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Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by Ariel, Aug 15, 2017.

  1. Ariel

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    I am 60 years of age, male and live in Birmingham UK.
    Had my R Hip replaced six years ago and until now suffered no problems, now I am getting familiar pain in the L Hip. Been to see Dr 3 weeks ago and she said she would arrange an X-ray. In the last two weeks I have received a lot of pain in operated hip and have no idea why, the op was done without glue and I can not see how the socket could have worn loose after all this time.
    Couple of questions.... Why is the previously operated on hip now giving me grief? How long should I have to wait for an X-ray in the UK?
     
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    @Ariel welcome! The forum has been going through a little upheaval this weeks with updates, which explains why nobody's gotten back to you yet-- many of us couldn't even see the forum for days!

    Someone from UK can tell you more about timing, @Jaycey ?

    One guess for pain in already replaced hip would be that you are changing your gait unconsciously to accommodate the new bad one, so the muscles are complaining at you. I know that's been true for me.
     
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    Just a guess but I assume you are walking all wrong trying to stay off that sore hip. Are you using any walking aids (crutch or cane)?
    I never waited longer than a few days. In some cases I had the x-ray the day of referral. Call your GP and ask when the referral was done.
     
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    Yes, that's the most likely reason. Don't fret - you're fine!
     
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    Thank you, I have left a message with my Dr's reception about the lack of x-ray appointment as it has now been over a month since she referred me. The operated hip has been getting worse but I do not think it is down to gait, something seemed to go when I sat on my racing motorcycle at an event last weekend resulting in a very painful 200 mile drive back in the car afterwards.
     
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    Well the visit to the Dr seems to have paid off, appointment for x-ray on the doormat this morning. September 21 but at least it is this year!
     
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    Hi Ariel

    I waited 2 months for an x ray in UK when I had an increase in pain and thought things had changed. Over the years I've had many false alarms on the pain front and some additional input from a physio. Sometimes returning to basic hip exercises helped. Sometimes the gym. It's a long wait but semi-reasuring to be classed as non urgent then. I hope you get some answers, if the x ray is clear a few physio appointments could help.
    Leigh
     
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    Thanks, my appointment has come in at the 2 month mark to the day, this must be the norm for the UK.
     
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    It has been some time since my last posting, I had an x-ray in late September 2017 and my Dr offered to send me to a specialist but..... Since having to run with a broken down motorcycle, which resulted in two days of agony, I was pain free so I declined her offer. Since then I have done what I do, I am officially retired but spend three days a week volunteering on a nature reserve. This involves a lot of walking (I have a counter on my phone and average 14000 steps a day), lifting and climbing and up until November I was fine apart from the odd twinge. Things went downhill a little with constant pain resulting in another visit to my Dr and an x-ray and consultation on this Wednesday and I am now on the list for a total left hip replacement. I intend to keep up my exercise routine until the operation as my theory is that if you go onto the table fit you will come off it fit.
     
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    :wave:and welcome back to the forum.
    New left hip...new life ahead.:yes!:
    Do you have a surgery date?

    I wish you all the best as you keep up with your activity...unfortunately even though I've always been active and fit...it became impossible for me to keep up the pace at one point.
    Is OA the culprit?
    Just don't push things to the point of collapse.
    If it is bone on bone...some babying may be in order.
    Hope your date is soon, and we will be cheering you on during recovery!:yes:
     
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    Thank you, no date as yet but I guess in about four months time. Damage is from OA and a hard life bike racing rock climbing etc, it may hurt at the moment but it has been a lot of fun hurting it. It has not yet got to be bone on bone and I was not prepared to let it go that far (My right hip was far worse before I had a correct diagnosis after a bike crash) so once I started to feel the familiar pains I knew where it was heading. I intend to keep up my regime until surgery day if possible but I do allow myself a 30 mg Codeine some nights. Unless it bores you all stupid I intend to log my pre and post op status on here.
     
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    Re: the previously operated hip hurting, mine does the same thing.

    Muscles in the “good” leg get pulled all around when I limp, then the good leg hurts worse than tha “bad” one.
     
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    :heehee:
    Not at all. Do let us know how you are and perusing the forum can give you great insight on pre-op preparations and post op recovery!
     
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    Hi Ariel. My second hip acted up less than a year after the first THR. I was very happy when I got a matched set of titanium implants. 6 and 7 years later, still very happy....wish I could replace some problem feet just as easily.

    We will all find your status reports riveting, so keep them coming.
     
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