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Really concerned about THR

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by Rio_Grande, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. Rio_Grande

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    i have spent the last 6 years since a work injury fighting pain in my lower back and backside. It wasn't covered under the workers comp and was explained away as a periformis that would "get better on its own" that never happened and I started seeking treatment on my own. I was treated since for various back problems that i apparently didn't have. A physical therapist recommended I go se a hip surgeon. He imieadoately diagnosed me with a bone on bone bad right hip. The left is following. After the past 6 years of doctors telling me they knew what my problem was I got a second opinion that verified the diagnosis.
    The issue is I am a police officer by trade. I have the ability to take off but I am worried about being able to return to work. What percentage will I get back to? Figuring now I am 50% of what I was 6 years ago. I assume I will be better than I am now but I am concerned with being able to get up and down, pivot etc. dr says I will be able to do whatever I did before but sustained running will cause problems. I shouldn't ever have to go back through physical testing but I want to be effective and.not just a lump which is where I feel I am headed. I have put on significant weight in the last 6 years. That's not helping any of this.
     
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    :welome:to BS! Your story sounds like a lot of others around here in the doctors saying back when it was really a hip. It is pretty frustrating. I do remember a few police officers around here that have had and/or getting ready to have a THR but I can not remember who was who to tag them for you. I am sure there will be one of the mods around soon and they can get you hooked up with them.
    Good luck and stick around the site , there is lots to learn here. :)
     
  3. Rio_Grande

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    Thanks. Amazing the things that don't concern me day to day but the thought of trusting a doctor not to screw this up concerns me greatly.
     
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    @Rio_Grande
    Get rid of the pain first stop. You can do that by having your hip replacement. I had two replaced and I am back working in my standing up walking job.
    Feeling useless/washed up is pretty normal when hip pain strikes (back pain comes with the hip issues often) but you'll get a new lease of life afterwards.
    I know a fireman (48) who's back at work after hip replacement and not at a desk. The only thing he doesn't do is run around a lot.
    There are lots of very successful stories here on this site about hip replacements. Have a look at them.
    You are suffering at the moment both physically and emotionally from something that can be sorted out.
    Keep well....
    Joe....
     
  5. Rio_Grande

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    Thanks Joe.
    I am 43. Was a pretty hard charger until my injury. It will be good to get back to living.
     
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    @Rio_Grande We have had several members with very similar questions posting on here recently. Here's one short thread on the same subject I Want to be a Police Officer, but ......

    Your surgeon is right, you will be able to return to all the activities you did before all that hip pain. Yes, you won't be running marathons. But your normal work activities should be no problem. THR is a new beginning, not a life sentence!
     
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    I didn't run marathons before so I am good with that!!! I looked at that post thanks!
     
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    We have many very active members working in police, firefighting, paramedic, plumbing, roofing - you name it. Get that hip fixed and get on with living!
     
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    I am 6 weeks out from having my second hip replaced. I am now doing things that I have not been able to do for three years...like walking up the stairs normally. Best decision that I have made. There is no more pain and now I am able to be more active. Good luck in your journey, Bonesmart is the best companion!
     
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    Sounds like a solution. Seriously tired of being pathetic. Be nice to get backup
     
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    Are there any movements you cannot do after surgery? Heck I quit going to mass because I get hung up between sit down and stand up!
     
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    I am almost seven years post-THR. I do lots of yoga and I haven't found any movements I can't do. Is there something particular that you are concerned about?
     
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    Mostly low ground fighting kind of stuff. Be able to go quickly from kneeling to standing. Those are the things I have the most trouble with. Makes me look pretty bad in training.
     
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    That will be hard for a while. It has to be better than where you are right now. Have you found a surgeon yet?
     
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    That won't be a problem at all once you're recovered from surgery.
     
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    I have a surgeon who does a lot of replacements locally. He also does some other joints. Everyone I looked into was about the same. I wanted to find someone who just does hips hovever everyone seems to do a few different joints.

    Sounds like the surgery should fix my issues.
     
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    My surgeon only does hips and knees. I think that's fine, as long as you have someone who specializes in joint replacement.
     
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    He does hips and knees as well.
     
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    Once you are recovered you should have no problem with this kind of activity. You will need to build up strength in your legs again but that just takes time. Right now you are walking all wrong trying to stay off that sore hip. Once it's fixed your gait should be balanced again.
     
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    Good!

    Speaking of walking all wrong. When I am on my feet for any length of time I get the pain in my rear and thigh. Of course the burning in my groin and top of my hip. Is there any way to mitigate that pain in the interim? I cannot use pain meds during the day. Stretching used to help but doesn't anymore.
     

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