After I had my hips and knee replaced, the most comfortable way to sleep is on my side with a pillow between my legs. This takes the pressure off of the joint. It really works. To this day, I still sleep that way, and it's been 9 years for one THR, 8-1/2 years for my TKR, and a little over a year for my latest THR. My friends tell me I'm a bionic woman! I don't know about that, but I sleep quite comfortably at night. Try it. I'm sure it will work for you. If not, see your Dr.View Thread
Definitely see your specialist. Your original surgeon for example, hopefully he/she is an orthopedic surgeon. Get an appointment as soon as you can and go from there. Let us know how you're doing.View Thread
I have had both hips replaced, the first one (left) 9 years ago and the second one a year ago. I do have some weakness in the right thigh and have had that since the latest surgery. Saw my surgeon two weeks ago for a year checkup after the surgery and after xrays, all is well. He stated that quite possibly I have a back condition...he is right...2 years ago I was diagnosed with stenosis, prominent on the right side. So that is obviously the thigh situation. I can honestly say tho, that if I continue to do the post-op exercises that I did after my latest hip surgery, it does definitely seem to help to ease the weakness in the thigh. Its not my imagination either, so I will continue to do these exercises. They are quite easy and only take about 8 minutes of my time a day. Good solution for me. Try this...it might help and certainly cannot cause any harm. Let us know how you're doing, ok?View Thread
I'm sorry to hear about your exhaustion since having your hip replaced. I am 75 years old and had my right hip replaced on July 16, 2012, and I have to say, I had no problems at all after the surgery. In fact, I had my left hip replaced 9 years ago, and while I didn't have any real problems, as I recall, that surgery took about 2 hours (according to my husband), and I had in home therapy for three weeks and outpatient therapy for 8 weeks. But other than that, no other problems. Now with this latest surgery, it took about 45 minutes (again according to my husband and daughter), I came home 2 days after surgery, on day three I started in home therapy twice weekly for two weeks, and I was/am amazed at the complete, wonderful recovery I had. It is amazing to me, because of my age.
I have a friend who had a lot of exhaustion after her shoulder surgery, and that went on for a few months after the surgery. Her Dr. felt she was having some sort of unusual reaction to the anesthetic she received and it gradually did go away. Now whether this is a possibility with you, I really don't know. Have you asked your Dr. about your situation and did he/she have any ideas what was going on with you? Being a RN yourself, have you ever heard of something like this?
I certainly hope you start feeling better. Please keep us posted on your progress. And God bless.View Thread
After my tkr 8 years ago, it was suggested by my surgeon and my pt, that I use a pillow behind my knee at bedtime. I did this, and I have to say it certainly helped me sleep better. I had a faster than normal recovery, so the pillow thing didn't hamper my recuperatiion in any way. Was it just luck? Who knows, but it worked for me.View Thread
I totally agree...swimming will really help you, and it's refreshing and really doesn't require a lot of energy. After I had both hips and one knee replaced, I joined a local swim club and used their facility 3-5 times a week. I never had any discomfort at all while in the water, and when I got out of the pool, I just felt great. I could tell the difference in a week of this schedule.
I hope you can find a facility near you and try this. I am sure it will help.View Thread
Oh oh, red flag flying now, with your statement about the woman who had same surgeon as you and goofed her knee replacement up!!! Wow.
Any suggestions on this from anyone out there? Anyone have similar problems or what can be done next? Ladiehawke obviously needs advice on what to do next. I love my orthopedic surgeon, always have and now, more than ever. He is so thorough and while I have never had to go back to him after my two hips or knee replacements, other than normal checkups, I know he would never just ignore any problem I might have. I have recommended many of my friends and family members to him, and they totally agree with me.
Again, lets see if we can help ladiehawke in some way, advice, suggestions. etc.View Thread
You need to insist, yes insist, that something more be done for you. This is over and above what should be happening during your recovery. And if nothing more is done or they have no other ideas of what you need, after what the nurses put you through, I might seek legal advice. No excuse for their actions at all.
I am sincerely sorry for what you are going through. Seems to me that something is really lacking here in your care. Please followup in all possible ways and insist on some answers for your problems. Let us know how you're doing. We do care here.View Thread
Wow, you've been through the wringer, for sure. With TKR's, we only normally hear about the unsuccessful ones, and not the positive sides of this surgery. And there are many on both sides. Mine was completely successful, done 8 years ago, and no problems whatsoever with it. I've also had both hips replaced, left one almost 9 years ago, and the right one just last July 16. No problems with either one of those either. I'm 74 and was really thinking this latest surgery would be much more difficult because of my age. Well, to my surprise, this latest one was easier than either of the other two! Go figure. New advancements in the surgery and whatever else, plus a wonderful Dr. who, believe it or not, when complimented about his "talent", simply says..."I've got a great team". Now how often do you hear that from a specialist? I know there are others out there like that too.
So, your body has been through a lot, even before the surgeries, like you said. I hope the warm sun in the Dominican Republic will help somewhat. And while you may want to take it easy, you have to keep moving. If you don't, you might have other problems. And I know what I'm about to suggest may seem kind of ridiculous, please try to think positive. This has helped me so much so please, use positive thinking and I feel this will also help some of your symptoms. We have to learn to deal with what we're dealt, sometimes it's good and other times not so good. But until you see your Dr. in April, do you best to accept it, thinking positive, and soak up that wonderful sun.
Keep us updated on how you're doing. We do care on this site.View Thread