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Has anyone had sharp thigh pain after hip replacement
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I fractured my hip and had a total hip replacement 2 months ago (I am 63). Although I can move very well, I have quite a bit of discomfort in my thigh from the top exterior to the knee. I have quite a bit of swelling on the top exterior, sharp sudden pains along the thigh and pain when I massage the area. Any suggestion as to how to improve the condition? Thank you.
Hi @mariemotte . Welcome to Connect! I'm sorry to hear about your pain following your THR. I haven't had hip replacement (my weak spot was my knee!). But there are others in the group who have had hip issues. I'm going to tag @katepitt @klouis and @beatricefay to see if any of them could share any insight. I'm curious, are you still having physical therapy?
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Thank you for answering my question so fast. I elected (with my surgeon agreement) not to do PT. Mostly because I was in good physical shape before my fall and active. I am thinking that I will make an appointment tomorrow because I am probably going through what a lot of people experience and the therapist will probably be able to help me with those "side effects". I am also curious to hear from the people you tagged. Thank you again.
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Had replacement 2.5 yrs ago; experiencing pain in groin, thigh. My leg has little strength, and to weight bear ispainful.
Xrays show hardware in place; it’s as though my hip gets out of place I have a DePuy Summit size 5
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Hey everyone, update on myself you will all probably find interesting. To recap, 42 yr old male, THR left hip, posterior, 5 months. Have had thigh and groin pain throughout recovery, along with nerve or psoas issues. I finally got a second opinion yesterday from another reputable surgeon. After reviewing my xray he believes that my cup is loose. Also, he is not a fan of my brand of implant which is a Zimmer. He says it has too many moving parts. Having said that, he feels it is best to wait 3 more months and then xray again. He said the longer we can wait, the more the problem will clearly reveal itself, OR, my body could still accept the cup and heal. I'm praying for the latter. My original surgeon gave no opinion about xray and wanted to just wait. I'm glad I got second opinion, I am switching my care to the new doctor. I think our original surgeons are scared to say what may be wrong because it's their work. A second opinion doesn't care, they didn't do it. Good luck everyone, I'll keep updating and looking forward to reading others.
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My hip replacement is just now about 75 percent better but it is 3.5 years ago . It is far from what I wanted. had it done at Moundary Trails hospital, I am not happy
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@ittybit2016 I have had both hips replaced. The first one in 2012 was screwed up really bad by the surgeon. The 2nd one was in 2015 by a different surgeon and it was good for almost two years but then one morning I woke up screaming in pain. I went to the ER and I was septic. I had a very bad infection in the hip. They did a CT scan and it showed all this fluid in the hip area. The surgeon said he had to operate again and remove the hip clean out the fluid and put in a spacer. Everything would be fine. I'd be on powerful antibiotics for 7.5 weeks. Well 2 weeks later I was back in the hospital with a horrible pain. Again the spacer was infected. Another surgery. By this time I'm pretty upset and scared. He removed the spacer. He said the infection was in the femur now and he took away about 2 inches. At this point I'm angry I have no joint at all. I had a drainage tube for 3 months and antibiotics as well but still got infection. By the 4th surgery in 6 months I've really had it. I'm tired of surgery and it's hard to keep coming back from it. My surgeon said if I could go 4 months without infection he would put in another hip. I told him if I can live without it I'd rather not go through anymore surgery. He said I'd be in a wheelchair since the other hip was so screwed up I can't use that leg to help me. That was 5 months ago and I haven't gotten anymore infection but I can't walk at all. If I try to the pain is terrible and it feels like the bones are grinding together. If you or anyone else have any thoughts I'd appreciate hearing from you.
I will not complain,compared to you I am lucky. Hope you get some good painkillers and start mending.
I had THR 2 weeks ago. I too am in good shape and active. PT has been an ongoing blessing where they can challenge me and advise me on some of the issues with my form walking and exercising. I like to be pushed and challenged so this works well for me. I still have pain in various areas but find with exercising and walking the pain decreases.
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@scottb32 , Be cautious of PT around the 4 week mark… If they ask you to perform Lateral straight leg raises, this exercise messed me up and I haven't been able to do PT since, I'm 5 months. I've since learned that this exercise is not necessary and should not have been asked of me so early in recovery, or even at all.
@ittybit2016 , I'm sorry for what you are going through. I so hope your situation continues to improve and you can live comfortably without more surgery.
I am now almost six months THR – anterior. I had some excruciating front thigh pain for about one month. I posted on this portal and had many many replies and I am feeling quite bad for what some people are going through. My pain is gone but find it takes me a bit to get going once I have been sitting for any amount of time. But once I get up and moving I am golden. I hope and pray that all of you with difficulties can find some relief. My surgeon, in my opinion, is the best and it was through a cancellation and being in the right place at the right time that he took me on as his patient. Fingers crossed that all continues! Merry Christmas and all the best in 2019!!
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Husbands replacement gives sharp thigh pain. Took more than a year for a second opinion ortho to discover that a bone spur had grown at base of implant. Hard to spot on Xray. Only seen at certain angle. Told repeat surgery would fix; but, it might regrow. Chose to live with it. Several years out he is ok for everyday walking; but, no long hikes. Just a possibility.
I am 13 months post right hip replacement surgery. Experiencing right thigh pain, frit and back, very weak, thought it may be a nerve, ligament damage. Reading other feedback, it could be muscle or bone spur damage. Waiting to see my surgeon for feedback.
Find our what metaks your orosthesis are made of! You cannot use chromium cobalt snd touch titanium. They corrode. Lots of lawsuits!
Hi @eagles008 – Welcome to Connect! I think you are doing the right thing to go back to the surgeon for feedback. Glad you have read some of the other posts where members have had THR. Are you still doing PT? When is your appointment? I hope you will keep us posted.
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