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[THR] Spring in my step

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by Kim22, Mar 20, 2013.

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    Hi calikat Thanks for calling in.I had no pain in my left hip until about 3 months after my hip replacement.When I last saw my OS I had no pain and the X-Ray was ok so my review with him was booked for 6 months.When the pain started it was concentrated in the knee so I went to see my GP and asked to have an earlier appointment but instead I was referred to a second tier muscular skeletal clinic at the hospital I had to wait 2 months for an appointment and was seen by a specialist physio who looked at the X-ray taken in June when I saw the OS and told me I had very mild early stage arthritis and in his opinion I would not be offered a T HR as surgery should be considered a last resort I tried to explain about the experience I had had with my right side and X-rays not showing the full extent of the deterioration as well as the detrimental effects on my general health of me being so inactive for almost 3 years but his response was to say that December appointment would soon come round.As you can imagine I was furious with him as I felt totally dismissed.I really feel that I have been through enough and also I am not feeling the benefit of the new hip which actually cost the NHS a lot of money.So there you have it I just have to be patient and wait.Our NHS is wonderful but the draw back is that there are a lot of people in the same boat as me and it means substantial waiting times.

    I hope that your your left hip holds out for you too.I wish I had fully recovered from my first one before the other one started or else had them arranged one after the other to avoid all this jumping through hoops.
     
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    Bummer about having to wait. Insurance in the US can be very expensive...I pay $600 + a month for ours, but the benefit is getting to go to whatever doctor whenever I want to. There are a myriad of types offered in the US depending on who you work for etc. I choose the highest coverage that my company offers because I like having some control. I am sorry you have to wait. I have been told to expect that my left hip will probably have to be replaced eventually because of the dysplasia. I can feel the little twinges. I am hoping since my left side no longer has to bear the extra weight from my right that it will hold out for a while. If it comes to it I will take the injections first.
     
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    calikat I have a feeling that my OS will recommend an injection first.I did have one in the right side and it worked well for almost a month before the pain came back.It was wonderful as I got my life back for that period and I was so happy.I also know that the the effect is almost always temporary,that my left hip will need replacing and would rather get it over with as soon as possible.

    Wow $600 a month for medical insurance ! My husband and I both took early retirement but when he was working he had private medical insurance which would be very beneficial now.The care would not be any better but as you say it would mean no waiting in a queue.I am still a great supporter of our British National Health Service as it means health care is available to all regardless of income.Of course we have paid in to it for years in our taxes.
     
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    I think it's a great system too except for the waiting part. :(. Medical care is very expensive here.
     
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    Kim22 I hope you get scheduled for your replacement at your next appointment. I had a shot also before I had my very first replacement, I thought that's all I would need, not surgery, for me it didn't work at all. Looking back I was lucky, when I went in for hip pain the x-rays showed both of my hips were equally bad to the point the surgeon asked me which hip I wanted taken care of first. At the time I was terrified to hear the term hip-replacement and that I needed it on both hips. I know how much pain you're in and where that goes until you get your surgery.
     
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    Hi sandybeach I really hope that I am offered a LTHR at my appointment and given a date as I was last year.Its strange that I am seeing him exactly one year to the day when he offered me the surgery.I hope this is a good omen.Yes although it was tough for you gong through 2 surgeries so close together it meant that you got them over and done with and you are now living your life to the full and have got rid of the pain.
     
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    Kim22 I will never forget the pre-surgery pain. I feel so bad for anyone having to live in pain when surgery will stop it. I will keep my hopes up for you to be approved for surgery. I can't find when you have your next appointment....is it in December?
     
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    Kim22 It seems like a long way off :sorry: but hopefully time will go fast. Holidays get into action soon and time will go by quickly then.
     
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    Kim22 How are you doing? Is pain med's helping with the pain?
     
