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

Yes! 18 months out and unbelievable pain! And my leg contracts and locks on me. Makes me almost go through the roof! I cannot move my leg when this happens and cannot walk. I can only walk maybe 10-15 min before my right acts up, all the way down to my foot, I also have heriation L4-L5. S-1 I never expected this after surgery! Ortho is of no help

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@Cjropes

I had both done. The one im having issue with was 3 yrs ago, the pain stated a year later during winter. I have been back countless time and had so many test done with no conclusive answers..to say im fustrated is an understatement. The pain is so sharp i scream out. Wondering if the mayo could fiqure this out because my ortho just keeps racking up the bills with no answers

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I feel your pain. I'm in the same situation

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I'm having stabbing sharp pains 3 years after hip replacement surgery. It gets so bad at times that I have to use a cane. Arnica, DMSO and Valeren are affording good temporary pain relief but nothing long term. To say i'm frustrated is an understatement. I'm going to my 3rd appt with my hip Dr. on March 4th. If I get no satisfaction from him (again) I'll be looking for a 2nd opinion. I'm thinking it's a pinched nerve, scar tissue buildup or a muscular issue. Plan on trying deep tissue massage, tens machine, and acupuncture.

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@Cjropes

I had both done. The one im having issue with was 3 yrs ago, the pain stated a year later during winter. I have been back countless time and had so many test done with no conclusive answers..to say im fustrated is an understatement. The pain is so sharp i scream out. Wondering if the mayo could fiqure this out because my ortho just keeps racking up the bills with no answers

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I had a total hip replacement, right side in August 2016. Sharp pain has started slowly a few months ago. Getting more regular and can’t stand long in one spot is when it bothers me. And having a tingling sensation on the right side of my calf. After surgery went so well . Then after a year my arthritis in my left ankle kicked in . I will be going to my orthopedic doctor about this. Sometimes the pain is dulling. It is getting difficult to do things daily the way I use to. Do not want to take pain killers . Messed up my kidneys somewhat. Only taking Tylenol for Arthritis. I was taking alleve for at least two years. Doctor told me to change To Tylenol, that’s when the pain worsened.

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@dbcooks46

I had a total hip replacement, right side in August 2016. Sharp pain has started slowly a few months ago. Getting more regular and can’t stand long in one spot is when it bothers me. And having a tingling sensation on the right side of my calf. After surgery went so well . Then after a year my arthritis in my left ankle kicked in . I will be going to my orthopedic doctor about this. Sometimes the pain is dulling. It is getting difficult to do things daily the way I use to. Do not want to take pain killers . Messed up my kidneys somewhat. Only taking Tylenol for Arthritis. I was taking alleve for at least two years. Doctor told me to change To Tylenol, that’s when the pain worsened.

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I have similar problem since 2015, was improving until this January . Take tramadol but only every other day or as needed. Also cannibus drops under tongue helped. Tylenal 650 mg sometimes helps. Too much exercise is not good but some is needed.

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YES ! I have had this sharp thigh pain since my hip replacement in August of 2017. I have had both MRI and CT scans which did not explain the pain. It is the most awful thing I have ever experienced, with no seeming solution other than a hip revision. I am extremely reluctant to do that, because I've heard that you might still have this pain even after a revision. I have read this pain is sometimes referred to as "enigmatic thigh pain". I am in worse pain than I was before my surgery and I am frustrated beyond belief. I have done multiple rounds of physical therapy, I walk almost every day despite the pain and I am so disappointed on this outcome. I will post more later as I just found this forum.

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My doctor is very reluctant to give me opioids pain killers but they work.

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@popolopo

My doctor is very reluctant to give me opioids pain killers but they work.

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Same here. Mine is so reluctant and yes opioids do work, especially to get relief with the terrible pain after activity with this condition.

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@popolopo

I have similar problem since 2015, was improving until this January . Take tramadol but only every other day or as needed. Also cannibus drops under tongue helped. Tylenal 650 mg sometimes helps. Too much exercise is not good but some is needed.

