hi there, im new at all this, including the use of computer! i am in need of hip replacment my doctor wants me to wait as long as possible, he seems to think 54 is young, says new things are happening all the time ,i have refered pain too i think the osteo panadol helps ask your gp. i get a burning stinging pain at the back ok my knee will be visiting specialist for review in jan 2oo9 refered pain is the pits1
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hi., has anyone got referred pain behind the knee; burning stinging feeling? i would love to know if anyone has heard of a new technique that is being tried out on sheep, on the news a few months ago in sydney ? i cant seem to find out anything on the net . thanks
Rosie: Re your first post below and doctor's comments about waiting because you are too young for surgery. I had my THR this past August at age 50. I decided ability to live life without pain was more important than worrying about new developments several years or decades down the road. I had a doctor who told me to wait till I couldn't stand it anymore--and so I had almost 6 years of increasing pain and decreasing mobility. I have to get the other hip done and am not rushing to do it as pain is still fairly low level and easily contained by taking aspirin. However, I'm not going to wait another 6 years to get it fixed. You have to balance, in my opinion, fear of operation and possibility of future improvements in technology , with increasing restrictions and pain. Life was getting narrower and narrower as I had to restrict activity due to hip pain. Now, three months out, I'm vey pleased with progress--no pain in operated hip at all. It makes a huge difference to be pain free. (End of Sermon--sorry).
As for referred pain, mine was at front of knee and since my first post on the topic, I've found that a 1/4 inch lift in shoes has taken care f most of the pain. Aspirin helps wth the remaining pain. I expect it will go away completely once I have other hip fixed.
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thanks so much for advice, had arthroscopy which showed grade 3-4 will go back to have review in jan o9, i can feel second hip going down the same path! anyone had two hips done at once? i know they say everyone is different but if you go to a dancers thr web there isnt one bad outcome, they get back to class fast with excellent mobility. can you get into a bath? why isnt doctors want you to wait for as long as possible before you have it done? would like to try to get into salsa dancing after op will that be possible? thanks for reading, please reply. rosie.
why isnt doctors want you to wait for as long as possible before you have it done? would like to try to get into salsa dancing after op will that be possible? thanks for reading, please reply. rosie.
My impression from reading some postings on this board, is that some doctors think that, since a hip replacement might last X number of years, best to wait as long as possible so that the hip replacement will last the rest of the person's life, or, at least, not have to be replaced too soon.
Using tub is eventually ok. I think it depends on the person when they get back to it. I haven't tried to do a bath yet, but PT showed me how to get up and down in the tub. I'm just more comfortable still with showers or using tub chair. A good friend of mine had her hip done in March and she was taking dance classes by August (and maybe even before that, I'm not sure).
And as for the doctors telling you to wait, my current surgeon said that some doctors (like the first surgeon I consulted several years ago) worry about the possiblity of having to do a second surgery to put in a new replacement if first one wears out. The younger you are when you have that surgery the more likely you are to need a replacment later--That wait till you can't stand it philosophy was fine with me for a few years because I was totally weirded out by the idea of surgery. But I think I waited too long. I won't wait so long for other hip.
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hi maggie, thanks again for reply, last night was a bit painful with both legs thank goodnes for osteopanadol! and yet some days are not to bad, mayebe im fooling myself! i keep reading and asking a million questions so worried to have the op, my mother has had both hips done and a shoulder replacement and she still has pain and there are lots of things she still cant do, so i think to myself is it worth it.!
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hi shirley, i think your right , i dont want to have the same one done twice! il wait as long as i can. the pain is lasting longer now and im a big chicken! how was the pain for you before you had it done? and how long did you wait? everything ok now? hope to hear from you soon. rosie.
I had been having terrible pains during the night, for several months, and my doctor thought it was from a couple of bulging discs in the spine. Had MRI that showed those. Doctor prescribed strong pain killers for night time but nothing took away the pain, nor did walking around, etc. No position in bed eased the pain. I was miserable for weeks and was getting no sleep. Finally he sent me to a "spine doctor" who took another x-ray and when it came back, he said it's your hips - and the right one is 100 times worse than the left. He said I needed a hip replacement.
So, anyway, I had my right hip replaced last December 12, and it is good as new again. I would do this all over again. I was 78 at the time of the right hip replacement. Now I am having walking problems with the left leg and I suspect that hip needs replacement. I no longer have pains at night. I think they were the result of doing much walking during the day and then paying for it with the night pains. It was awful. All this was from osteo arthritis - otherwise known as "wear and tear".
When I have my first anniversary exam of the right hip replacement next month, I will find out if the hip surgeon advises having the left hip replaced. I am ready now to have that hip replaced if advised to do so. This time I know all about recovery, what to do, etc. and will not hesitate to have the surgery. It takes away the pains.
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I'm now 57 and have had both hips replaced, my first in August 2006 then the second in January 2007.
I know everyone is different but my advice to anyone contemplating THR is to go for it.
My own experience was that I was suffering lots of pain in my knees and lower legs and consequently the hospital was looking in the wrong place so by the time my problem was diagnosed (a hereditary problem with my left hip) my right one was also stuffed by all the extra strain it was taking. My pain before the first op was bad but the pain in between the ops was almost unbearable (I know I'm a man but my wife is a nurse and says I took it well), so much so that I was on maximum pain relief.
Waking up after the operation and finding the pain had gone was unbeleivable and made all the worry worthwhile. It was my first time in hospital so I was really concerned.
I have always been active (not a dancer though) and I find my mobility is completely restored and even though I felt as if I was walking on eggshells after the op for a while I now do things I use to without even thinking about it.
My replacement prothesis are ceramic and I understand they have been given up to a 30 year life in bench testing, so hopefully with care they might see me out!
Hope my post helps you in your thoughts and you can find your old self restored to full health!
hi, i don't think that 54 is to young. i just had thr 3 weeks ago today and i already have been using a cane for a week and have no pain. i suffered with pain for several years and don't even think i knew how bad i hurt until i stood up the day after the surgery and didn't hurt. i am 48, and my doctor did hesitate a bit but i argued that it was a quality of life issue. i am scared of doctors and have never been ill. so this was a big deal to just do it. i have no regrets at all. i do have trouble at night because i don't like to sleep on my back and my dr perfers i don't lay on my side yet. you will find that all dr do a few things differently. i am very blessed that i had such a positive experience i think that my recovery is going so good because i am young. i have a ceramic hip which by time it needs to be replaced they will have all new technolgy. hope you decide to do it. my mom had both her knees done at 55. i have a good friend who has had both of her hips done in the past 5 years and she is 45. age is just a number.
My father had both hips replaced, one at age 50, one at 51. That was 2002 and 2003. Before his surgery, he'd had about 10 years of increasing pain, starting with compensatory pain in his knees. By the time he had the replacement, he could barely bend well enough to get in and out of a car, and even his walk had a funny little side to side lurch.
Since his surgery, he's been much better. He walks a lot, rides a bike for fun, and does his PT-recommended exercises every day. At his 5 year followup, both artificial hips were firmly attached and looked good.
He fully expects that he will have to have a revision someday, and the second replacement is harder than the first. Even if the joints last 20 years, (not an unreasonable expectation) at 70 he still wants to be walking around and independent. Still, he's very glad he went through with it.