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Lanie G
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   Posted 4/26/2017 6:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Argh, sorry I misread your post. I've got my fingers crossed for your fast recuperation. I have not been on here much lately so I hope I haven't missed too much. Post when you have the chance.! And good luck!
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msOuchie
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   Posted 4/27/2017 11:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Lanie:

No problem! You were closer than you thought, my Dear. I was discharged from the hospital today and my Surgeon said that the surgery went very well. Yay! Yes, I'm walking with a cane and sometimes a walker depends how tired I am. During the process, I discovered that I have Anemia. That was why I had that whoshing sound in my ears on occasion. No yay there but just something else to deal with.

Oh my sugars were terrible during my hospital stay. They deal with a hospital stay and Diabetes like back in the 19th century. Everyone was wonderful though. They were just following their Diabetes protocol at the hospital. Anyways, I have my sugars in better control now thankfully.

Ya, I know what you mean. I haven't been around in a while either. Thank you very much for your good thoughts and luck. You were a big help in my outcome, I'm sure. A Big Thank You! I hope that you are feeling well. Have a Great day Lanie!! ;) Take Care!

Post Edited (msOuchie) : 4/28/2017 12:32:34 AM (GMT-6)


ks1905
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   Posted 4/28/2017 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
MsOuchie,

I didn't know that your surgery was so soon. How's the pain? How many days were you in the hospital?

Did you start PT yet?
Keith

DX'd with Severe Pancolitis June 2005
Previous Meds: 5ASAs, Predisone, 6-MP. Remicade, Humira, Simponi, Cimzia & Cyclosporine
3-step J-Pouch surgery: 2013 & 2014

Current Condition: Chronic Pouchitis -- Not as bad as I thought it would be
Current Meds: Stelara
Total Hip Replacement: 12/16 -- Thanks Prednisone!!!
www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=38&m=3755226

msOuchie
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   Posted 4/28/2017 11:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Keith:

All done. smile The only pain that I've experienced is when I get up from a chair. My left gluteal muscles are not too happy then for about 15 seconds. My left leg hurts a bit when I try to lift it onto the couch when I want to lie down but then that hurt before the surgery. I'm happy that my hubby made that leather gadget with the handle, so I just give the handle a pull to bring my leg to the position that I want. Those are acceptable pains though. I was expecting more. Mind you I am on several pain killers. Like everything else, people interpret pain in different ways also.

They originally said 5 days or more for my hospital stay but I experienced no infections, excessive bleeding, etc. I was able to walk the next day with a walker and I was able to do the physical therapy including the stairs one the 3rd day. So I was good to go. They are sending a Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist to my place next week since I am weak and very tired from the Anemia. I just hope that they don't pick the same day as my Rheumy appt and my Surgeon appt the week after. Specialist appts concerning my surgery and RA are important and that's only twice. Going out for PT 2 or 3 times a week would be too stressful at this point.

Thank you again for all your help!! Enjoy your week-end!

Post Edited (msOuchie) : 4/29/2017 12:53:37 AM (GMT-6)


ks1905
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   Posted 5/2/2017 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
MsOuchie,

Seems like it is going well, similar to my recovery. If the inflammation near the incision site is too much, they have a cream with a anti inflammatory and pain reliever. You have to get it from a compound pharmacy, I almost got it but I started feeling much better after the 2nd week.
Keith

DX'd with Severe Pancolitis June 2005
Previous Meds: 5ASAs, Predisone, 6-MP. Remicade, Humira, Simponi, Cimzia & Cyclosporine
3-step J-Pouch surgery: 2013 & 2014

Current Condition: Chronic Pouchitis -- Not as bad as I thought it would be
Current Meds: Stelara
Total Hip Replacement: 12/16 -- Thanks Prednisone!!!
www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=38&m=3755226

Lanie G
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   Posted 5/2/2017 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
One step and one day at a time! It might take longer to do things but keep on with it and follow through with the PT. From what I know from my mother-in-law and a couple of others, physical therapy is really important. If you need to ease up a bit, ok, but make sure you get back to it! And get your iron up!

Thinking about you!

Here's a yummy idea: a bell pepper and an avocado cut into cubes, a sprinkle of pine nuts or any kind of chopped nuts you like, olive oil, paprika and lemon juice. Served iced cold over a lettuce leaf.

