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Old 01-03-2008, 06:46 PM   #48
doctor_big
It hurts when I fall down
 
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Location: Toronto, Canada
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Good to hear

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Originally Posted by Dirtnadvil
As far as pain it can get very severe. I ended up with an ulcer in my esophogus from all of the anti-inflamatories I've been on over the years. Even with meds I had pain down both legs and across my lower back.
This is a bit of a relief, hearing this. It hurts all down the sides and front of both legs (some days one, some days the other) and across my lower back and into my ass-cheeks. I was in denial about this being hip OA, as it didn't seem to fit the common perception of this goddam disease.

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Originally Posted by Dirtnadvil
Anyone who is in pain from a bum hip know this; it wont get better by itself. The hip replacement went pretty smooth for me. Two weeks of taking it real easy, walking with a cane (walker first 3 days) The healing happens fast. If my job wasn't physical I would of gone back after two weeks. I stopped using the cane around the house after 3 weeks, however I used it for walks for up to 2 months. (I was walking a mile after 10 days). I'm glad that there is such a good outcome with this surgery, I thought I was going to lose my job and not have the active life that I have always lived. Anyone on the fence about having it done or anyone who wants to talk about it please PM me. This operation has given me a huge part of my life back, not to mention I'm funner to be around..........John
Thanks for the encouragement, and it's fantastic to hear that it's possible (but I imagine atypical) to recover at this speed. I am only now coming to terms with the concept of having this done, and I don't think I'm yet at the stage where I'm ready mentally or in need physically to undergo the procedure. But I know it's coming, and sooner rather than later. Perhaps next winter?
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