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    kf180005 posted:
    I am 51 and have been diagnosed with advanced hip displasia. I have lived with pain for over a decade. I did the intensive physical therapy and cortizone injection with no relief. I have opted for hip replacement which is being done on June 26th. Can anyone give me some realistic information about recovery, pain, range of motion.

    Thanks

    Kathie
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    georgia888 responded:
    Hi Kathie,
    I'm sure many will chime in with advice for you. I am due for a hip replacement but continue to put it off due to fear. However,
    I've heard & read where recovery from THR is much easier & quicker than TKR.

    I have co-existing conditions, which complicate matters for me.

    I'm sure you'll do just fine.

    Good luck & keep us posted.

    georgia
     
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    kf180005 replied to georgia888's response:
    Georgia, I wake up every day and have doubts about doing this. The thought of having my body cut into is not not appealing, however, the chronic pain has gotten old, and the past few years it has continued to get worse. I am moving forward. I just completed by pre surgery tasks - ekg, bloodwork, and physical...so right now I am targeting the 26th.

    Thank you for your kind words. Somedays I feel like I am in this alone. and your message meant alot to me.

    Kathie
     
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    georgia888 replied to kf180005's response:
    Kathie,
    Making a decision is a great relief from the unsettling state of indecision. I'm sure all will go well for you. When you're feeling up to it, please let us know how you are doing.

    Best wishes,
    georgia
     
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    kf180005 replied to georgia888's response:
    Georgia , Why do you continue to put your hip replacement off?

    Kathir
     
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    georgia888 replied to kf180005's response:
    Hi Kathie,
    The following are the reasons for this:
    1) It will have to be done at the Cleveland Clinic because no local surgeons have experience with the fibrous dysplasia I have in my left femur.
    2) I live alone (with my cat) & am concerned about the loss of independence.
    3) I have a pretty severe case of Fibromyalgia, which will also complicate matters.

    I am just now realizing that I can no longer cope with the situation as it stands & I intend to call the Cleveland Clinic this week to schedule an office visit. I went there last November & feel very confident about the specialist who has experience with my condition. He assured me that he's performed many such surgeries on cases like mine & boasted "with no revisions."

    I hope to be able to schedule the surgery for early fall, if not sooner.

    Let's keep one another posted. I will be thinking about you on June 26th - I'm sure all will go well.

    georgia
     
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    kf180005 replied to georgia888's response:
    Georgia, I completely understand about loss of Independence. I know a little bit about fibromyalgia. My mother had polymyalgia several years ago and for several months she was immobile.

    Although I dont have fybromyalgia, I dont have a huge support group. I dont have family nearby or any real close friends that I can count on. They told me I will be eligible for in home physical therapy so I am going to use that, and I am going to try and get my son to come live with me for a few days.

    Dont let fear hold you back especially if the Doctor is confident that he can help you. There are alot of support servces that should be available to you.

    I will pray for you in the coming weeks and months. Please kepp me posted on your doctor appt. I am going to give you my personal email address which is kf180005@live.com .

    Kathie
     
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    georgia888 replied to kf180005's response:
    Thanks so much, Kathie. I find that as the hip worsens, I become much more interested in the surgery & things are definitely getting worse.

    I will take advantage of the support groups you speak of, after all, I'm sure I'm not the only one in need of this help.

    I've saved your email address in my contacts & will update you as soon as I see the surgeon.

    I look forward to hearing of your experience once you are feeling well enough to get on the computer.

    Best wishes,
    georgia
     
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    JudithKi responded:
    I was 49 when my hip collapsed and I walked around at work on a walking frame on morphine patches, had my hip replaced at 50 and it is a miricle, being honest the operation was hard as you can't lay on your side or bend forward and I was up walking on a frame 2 days after the operation my mum looked after me for 10 days and then I came home and climbed 13 stairs with crutches and just gradually got better I went back to work after 3 months part time but I had to go off for a knee replacment....a whole other story...You will find the pain in you groin, which made my life so miserable has totally gone right from the minute you have it done, I don't even think about it now 18 months later ..Good luck you will be so happy you had it done..
     
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    JudithKi replied to JudithKi's response:
    Oh and Georgia I have fibromyalgia too diagnosed in 2007..
     
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    georgia888 replied to JudithKi's response:
    Thank you so much for your words of encouragement, JudithKi. Today is the first day that I've succumbed to a cane. I really need it! In one way, it's good as I'm finally relieved of my indecision about the surgery.

    Best wishes for as good of a recovery from your knee replacement as you had with your hip!

    georgia
     
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    JudithKi replied to georgia888's response:
    Good luck, I hope it turns out as well as mine and the pain will be a distant memory.!! Please let me know how you go.


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