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  1. Whoknew

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    Lol ok I’ll try to answer as best I’m able re the exercise names!

    1. Posterior approach both for spacer surgery and revision surgery

    2. Pain levels at their worst a good 6-7, otherwise from 1-4

    3. Meds I’m taking now are extra strength Tylenol every 4-6 hours as needed. Also had been on meloxicam 1 a day not sure of dose as not home now. Also flexeril 2 a day 10 mg. I do have a few hydrocodone 5-325 left from before my surgery that I’d used one a day after PT. Dr says no more of any opioid med so it’s ice and elevate I guess and pray it’s enough!

    4. I ice about once a day at this point with time usually between 40min-1½ hr.

    5. I elevate when icing or in evening. Try to elevate for one hour at least

    6. Activity level - I’ve built up to being on my feet about one- 3 hours a day w breaks in between. I’d been wheelchair bound for 2 months prior to infection being dx’d so lost muscle strength.

    7. Exercises have been doing once a day
    walking unless I’ve pushed to point of pain.
    15 reps - leg lift sitting bend and stretch out
    15 reps leg lift sideways sitting
    15 reps lying down sideways
    15 reps lying down leg straight up
    15 reps lying down bend leg then straighten without putting down

    Standing:
    15 shallow squats
    15 leg straight back
    15 leg diagonally back
    15 leg out sideways
    15 trying to balance on bad leg w other leg held up
    Walking 3-4 laps around inside of house (big house!) with no aids.
    walking if we go out to eat.
    PT did say I would need to use wheelchair still for long outings as I don’t have enough strength yet for that .
    These were PT exercises at home.
    I was given permission finally to drive and start PT at the hospital next week.

    I did get lifts to try in my shoes for the leg that’s shorter. Surgeon said when I’d been xrayed last my pelvis was uneven, muscles had scarred and constricted from two surgeries and bone loss due to the Avn. Also my opposite ankle on the short leg is leaning in greatly due to previous trauma.

    Hope this helps
     
  2. Whoknew

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    Oh dear. X-rayed, not x- rated!! Lol gotta love autocorrect!!!
     
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    Oh my! I edited your post and fixed that. Isn't autocorrect awful sometimes?

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    Lol @Josephine I realized I hadn’t tagged you with the answers to your questions. Walking the past couple of days has increased dramatically as I’m trying to be up and moving more. Mostly limited by pain in my wonky ankle more than the hip

    Getting by with Tylenol, meloxicam and flexeril for now which is somewhat working. I do still get breakthrough pain on those and when I do it’s difficult to do anything other than I’ve and elevate. Dr said no narcotic pain meds as NY state is very hard on drs prescribing them. So we all grit our teeth and deal on the bad days.
     
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    Okay - got it
    I suggest you take extra strength Tylenol 1,000mg 4 times a day - that's every 6 hours
    Flexeril isn't exactly a pain med, it's is an antispasmodic drug used to treat muscle spasms and musculoskeletal pain. It is a central nervous system depressant and acts centrally within the brain to achieve its skeletal muscle relaxing effects. But if you feel they are working for you, then that's okay
    One thing you must be wary of - never ever take pain meds to help you cope with pain of PT. If you get pain with PT or exercising, then back off it.
    If your doctor is not going to provide you with any more opiates, that's good. Manage with the Tylenol and ice!
    Good
    Okay
    Hips don't need exercises!
    Okay but be careful!
     
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    BTW, we don't have any dates for any of your surgeries!
     
  7. Whoknew

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    @Josephine, thanks for the input.

    Surgeries were Aug 9th for spacer and removal of dead part of femur, Oct 23rd for revision Right THR. Thought it showed on bottom of my posts.

    Will do with the extra strength Tylenol every 6 hr. I’d been averaging three times a day so hopefully that extra dose keeps pain down (as I get out of bed to take that dose as I’m aching lol). I do find the flexeril helps me w muscle spasms I get, both in my leg and my back and neck (from degenerative disc issues and damage from being hit head on). The meloxicam I’m not sure about. Wasn’t sure if it is really doing much as far as an anti-inflammatory as compared to naproxen. Dr was going to switch me to a different one to see if it helps more.

    The past few days the only exercise my hip is getting is from walking more. Spent a good portion of today up and walking which I’m thrilled by as it’s the longest I’ve been able to do since June.
     
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    Sounds like alot of PT to me.
    When I did do some of those exercises, it was standing up holding on to a chair .
    Like leg raises and such. Less strain .
    Early days still so walking only is fine and you should ice all you can!
    Hope today is a good day.
     
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    @ Mojo333 yes lots of pt for sure. I’ve laid off for a few days as walking much more. Actually did a really big outlet type store yesterday by holding into a shopping cart.

    It’s SO hard to ice when the outside temperature is 20F! I do ice as much as I can tolerate. The standing exercises are much easier for sure. Waiting to see what they have me do at the hospital’s pt Dept. Was thinking yesterday that for less than two months Post surgery and prior to that either no walking or very limited walking I’m doing darn well.
     
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    You certainly are! This is why it's good to have a record of how far you have come. On days when you think you are stuck in this recovery, reading back on your thread is very encouraging.
     
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    Going nuts here tonight with both my legs with that restless legs thing going on.. It’s driving me bonkers! I did walk quite a bit today as I wanted to finish off my one granddaughter’s Christmas presents and wanted to get cards thanking my doctors. Two big stores later and ouch - between aching and wanting to stop this feeling in my legs ugggggg.

    Reminds me of Josephine’s thread where every time she had a good day her night was awful. Kind of can relate! Been elevating for an hour now but just can’t bring myself to ice as it’s SO cold tonight that I’m still chilly even inside under a throw. Took my extra strength Tylenol and flexeril hoping would stop the aches but nope. Heavy sigh
     
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    Hi @Whoknew
    Has it ever been suggested you try Magnesium for the RLS?
    Magnesium supports the following:
    Bone health
    Healthy blood sugar
    Cardiovascular health
    Muscle relaxation and nerves
    Promotes healthy sleep (falling asleep and staying asleep)

    An article on Magnesium -
    https://bonesmart.org/forum/threads/magnesium-is-a-star.20301/

    I've also heard of drinking 4-6 oz of Q-Tonic before bed which is a water that contains quinine.
    Read the label as some of the waters do not contain quinine, but quinine flavoring instead.

    I hope you find comfort soon.
     
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    I had the crazy leg thing going on for up to month four...especially when on my legs alot during day.

    This too will pass.
    Hang in there...:console2:
     
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    @Layla, Will look into the magnesium. I do take some in a multivitamin daily. Have to be careful as don’t want to throw that and potassium out of whack as I have a heart issue. @ Mojo, yeah it can drive you crazy can’t it?! All I wanted to do was go to sleep and it took a good hour for it to settle down. And yes I’d been on my legs a lot yesterday. Off them more today. Went to the new pt yesterday and she just had me doing some gentle stretches as I’m all out of whack between tipped pelvis, bad ankle joint, bum back and of course the hip! She did say that even with the lifts in the shoe I’m still uneven in my pelvis and that I’m walking better with the cane than without. Of course my mind which just is so dull some days didn’t realize that I had a specialist copay every time I go. The med bills from this nightmare never end!! Now they tell me I have a Medicare lien on my lawsuit settlement so my check isn’t being issued yet. Stress upon stress.
     
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    :hairpulling: don't they know we can't deal with extra crises while we are concentrating on recovery?

    Hope you have a peaceful weekend and a very happy holiday @Whoknew
    :tree:
     
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    Thanks @Mojo333. Had a wonderful holiday with family and friends. Spent two days cooking all day for company and then took my youngest shopping today. I definitely joined the overdid it club this week. Had to take a Percocet this evening as aching so badly. On the plus side it’s SO nice to be able to drive myself places and not be dependent on others. Hoping everyone here had a good holiday!
     
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    Glad you are able to be more independent. It does feel good (for a while:heehee:)
    Please take some easy does it days to make up for the overdid ones.

    There's still alot of healing happening!
    Hope you have an Easy Day today!:ice:
     
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    I'm happy you had a nice Christmas @Whoknew
    Cooking, shopping, driving. I'm sorry you're in the ODIC.
    Hopefully you're noticing improvement already and your visit there is short lived.
    Wishing you comfort as you recover from the excitement and activity of the holiday.
     
  19. Whoknew

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    @Layla. It’s been worth every minute!
     
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    @Mojo333 yes took it easier today. Did run to town with my daughter as she wanted to get her nails done and ended up treating myself to a simply sinful pedicure complete w 10 minute leg massage and 8 minute neck and shoulder massage. Heavenly! Sitting now w legs elevated and iced first thing this morning. Trying to get out of the ODIC lol
     
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