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Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by tessa, Nov 30, 2018.

  1. Layla

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    :hi: @tessa
    It just keeps getting better!
    Same here...it was a while before I could get consecutive hours.

    Happy to hear you are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
    This year will be your year!:egypdance:
     
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    Yes do keep things slow, slow and steady. Leg length can well change a great deal and equalise itself. Worry not about sleeping yet. For many of us it takes a long time to sleep on sides, possibly much beyond 6 weeks but it keeps improving. Muscles take a long time. When one lot settle another lot can start up - do not be dismayed just stick with it.
     
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    Hi @tessa, You are doing brilliantly!! Well done!
     
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    I am now 9 weeks post of and feel I have hit a bit of a brick wall!.
    Good points are that the surgeon is happy, just want to see me at 8 months as he does with all uncemented prosthesis. I am now driving! Physio was happy and said to just carry on with daily activities, she said she doesn’t need to see me routinely but I can contact her if I feel I need to. I have been swimming. Walking is going ok. Still using a stick for any distance, but with a stick I can walk a couple of miles. However, whilst walking is not a problem I still struggle with general movement...not sure if this is normal! I cannot bend to do up shoe laces and getting in and out of the car is not easy. I am sleeping well but I am really stiff and uncomfortable in the morning.
    I am due to go back to work at the end of the month and not sure how I will manage.
    Of course This may all be normal , just need some reassurance that at some point I will feel normal again!
     
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    @tessa Can you do a phased return to work? It's actually still early days for you. This recovery can take 12 months or more depending on how long you limped around pre-op. All that you are feeling is totally normal - part of the healing process.

    Are you taking anything for that early morning stiffness? Paracetamol might help. And please do not try doing all that exercising when you return to work. You will need to go home and rest.
     
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    I am in conversation with my manager and will certainly be doing a phased return.
    I am taking paracetamol in the morning and it does help, just takes time.
     
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    At not even two and a half months you have a lot of healing still going on.
    It can take up to a year, I've read even longer more than once. So...lots of room for improvement.
    My OS's PA reminded me we'll never be 100% post THR simply because they can't match our natural hip, or its function when it was performing optimally.
    Many will tell you that any less than 100% still makes it all worthwhile no longer living with the pain and limitations of our pre-op condition.
    Time and patience....you'll get there. You're doing well!
    Hope you are enjoying a peaceful evening. :)
    @tessa
     
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    There’s a leap forward at 4 months. Things will get easier. Chin up.
     
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    If both your PT and your surgeon are happy with your progress, you should be reassured---that's great news!:happydance:

    I think once we are able to be more active, we are even more frustrated at times when we feel our activities or mobility are limited. Right after surgery we expect to be in pain and have to take it easy. After a few weeks the pain isn't constant, but it still is worrisome when we have it, and we want to get back to the life we had before our hip went bad on us.

    I found that if I didn't dwell on it too much, every week there was some improvement over the preceding week, and eventually it gets to the point that things return to normal. But in that "in the middle" time where you are, lots of aches and pains pop up, so hang in there.:)
     
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    This recovery thing certainly isn’t smooth! Each day varies but I feel I am getting there!
    However, I am getting more pain in my right hip, which has never bothered me before. When I saw the surgeon he said I did have some arthritis in that hip, it wasn’t too bad , but once it started bothering me we could discuss surgery!
    Is it common for the opposite side to become more troublesome post surgery, I suppose it does take a bit of a pounding!
     
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    Hi tessa,
    So sorry, it throws a monkey wrench into recovery, doesn't it? :yes:
    Yes, it is common. Often as your gait changes once again, you may notice that. You're probably favoring your op leg some and the other is rebelling. Hopefully you're able to hold out a little longer as your body adjusts to your new hip. Try icing it when it's bothering you just as you're doing with your op leg.
    Wishing you comfort and relief.
    @tessa
     

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