So it's been 5 weeks since I had my hip replacement, everything went much smoother than I expected. I never really had any pain, just a lot of stiffness and some tenderness when I moved my hip but it would loosen up pretty quickly.
I was up and could walk as much as I wanted after about
10 days, everything was pretty limited before that, I would just get up to go to the bathroom, eat, and PT. I also stopped pain meds after 10 days.
By the end of week-3 I was driving again; which was 5 weeks ahead of my expected schedule.
I started outpatient PT last week and I was told that I was their youngest hip replacement patient ever. THANKS PREDNISONE!!!!
Most of the time I walk without a cane; I've actually lost my cane the past 2 days so that probably tells you how much I really need the cane.
A few more weeks of PT and I should be done. I've been blowing through all the exercises, the PT Doc says he's going to push me next week.
I'll probably have to do this all over again in 20-30 years because my artificial hip will wear out; that's basically the life expectancy of these things.
I knew the risks with steroids but you never think that it will happen to you. Please be careful with using steroids long term.
P.S. I still can't put my shoes and socks on by myself, they say that is the last thing that comes back, crossing your bad leg across your good leg. ahh, the simple things in life that you take for granted
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
Total Hip Replacement: 12/16 -- Thanks Prednisone!!!
Current Condition: Chronic Pouchitis -- Not as bad as I thought it would be
Current Meds: Stelara
Post Edited (ks1905) : 1/12/2017 1:38:00 PM (GMT-7)