Hey Keith: Sorry, the newer posts were not sent to my email the last few days , so I didn't know about
them. That has happened before though.
Well, that's a surprise. I figured that you were suffering more during those 2 years when you used the word 'battling". That's why the Surgeon suggested surgery in 2 weeks first in my case. I was in a powerchair.
The only hip pain I had was started earlier in the year when I was getting in and out of vehicles. Then in Oct. when I was raking leaves at my Mom's home, my hip felt a bit painful not bad though. I had asked in Sept if I could have a hip exray. Due to a new computer program in the system at the hospital, I misunderstood the new procedure. So I asked again at my Nov. appt. He told me to get it done right away and he'd phone with the results. He called the next day with the hip replacement news. I was shocked since I expected my knee to go first. Actually, I was right on that point.
Thank God my Hubby was looking for a certain tool and a few electronic parts at a recycle store and in the same area he found the perfect sized, good condition and ridiculously priced powerchair there for me. He sent me a photo and I said, "Gee yes, get it if it works good and at that unbelievable price. I love it! I wasn't expecting to use it that soon but lucky he found it before I couldn't walk with the walker. You never know.
I went from limping(actually the pain was worse in my knee), to using a cane, then crutches, then a walker, then the powerchair. I was doing great with no RA pain in the rest of my body for about
a month part Feb and March. Then the day I was scheduled for my front hip steroid shot, I was in total body pain when I woke up that day including my hip. The steroid shot worked well for my hip and I only felt pain when walking. On a good day, I can still walk 8 steps with no pain but I try not to abuse my poor hip since I had already walked on without know that I needed surgery. I was afraid that the Surgeon would say, "no', to surgery when we saw the exray. The hip shot was my Rheumy's idea. Yes, thank you. Knowing the pain differences or similarities are important to know.
Oh your poor Aunt! That blows my theory. Her Surgeon must have had a bad day or maybe there was something else wrong with the second knee that the tests didn't reveal and he had to do the best he could? Definitely, she would have been totally prepared for the second surgery. That's scary! I do hope that her pain is somehow resolved or made a lot less somehow.
Since I have severe RA, I have the high toilets, 2 high commodes(one at my Mom's house), a grabber, long handled back shower brush, the walking/riding devices that I mentioned plus many other items. I was going to order the shoe and sock assistive devices also but forgot about
them. Good that you reminded me. I'll have to get on it and some other things.
Yes, I will ask about
the pre-surgery PT. I've never heard of it or of anyone else having it that I know of, so I doubt it. But it doesn't hurt to ask. It is a good idea.
I asked the Surgeon if I'd be needing any extra pain killers after the operation. He looked at my list of medications and said, "No, you seem to have enough". He doesn't know that all these drugs don't make me pain free except for that one month recently. I think it's because I went too low on the Prednisone maybe a bit too fast at the end. So I start over but this will go faster since I won't be on the high dose long. He didn't mention about
going off any of the drugs. Isn't that the job of the Anesthesiologist? Yes, that could really mess our plans up. I'll obviously be seeing him this month. The hospital called about
the surgery day a couple days ago. It is this month so it is in the Surgeon's timeframe.
Well, your surgery wasn't that long ago Keith and you have done so well otherwise. Good job btw!! I'm hoping and praying that you'll be able to perform the mentioned action soon and feel great soon. Are you allowed to lean forward to put your shoes and socks on or is that one of the ways that a person can dislocate the hip after surgery? Or is it too uncomfortable to do because of the surgery?
See...you are a wealth of info. Thank you again.
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