Starting to get chronic pain in both areas. Just started a pain management program. Problem is I'm having panic attacks while taking my medication. Is this normal? I hurt all over but can't deal with panic attacks. Any advice out there???
Artificial hips have neither the strength or range of motion of normal hips (I just got one new one). If you are starting to get chronic pain in the prosthetic joints, you may have to see an orthopaedic surgeon to have the condition of the joints examined. Even in people older than you and I, the joints are only expected to last 10 -15 years before they require revision surgery. My surgeon stressed the importance of treating the joint nicely as I am 48 and normal activity for someone my age could reduce its life to as little as 5 years.
My guess is that you may be suffering from the panic attacks as you are aware of or uncertain about the implications of the increasing pain and what it means for you. It's a big unknown. I have not heard of painkillers causing panic attacks but believe it is the situation you find yourself in that is the issue. I was a nervous wreck waiting for my hip as things got more and more out of my control and going from being fiercely independent to having to ask for help with tiny things.
I wish you the best of luck in getting a positive outcome.
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