Happy Healing!

yeah
Lanie

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msOuchie
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   Posted 5/9/2017 12:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Keith:

That's good to know of an anti-inflammatory/pain reliever. I was using the Volteran Gel but it only helps a bit.
I'm sure that the product that you mention is stronger. I'll keep it in mind for possible future uses. We do have compound pharmacies in our city. My BIL was purchasing some of their products when he needed them. My incision like yours, healed quickly with minor pain. I'm a bit concerned with the area of numbness around the incision not the incision itself now. I'm hoping most of the numbness on my thigh will lessen through time. Feels creepy!

I still get the occasional pain in my upper butt area when I get up from a sitting position but it is better than it was. Last week my Physical Therapist said that pain is due to the nerve block wearing off but will disappear with time. I did have the anterior procedure done. I was mistaken, as you probably know. smile

My Surgeon apt. is this week. He is supposed to take out the stitches(probably his Nurse) and see how I healed. He'll be pleased. How many stitches did you have Keith? It seems like a long enough incision. I do hope that you are doing very well by now and feeling no pain.

Thank you for sharing your experiences and for your interest. It all helps.

Post Edited (msOuchie) : 5/9/2017 2:16:27 AM (GMT-6)


msOuchie
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   Posted 5/9/2017 1:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Lanie:

I've been spending my time talking to well-wishers, Dental and Rheumy appt., exercising, recovering and sleeping. I'm on several pain killers for the RA and OA mainly, that knock me out. All the crazy weather we've been getting is a pain in the butt and affects both Arthritis. Our poor neighbours in the areas surrounding us are flooded from the rain. Streets are now lakes. A light snow here yesterday morning that disappeared in 5 minutes. A couple more days of rain, then nicer temps expected. I'm probably tired from the Anemia too. No, I haven't made an appointment for that yet. I'm too tired! smile My Hubby gets me up in the morning before his work, so that I can test my BG, take my meds, make his lunch and brekky(my choice),
look after Bunny, etc. Then I sleep until he calls to wake me up later.

Ya for sure..…one step at a time. My Physical Therapist visits again this week to go over my exercises. This week she's teaching me again to walk up our full flight of stairs(should of bought a bungalow smile ). I haven't walked those stairs since Nov. Yes, I am trying to keep up with the important exercises.

Do you think just iron will do the trick for Anemia? That would be good except someone mentioned that it causes constipation? UGH! I sure don't need that. Enough with the NSAID and pain killers that cause it.

Oh Yum! That sounds like a healthy and yummy snack. I don't have an appetite because of the MTX, so I just have small snacks like that in between. Thanks for that, your advice and for thinking of me. I think of you too. Hopefully your weather has been behaving and that you are feeling well.

Lanie G
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   Posted 5/9/2017 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
MsOuchie, I hope you're up and around more and making progress! When my daughter was found to be anemic last year (she's 33), she was prescribed iron pills and, yes, they are constipating so she had to drink more water and eat more fiber. So many issues can cause anemia: diet, meds, medical conditions, internal bleeding, being female so when they find the source, that's what they work on and that would determine treatment, I guess.

Our spring started warm, then turned cold, then warm, now getting hot although the nights are still cool. We're used to such roller coaster temps being in the middle of the country here (Memphis). It'll be hot soon enough though. Lots of rain here, too, and winds.

Fingers crossed for your continued rehab! (Dark chocolate gives energy, doesn't it? tongue )
Lanie

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ks1905
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   Posted 5/9/2017 8:42 PM (GMT -7)   
MsOuchie,

Around my incision area it was very swollen and numb for a while, probably similar to your issue. It got better everyday and was gone after 3-4 weeks.

I had staples, it was 19 staples. My home healthcare nurse removed them after 2 weeks.

It sounds like you are doing very well, just remember to follow all your restrictions so you don't injury your new hip.
Keith

DX'd with Severe Pancolitis June 2005
Previous Meds: 5ASAs, Predisone, 6-MP. Remicade, Humira, Simponi, Cimzia & Cyclosporine
3-step J-Pouch surgery: 2013 & 2014

Current Condition: Chronic Pouchitis -- Not as bad as I thought it would be
Current Meds: Stelara
Total Hip Replacement: 12/16 -- Thanks Prednisone!!!
www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=38&m=3755226

msOuchie
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   Posted 5/18/2017 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Keith:

I hope that you are enjoying your happy new hip, this great weather and life in general.

