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Date: 13.11.2012
From: shirley smith

Subject: osteoarthritis

I got a serious infection in replacement hip and was hospitalised for two months. Am still on antibiotics probably for life and now have osteoarthritis in that (right) hip and leg. Any suggestions on what to take for pain relief?
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Date: 22.11.2012
From: shirley smith

Subject: Re: osteoarthritis

my replacement hip was fitted 12 years ago and was fine up until about l8 months ago no pain when sitting but when walking, bad pain in groin if I try to put wait on that leg
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Date: 22.11.2012
From: bsk

Subject: Re: osteoarthritis

That sounds pretty serious. I don't know what to suggest for pain but your gP should help. You could try a pain clinic or a pain management course or expert patients course for pain. They are very good.
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Date: 22.11.2012
From: marlene

Subject: Re: osteoarthritis

Hi Shirley, I am surprised your GP has not given you proper pain relief. For OA I take a combination of Tramadol and Co-Dyramol both are prescription only. You should have a serious chat with your GP.I hope you get some resolution sooner rather than later.
Take Care.
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Date: 27.11.2012
From: Sue

Subject: Re: osteoarthritis

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Date: 08.08.2013
From: shirley smith

Subject: Re: osteoarthritis

thank you for your input, have now been given pain patches 5mg by pain clinic, but after 3 wks no improvement. Has anybody received injections for arthritic pain? and were they helpful,
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Date: 08.08.2013
From: marlene

Subject: Re: osteoarthritis

Hi Shirley I have had steroid injections in Elbow Shoulders and wrist for OA. They do help for a while. I found the shoulder responded better than the others. Everyone is different. The pain can be really bad to say the least. I find a hot water bottle and a good book or film helps to take my mind off of it. Painkillers help but I try not to take too many.
I have learned to live with it. I get on with everything and if I do need help I ask for it. If you don't ask friends and family they will assume you are coping well. Nothing wrong in saying this is hard can you lend a hand. (took me a long time to learn this)
When I need to rest I do.
I find this forum so helpful in all ways. Support is great.
Take Care and keep your chin up. X
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Date: 13.08.2013
From: shirley smith

Subject: Re: osteoarthritis

Hi marlene I have been referred again to the pain clinic at the hospital and also physeotheropist - interested to find out more re injections as have heard mixed reports. -Thanks for your comments - take care = I just keep going like you obviously do!
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Date: 13.08.2013
From: marlene

Subject: Re: osteoarthritis

Hi Shirley, have you tried the Hydro Pool?? If you haven't speak to your physio team. I found it so helpful.
What else can we do but just keep going?

Take care X
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Date: 16.09.2013
From: shirley smith

Subject: Re: osteoarthritis

thank you all for your input - has anyone found that the recent very hot weather and then constant rain has made arthritis much worse = I keep getting painful muscle spasms from ankle to hip which sre waking me up a lot at night = any suggestions? love and sympathy to all sufferers of this horrendous condition.
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Date: 07.10.2013
From: shirley smith

Subject: Re: osteoarthritis

has anybody had two stage operation for infected hip and was it a good outcome? hip is taken out and area cleaned and left for abut 6 weeks and then hip is replaced I have been offered this instead of ant biotics. Have been told no guarantee of complete cure
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Date: 07.10.2013
From: marlene

Subject: Re: osteoarthritis

Hi Shirley, I haven't heard of this and don't know anyone that has. It sounds like a tough decision you have to make. I would go to my GP and have a good chat and weight all the pros and cons.
I hope what ever you decide the out come is good. Take care and keep your chin up xx
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Date: 11.10.2013
From: shirley smith

Subject: Re: osteoarthritis

Hi marlene At the moment I am giving patches a try for the pain,
The operation is a major one and my consultant said it is high risk. You can look it up on the internet. Seeing him sgain on 25th and a lot depends on my recent blood test. fingers crossed!
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Date: 11.10.2013
From: marlene

Subject: Re: osteoarthritis

Hi Shirley, I have had surgeries for OA but nothing like yours. I hope the patches help. I hope the blood test is good.
Arthur is not much fun is it?
Take care
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Date: 12.10.2013
From: Rhonda

Subject: Re: osteoarthritis

Infections & the bacteria can hide underneath the plates, screws etc of replacement joints etc - so getting the hip out & cleaning the area should help..

I contracted a severe infection when I had the plates & screws in & the antibiotics couldn't reach that area until I got the hardware out. The surgeons cleaned the area & after a further 10 days of antibiotics I have never had another infection.

Good luck
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Date: 12.10.2013
From: shirley smith

Subject: Re: osteoarthritis

Hi Marlene Arthur or "the scews" as a friend of mine calls is certainly no fun. Just have to go with the flow!
Take care
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Date: 12.10.2013
From: shirley smith

Subject: Re: osteoarthritis

Hi Rhonda My infection happened two and a half years ago when I was rushed to hospital as I couldn't move
Was in hospital for nearly two months on antibiotics
At the time the consultant recommend hip removal for about five weeks and cleaning out area then putting hip bsck.At the time I was extremely ill and my husbsnd didn't agree so I have been on antibiotics since then. Getting pain from arthritis now and consultant has mentioned this op again, but says it is high risk becsuse I am 78 - catch 22 situation!
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Date: 12.10.2013
From: margaret

Subject: Re: osteoarthritis

Hi Rhonda
You can ask your Consultant to ask your GP to perscribe Probiotics for you if not you can get UDO's Choice probiotics from independent health food shops and take 2 daily with food. Antibiotics ruin your immune system. Look on the BBC's page where Dr Mike Porter interviewed Professor Ben Stig Mark about probiotics before and after surgery. Then ask your GP about taking Citrate Magnesium for Osteoproses Avoid Dairy and Calcium suppliment which turns you to stone
Warm regards
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Date: 16.10.2013
From: Rhonda

Subject: Re: osteoarthritis

Hi again Shirley, I had a pic line in for 4 months so know all about long term antibiotics!

Unfortunately you are the only one that can make this call.

Really sorry you are in pain with an infection you can't get rid of though.

Good luck with whatever decision you make
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Date: 02.12.2013
From: shirley smith

Subject: Re: osteoarthritis

Hi everyone
Dr has now prescribed one or two tramadol four times a day plus 2 co-codomol 4 times a day for pain = still having regular blood tests and at the moment the 1000 mg flucloxacillin I am taking
4 times a day is keeping the infection I got in my replacement hip two and a half years ago is under control but will never be cured. Has anyone else contracted this infection?
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Date: 16.12.2013
From: shirley smith

Subject: Re: osteoarthritis

am getting awful muscle cramps going from my hip down to my foot,especially when I first try to stand. Would love some tips on how cope with this.
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