Definitely tell your surgeon you want to get back to lifting weights. You want someone who is comfortable with that goal and confident he can help you reach it. And usually it's best to go for a specialist ... someone who basically does only hip replacements and knee replacements.
     
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    Welcome, I understand your worry. I'm not the guy that's going to tell you it's a slam dunk. But I will tell you that your hip won't hurt, then again you won't have your hip you'll have a replacement but the pain will be gone. It's a major operation so you should be concerned and learn what it's all about and what it will take to recover. I can't advise you on weight lifting. I did my share over the years but I'm not going to over test this hip, I waited 50 years to get it and I'm not going to screw it up. It's been almost 10 mos for me and the memory of the recovery is fading, and I had a great recovery, but you're not going to like new in a couple of weeks. This is a fix, but it ain't no quick fix and it will take patience and being pretty immobile for a while. I never went for any of the shots, been offered them for my Rt hip which is bad too but I declined.
     
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    Okay you guys have been very encouraging. But I need more. lol I'm scheduled for 1/10 but I don't know if I can make it. I always thought I had a high pain threshold but this stuff is getting to me. Never felt the hip pain unless I was walking. Now I feel it all the time. And my back? OMG!! The spasms are getting really bad and I can't stand straight up anymore. I'm trying to hang on but it's getting hard.

    I apologize in advance for being a little babyish.
     
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    @boyblu9584 You are not being babyish. This pre-op pain is absolutely horrid. Nothing touches it. Try and stay off the hip. Are you using a crutch or cane? You need something to help you shift the weight off that sore hip. Have you thought about a TENs machine? They take the edge off.
     
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    @boyblu9584
    I thought I was the only person with pain like that until I found this forum. At one stage I said to my husband "I don't want to live like this" I couldn't get relief whether I was sitting, lying or walking. Actually I could barely walk anyway, and nothing touched the pain.
    I was so happy to be going down to,the operating theatre. My recovery was quite good but even so it hasn't been a walk in the park but that horrible OA pain went immediately.
    The 2nd op was only just over 3 weeks ago so I'm still in recovery but can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm thinking of dusting off my tap shoes again :)

    You have less than a month to wait now. Look forward to a speedy recovery
     
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    thanks for the 2 replies. I'ts what i needed.
     
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    Hi @boyblu9584, it can't hurt to put in a call to your surgeon's office and tell them of your agony and see if there is something, some kind of med or heating pads or whatever, something that they feel comfortable prescribing to you before the surgery. Don't hide your agony when you call. Let them hear your pain and feel it over the phone. Sometimes doctors need that nudge in order to get a little creative.
     
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    My OS will not do THR for 3 months after any injections into the hip area, data suggests that infection rate is higher within 3 months of an injection. You may want to ask your OS about this.
     
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    It is miserable sleep depriving neverending pain...and hip replacement is the cure! Thank God!
    Sorry you are suffering but this will be the fix.
    No meds could touch it...I would lay on a heating pad..not a huge help, but soothing.

    I am very grateful for my replacements.
    Hang in there.. @boyblu9584
     
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    Finally, getting to the day you get that bad hip gone and get on with getting back to life!
    Please tell me you have been working on your patience muscle as often Very Physical Members have a real time with that initial Hurry up and Wait period!
    You will be ever so glad you got this done.
    It certainly gave me my life back!
     

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