I had been doing quite well except for that crazy rainy weather that bothers my RA and OA. It had to occur when I went to see my Surgeon last week. He was disappointed that I was in my wheelchair because of my arthritic body pain including my hip. The day after(except for the fatigue), I was feeling fine since the weather got nicer. Of course, he didn't get to see me then. I'm up and about and doing stuff. I was bad and was doing some cleaning since I can't stand being unproductive. I managed to move my hip a certain way that left it painful for a few hours but it's better again. I have to be really careful...now I get it.

He was happy that my incision had healed well though and that I was happy with his good work. His Nurse took out the "staples" ouchfully. Sorry, after all these years I don't know why I still call them stitches. I had 2 c-sections in the 80's and they stapled me then too.

My Rheumy told me to ask my Surgeon, when he could replace my knee. WHAT!! I just got over a hip replacement. I'm not looking forward to getting my knee done anytime soon. My Rheumy explained that it would be better to ask him soon while I am still in his care. Otherwise, I'll have to go through all the rigamaroll of getting all the paperwork done, seeing all the professionals that I've seen already, etc., etc. Thus, a longer wait time. I see the Surgeon again next month, so I guess I'll ask him then. Poor Guy! He has tons of surgeries to do as is.

So, they gave you an extra staple. It must be for good luck. :D I got 18 staples but they were close together.

Post Edited (msOuchie) : 5/18/2017 10:46:47 AM (GMT-6)


ks1905
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   Posted 5/29/2017 1:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Ms Ouchie,

How are you doing? It's been about a month, I hope that you are doing well.
Keith

DX'd with Severe Pancolitis June 2005
Previous Meds: 5ASAs, Predisone, 6-MP. Remicade, Humira, Simponi, Cimzia & Cyclosporine
3-step J-Pouch surgery: 2013 & 2014

Current Condition: Chronic Pouchitis -- Not as bad as I thought it would be
Current Meds: Stelara
Total Hip Replacement: 12/16 -- Thanks Prednisone!!!
www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=38&m=3755226

msOuchie
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   Posted 6/3/2017 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Lanie:

Aw, sorry that your Daughter has Anemia. It's sad when young people get anything bad that affects their lives. (My Daughter is close to your Daughter's age). I hope that your Daughter has been doing much better now. I haven't consumed much meat in years. That may also be the cause fatigue of my fatigue.

I enjoyed the sunshine and outside atmosphere when I went on the back deck. My irises came up first then my lilies and beautiful lilac tree blooming. Sounds like we were having the same weather here as you then. Ya, it will be great when the hot weather comes by. More rain here until Wed then warmer, sunny weather after that again. My RA has been a pain due to the rainy/stormy weather for a week or so. I usually know 2 days ahead of the heavy rain or storm. It is sometimes difficult to sit at the computer or type.

My left hip has been doing fine BUT my right hip has been acting badly just as my left hip was before. Pain in the upper butt area. Same exact place, when I get up to walk. My Therapist said it is probably from my right hip supporting my left hip. I don't know about that. That's been going on for about a week. Can't win for losing!!

Post Edited (msOuchie) : 6/3/2017 6:28:21 PM (GMT-6)


Lanie G
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   Posted 6/3/2017 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there! Sorry about the RA and the right hip. Yeah, it's always something. Are they suggesting a hip replacement for the right one now?

Rain and storms here with lots of outages around the area. I'm wondering about hurricanes now that it's June.

My daughter tested out fine recently now that she's back on iron (and I think she's eating better, too).

Hoping you're doing better now!
Lanie

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ks1905
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   Posted 6/4/2017 6:50 AM (GMT -7)   
My non-replaced(good) hip started hurting when I was really pushing it during PT, I backed off and it has been pain free since.

You're surgical hip will hurt a little bit around the 6-12 week mark, muscle and skeletal pain where they did the procedure. My surgeon warned me about it and said that it is to be expected. I could feel where they cut my femur. I think it is part of the healing process. It's intermittent and it goes away.
Keith

DX'd with Severe Pancolitis June 2005
Previous Meds: 5ASAs, Predisone, 6-MP. Remicade, Humira, Simponi, Cimzia & Cyclosporine
3-step J-Pouch surgery: 2013 & 2014

Current Condition: Chronic Pouchitis -- Not as bad as I thought it would be
Current Meds: Stelara
Total Hip Replacement: 12/16 -- Thanks Prednisone!!!
www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=38&m=3755226

msOuchie
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   Posted 6/4/2017 11:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Keith:

I didn't think I was overdoing it with PT but I was back in the powerchair since I had a sharp pain, as I mentioned when getting up, walking and standing. This lasted for about 9 days. Not a fun surprise!
I'll be mentioning it to my Surgeon this week and asking if this is a common happening. My P Therapist said she had heard of a couple people this had happened to but they were not her clients so she wasn't sure why they had it. As I said to Lanie, my PT thinks it is from supporting my surgical hip with my right hip. I was in too much pain to do any exercises, so I told her not to bother coming over last week. This week I'll see. We start the strengthening exercises shortly.