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    Hello Kim22. I was thinking about you after I saw my OS the other day. I know you also had a hip scope fairly soon before your replacement. My OS told me that the prior hip surgeries often make hip replacement recovery more difficult due to scar tissue, more inflammation, prior trauma etc. so he was not surprised I had a more difficult time. Maybe this is what is happening with you too. I hope your tendonitis is getting better. <3
     
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    Hi sandybeach Thank you so much for asking and yes the Naproxen seemed to help initially so I asked for another weeks course as we are looking after our grandson for five nights as my daughter and SIL are having a holiday in New York .I was in a bit of pain on Monday but I think that was due to the car journey. Unfortunately I went down with a twenty four hour bug yesterday but I think my hip liked the rest as today was a better day.I just felt so sorry for my husband who never stopped all day.Baby care is so much easier with two !

    I don't want to take any more anti inflammatories when this prescription runs out because of the detrimental effect they have on the liver but I needed them for this week.i am so glad that you are doing so well and I bet you are glad you bravely went through two THRs close together.
     
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    Hi calikat Thank you so much for your post, it was really kind of you to think of me and do you know it makes perfect sense.Why has no one pointed this out to me before? There will be more trauma, inflammation and scar tissue from previous surgery.I had the scope done in July 2012 and the THR in March of this year.If someone had warned me about this I would have fine with it and would have known what to expect instead of living in a state of anxiety about my snails pace recovery compared to most others on this site.The tendinitis is still an issue but it varies from day to day.I have had to resort to Naproxen again and generally it helps.

    I hope you are doing well and I will catch up with your thread.Once again thank you for your consideration.
     
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    I have had some good news today after having my liver function retest.In September I had a raised enzyme which was of a concern and the GP attributed it to long term use of anti inflammatories so I had to stop them but I needed another short course of Naproxen to kill the hip and knee pain in the unoperated side which was keeping me awake at night and so I was worried that the liver enzyme would be just as high.I was very relieved to learn that it was now within normal limits.From now on I will use anti inflammatories sparingly and only when I really need them and try to rely on paracetamol instead.I have been taking Milk Thistle supplements since September and have being drinking a lot more water as well as following Poppets advice of adding freshly squeezed lemon juice to my water each morning as lemon like the Milk Thistle acts as a liver cleanser.So thank you again Poppet
     
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    I am glad to hear Kim. You know I have been told that your levels can be elevated for a variety of reasons and then go back to normal. Here in the US if your levels are up, they retest in 3 months. My son's liver enzymes were up once when he was quite small. 3 months later everything was normal and have been normal every year since. His doctor told me that sometimes it can be a simple matter of dehydration.

    ETA But I am no doctor...just reiterating what I have been told by medical personnel.
     
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    Hi Kim22, milk thistle is great for the liver, the primary herb, as it stimulates the replacement of old and damaged cells with new liver cells, but also Dandelion is very good for the liver and you can buy Dandelion tea.. Maybe I need to do an article on herbal teas as that is a very effective way if getting your herbs :)

    Glad you like the nutritional articles, I have heaps more on my list... It keeps growing daily as the ideas pop into my head :)
     
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    Poppet What do you think about those detox teas that you see everywhere nowadays? I have seen several for your liver and kidneys. I have been drinking one a day lately (they taste horrible bleh) because of all of the medication I have been taking the past year.
     
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    calikat Thanks for the information I think you are spot on regarding the link between dehydration and high liver enzymes.The nurse who prescribed the naproxen told me to drink more water as my tongue showed signs of me being dehydrated.I have been much better at drinking water since thenI am glad your son is fine now but you must have been concerned until you got a normal result.
    Poppet Thanks for replying I will lookout for dandelion tea and look forward to more articles on nutrition.
     
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    Hi calikat, thanks for tagging me :) can you tell me what 'detox teas' you mean please? I am in Australia, so not sure what you are referring to? I would need names and ingredients to before commenting - thanks honey.
     
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    Josephine I am considering consulting a Chiropractor who does massage to help with my soft tissue problem on the operated side.If my memory serves me well I remember reading on another thread that you found this therapy beneficial.I was wondering if you could recommend a chiropractor as you live in the same area as me ( Durham City ) Thanks
     
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