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[THR] New here-with new hip!<

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by S00zd, Mar 2, 2019.

  1. Mojo333

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    It's very unhelpful to compare recoveries. Different problems, different hips, different healing for different people. Unfortunately, we aren't in charge of this.

    I was given some great advice by another staff member as I struggled with the PT question and it helped me tremendously as I recovered from bilateral THR. It went something like this.

    Many members think PT is needed to alleviate tightness. Tightness is a normal occurrence after this kind of major surgery. Your surgeon did major carpentry work and disturbed every millimeter of soft tissue in this area. You aren't tight because your muscle is underused and needs to be stretched and rehabbed. You're tight because your tissue is healing...and full healing takes a full year OR MORE. If a long full step right now is causing pain and limping, don't take long full steps. Take smaller steps. Take a short walk several times a day, instead of longer walks. Use your cane. Use ice. Rest a lot.
    At six weeks or so, we are past the initial surgical incision healing, and generally are starting to feel reasonable again. People are itching to get back to their lives....to get on with their lives. To be active. And a lot of us are so driven to be active again, that we promptly overdo it as soon as we start to resume some activities. Once we can walk a quarter of a mile without pain, we figure we're good for a mile or 2. And a week later, why not 3 or 4? We get on a cycle...stationary or otherwise....and instead of ten minutes, we do an hour. Or 2. We go out to run an errand, and end up shopping for 3 hours. We return to work and then go to PT and then stop at the grocery store and then go home and work in the garden.

    I'm getting tight hip muscles just thinking about it.

    So really, this isn't the time to do anything to excess. Baby steps now, and lots of patience, pays off big time later. Recovering from self-induced tendinitis can end up taking weeks or months. Or you can consider yourself as still recovering from surgery and structure your return to your life as a slow, gradual process where you introduce very small increments in activity, and then give yourself time to see how your body reacts to it. Your body is in charge of healing, not your mind. You can't will yourself to heal faster. But you can stay out of your own way to let the healing happen.
     
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    I can agree totally with all of the above. I am 7 months out and today pushed an increasingly heavy shopping trolley for just under one hour. Currently sitting on ice! Ouch!

    For me the short walks are the best and moving often plus some gentle swimming. Too much sitting siezes me up. Btw we have just sold our large dilapidated family house in Bournemouth! One block from the sea :-(

    Currently decluttering and that is tiring too. It all gets better but does take time, at least for me...

    You were fit before the op and this will help you :)
     
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  3. S00zd

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    The thought of letting ice anywhere near me, much less sitting on it fills me with horror! I'm the world's most chilly mortal and wear gloves underneath mittens for about 5 months of the year :snork:
    Luckily, I don't have any swelling. Does the coldness of it distract you from the pain, or how does it help exactly? Sounds like torture to me, no offence meant but brrrrr
    Did you have your op in Bournemouth or Surrey?
     
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    I am currently sitting here with a fan heater but ice on my hip. Our boiler packed up and waiting for repair....

    The ice stops the pain and reduces the swelling. Stops me taking codeine etc.

    I had the op at the Royal Surrey and have described in pretty graphic detail the early days of recovery! It wasn’t all good but got much better after the first three days...
     
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    :hi:I have never been a fan of ice nor did I see, after the first ten days or so, any noticeable swelling.
    Exactly!
    Ice is a great anti-inflammatory...and there is often swelling after activity - hence the tightness.

    You are missing a great recovery aide, friend. Cover up with a huge blanket and ice that hip:ice:
     
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    Now for the next question. I was commenced on Risedronate, bisphosphonate, at the outset on the assumption that I have osteoporosis as I had the hip fracture youngish and Mum had it. I have become like a spotty teenager, which I hate with a passion and I presume it's down to this? Forehead, chin, back of neck, upper chest and back, all full of nasty spots. I pile on acne cream and they subdue a bit by the end of the week but are back in full force when I wake up on Monday, after having had the pill on Sunday morning. I know there are mixed thoughts about this medication and if I suffered the alopecia it mentions in the list of side effects I would be off it like a shot and take my chances. But are spots and the weird aches and pains in joints, shins and tummy I get sufficient reason to stop? I haven't even had a DEXA scan yet, that's next week so obviously I want to see what that shows as well. I do understand the osteonecrosis of the jaw problem but firstly I believe that is very rare and secondly I doubt if i would continue these things for the full 5 years. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
     
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    Hi,
    I guess taking those meds is a personal choice. Personally, I wouldn't touch it. Especially on an "assumption".
    If it were me, I'd look into diet and supplements before I'd walk around with acne and hair loss. :bolt:You haven't even had a bone scan yet...
    Just my thoughts because you're asking for opinions. Consider talking this over with your Primary Care Physician.
    A great week to you!
     
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    Seems like you are having a lot of side effects and need to let your GP know asap, like today.
    You may want to ask your GP about taking Vitamin K2.
     
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    @Layla, I don't have the hair loss or I wouldn't even be asking the question!
    @pumpkin, in the UK there is sadly no such thing as seeing your GP at short notice. I have an appointment to discuss this next week-and that was a 3 week wait in total! I had to wait over a week for a telephone consultation last time and even then it was only the receptionist who phoned to see if she could sort something out instead. We have a choice of 2 surgeries covering our area and local people tell me they are both as hopeless as each other. I've only met mine once and he was like a wet weekend and inspired no confidence at all. \The hospital did start me on Vitamin B12 injections and calcium, which I continue to have.
     
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    Good! Because acne and hair loss at our age is not a good look :heehee:
    I wish you the best at your appt next week. It's too bad you have to wait as long as you do.
    Hopefully next week you'll get all your questions answered.
    @S00zd
     
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    Thank you, ladies. :thankyou:
     
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    Is it possible for you to discuss your concerns with your pharmacist? Sometimes they can be a wealth of information about the risks and side effects you may be experiencing. But, I do agree, this is something you're going to need to talk over with your GP whenever you can get in to see him/her.

    The risk of necrosis, although slim with some medications, is real and maybe you should consider waiting to start a drug with this potential side effect until you have all your questions asked.
     
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    I spoke to the Specialist Nurse at the (UK) Royal Osteoporosis Society and she recommended I stop the residronate, photograph my spots while they are florid, read up about other drugs etc and see my GP armed with info and the photos for discussion. Sounds like a good plan to me!
     
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    I am glad to hear you have a plan for your medications, and are no longer taking the residronate.
    Hope your skin clears up soon.
     
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    I will have to wait till Sunday until I am no longer taking it, if you know what I mean?
     
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    :hi: Hope today is a Good Day!
    This recovery business can be an exercise in patience and staying out of one's head. (Easy for me to say...this far out)
    With all the changes you have had in your life these last months...I should guess you are just wanting some semblance of normal and settled.
    Sending good mojo your way.:loveshwr:

    Things will keep getting better!:yes:
     
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    Thank you so much-your mojo is much appreciated and really helping, bless you.
     
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    Hope you have a good weekend!!
    Here's my favorite recovery chart:heehee: rps20171117_054543.jpg
    It does go up...:friends:
     
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    @S00zd How was your meeting with hospital staff? Hope it went well!
     
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    The brief version is, it went very well thank you and things seem to have changed already. Thank you so much for asking. I could pm you the longer version but would understand if you thought it unnecessary.
     

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