Oh by the way....I tried walking again without the crutches yesterday afternoon and I was surprised to find that I could walk about 10 steps with only mild pain. I did that a few times and in the evening I walked 20 steps for my hubby. We were both happy about it. So there is hope. Whew!

Thank you for telling me about the 6 - 12 week possible pain time. That helps to expect it and I don't mind intermittent pain as long as they go away in time.

msOuchie
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   Posted 6/5/2017 12:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Lanie:

Oh that's a relief to hear that your Daughter is doing good iron-wise. Thank goodness! For sure, keep her eating. For some reason, I've never gotten energy from dark chocolate. You must have dreamed it. smile

Thank you for the RA and right hip comment. No Lanie. When my Rheumy diagnosed me for a left hip replacement in Dec /2016, he assured me that my right hip was good. This pain was from goodness knows where.

As I said in Keith's post, that I tried walking again without crutches yesterday and I succeeded in walking up to 20 steps with only a slight pain. Thank God! I hope that it continues feeling better.

Sorry, that you's are having bad weather. I hope and pray that you never get anywhere's near a hurricane or a tornado. I've only seen them on tv thankfully but my, those are devastating storms and the aftermath that they show. Our weather is better compared to how it was. I feel better too. You did it again Lanie. smile

Take Care and Feel Good Too!

msOuchie
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   Posted 6/13/2017 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lanie and Keith:

I hope that you are both doing well and enjoying the beautiful weather.

I'm doing better everyday. I was sure worried there for a while.

My PT told me last week that it was probably my back causing all the pain, not the balancing one hip by the other. She was right on! I asked my Surgeon this last week and he pointed to my lower spine on my exray.
He totally agreed. Funny no one mentioned this to me before. But after surgery different people may have different pains/symptoms for different reasons. The Medical Professionals try to figure out which reason fits each person.

I went out shopping(short spree...1st time since Nov) yesterday with my walker and overdid, of course. So the pain was a little worse today but that will pass too. Rain is also due sometime this week and I always feel pain ahead of the storm or heavy rains.

I forgot to ask my Surgeon about my knee surgery. So I asked my PT today and she said that they usually wait about 6 months until the next surgery, so they know that the first surgery is complete and doing good. So I'll ask him again in 6 weeks when I see him about my knee. It was feeling worse before I got my hip done. Now it doesn't feel too bad usually.

Thank you both again for your advice and good info and kindness. Take care and be well! smile

Post Edited (msOuchie) : 6/13/2017 12:57:31 PM (GMT-6)


ks1905
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   Posted 7/10/2017 5:00 AM (GMT -7)   
MsOuchie,

It's been almost a month since your last update, how are you doing? Any improvements?
Keith

DX'd with Severe Pancolitis June 2005
Previous Meds: 5ASAs, Predisone, 6-MP. Remicade, Humira, Simponi, Cimzia & Cyclosporine
3-step J-Pouch surgery: 2013 & 2014

Current Condition: Chronic Pouchitis -- Not as bad as I thought it would be
Current Meds: Stelara
Total Hip Replacement: 12/16 -- Thanks Prednisone!!!
www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=38&m=3755226

msOuchie
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   Posted 7/14/2017 9:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Keith:

Sorry, I was in respite for a while for rest and care while my Hubby and Daughter went on the trip for the business conference for his job. I was recently released from the hospital BUT...

Yes, Yes I'm doing fine with the hip and now all that crazy back pain is gone. I'm sure my Surgeon will be happy about my state of health this time around for sure. Okay, except for this stupid, severe RA and bad weather.

I'll be asking him next week about my future OA knee surgery. I don't look forward to that and my knee has actually been behaving itself for a while now(touch wood). OA has hit many people on my Mom's side, so we're all gearing up for OA surgeries. sad Then there are many with severe RA on my Dad's side and those surgeries.

Are you still doing okay Keith? I truly hope so. Keep us updated please. Thanks again for your help and for asking about mine. Have a Great week-end!! smile

Post Edited (msOuchie) : 7/14/2017 10:32:55 PM (GMT-6)

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