End of stem pain after total hip replacement

Posted by amber67 @amber67, Jan 5, 2017

I fell down stairs july 2015, fractured femor. Surgeon did a partial hip replacement. Had end of stem pain so they did total hip revision in may of 2016. It It has been 8 months and still having end of stem pain. Does anyone know of a treatment for this. I am still on a cane and walker. Thank you.

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@amber67 Physical therapy is always a good idea. However, I would not hesitate to seek another opinion, some place exceptional – like Mayo. Teresa

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They are working on getting me set up with PT. I will see how that goes. If no help, I will definitely reach out to you again for advice on coming to Mayo. I definitely do not have a problem on going there. Thank you again for responding.

@hopeful33250

@amber67 Physical therapy is always a good idea. However, I would not hesitate to seek another opinion, some place exceptional – like Mayo. Teresa

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Here I am again with a suggestion in case I don’t see if and when you go to Mayo. I don’t know where you live relative to any Mayo site, but if you have to fly, work thru Mayo’s travel assistant program….I forget the formal name for it, but anyone there can direct your phone call to them. I did the first time and forgot the second time and that cost me about $350 due to last minute changes in flights which going thru Mayo, you do not encounter. I am not saying that you can’t plan the whole trip in your initial plans, but regardless, they sure make things a LOT easier from the git-go!.
And if you go to the Minn site, I stayed at a hotel that bent over backwards to accommodate me and my service dog, even take me shopping for no charge. I needed to go to a post office and a drug store. I talked with the bus driver, he thought for a few minutes and I wondered why the pause as there is a post office near Mayo, but he remembered a store that had both which was even further! I went to the drug store first and told them what I needed to save time looking for what i needed then went to the PO. While still at the PO the gal came from the drug store came and told me I could pay for everything at the PO. When I got back to the bus, the driver said I wasn’t gone for even 5 minutes. The hotel the first time I went was a Best Western, but they changed names I think to Cornerstone (?) but they are only a few blocks from Mayo with complimentary breakfast, a pool, an exercise room, etc, transportation to Mayo,and a great restaurant attached called” Twigs”. If the hotel name is incorrect, tell them the name of the restaurant! @gailfaith

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@amber67 Physical therapy is always a good idea. However, I would not hesitate to seek another opinion, some place exceptional – like Mayo. Teresa

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OMG thank you so very much for that wonderful information. I had nooooo idea even where to begin. I live in TN but have heard nothing but wonderful things about the Minnesota location. I just got a call from PT and go tomorrow. If no ideas there I will definitely follow your lead and make plans for a plane ride . Thanks

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@amber67 Physical therapy is always a good idea. However, I would not hesitate to seek another opinion, some place exceptional – like Mayo. Teresa

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Amber. Let me know how things go at Mayo in MN. I am in western NC and I am considering going to Mayo in MN in a few months. I had R & L total HR in Sept & Oct. Right hip good, but Left has major issues with lifting leg to walk stairs, get in car, etc. My Ortho surgeon in Asheville is of no help. Good luck to you!

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@amber67 Physical therapy is always a good idea. However, I would not hesitate to seek another opinion, some place exceptional – like Mayo. Teresa

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@ amber67, It is me again, gailfaith, or just Gail. Glad you are starting PT. However when I went to Mayo the first time they sent me home with a Rx for PT. So if you get to Mayo and they give you a Rx, unless you don’t like the therapist you will have tomorrow, give that to him/her. Trusting you get a therapist that you not only like, but who encourages you work hard in therapy. I am sure the Lord led me to the one I have and we have a ball together. I love his smile and I work hard to see that smile. He owns the practice, is only 44 yrs old, and we have a lot in common right down to our phone numbers!!!!!!!!! I am old enuf to almost be his grandmother! I am fighting to stay out of a wheelchair, so whatever he tells me to do even at home, I do it faithfully and even keep records to show him. And if at therapy, he shows me something to do there, not expecting for me to do that home because I don’t have the equipment he does, on occasion, I figure out how to do that at home also IF POSSIBLE. When I do something like that he says “That is what I love about you.” But if you come up with something at home, make sure you tell your therapist to be sure you are doing it the correct way. Another prayer that you will “click” with YOUR therapist tomorrow!

