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Chronic Pain from L4 L5, and total hip replacement one year ago
gymrat1000 posted:
Can anyone help with how to deal with chronic pain? THR was a year ago and I have major weakness and chronic pain in that leg. Lower lumbar area improved some with injections, but even walking is limited due to pain.

Secondly, my gym activity is near zero. Used to powerlift and cannot stand not lifting. Any advice from anyone regarding this major alteration of life?
bj1208 responded:
hi and welcome to the support group -

Are you seeing a pain specialist? if so what type?

I have severe chronic back pains and I see a PHYSIATRIST Pain Specialist as they go deeper into pain management based on clients' needs.

They will examine you and discuss with you different pain management options. They can also order tests to see if they can tell what's going on with your hip replacement and should be able to send you to a specialist to have this reviewed to see if maybe something else is going on there.

There is hope so don't give up - once they get you set up on a good pain management schedule they can get you set up with physical therapy - and maybe even water therapy (it's the best for backs, hips, lets etc).this will start out on a low therapy and work your way up to get your core strengths back to where they should be.

I hope this helps - we normally deal with spine related probelms - I do have the site of WEBMD that deals with Knee & Hip Replacement support group:

I hope this helps - please keep us posted what you find out~~Take Care - God Bless~~
~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~
~~ Joy ~~
gymrat1000 replied to bj1208's response:
bj1208 Thank you for your response! I am brand new here, and am hoping I'm doing things correctly.
Thanks for the links, I'll check them out. Part of my problem is actually my spine, and I had a Radio Frequency Ablation at L4 L5 two months ago. I've gotten 50% relief after the first month of no change. Combined with degenerative disks and arthritis I'm just a mess.
Thanks again for your suggestion about water therapy.
bj1208 replied to gymrat1000's response:
No problem ~~ keep us posted what's going on with your back. Most of the members here have our stories posted so all you do is click on our names or pics and you can read what we have gone thru.

take care - Joy
~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~
~~ Joy ~~
gymrat1000 replied to bj1208's response:
OK, I didn't know that and I'll definitely check out others' stories. I learn a lot from others, and am happy that I now can share with people who understand. Should I post a story??
bj1208 replied to gymrat1000's response:
Sure that helps us and others too so we know where u come from etc. Always a great added benefit!!
~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~
~~ Joy ~~

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