Simultaneous bilateral hip replacement 5 weeks ago
I am 56, and was put on an urgent waiting list for this surgery in December 20 after increasingly difficult pain affecting mostly my left hip. I was very lucky to get a date in mid-Feb, thanks to waiting list initiative funding.
I came home after 48 hours and managed to walk up the 27 stairs to my first floor flat, grown-up children and partner looked after me. I'm now qble to walk without sticks, get up and down sdtairs easilyu, and trying to increase my steps a little bit each day - up to around 5500 now. The original 24 hour gnawing pain in the left hip has gone, thank goodness - the surgeon said I had avascular necrosis, so I guess there was a reason for it being so sore.
BUT I still get pain especially at night and I'm struggling to sleep - it's in my left calf, like the discomfort you get before cramp, but ti doens't turn into cramp. At first I couldn't sleep on iether side which was difficult, but the scars are better now so I can. I've tried pillows between the knees and stretching exercises but I can't seem to get rid of it.
does anyone have any bright ideas?
I'm signe off work (in the NHS) until the end of April, although phasing back with some work form home after Easter - feel terribly guilty about being off, but is this reasonable? I'm not needing strong painkillers any more, but tiredness is a thing, and I seem to have lost confidence out and about.