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Thanks for your reply. I will be going to my hip doctor on March 13. Hopefully I will get some answers. And have to deal with whatever he finds. Doctor told me to take Tylenol for arthritis for now. I have minor issues with my kidneys so I am limited what I can take. Will post after seeing the doctor.

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I am so glad I found this discussion. I am 9 months post op and I still have horrible pain in my thigh. It is very random. Sometimes it will hurt for a week to 10 days and sometimes it will act up for a few days. It isn't every step I take it isn't necessarily when I move my leg a certain way or anything it just does it randomly and it is SHARP and hard. If I don't happen to have my cane when it does it I almost fall down. I finally got in to the ortho when it was actually doing it and making me limp hard and he still has no idea. He's going to do blood work and talked about a bone scan after i reach my year mark because apparently until then it can still show up positive for certain things that may not be there at a year. I am so frustrated! I can also swear it feels a little swollen or like there's a small (like 2 or 3" across but raised maybe a half an inch or so" inside there. My husband says "yeah it feels a little swollen". I never did mention that to the doc. The x rays look good they say. Mri wont really tell me much. What would I be looking for? Too early to do a bone scan. So I'm like well great, 60 bucks to come in here and you tell me nothing. Thanks doc. "I'm sorry", he says. We will watch it. I will talk to a colleague of mine and see if he can think of anything I'm not thinking of. So here I am… trying to get on disability for this and neuropathy and fibro mialgia how ever u spell it… Been denied once, now under reconsideration. Can't freaking get around! Not even getting my chores done around the house. Getting a job and keeping it is pretty much out of the question considering I never know what is going to hurt when I wake up…anyway…getting off topic. Yes I do have horrible thigh pain. I'm glad the AVN is gone and that pain isn't there but the thigh thing is really wearing me out! Sometimes it goes to my knee. Once in a while it even goes half way down my calf.

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@tross68

I am so glad I found this discussion. I am 9 months post op and I still have horrible pain in my thigh. It is very random. Sometimes it will hurt for a week to 10 days and sometimes it will act up for a few days. It isn't every step I take it isn't necessarily when I move my leg a certain way or anything it just does it randomly and it is SHARP and hard. If I don't happen to have my cane when it does it I almost fall down. I finally got in to the ortho when it was actually doing it and making me limp hard and he still has no idea. He's going to do blood work and talked about a bone scan after i reach my year mark because apparently until then it can still show up positive for certain things that may not be there at a year. I am so frustrated! I can also swear it feels a little swollen or like there's a small (like 2 or 3" across but raised maybe a half an inch or so" inside there. My husband says "yeah it feels a little swollen". I never did mention that to the doc. The x rays look good they say. Mri wont really tell me much. What would I be looking for? Too early to do a bone scan. So I'm like well great, 60 bucks to come in here and you tell me nothing. Thanks doc. "I'm sorry", he says. We will watch it. I will talk to a colleague of mine and see if he can think of anything I'm not thinking of. So here I am… trying to get on disability for this and neuropathy and fibro mialgia how ever u spell it… Been denied once, now under reconsideration. Can't freaking get around! Not even getting my chores done around the house. Getting a job and keeping it is pretty much out of the question considering I never know what is going to hurt when I wake up…anyway…getting off topic. Yes I do have horrible thigh pain. I'm glad the AVN is gone and that pain isn't there but the thigh thing is really wearing me out! Sometimes it goes to my knee. Once in a while it even goes half way down my calf.

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you are exactly describing the pain i'm experiencing as well. I got a 3rd xray and will see the doc on Monday. try arnica, or dmso or valeran for the pain. they help for a short period of time.

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I would like to update my condition. I have walked, and walked, and walked. All is good and I have not taken any pain killers for 3 months!

