Hi, Patty. I normally post on the Hepatitis Forum, but I also have chronic pain issues. Well, gal, you have me beat, as far as joint replacements. I've had both hips replaced and the left one revised twice. After the first revision, I awoke to find myself frog-legged in a spica (body) cast, for 3 weeks, and locked steel hip and leg braces after that. Grueling!! For the 2nd revision, I went to an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo who was very, very good. My left hip feels almost like my own hip. My rt. hip is another matter. That one is going to need a revision also, as it is not positioned correctly. Lately, it has been causing me pain and feeling like it's going to dislocate. I am putting off revision as long as possible, though, but will also have it done at Mayo, hopefully by the same orthopod.
I found that a combination of Lortab and ibuprofen 800 works best for me. However, since I have cirrhosis, I try not to take the ibuprofen too often. This colder weather sure isn't helping my joints any!
I have a friend who got the implant for very bad pain from a messed up back where she'd had numerous surgeries. It helped her a lot. Discuss this option with your orthopedic surgeon, as well as your rheumatologist.
Good luck with the shoulder replacement! I know they have come a long way since they first became available. My nurse friend with bad hand arthritis tells me that there are now even knuckle replacements!!
"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll