Re: [OT] Mixed results on hip pain
- From: "BEI Design" <nobeidesignspam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2007 20:36:45 -0800
I'm going to chime in on the same note. ;) Dad had knee
replacement surgery a few years ago. He only had one
knee done, and I know you are looking at both.
I have no idea whether the HMO will want to do both
together, but my preference will be one-at-a-time, since I
don't have anyone here in the house to assist me.
else I can tell you is Dad was in the same boat as you,
bone on bone in that knee. Also his knee was so bad his
leg was starting to twist. Instead of his leg being
straight, or reasonably so, it was like his knee had
become a hinge that allowed the calf to start bending in
towards his opposite leg.
I almost collapsed while they were taking the X-Ray, because
they had me bend my right knee, and move my left knee to the
rear, out of the way, and my left knee started to feel like
it was coming apart. Literally. It made some nasty noises
and sort of crumbled outward. Ugh!
He was in a lot of pain, and
Dad isn't a complainer, but we all knew he was in pain.
I usually have quite a high pain threshold, but in this case
that may have been a contributing factor, as I continued to
move on the knees even though they hurt a lot. I haven't
really made a big deal of the pain, but I finally reached my
limit on the lack of sound sleep. I took Ambien this summer
while I was traveling, but the side-effects were
devastating, I had to quit.
After the surgery, he did GREAT!!! Mom was of course
there being a drill sargeant about his PT exercises at
home. The therapist worked with him a while, but
eventually stopped coming out to the house well ahead of
schedule because Dad was doing so well. And Dad also
didn't have very much pain to deal with after the
surgery. He said he was in so much pain beforehand,
tylenol was enough afterwards.
That's really good to know. I cannot take strong pain meds,
they work oddly on me.
This past summer, they
went to the Grand Canyon and other points west. They
walked all over. He never had a bit of trouble. They
have gone on several trips like that since his surgery.
He never has any pain at all even if they walk all day
long. The only problem he's had is he has to have extra
screening at the airport. The knee sets off the alarms
so they always have to "wand" him. ;)
How long before the trip to the Grand Canyon did your DF
have surgery? Maybe I'll be able to squeeze it in in
January if things will be healed well for the trip in late
I know it's scary. I would be worried too if it were me.
But I also know you have the girls close by and they will
take care of you when you need them. (or we could all
take shifts. ;) )
I'll be sure to keep your offer in mind. ;-) Older DD has
her hands full ATM with her in-laws, but younger DD is a
lovely and tender caretaker.
You might not be totally pain free
immediately afterwards, but the long term benefit of
being pain free, and the knees not ever getting arthritis
again is really a heck of a carrot dangling out there.
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