Pain meds can cause nausea and constipation. So you win some, lose some. So frustrating, I know. With my surgeries, I decided I didn't like the side effects of pain meds so only took Tylenol. It worked so well and I was happy that I didn't have to put up with what the other pain meds can cause.View Thread
If you have access to a pool, by all means, take advantage of it. It is the very best therapy and while you're exercising in the pool, there is no pain...really...no pain at all.
We have the "silver sneakers" with our insurance also, and while I had my first THR 8-1/2 years ago, TKR 8 years ago, and my latest THR on July 16, 2012, I still use the pool at our Y and it has made all the difference in the world. It was recommended by my physical therapist when I finished my pt right after the latest surgery.
Think positive, do your regular exercises as recommended by your therapist, and, water therapy is the greatest.View Thread
As far as swimming goes, I think that was the biggest and most successful part of my rehab after my knee surgery 8 years ago. I had outpatient PT for 6 weeks after my surgery, and one of the last things my therapist told me was "go to a Y and swim and exercise. It will do wonders for you". Well, I did, and while I did very well with the PT after the surgery, the swimming really did accelerate the healing. I am really grateful that the therapist recommended it. And there were other TKR patents at the Y at the same time I was. It works, and while you're exercising in the water, there is no pain at all. Try it if you can.View Thread
Everyone can react quite differently with their joint replacement surgeries. I am one of the fortunate ones because with both hips and one knee done, I feel like all three surgeries were right on as far as what my surgeon told me time wise with therapy, flexion, etc. But I do know there are so many who do have problems. It just takes more time with some patients than others.
Please think positive. This is so important, because thinking negative can really get your spirits down. Now I know that might be easier said than done, especially when you are coping with pain and feel you're not progressing as you should be. But positive thinking got me going on the right track, and this was recommended to me by my surgeon and his physician assistant. It worked for me. Please give it a try, OK?
Keep us informed on how you're doing. We are interested on this site and want to encourage you as much as possible.
I certainly hope your relief continues. 2 years is a long time, waiting for the healing and relief process you expected from your surgery. And yes, no longer having the groin pain is great.
I had THR replacement of my left hip 8 years ago with no complications and my latest THR of my right hip was just 6 month ago, 7-16-2012, and again, completely happy with the results. Unfortunately, there are some surgeries that just do not turn out as well as we would like. I thank God I am one of the lucky ones who has no problems. But I do sympathize with any of you out there who have had different outcomes from their surgeries. Again, I do know it happens.
Hopefully this new medication will give you the results you expected from the original surgery. Sounds like you're on the right track.
Good luck, and please keep us posted on how you're progressing, OK. And God bless.View Thread
Maybe a second opinion? I haven't heard of anything like this, but something just doesn't seem right. I'm no expert, that's for sure, but I have had a TKR, with no problems, my sister had one, with no problems, and a couple of other people I know from church have had them too. One had problems, but it appears to be her own fault because she didn't keep up with her physical therapy at all.
I certainly hope your surgeon is right. Keep us posted on how you're doing, OK?View Thread
Synvisc didn't work at all for me, but I know it did help others. We're all different, aren't we? That's frustrating!
I was on cortisone for awhile...the injections helped some, but not worth the side effects the drug caused. I now have Ulcerative Colitis and my gastro Dr. put me on cortisone low dose for that disease. It helped, but getting off of it is pure hell. It's a good/bad drug, that's about all I can say.
I guess it wouldn't hurt to try Synvisc, but with bone on bone, I really don't think it would help. Ask your Dr. all about it and get as much info as you can. Then make your decision.
Do you want both knees done at the same time? This procedure is becoming more and more popular. I know one person who had both done and he said he would do it again.
Make a list of questions you have, such as both knees at once, rehab time, risks, etc. etc. I'm sure your Dr. will have a lot of information to give you.
As far as your age goes, if you have bone on bone pain, it will only get worse. I would think your Dr. would recommend it.
I'm sure you will make the right decision. Continuous pain that will only get worse, or the surgery, which will get your life back, pain free. Keep us informed on what your decision is, and post surgery, how you're doing. We do care on this site.