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Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by Cathippy, Nov 16, 2018.

  1. Cathippy

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    @Mojo333 at home I now dont use my crutches at all. Resting second day no 2-3 mile walks on crutches outside. Plan is to let upper back settle then use 1 crutch when out. If my theory is right pain will settle if not its my new gait.
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    @otisbeagle no massage from hip physio lucky to get chat....would have to pay privately for that :loll:

    Thanks both of you for ongoing encouragement. :loveshwr:
     
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    I’m sorry to hear about the back pain, but glad you had some positive news, and it sounds like you have a plan going forward. I hope this will be a good week for you.
     
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    I’ve just been reading your thread and it sounds like you’re making great progress. I also hope the back pain is lessening. I’m 6 weeks post op on hip@2. When I walk or move that knee the weong way, I definitely feel the pain. I think I developed so many bad habits to compensate for the hip that now that things are lined up correctly, my old habits don’t work! Also, as this forum keeps reminding, it’s still early in the healing process. I return to work this Monday. Yikes!:shocked:
     
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    Hi @Atkinson8
    My hospital signed me off work for 12weeks so somewhat concerned re you returning at 6wks ! Hope you have a phased return at least...
    I had some knee pain early on but went away as I hope the back pain will too.
    Look after yourself :loveshwr:
     
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    Hi Cathippy!
    How is your back feeling this weekend?? Maybe it was sympathy pain (or, more likely, PMS), but my lower back was bothering me a little this weekend too. Had a cheapo professional massage yesterday and feel much better today. Have you tried massage? Assuming your hip is comfortable on the table (mine is), it can really help—at least in the short term.
     
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    @Atkinson8 definitely give yourself more time. I am 9 weeks post-op, and my PT says that the knee will ache when the hip is trying to stabilize. I notice a little knee ache when I take the first step up or down the stairs, or right after a change of direction. Then it usually goes away. Hope your recovery goes smoothly!!
     
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    @otisbeagle am thinking of seeing physio for massage this coming week as getting worse despite reducing crutch use :oyvey:
    Glad to hear yours has gone as fast as it came. Have wear in my spine but was settled pre hip sigh...
     
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    Two months, dear cathippy.:)
    I know you are tired of all this recovery business...but I am hopeful all will settle as you are able to transition off the walking aids.:praying:
    Wishing you a Good Week..
    Healing hugs coming your way!:roseshwr:
     
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    Cathippy, that is frustrating. But it does sound like you’re walking better now? Hope you’ll be feeling better soon.
     
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    Ten weeks post op today. Can walk without limping or pain for up to an hour and averaging 2.5 miles a day using one crutch. Hip can be bit achy at times but assume might be when I do a bit too much or just recovery. Working hard on reducing upper and lower back/arm/shoulder pain by altering how I do things to reduce overusing right shoulder or straining neck. Back on low dose co codamol to help with this.
    Am able to get things from lower down as long as not on floor and whilst I can sleep on anyside now avoid sleeping on painful shoulder. Been to pool briefly and on treadmill even more briefly on my 10 day free pass this week.
    Notice my operated hip appears to have more limited range of movement and wondering if this returns ? Would hope to return to pilates/yoga at sometime and wondering if I will need to do some exercise/stretches to build up muscles etc.
    Only do one set of basic hip exercises but think neck stretches helping.
    Grateful everyday I can walk normally again pain free.
    So glad I found this website and for support.
    Seeing my GP wednesday to request referral to physio for upper back.
    Happy healing weekend to everyone
    :walking::swim::treadmill:
     
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    :hi: Glad you are seeing improvement!
    I too am grateful for walking without pain...:dancy:
    It will keep getting better...at two and a half months I found things were still rather tight and weak...
    Early days still (I know you are tired of hearing that by now..I was)
    I do hope your upper back keeps getting better and that you are able to maneuver about the house some soon without the aids to give it a break.
    Keep the faith!:loveshwr:
     
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    I went back to Pilates as soon as my OS signed me off at 6 weeks. It was a relatively easy class and was absolutely fine apart from lying on my operated side which was a bit tender. There was no need to do exercises beforehand and many of the exercises are good for hippies. My instructor understands operations and told me when I shouldn't do some movements. I have graduated to a middle level class but wouldn't go near advanced classes for a good while yet.
     
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    Does sound good Cathippy for 10 weeks. Plenty of time for more improvements to come.
     
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    Well I have finally reached 12 weeks post hip replacement. Walking without crutches 10000 steps a day though at my pace. Now able to put on my clothes with no aids and no longer using grabbers.
    Due to return to work on Thursday this week but will be having a phased return.
    Looking forward to being back at work which is only 3 days a week.
    Am so grateful I can walk again and would now just like my spine to settle down as the upper and lower back pain is improving but not sure how it will be at work and pain killers make me so tired.
    Got physio appts with nhs but wondering about going private as nhs rarely do hands on in uk.
    Grateful for group and support as couldnt have coped as I have without it. Thank you so much.
    Wishing you all a good week
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    So Happy to see your post, @Cathippy !:happydance:
    You are doing this...and I am so proud for you to be getting back to your life.
    Only three months...which I know seems forever...but is tremendous!
    I have really been surprised at how much things have gotten better for me even after one year mark.
    I worried about some ongoing issues..SI pain, groin aches...but they continued to get better as long as I didn't have a crazy busy day at work.
    Nice not to think I have to live with horrid pain and can do the little things like dressing and picking up something I've dropped without wincing and grunting!

    Do baby yourself some when you have your work days. Stamina can still be bit sluggish!
    Please let us know how things are going.:loveshwr:
     
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    Hello :wave:
    What a wonderful post. You're doing great.
    I hope transitioning back into work runs as smoothly as your recovery has.
    Hopefully you find relief for your back and spine so you can move forward in comfort.
    You're on your way!
    @Cathippy
     
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    Well done, I had to double check the zeros on your step count, you are doing really well. Good luck with the return to work.
     
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    That step count is amazing. You are a real
    Inspiration. Glad it is going so well for you...
     
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    Thank you for all your comments.
    Heartened to hear @Mojo333 that recovery çontinues to be ongoing for so long as whilst have made good progress would like some flexibility back and to be able to swim again. I am glad you reminded me about energy levels as do still have a nap after my walks and not use to being round others all day. Also my hair has been dropping out over the last month in handfuls ... hope that stops before i become bald :gaah:
    The 10000 steps have given me something to do as have got progressively bored being off and ready to return.
    Now as long as my brain functions ok....
    :snork: thanks again guys for all the encouragement...it makes such a difference.
    Catherine
     
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