(10-25-2014 03:40 PM)Peter_C Wrote:
(10-25-2014 11:12 AM)retired_guy Wrote: Herb and Pete, you both are an inspiration to the rest of us. I do hope a parts replacement will not be in my future, but if it is just watching you two get it done would help me tremendously.
food for thought? the time for repair/replacement is when the cost/hassle/pain of getting it done is far out-weighed by the pain and poor quality of life you are currently having.
Typical bad hip pain for a lot of guys is like being kicked in the groin + a very real chance of a fall at the same moment-you ever got any of that herb?
I wouldn't disagree Peter though for me the pain of the hip was never as bad (momentarily) or as intense as getting a good whack in the groin.
My hips didn't bother me -- were totally asymptomatic -- until April 2014.
You guys were wondering where I disappeared and the hip pain was a big part of what happened. I started and got my OWN CPAP running good (with help from folks here) in Feb, Mar, and Apr, then the pain hit in my hip.
[Also, work became really busy about this time with my new job -- same company but different bosses and responsibilities plus they forced me to become an actual employee rather than a contractor.]
Not really a bad pain, not very severe, but it went from the first ache while driving home from combatives practice to being almost intolerable and practically constant within two weeks.
It was a 2 or 3 on a 10 point scale but it just would not let me be, not let me rest, not let me sleep, not let me relax....
I didn't sleep (well, through the night) all through May, then the (first surgeon) put me on Diclofenac which knocked down about 70% of the pain and discomfort so that finally I could sleep, rest, and drive without serious problems.
Back in Dec, I had made an appointment for the first week of January with the orthopedic surgeon (OS) to decide if it was time to replace my knees -- after 47 years of injuries, wear, and tear.
My new insurance (and sick leave) were due to kick in for 2014 -- I had been a contractor and didn't want to be an employee with my company as it would cost me a LOT of money.
Part of the trade-off was the health care (I bought my own for almost 20 years) and the fact that as an employee I could get paid for sick time (and some vacation etc.)
As a contractor, my pay would have been cut had I taken off for surgery and rehabilitation.
But they FORCED me to become an employee by saying that otherwise they would let all the contractors go.
The irony is that after 47 years of living with some level of knee pain problems but no real issues with the hip (except tightness which was typical of ALL of my joints), the hip went faster and more severely in just weeks.
Truthfully, I could have kept going on the old knees once the hip was fixed. It turns out that even though the hip SEEMED asymptomatic, the instabilities in the hip were feeding my knee problems which were not quite as bad as I had thought.
Today was one week Post Op for the knees and I can assure you already that these knees feel "like a part of me" already and are going to be MUCH better than the one's I traded in.
Also amazingly my mobility and flexibility are astounding, even in the hamstrings and lower back. I just BEND OVER and pick up anything that I need without bending the knees.
Once these babies bend easily it's going to be a LOT of fun to use them.
So my knees and hip likely cost about $23,000 each (I don't know and will not be paying, even a co-pay, for them.)
I guess that makes me the $69,000 man. (RG, I know there is a joke in there somewhere and hope you will pick up the gauntlet.)