Extreme fatigue?

Has anyone experienced extreme fatigue for weeks after THR? My surgery was Nov 2. I didn’t need pain meds and had very little swelling—just this incredible fatigue which was totally unexpected and persists 5 weeks later. I’m trying to transition back to work an hour or two a day (I’m a personal trainer/running coach) and need a nap after each session! If this fatigue was part of your recovery, how long did it last?

8 thoughts on “Extreme fatigue?

  1. Hi! Have you had your Iron and Ferritin levels checked? I began suffering from low iron levels and had trouble absorbing (i.e. low Ferritin levels) after my surgery — weird but I guess sometimes a major surgery can trigger issues with iron absorption. Low iron often manifests as extreme fatigue. Keep us posted!

  2. I remember this feeling well. Yes. I would wake up ready to go and by midday I could barely keep my eyes open. It will pass. It wouldn’t hurt to get those iron levels checked like Aimee says.

  3. Thanks so much!! It’s great to know I’m not alone! I’m currently taking an OTC iron supplement so maybe it’s time for something with a little more pizzazz! Thanks again.

  4. I experienced extreme fatigue for a several months after my THR and still have some unexpected fatigue after 3 months. The best example, was this: I had the surgery on Sept 6th, and decided to go to work for an important meeting on Sept 22nd. Well…I drove to work (since surgery was on the left leg, and I wasn’t on drugs). had the meeting, sat at my desk for an hour or so, drove home and slept for 18 hours! I was shocked at what it took out of me. After that, I went to work later in the morning, for 1/4 days, 1/2 days and now a full day. If I stay up late, as I have for most of my life, I’m more tired than I expect the next morning. Take it a day at a time; your system just experienced a trauma, and you have to catch up!!!

    1. Thanks, Betsy! I’m working 3 hours in a row tomorrow and am pretty sure the rest of the day will be spent on the couch!

  5. Thank you for sharing your experiences. I had my second THR on November 1st and returned to work last week for 30 hours and now back full time six weeks post surgery. The fatigue and muscle tightness is definitely an issue but I am very grateful to have come through this as well as I have. Good luck to everyone!

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