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Thread: Hip Pain Post Op

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    JamieAnn Guest

    Hip Pain Post Op

    Hi Friends,

    I am 2 weeks post op today and I'm feeling a lot better than I had imagined. My back is stiff, but I'm not really in a lot of pain. I really only take tylenol during the day and the Dilaudid at night. My biggest complaint is my left hip and lower back (tail bone) aching worse every day. It's mostly just when I sleep, and even with a temperpedic bed I cannot seem to lie on my back without the pain being really bad. The pain pills don't really do anything for this pain. I have started to sleep on my side which alleviates the pain.

    I am due to see my doctor on Friday and will ask him what this is caused from, what might be done, etc (probably nothing). But I am curious if anyone else dealt with this?

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    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
    That sounds horrible Jamie. I will be looking out for your post after your appt Friday and hope you have some answers. Remember that in those first weeks/months we often get soreness in various spots that goes of its own accord. I hope this is the case for you.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    JamieAnn - I called my doc's office about a weird pain I was having in my lower back about 3 weeks post op and his nurse told me that over the next few weeks I would have various pains and weird feelings in various places and they would go away. She was right; it went away within the next day or so and then I got an ache in another place. Never anything too severe, but I guess it's just part of the game.
    Age 56
    Wore a Milwaukee Brace for 3 years in hs
    Fused L4-S1 for high grade spondylolisthesis Jan '09 in Indy
    Thoracic 68
    Surgery Aug 31, 2010 T3 to L1
    Dr Bridwell St Louis

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    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Reading, PA
    I had a lot of pain in my left hip when I came home until about 3 weeks post-op. I ended up sleeping propped up in a sitting position on my couch for those weeks. When I wasn't in that position then I was laying on my back at the end of the couch with my legs hanging off the arm. The funny thing is that that position is no longer comfy at all now that I'm feeling better. Somehow the pain just went away after a while. I hope your pain goes away soon.
    Tiffany K
    I'm not short, I'm fun size!

    29 years old
    4'11", never braced
    Pre-surgery, 52° T6 to T12, 35° T12 to L4
    T1-L2, Posterior 8/5/2010, gained 1"

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    JamieAnn Guest
    Thanks everyone. Tiffany, your previous hip pain certainly sounds like mine - it is also the left hip for me, and certain positions lying down work while others do not. I am hoping it goes away with time!

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    Join Date
    May 2008
    Hi JamieAnn

    I have a medium Tempurpedic and it wasn’t soft enough. I realized this at 2 weeks post op, and added a 2" thick latex topper. It doubled my sleep time, and used it for 1 year. I slept on my left side only for months....

    I also have an expensive "rubber" bed I had made in a 28 durometer, which is soft, but slightly "hammocked" and that didn’t work well. The Tempurpedic's are dead flat, and with the topper it worked well.

    Strange nerve pains, achy dull throbbing, etc are basically part of the program when coming out for the first weeks. I used hot hot 107degree water in my bathtub for the nerve and bone pain. The meds after a while really aren't worth a damn, due to built up immunity, but they work great at constipating you...the "double edged sword"

    Dr Errico has a neat website and enjoyed reading it the other day when you posted. He mentions that the pelvis is basically just another set of ribs... I wonder if he learned that while studying zoology years ago...anyway, neat guy.

    Things will improve in time. You are still very early.
    49 yr old male, now 63, the new 64...
    Pre surgery curves T70,L70
    ALIF/PSA T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion

    My x-rays

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    Join Date
    May 2008
    Central NJ
    I had hip pain for 3 or 4 months. The dr. said that it would resolve itself and it did. My PT definitely helped by stretching the leg for me. It felt as if the ball of the hip didn't fit properly intot the socket any longer. After time and the PT's help, it was I'd say 80% better after 6 months, 100% better after a year.

    I think some of the post op soreness is due to inactivity. Even if we're walking every day as directed, we're still not moving our non-fused joints as much, which causes stiffness and pain.
    Debbe - 50 yrs old

    Milwalkee Brace 1976 - 79
    Told by Dr. my curve would never progress

    Surgery 10/15/08 in NYC by Dr. Michael Neuwirth
    Pre-Surgury Thorasic: 66 degrees
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 66 degrees

    Post-Surgery Thorasic: 34 degrees
    Post-Surgery Lumbar: 22 degrees

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    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    My son too has had weird hip pain, tailbone, shoulder here some days and gone others I think it just comes with the realignment
    mom of Cameren 12 yrs. old
    Chiari,retroflex odontoid,syringomyelia,scoliosis
    Chiari decompressions 6/2005,5/2006
    Syringopleural shunt 6/2009
    Boston Braced off & on 6.5yrs
    scoliosis surgery- 9/15/10 T4-L4 Dr. Bridwell
    Fell & broke finger,surgery 3/2011

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