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@tross68

I am so glad I found this discussion. I am 9 months post op and I still have horrible pain in my thigh. It is very random. Sometimes it will hurt for a week to 10 days and sometimes it will act up for a few days. It isn't every step I take it isn't necessarily when I move my leg a certain way or anything it just does it randomly and it is SHARP and hard. If I don't happen to have my cane when it does it I almost fall down. I finally got in to the ortho when it was actually doing it and making me limp hard and he still has no idea. He's going to do blood work and talked about a bone scan after i reach my year mark because apparently until then it can still show up positive for certain things that may not be there at a year. I am so frustrated! I can also swear it feels a little swollen or like there's a small (like 2 or 3" across but raised maybe a half an inch or so" inside there. My husband says "yeah it feels a little swollen". I never did mention that to the doc. The x rays look good they say. Mri wont really tell me much. What would I be looking for? Too early to do a bone scan. So I'm like well great, 60 bucks to come in here and you tell me nothing. Thanks doc. "I'm sorry", he says. We will watch it. I will talk to a colleague of mine and see if he can think of anything I'm not thinking of. So here I am… trying to get on disability for this and neuropathy and fibro mialgia how ever u spell it… Been denied once, now under reconsideration. Can't freaking get around! Not even getting my chores done around the house. Getting a job and keeping it is pretty much out of the question considering I never know what is going to hurt when I wake up…anyway…getting off topic. Yes I do have horrible thigh pain. I'm glad the AVN is gone and that pain isn't there but the thigh thing is really wearing me out! Sometimes it goes to my knee. Once in a while it even goes half way down my calf.

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I know how you must feel tross68 ! My thigh pain goes down to the knee too. This is my second post about this horrible thigh pain. To recap, I will be 2 years post surgery this coming August 2019 and have not had one single day without thigh pain, or one day without some hip pain and stiffness . I have walked most days or at the very least every other day since my surgery, because it's worse when I don't walk. I consulted both my original surgeon and a second orthopedic doctor 1 year post-op since I still had pain and disability. It's so hard to describe to people who've never had anything like it and both surgeons suggested a bursitis injection, but this was no bursitis pain and the injection did not help at all, not surprising to me. This is what's known as END-OF-STEM pain and it's torture when it's bad. Why isn't more known about this, after all, hip replacements are not exactly new. Now my original surgeon wants further tests for infection, but given that I have no sign of any infection in my blood work, and given a second doctor has said it is therefore unlikely to be infection, I can't imagine that a fancy "triple phase bone scan" test would be positive for infection. The second doctor said I wouldn't just have the pain on weight bearing if it were infected. Both said that on the x-rays and MRI, there is no sign of loosening, which can cause pain. So that's at least one good thing. The implant seems to be well placed. It's been a nightmare this past year and a half, I've been at my wits' end. The first year, the pain was SO sharp, like a dagger, I could barely walk for 15 minutes without feeling so bad. Sometimes, it would ease up slightly after the first 10 minutes, and I'd get in another 10 minutes without the sharp pain. I would be gritting my teeth the whole time, but I was determined to press on. Summer of 2018, I determinedly went on my annual month long trip to Europe and it was difficult to get around, although I did my best to do limited walking. I needed hydrocodone, the lowest dose is all the doctor gave me, to get some rest and relief at night and on the plane. I can no longer lie on the operated side as it's too painful. I can't do my housework on my own anymore and I could do it all even before my surgery !! I'm due to see the second surgeon mid March, and the original surgeon at some point later. I am in no mood for a revision surgery at this point. Nothing helps except walking, and then, only as tolerated ! When I walk uphill, the thigh pain is so much worse. I took another overseas trip this past November, hoping for the best. When I returned, I had so much to do for Thanksgiving and I overdid everything the day I returned. I didn't rest after the long journey, big mistake. For about 5 days, I could barely walk or put weight on my operated leg. I hobbled about with a cane and lay on my couch for days, and this was more than one year after surgery ! I was sure I had done something terrible to myself but after 5 days, I was back to my "normal". I have felt pretty despondent and have felt like this has ruined my life rather than helped it. It's always sore to some extent, I try to ignore it but I'm always aware that things are not normal . Walking never really feels normal or comfortable. I keep on walking daily, my maximum tolerated is only about 30 minutes, and I just hope one day to feel even halfway normal. I'm sorry to go on so much, but if it helps anyone to know they are not alone in this, it will have been worth it.

