Hello, I just wanted to share my story on how my left hip replacement changed my life. I am a Union Local #20 Sheet Metal Worker with 20 years experience. I’ve worked on many big stadiums, high rises, commercial, and houses with ornate metal projects. My hip started hurting 7 years ago. It gradually got worse. I then went to a family doctor 1 year later. The X-ray showed significant arthritis. I was then referred to a specialist. I couldn’t afford to take time off, because my job works with mother nature here in Northern Indiana. I received 2 injections to help my hip, with no relief. I then begun taking Naproxen and 5mg Norco to get me through the pain from work. I had scope surgery in January almost 18 months after my first initial pain appeared. It helped to minimize the pain and I was told after my recovery, I’ll need hip replacement eventually.
My treatment and recovery
I worked another 4 years on Tramadol & Naproxen. I was 3 months into my work season when my hip starting hurting x3. I then worked for another 6-7 months on Naproxen & 60 mg Percocet a day. The last 4 months I needed a walking stick to work. On November 28th I finally had hip replacement surgery. I’m typing this a few days away from my 8th-week post op. The whole procedure was nerve racking, but I iwas very pleased with the different type of pain. I was off any kind of pain relief 4 weeks after surgery. I can walk for miles, play with kids, do house chores, and I just fixed a stove igniter that burned out 4-week post op on Christmas. My life is back!! During those 7 years, I endured pain that I always saw in others, but didn’t realize I was gonna have the same life. The only way to describe it for me, is the pain sucks your soul, the very essence of who you are.