Has anyone had sharp thigh pain after hip replacement

Posted by Cjropes @Cjropes, Dec 30, 2015

Has anyone had sharp thigh pain after hip replacement

I’m new to this group but I need help bad real bad… I had my second right hip replacement in December of 2015 an everything for the most part went ok but now this last July I started getting sever pain in my right thigh an nobody can figuyout why.. done a CT scan that showed nothing had a nerve conduction test that showed nothing now they want me to see a back surgeon but I know it’s. It my back… it doesn’t matter if I’m sleeping or standing or sitting it just comes out of know where and it’s the worst pain I have ever had… please need suggestions,
Thank u Johnboy!

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@johnboy2323

I’m new to this group but I need help bad real bad… I had my second right hip replacement in December of 2015 an everything for the most part went ok but now this last July I started getting sever pain in my right thigh an nobody can figuyout why.. done a CT scan that showed nothing had a nerve conduction test that showed nothing now they want me to see a back surgeon but I know it’s. It my back… it doesn’t matter if I’m sleeping or standing or sitting it just comes out of know where and it’s the worst pain I have ever had… please need suggestions,
Thank u Johnboy!

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Hi @johnboy2323 – First Welcome to Connect. I'm glad you came to this group – we have lots of caring people who share their experiences and support each other through all kinds of difficulties. I have not had a THR – my knees are my problem and I'm scheduled for a 2nd knee replacement next month. I'm going to tag some people who I think have had hip issues. Maybe @katepitt, @klouis, @beatricefay, or @mariemotte could share some insight about what they've dealt with. Is your pain sporadic or fairly constant? I'm also wondering if the doctor talked to you at all about pain management? I'm wishing you the vert best outcome. It must be terribly frustrating to still be having pain 3 years later.

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@julmz1

Yes I have the sharp pain in my left thigh that you are talking about. I too wished I knew what it was. It is unclear. I am coming up to 1 year on my left hip replacement in July. I just had my right hip replaced in May 2018. My left hip pain started right away. I just thought it was normal but I know it is not because my right hip has no pain what's so ever. The pain I feel is a jolt or a shock in my left thigh daily. If anyone knows what it is please tell me, because I want to know what I can do on my end to fix it. It is so annoying. I had both of my hips replaced at Mayo in Rochester,MN. I have Dr Robert Trousdale as my surgeon.He had done previous surgeries on my hips called PAO'S- Peri aceatabular Osteotomy. Not sure if that is the right spelling. In my eyes he is the best. I hope someone can give me some answers. Thanks

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@julmz1
@johnboy2323

I have the same issue! I had a THR left leg on 3/9/15
The night after the surgery, I woke in the hospital with severe pain in my leg. Because I was already on pain meds there was nothing they could give me but what they were giving me was not helping the pain. I knew it was a cramp and asked for muscle relaxant. Finally my doc ordered it. The pain subsided after a short time.
My recovery went well and I was back to my activities in no time.
I was event free until I developed High Hamstring Tendonopthy in surgical leg. Sent to PT for this.
Shortly after completing PT I started getting severe cramps/charlie horse in my left thigh. My whole thigh was involved just like in the hospital. Pain so intense I could hardly move. This went on almost daily for 6 weeks. Went to emergency and they gave me muscle relaxer. Which helps.
Periodically and out of the blue, I will get sharp stabbing/cramping in my mid thigh which seems to radiated from the outside of my leg. It comes and goes quickly but the pain is so severe it can bring me to my knees.
I haven't gotten any answers. I just live with it; not happily though
I am probably looking at a right THR in the near future. I'm going to discuss this mystery cramp/ pain with my surgeon prior to replacement.
My thoughts about the pain are…..could it possibly be related to IT band irritation????
Just knowing there are others out there with similar problems confirms that it's not in my head.

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@suemer

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@suemer

I agree! I was on gabapentin for cervical spondylosis with neuropathy in left arm. I told dic no pain medication. They suggested gabapentin. I took it for short time…maybee a month. After reading side effects, I got off of it ASAP! I weaned myself off of it.

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I had a hip replacement done on December 4 2018 is it normal too have a stabbing sensation in my incision it feels like it's ripping apart in my inside. Please help me figure it out I don't know if this is normal thanks

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Yes I'm having sharp pain in my thigh as well I had a hip replacement done on Dec. 4, 2018 is that normal

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Sorry you are having pain. Your hip replacement is recent correct? So, you are just in the healing process. If you're too uncomfortable, I suggest contacting you surgeon.
With that said, you will probably have some lingering pain from the surgery. Your skin, muscles etc…were cut and need some time to heal.
I was back to normal activities after about 6 weeks and back to work in 8 weeks. Just take your time to recover.
There are several of us that are talking about severe thigh pain several years after our replacements. However, the evening after my surgery, I had a horrible cramp in my surgical leg. The morphine Ivwas getting for pain didnt touch it. Finally I asked the doc for a muscle relaxant which did indeed take the cramp away. Several years after surgery, I experienced the same kind of cramping. Again, I used muscle relaxant which took the pain away. Now periodically, I get severe cramp/stabbing pain that comes and goes very quickly and to which there is no explanation. This is what I searching for an answer for.
Good luck in your recovery and call your doctor if you feel uncomfortable. Let me know if you get the same cramping pain down the road.