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@amber67 Physical therapy is always a good idea. However, I would not hesitate to seek another opinion, some place exceptional – like Mayo. Teresa

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I’m sorry I did not make it clear, but I am going to try PT here in TN first. If no help, I will go to MN. My muscles and tendons are totally stretched from the THR, I am on a walker all the time. My surgery was May 2016. ridiculous. I will keep you posted on what they tell me tomorrow. You keep me posted. Thanks

@hopeful33250

@amber67 Physical therapy is always a good idea. However, I would not hesitate to seek another opinion, some place exceptional – like Mayo. Teresa

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Yes. I’ll keep you posted as well. I meant to also say we travelled to Mayo, Rochester MN in Dec. 2010 , stayed for 3 1/2 weeks for testing and surgery with Dr. Eric Dozois. My husband had gastrointestinal surgery. Colon removed. The most excellent testing, care and outcome at Mayo!!

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@amber67 Physical therapy is always a good idea. However, I would not hesitate to seek another opinion, some place exceptional – like Mayo. Teresa

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Hi Amber, I understood what you wrote. Sorry I wan’t clear in what I wrote! PT tomorrow and then maybe Mayo. Gail

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@amber67 Physical therapy is always a good idea. However, I would not hesitate to seek another opinion, some place exceptional – like Mayo. Teresa

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I pray that I will have fabulous luck with my therapist. I am driving an hour to get to her. She has been highly recommended. I pray she will be able to help. Will keep all of you posted. Thank you.

@hopeful33250

@amber67 Physical therapy is always a good idea. However, I would not hesitate to seek another opinion, some place exceptional – like Mayo. Teresa

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@amber67 Yes, we are looking forward to hearing how this therapy works for you. Teresa

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@amber67 Physical therapy is always a good idea. However, I would not hesitate to seek another opinion, some place exceptional – like Mayo. Teresa

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Thanks, @gailfaith, what great info for anyone traveling to Mayo! I appreciate all of the details. It sounds like there is a lot of support for people traveling to Mayo in MN. Teresa

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I went to the physical therapist Tuesday. It was an exciting experience. The thigh bones around the stem of the hip replacement is so thin thus causing so much pain when I try to walk, therefore, I stay on a cane and a walker. The therapist will start with baby steps to strengthen that muscle and hopefully the bones But because of the overstretched muscles and tendons, the surgeon stretched my leg. The therapist tried this new technique called dry needling. It is similar to acupuncture but seemed a lot different as far is going deeper into the Trigger point. She needled the hip area and thigh area I go back next week and will give you a weather report. All I can tell you is that when I walked out the pain had definitely subsided. This lessening of the pain has lasted for two days now. She told me not to expect a miracle but if I get a days relief that is better than nothing and somewhat encouraging. I know this will be a long continuous process, but at least I saw a tad of improvement more than I have seen in the past few years. The dr has also suggested Prolia to help strengthen my bones to help strengthen them to continue to support this prosthesis in the thigh and to continue to support this prosthesis in the thigh. Hope this information helps some.

Thanks for the PT report! Interesting. Glad for you that what she did shows promise. @gailfraith

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I have been going through this since aug 2016 . I fell and fractured my left hip and still on walker. Of course i am 82 yrs old. It left my leg shorter and i had a lift put on that shoe but cant walk any better. I can take a few steps but still limp and have pain. Dr has refeted me to pain clinic but am trying to wat until flu epodemic has passed since i also have copd. I have always been active and this is so hard. I hurt more standing then walking and pain has moved all up back to neck. Good luck to you all.

Dear Faith, I hear you—I, too, at 78 have been struggling with soreness/pain from Fibromyalgia OA, and injured lower back, and now the hips are aching. The Pain Clinic referral is a viable option for answers and solutions—and I understand the wariness about the Flu season and precautionary isolation. You might consider buying an ANTI-VIVAL MASK at the pharmacy and carrying SANITIZING SOLUTION/WIPES—-so that you can complete that appointment with the pain physician ASAP. At our age, time is a significant factor to consider in dealing with our pressing problems—some things cannot be delayed too long…………………I hope my comments are of help. God Bless.

Jeanne, in Piedmont, California

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