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I had arthritis in both hips, worse in the right. He only mentioned what I'm now assuming was osteonecrosis in my left hip (because I remembered something with "necro" in it) when I asked him why the left hip would hurt more if it was less arthritic.
@EL11 , I so agree with you on this!!! My world had been diminishing more and more as the pain increased and my ability to walk decreased. I had basically opted out of life once the pain got too bad - was actually at the point of giving up! Once I found the right group of doctors and actually got a diagnosis (instead of admonitions to "lose weight and [I'll] be fine"), and the shock of realizing that it wasn't my fault that this "hip melt" had happened had worn off and, finally, acceptance that I was going to need new hips settled in.... well, at that point, I was already on my way to turning the corner on things. While I still am not participating in life as I once did (when I endeavored to be a social butterfly despite being a major Introvert) and, as I mentioned on my own thread, am dealing with "the blues", I realize that the surgeries were a huge step in recommitting to being present and taking part in life. It's wonderful to know that many of my fellow BoneSmarties are of the same mindset!I had this revelation when doing so, that tied into something we were talking about in another thread—about committing to participating in life by taking the step to have surgery. I suddenly realized, in a visceral way without thinking about it per se, how much of my "bandwidth" had been taken up by having this inflammation in my hips all the time.
I told my bf yesterday that a lot of the interchanges on this forum involve people deciding how to time a second surgery. From my own experience, it's best not to wait, for the reason @1stSurgery states above. I had a similar experience. Everything was going along hunky-dory and then the still-arthritic side began to cave from the pressure. Every morning for several days now, I marvel at how many hours I've been able to sleep. The week before the 2nd procedure, my left hip was waking me up every half hour.the decline can be super swift when the forgotten hip is trying to handle the recovery of the surgical one. It's double time pressure.
@Alitm I am doing well, and honestly I hesitated taking my first narcotic of the day, as I'm more just uncomfortable than in abject pain, but just took it anyway. The pt was reassuring about the fact that I am only at half the maximum and that he'd expect my OS to help me figure out a tapering plan when I see him Tuesday. The meds make it easier for me to nap, to do my exercises, and they chill me out somewhat in general of course.You are doing so well to be on one crutch now! You are inspiring me ! I can feel the OA kicking up in my left hip, as I cut back on the narcodic meds during the day. So annoying. Did your surgeon say which was your nastiest hip, the first or second one? I would imagine you had the one that hurt the most removed first, but the strain the post op from the first puts on the second non operated hip...well I'm getting the idea now! I had a busy day at my check up visit and x-rays etc. yesterday. Had two tramacet at bedtime, and another with more Tylenol at three thirty AM, but sleep, for the first time post op, eludes me, even in the recliner.
That is so helpful. I’d go to the kitchen island right now to make sure I’m not on one crutch “illegally,” but as I read your post I had just settled myself on the couch with wedge, ice and blankets, and Albert immediately joined me to curl up on my abdomen. I’ll try it later.In my post-op materials there was this paragraph which described when it was the right time to go to one crutch. It said: “when you can stand at the kitchen counter with your surgical leg on the outside, and hold onto the counter lightly, support yourself only on your surgical leg and have no pain or discomfort, then it is time to go to one crutch.”