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Had ball replacement in 2004 and just recently noticed the pain has gone. I had a periodic shot of cortisone for the pain until I decided I didn't want anymore cortisone in my body so I went back to the pool for aerobic exercises which have helped cut the pain 80%. Now the pain is almost gone and I hope forever soon.

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@kauaimac

Had ball replacement in 2004 and just recently noticed the pain has gone. I had a periodic shot of cortisone for the pain until I decided I didn't want anymore cortisone in my body so I went back to the pool for aerobic exercises which have helped cut the pain 80%. Now the pain is almost gone and I hope forever soon.

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@kauaimac I had to delay a knee replacement due to having cirrhosis and then a liver transplant. During that delay I exercised a lot in a pool and on my recumbent bike and by the time I had the TKR I was not in nearly as much pain as I had been. I even put the surgery off for six months from when I could have had it because I did not feel like another hospital admission yet.
When you strengthen the muscles around the knee it really does make a huge difference.

Do you live in Kauai? We were there in October 2017 and fell in love with it.
JK

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@contentandwell

@kauaimac I had to delay a knee replacement due to having cirrhosis and then a liver transplant. During that delay I exercised a lot in a pool and on my recumbent bike and by the time I had the TKR I was not in nearly as much pain as I had been. I even put the surgery off for six months from when I could have had it because I did not feel like another hospital admission yet.
When you strengthen the muscles around the knee it really does make a huge difference.

Do you live in Kauai? We were there in October 2017 and fell in love with it.
JK

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@kauaimac
I agree about remaining as active as possible and strengthing the muscles. I swam and cycled up to the date of my THR surgery. It was difficult to put pressure (walk, stand) on my leg as it cause excruciating pain in hip joint but I could do non weight bearing exercises. Getting to the pool and getting on the bike was not without pain or difficulties but I believe exercise helped me recover quicker.
Best wishes to all out there who have had or are recovering from hip surgery.

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I had anterior approach 3 years ago. I am now experiencing a loosening of the stem. a little pain but more instability when i first get up in morning. I had a bone scan which confirms minor loosening or beginning loosening. Doctor suggests stem replacement, but I am afraid and said no. He has scheduled me to return in 4 months to evaluate. Don't know what to do.

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@mcdora

I had anterior approach 3 years ago. I am now experiencing a loosening of the stem. a little pain but more instability when i first get up in morning. I had a bone scan which confirms minor loosening or beginning loosening. Doctor suggests stem replacement, but I am afraid and said no. He has scheduled me to return in 4 months to evaluate. Don't know what to do.

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Hi @mcdora – first, welcome to Connect! Lots of great people here who are caring and willing to share experience. I know this must be scary and frustrating since the doctor is recommending more surgery. When you talk about having an anterior approach, is this a hip replacement? I've only had a knee replacement and I don't have any experience with stem replacement. I'm going to tag a few people who may be able to help and also hope that others may join in with their experience and/or advice. @bonniedeely, @sunshine1124, and @scottb32. Wishing you a great outcome.

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@mcdora

I had anterior approach 3 years ago. I am now experiencing a loosening of the stem. a little pain but more instability when i first get up in morning. I had a bone scan which confirms minor loosening or beginning loosening. Doctor suggests stem replacement, but I am afraid and said no. He has scheduled me to return in 4 months to evaluate. Don't know what to do.

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@mcdora It’s never easy to choose elective surgery unless you are truly miserable and in intolerable pain. I think in your case you have to decide if the pain and instability is bad enough to make surgery an option that you want to choose. I think choosing surgery is also easier when you are very confident and comfortable with the surgeon.
Four months gives you a good amount of time to make a decision.
JK

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@contentandwell

@mcdora It’s never easy to choose elective surgery unless you are truly miserable and in intolerable pain. I think in your case you have to decide if the pain and instability is bad enough to make surgery an option that you want to choose. I think choosing surgery is also easier when you are very confident and comfortable with the surgeon.
Four months gives you a good amount of time to make a decision.
JK

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JK—thank you for your reply. I do have confidence in my surgeon. However I am afraid of the stem replacement. He tells me that it is a more complicated surgery than the total replacement. Right now the pain is tolerable. It’s the instability that concerns me as I’m afraid of a fall. Also having osteoporosis gives me more concern about falling. I will go back in April with more questions. I was hoping to get pros and cons from others who have had the same issue.

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