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Hello! This is my first posting, although I've been using this site as a resource for a few weeks. I am 43 and just had a left THR in order to prepare for a future right TKR (congenital structural abnormalities are driving these procedures - my knee has dislocated since I was 7).
Here's the scoop - I'm looking for any feedback!
- It seems like my recovery is slow - I'm still using 2 crutches, primarily outside (it is winter, and my right knee dislocates, so while I'm cautious I also need them). I walk without them inside the house but my limp is so bad that I can't walk with good posture, strong core.
- I have been having lower back muscle spasms (right side, opposition of surgical side) the past 2 days, leaving me immobile and in more pain than I can describe. Is this all related? When do I determine this is not normal and go in l? I'm using my post-op pain meds, Dilaudid, which I had been off for 3 weeks (the weaning period caused horrendous side effects).
- I went back to work 2 weeks post-op and I've been struggling to focus or stay engaged ever since. Has that happened to others? I feel like I can be productive for 3 hours max and then I'm disinterested, can't focus or exhausted (since I run my department and its end of year craziness, this is kind of bad!).
I would love any input!
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