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Has anyone had sharp thigh pain after hip replacement
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I had anterior approach and everything is fine. Good luck.
I didn’t have hip replacement surgery, i fractured my hip due to a fall
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I had surgery for a fractured femur in 2005. Ever since had periodic pain in that area. Finally changed orthopaedists and found out the plate and screws in it are irritating thigh. Nurses have advised me to have the hardware removed. If pain worsens, I will. I am now 75 and in good health except for my “bird bones” from my red haired grandmother. I do enjoy the expressions on the faces of airport security when they see all my skeleton hardware! @leslie324
Hi.. I had THR on 10/25/17.. all went well. Was home after 2 nights in hospital.. I had ANTERIOR approach. My hip felt great within a week… was able to walk with and without cane… but I overdid it too soon… go slow with the recovery but make sure to do rehab exercises EVERY DAY AND FOR THE PRESCRIBED NUMBER OF TIMES….As the hip was healing however, my outer thigh was totally numb and swollen as was the incision site… I was told my doctors Physician assistant that the numbness and muscular pain in the thigh could last as long as 6-12 months…? I was feeling down after 6 weeks but am starting to see swelling go down and numbness disappearing… just make sure to ice and after a few weeks add moist heat with a bed buddy…everyone is different but I’m pleased with everything especially NO PAUN IN HIP… good luck on yours..
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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.
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@macsmom Hi! I have learned that not using a muscle for a length period causes the muscle, at the place it connects to the bone, to deteriorate and hurt just awful. This is called osteomalacia. I wonder if some for of this might be the problem. I have had it a couple times.
I had both hips replaced in 2014, and I have pain in my thighs all of the time. The more that I am on my feet the worse the pain. I am only 60 and I just got tired of going to the doctor and them telling me that nothing is wrong and it is probably just my back causing it. The problem is they don't listen to their patients and just want to continue doing test after test. I just deal with it. I live on a farm and I am so frustrated that I can't do anything that I love to do any more. But I keep hanging in there.
Hello. I feel your pain, but I have no hip joint. Nothing, zero, zilch, nada. Maybe you should get a 2nd opinion. And maybe you're on your feet for too long and you need to take more breaks.Have to tried to find a pain management specialist? If the tests are bothering you, tell them no more. What does the pain feel like? Is it dull or sharp? Does it ache or throb? Try to figure out if it feels like a muscle or nerves or the actual bone. If you can narrow it down maybe you can try different things to help the pain. Ice, heat, light massage or elevating your legs.Have you ever practiced mindfulness? Mindful meditation helps me calm my nerves and deal better with my pain. You should Google it and give it a try. It couldn't hurt. Good Luck, Robin
HI, I just saw your post and am having same problem with burning thighs after right anterior hip replacement nine weeks ago. As you know, it is so frustrating. I have had exrays, epidurals and will now get a nerve test. its been several months, has there been any improvement or does anything help? I am so sorry, it
Look forward to your response, what type of doctors have you gone to. thanks for any info
Hello @mimi1957 and @melar1. While I didn't have a hip replacement, I did have a total knee replacement in 2006 and can understand your frustrations with lack of progress and continued pain. I had a rough recovery that involved two additional surgeries and aggressive scar tissue formation. It took me close to two years to find my new normal, but am happy to report after a long struggle I am pain free. My issues were all related to severe muscle and ligament atrophy as well as aggressive scar tissue growth. I did not have to deal with nerve pain.
@mimi1957, if it is possible, have you thought about seeing another provider to get a second opinion on the reason for your continued pain?
@melar1, if you are comfortable sharing, how is your mobility and your structural recovery of the joint itself? You mentioned the burning sensation, how is that affecting your daily routine and how are you dealing with it?
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Thank you so much for your input. My hip and is doing well and thankfully my movement has not been effected, its just the non stop burning. It started the day I got up from surgery, Terrible for first five days, thankfully it improved from that point. Then about three weeks in, it started in the other leg.It s been 9 weeks since surgery and no real relief. They thought it was my back and I received epidurals. That did nothing if anything my back hurts now, I do have herniated discs. WIll have a nerve test In June, Luckily, a friend of my brothers has stepped and and got me an apt sooner than8 weeks. Cant get close to a neurologist for that time period around here.Im glad to hear that you are doing well and really appreciate your comments. If ever you have any new thoughts are ideas, I would love to hear them Thank you
I am 6 weeks post op for bilateral hip replacement and the thigh pain just started. I was walking just fine without having to use anything and now this. I have to use a cane because my leg feels like it will give out. It is excruciating! I am seeing my surgeon in the morning. I am a 56 yo female
I am planning to have my hip replace later this year. Were you walking just fine after the surgery, then the pain started?
No, I had to use a walker for about two weeks. Then it was baby steps for a few days and then I was walking fine. I went back to work after 4 weeks and that's when the pain in my thigh started. I thought at first it was because I was walking more at work than I do at home but it's getting worse instead of better. I had both hips done at the same time, anterior approach. My hips feel great, it's just my thigh. One word of warning, your muscles will hurt worse than the actual joint replacement. It was true when I had my knee replaced, too. I bought a hand held massager and practically lived with it on my legs.
I am 6 weeks post op for bilateral hip replacement. I was doing great up until about two weeks ago. I was able to walk without a cane or anything else. All of a sudden I am having excruciating pain in my left thigh. It feels muscular, but I've been reading that it could be the implant is loose. Nothing seems to help with the pain (Tylenol arthritis, tramadol, meloxicam) and I have to use a cane. My leg feels like it's going to give out at any minute. I don't really have pain when I'm sitting, just walking. Has anyone else had this happen?
Welcome to Connect. I see that you found this existing discussion about thigh pain after hip replacement. I moved your other message with details of your situation here too. I did this to bring everyone talking about thigh pain post hip replacement surgery to one central place. Lynn I hope your surgeon will have an explanation and solution when you go for your appointment tomorrow. Will you let us know what you find out?
@melar1, any new developments with the pain in your thighs? I think that you said you're going to have a nerve test this June or see a neurologist. I bet Lynn would like to hear more about that.
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