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Muscle spasms years after hip replacement surgery

Joint Replacements | Last Active: Dec 31, 2022 | Replies (54)

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I had my left hip replaced in 2007 after several osteotomies and osteomyelitis. I did have elevated chromium levels and pain and it was redone in 2015 with a ceramic cup. I had the right replaced in 2016. About a year ago I started having weird cramps and pain in my left groin and thigh. I had it checked and the surgeon said the X-ray looked fine. He didn’t check me at all. Now it is really painful. I have cramps and shooting pain for hours. It can be after climbing stairs, walking or even after I’ve been in bed a couple of hours. Tylenol and Motrin don’t help. The surgeon is no help. Hoping someone here might have a suggestion. I am going to try the tens unit as some have mentioned. I will ask my PCP about a cobalt and chromium test.

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Hello, and welcome to Mayo Connect. I see that you have really been through a lot with that hip over many years. As you are experiencing, orthopedic surgeons often figure "everything is fine" when the implant looks solid. Obviously with the level of pain you have, you know it is far from "fine" and need to start pressing for answers.

Remember, a TENS unit will only treat the symptom, not get at the underlying problem, so if you want things fixed, you need to start exploring, and being your own best advocate.

Here are a few questions that come to mind-
Yes, the chromium & cobalt test, but complete bloodwork to rule out any other disease?
Since you had osteomyelitis, has anyone done a comprehensive bone density test?
Is there something going on in back, spine, or knee & referring pain to the groin?
Do you have severe muscle deterioration from all the trauma?

Can you start with your PCP and get referrals elsewhere as needed?
Sue