They have me on pain medicine every 3 hrs. Nothing is helping. I have a pillow between my legs. How long before the pain goes away
Mef123. Pain after surgery is always to be expected. But the surgery is to help in the long run. So keep that in mind with your chin up . That being said here's medical advice: Pain is from incisions that are made at the surgical site and anything that may be poking,touching,grinding or prodding your soft tissues that contain nerves. It should only take a few weeks to completely heal. Make sure to take your pain med as prescribed and a antibiotic if prescribed to prevent possible infection. You should not bathe or submerge your surgical site for at least a weak. Make sure to change the dressings as told though. If you were prescribed a narcotic and it contains acetaminophen do not take any tylenoL
You may take a NSAID along with the narcotic to help relieve inflammation and pain. Try taking 600-800 mg of ibuprofen every 6-8 hours also alon with your pain med. Do not take it any longer than a few days at a time though as it can cause Ulcers. Also try not to apply a awkward position with pillows to your hip and not directly on surgical site. As it will cause pain. It will take time for your body to get used to your replacement. Make sure when you wake up daily to do slow stretches and movement of your hip. This will keep you from it freezing up or becoming stiff which will cause more pain. Also feel free to use a heating pad or cooling pad for comfort. Remember do not take Tylenol on top of your pain med since it's prolly already in your narcotic. Feel better soon and feel free to ask more
After my hip replacement (9/9/15) they had me on 100ugm Fentanyl/hour on top of the 50ugm patches I wear. I got that without asking. When the pump was no longer effective they put in a subcutaneous thingy where after a week I was down to 100ugm/hr (total) and then 50ugm/hr patches for two months and now I'm down to 25ugm/hr which I take for other injuries.
I had a left hip replacement also back in September 2011 and it was awful! I definitely feel your pain. Unfortunately I hate to tell u that I am living with this God awful pain every single day and night since then. Nothing takes my pain away but the pain medicine that I've been on since before the operation dulls it somewhat. I'm not sure of all of your circumstances regarding your operation, but as for me it's been a pain that has changed not only my way of living but who I am as a person mother friend wife and every other aspect of life as I used to know it. If you are still in pain all you have to do is tell the doc about it and trust me he'll have no problem giving you something for it! Best case scenario I've seen after a hip replacement is months going by while that pain just lingers. I do pray that your outcome is better than mine! Good luck to you and just work hard and you can get back on your feet again :)
I had a left total hip replacement June 3, 2015. I'm only 46. I was off the walker after about a week. I'm just curious how are you doing with pain now that it's been a few months? It's been about a month since my surgery, and I feel pretty good. However, I'm having most of my pain focused at the top of leg, where it meets my torso. Is this normal, and how long does it last? I know everyone's experience is different. I've never had major surgery, so I'm not sure what to expect. My doctor is great, gives me all the pain meds I want.
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