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April 2017 I had hip revision surgery, it has left me with

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April 2017 I had hip revision surgery, it has left me with ‘nerve damage’. It took me 4 months to walk without a frame. I’m still very unsteady, can get around the house and garden without a stick, but can’t walk far without my back caving in, and having to hold on to something, even sit down. I’m 77 but before the op. I was really fit, despite having both hips replaced. Went to the gym and swam 4 days a week. Please tell me I CAN get back to that fitness again, and how long will it take? It is SO frustrating.
JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: My consultant has finished with me, I’m on my own, no medication. I go to my health club and exercise in the hydro pool 4 mornings, try and swim but leg is too weak to kick properly. Have been thinking about seeing requesting through my GP, but who!?
JA: What confuses you?
Customer: Can’t say anything ‘confuses’ me, but it’s the not knowing if I’ll ever improve, and get back to reasonable normality again. Steps are a problem, I darn’t travel on a bus or train, which is a huge disadvantage for me. I can drive, but very locally. I just want to know what I’m to expect in the future. Can I improve or is that it for me!!?
JA: What confuses you?
Customer: As I said above, nothing is actually “confusing “ me, I want to know whether there will be further improvement in my condition. Should I see my GP and get referred back to my consultant for more info?
JA: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?
Customer: None relating to my nerve problems I only take apixaban and bisoprolol for AF. Not allergic to anything.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: None

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I’m sorry to hear about this, it sounds really very difficult and frustrating.

I do believe that you can get better again with time. I think that the key is going to be having (further) physiotherapy and will likely take around 3-6m of graduated exercises to regain your strength in the core muscles/leg.

Unless it is thought that a nerve is being trapped (e.g. a slipped disc) that might need an operation, then I don’t think referral to any other speciality clinic would be of benefit to you.

Ask your GP to refer you to Physiotherapy.

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Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Thanks very much. At least I now know there is some hope. I’ll get in touch with my GP and ask if I can’t have more physio. I’m sure once my knee, which is a major problem, feeling like a huge log and very tight, improves, I’ll be a lot happier. Thank you.

You’re very welcome, all the best.

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