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@katrine

I know how you must feel tross68 ! My thigh pain goes down to the knee too. This is my second post about this horrible thigh pain. To recap, I will be 2 years post surgery this coming August 2019 and have not had one single day without thigh pain, or one day without some hip pain and stiffness . I have walked most days or at the very least every other day since my surgery, because it's worse when I don't walk. I consulted both my original surgeon and a second orthopedic doctor 1 year post-op since I still had pain and disability. It's so hard to describe to people who've never had anything like it and both surgeons suggested a bursitis injection, but this was no bursitis pain and the injection did not help at all, not surprising to me. This is what's known as END-OF-STEM pain and it's torture when it's bad. Why isn't more known about this, after all, hip replacements are not exactly new. Now my original surgeon wants further tests for infection, but given that I have no sign of any infection in my blood work, and given a second doctor has said it is therefore unlikely to be infection, I can't imagine that a fancy "triple phase bone scan" test would be positive for infection. The second doctor said I wouldn't just have the pain on weight bearing if it were infected. Both said that on the x-rays and MRI, there is no sign of loosening, which can cause pain. So that's at least one good thing. The implant seems to be well placed. It's been a nightmare this past year and a half, I've been at my wits' end. The first year, the pain was SO sharp, like a dagger, I could barely walk for 15 minutes without feeling so bad. Sometimes, it would ease up slightly after the first 10 minutes, and I'd get in another 10 minutes without the sharp pain. I would be gritting my teeth the whole time, but I was determined to press on. Summer of 2018, I determinedly went on my annual month long trip to Europe and it was difficult to get around, although I did my best to do limited walking. I needed hydrocodone, the lowest dose is all the doctor gave me, to get some rest and relief at night and on the plane. I can no longer lie on the operated side as it's too painful. I can't do my housework on my own anymore and I could do it all even before my surgery !! I'm due to see the second surgeon mid March, and the original surgeon at some point later. I am in no mood for a revision surgery at this point. Nothing helps except walking, and then, only as tolerated ! When I walk uphill, the thigh pain is so much worse. I took another overseas trip this past November, hoping for the best. When I returned, I had so much to do for Thanksgiving and I overdid everything the day I returned. I didn't rest after the long journey, big mistake. For about 5 days, I could barely walk or put weight on my operated leg. I hobbled about with a cane and lay on my couch for days, and this was more than one year after surgery ! I was sure I had done something terrible to myself but after 5 days, I was back to my "normal". I have felt pretty despondent and have felt like this has ruined my life rather than helped it. It's always sore to some extent, I try to ignore it but I'm always aware that things are not normal . Walking never really feels normal or comfortable. I keep on walking daily, my maximum tolerated is only about 30 minutes, and I just hope one day to feel even halfway normal. I'm sorry to go on so much, but if it helps anyone to know they are not alone in this, it will have been worth it.

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My problem is much the same. Today I took 4 x 300 mg of gabapentine and felt better. I also use tramadol and marijuana oil for pain and zopiclone to sleep. Wish I never had this operation.

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@popolopo

My problem is much the same. Today I took 4 x 300 mg of gabapentine and felt better. I also use tramadol and marijuana oil for pain and zopiclone to sleep. Wish I never had this operation.

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I really regret having this operation too. I wish I had gotten a third and fourth opinion. I don't have anything for pain relief except when I travel my doctor will take pity on me, but I will ask about gabapentin at my next appointment. When I look back over the past year and a half, I would say that the stabbing pain has lessened a little bit, but the overall thigh pain and stiffness is still there. Did anyone know of this potential complication before their surgery? I certainly didn't and I did a ton of research beforehand.

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