Just remember "up with the good, down with the bad". In other words, if you have your left knee done, you go up stairs with your right leg first, and if you're going down, you use your left leg first. Or vice versa, depending which leg had the surgery. Just picture it in your mind. After awhile, it will be something you won't even have to think about.. you will just automatically do it that way. Keep saying "up with the good, down with the bad" everytime you approach stairs until it's automatic.
I had hip replacement surgery on 7/16 and I always used the precautions on the list. When I went for my 6 week checkup with my surgeon, he said no restrictions. However, I am still very cautious and I told him this. He said whatever is more comfortable for me is OK. At 6 weeks, MOST replaced hips are pretty firmly settled, but extra precautions are not out of the question. I got so used to these precautions that here I am, almost 4 months since my surgery, and I still do practice some of them. Why? Better safe than sorry, I guess.
There are ways around some of these precautions. When you bend over to pick something up, use the "golfer's stoop", which is if you have your right hip replaced, stretch it out behind you and you can bend your left leg normally. This is perfect. I still use this all the time. It's very comfortable and makes perfect sense. My surgeon demonstrated this to me at the 6 week checkup.
Your surgeon might be extra cautious in your case. I don't know why, but ask him. I had my left hip replaced 8 years ago and I do not use the precautions on that one and I have no problem. But, again, ask your surgeon if there is a specific reason for him suggesting continuing to use them.
Keep me posted on what he says. I'm quite interested. And for now, use the precautions. You can actually tell when the hip is really and truly healed. The surrounding tissue sometimes takes longer to heal on some patients compared to others. Age? Who knows. I'm 74. IView Thread
See your doctor. Or at least call him/her. Don't assume it could be this or that. Total knee replacement or total hip replacement is major surgery, and if you have any "problems" or whatever, you have to check with your Dr.View Thread
Please be patient...it will get easier, I promise you. It may take longer than you would have thought, but it will happen. What does your therapist say? Listen to what he/she says...they are professionals and they know what they're doing.
Remember, it may seem impossible, but it isn't. Everyone is different..some can straighten out the leg sooner than others, but you will be able to do it. Keep trying, and it will happen.
Think positive (I know...easier said than done), but I've been there....two hip replacements and one knee....so I have some "inside" info. You can do this!View Thread
Healing after hip surgery, or any other surgery for that matter, differs from one person to another. Everyone is different...many variables play into it...age, continuing to do exercises (this is so very important!), overall health, etc. etc. Please do not "give up". Staying positive is also very important.
I know you can get past this phase of the healing process. As frustrating as it is to you, you body will heal for you, BUT, you have to help it. Again, exercises as prescribed by your therapist, other tips from your doctor, AND, a positive attitude. You can do this!!View Thread
You're very welcome. Just remember that we are all here for you. It helps so much to know there are others with similar problems, or other problems that we can all relate to in some way. That does definitely help.View Thread
I'm so sorry to hear about your situation. Such severe pain is so difficult and it manages to run a persons life. There should be some answer and cure for your problem. Why your Dr. is seeming to be somewhat indifferent is beyond me. My ortho doctor is the most understanding and sympathetic person I know. He listens intently and is really concerned. Where are you located? A second opinion certainly seems to be the way to go.
Try to be patient for a while longer until you can see another doctor. I know that's easier said than done, but sometimes it takes awhile to get an appointment with a new doctor. Maybe a trip to the ER is the way to go. They may have an ortho doctor available to assist you right away.
These are just a few suggestions. I can only imagine how frustrated you feel. Stay strong, which you obviously already are, and get that second opinion.
Keep us updated on how you're doing. We really do care here. And God bless.View Thread
I'm curious...about your age...want to share that with us? I am 74, 3-1/2 months ago had my second hip replacement, and I have had no problems whatsoever. 8 years ago had my left hip replaced, 7 years ago had my right knee replaced, and as I said, recently my right hip was replaced. Was my age a subject of discussion with my surgeon? Yes, it was, but my other option, living with the horrendous pain (especially the groin area!), was not appealing to me. After all of my pre-op tests came back normal, I wanted the surgery. And I certainly do not regret it. Again, the older we get, the longer recovery takes. I guess I'm one of the lucky ones. My family now calls me bionic! Far from that, believe me!
I do agree that if you choose not to have the surgery, by all means turn to meds. You do not have to live with this pain. While the drugs may not totally take the pain away, just taking the "edge" off of the pain can make a great difference in your everyday comfort. You will find that you can cope with the "lesser" pain much better.
Let us know how you're doing, ok? We do care.View Thread
I have had this for years...it's called Tinnitus. Mine was caused by being too close to loud fireworks. Many of our military people come back from combat with this. But there are many other causes for it.
WebMD has excellent information on this. Just enter Tinnitus in the subject bar above and you will get a vast amount of info on it.
Good luck. Keep us posted on how you're doing, OK?View Thread