Back pain since having a double hip replacement

Posted by missjudy0016 @missjudy0016, Mon, Feb 11 4:28pm

Hi Everyone, I'm new to this and this is my first time joining a forum so please bear with me. I'm 51 and had a total hip replacement of the left hip, August 18 and then the right hip December 2018. I still use crutches to move around and experience a lot of muscle pains which I expected. The Physiotherapist said i'm doing well and she doesn't seem too concerned. However since having surgery I have been suffering with excruciating lower back pain, my consultant has said that i have 3 bulging disk in the lower spine. This has limited my mobility tremendously and I'm only able to walk or stand for approximately 5 mins, then having to sit for about 4/5 minutes while the burning, crushing and throbbing sensation passes. As soon as I stand to continue, within 5 mins I have to sit again and so on until my task is complete. This has stopped me returning to work or even leaving the house now. My GP has prescribed Tramadol to control the pain but the pain in my back is still unbearable.

Has anybody else experienced this type of back pain after having surgery? and if so what helped you? I would appreciate any advice that would enable me to get back to some sort of normality. I would like add before this I never suffer with back pain.

Looking forward to a reply

Hello @missjudy0016, welcome to Connect. I would like to invite another new member who recently posted about some low back pain after a hip replacement, @klouis. I'd also like to invite @mimi1957, @eleanor1, @suemer, @lioness, @glassman, who have all talked about back pain after hip replacements. I would also like to @anniemaggie, @karen00, and @linda66 who have talked about bulging discs.

@missjudy0016, you mentioned that your physiotherapist said you are doing well and doesn't seem to concerned, but have they explained that in more detail? Do they think the pain will naturally get better? What does your consultant suggest to help with the bulging disc as that may be what is interfering with your physical therapy for your hips?

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This may not be relevant in your case. I am curious whether you had spinal block anesthesia. I never had a lower back problem but recall that after my TKR I did suffer lower back pain after I returned home, which eventually ceased. It was never to the degree that you have described. I just wanted to throw that in because someone mentioned to me that it is not uncommon to have lower back discomfort after having a spinal block. I realize that in your case there is an issue with the bulging disc.

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I had a right hip replacement in December. And I'm experiencing really bad back pain and also severe knee pain. I can't get rid of the pain no matter what I do.

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