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Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by oregonlass, Dec 9, 2018.

  1. oregonlass

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    Hi All,
    Opening my recovery page while mind is still clear. Check in 12/10 6:30 am so probably 8:30 surgery. So glad to be moving forward. See you all on the other side of surgery!
     
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    Best of luck, we'll look forward to your first post.
    Here's some reading also while your head is still clear -

    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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    First up on the surgery schedule - great stuff. You will be done and dusted by mid morning and having lunch.
     
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    Good luck tomorrow @oregonlass! Looking forward to seeing you on the healing side! :flwrysmile:
     
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    Sending good thoughts to you for an uneventful surgery and recovery oregonlass.
     
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    Here's hoping your surgery goes well today and you are able to get home and begin the recovery process as soon as possible. You sound like a very positive, proactive person----getting set up on this forum is a great first step!!
     
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    Bye bye hip pain.:egypdance:

    Healing hugs in advance....:loveshwr:
     
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    Sending good wishes for your op today. Not long now until that OA pain is gone
     
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    Thanks all! Couldn’t get WiFi yesterday. All is well. They kept surgery pain very well managed. Hip pain GONE.
    Multiple trips to bathroom.
    This morning surgery site spoke up but now controlled.
    Up, bathed, dressed and have coffee :)
    PT and discharge class today. Should go home this afternoon. Actually best sleep in weeks. Interrupted but no pain!
     
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    All great news. Especially no pain!
    Safe travels home.
    Will look forward to updates on your progress.
    Happy healing to you!
    @oregonlass
     
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    :yes!:
    This is why we do this right?:happydance:

    So so wonderful!
    Healing hugs!:ok:
     
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    @oregonlass so glad to read that its over and you are back home
     
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    @oregonlass Hope all is going well with your recovery. Please update when you can.
     
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    Hi Oregonlass. I also had a THR on December 10. Thankfully, it was an "uneventful" surgery and all went well. The right leg (operated one) is very very swollen and I look as though I have an elephant's leg. It is difficult to walk, but I push and walk everywhere in my home...with a cane. I have even been on my elliptical machine for a few minutes, as no activity can't be good. Wearing TED hose and on Celebrex to prevent heterotopic ossification. The Celebrex is awful and makes me dizzy and upsets my stomach, but the other meds (NSAIDS) are not as effective or dangerous (radiation). Are you taking anything prophylactically to prevent HO?
     
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    At five days out..small short walks are quite enough...too early for making an exercise plan!
    Let all that trauma settle!
     
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    Hi all,
    Turned into an interesting week. I had some issues with muscle spasms in my left leg during the night that dramatically impacted sleep not only for me but also my hubby with the leg jumping. Then in hospital during PT both legs started some spasms. Shorts and a cool room aggravated it. I disassembled the under leg towel roll and got them across my legs. Warmer was better. Then talked to my Doc when I saw him mid-day. He prescribed oxycodone for the pain and cyclobenzoprene for the spasms.
    That combo helped me sleep better but by Wed, my head felt weird. The spinal cleared off over the next day or so and found some new discomfort spots.
    I was so glad that we had bought the electric recliner and tucked it in the bedroom. When my back couldn’t stand being flat any more, I made a trip to the loo and them nested in the recliner. That has made a HUGE difference in my night time resting.
    I think it only makes sense. While my doc said most of his patients don’t use one, the first thing they do at the hospital is get you out of the bed...into a...recliner :)
    By Thursday I was pretty disoriented so we started cutting back on the antispasmodic. The spasms didn’t reoccur. By the time I got them completely out of my system I was much better and moving forward since.
    Even tried cutting back the pain meds but it just made things hurt worse so decided the body wasn’t ready.
    Thank goodness for a supportive hubby who’s had to go through rehab before. He is my rock in the nicest way.
     
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    Hi, sorry you were struggling. Happy to read you're doing better. If the spasms return and you're up for a more natural approach, consider Magnesium.

    Magnesium supports the following:
    Bone health
    Healthy blood sugar
    Cardiovascular health
    Muscle relaxation and nerves
    Promotes healthy sleep (falling asleep and staying asleep)

    An article on Magnesium -
    https://bonesmart.org/forum/threads/magnesium-is-a-star.20301/

    I've also heard of drinking 4-6 oz of Q-Tonic before bed which is a water that contains quinine.
    Read the label as some of the waters do not contain quinine, but quinine flavoring instead.

    Wishing you a great week!
    @oregonlass
     
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    Hi Layla,
    Thanks for the suggestions. The day they released me from the hospital I got a paper showing what supplements I could now take... basically everything. So from all the normals to zero and now full speed ahead. So I am getting magnesium daily. I also was able to start my multi-collagen powder again. Just read an article that it works really well to put it in an evening herbal tea to promote sleep. Makes perfect sense since night time is when we restore - rejuvenate.
    Messed with myself good yesterday. Felt so good and moving so well I skipped a pain med dose and got the timing way off. Sure paid for it last night. But better today.
    Sciatic nerve pain seems to be more of an issue than the surgical site. Far-Infared jade disc heating pad has really helped... plus changing positions and more walks.
    I dislike taking the OxyCo meds. Look forward to getting onto gentler, healthier alternatives.
    After surgery the doc told me that I was border anemic when I checked in and the surgery took me into anemic so now to take an iron pill also. Wonder if there is an overdose level for prunes and water? Lol.
    Has any one used hemp cbd post surgery or is that too new on the horizon for any info?
     
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    Try gentle hamstring stretches from a seated position for this. Start slow and gentle as you hamstring is probably very tight. I had major sciatic pain post LTHR and have been doing these stretches since that time.
     
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    Thanks for the tip - I’ll definitely give them a go.
     
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