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

@tross68

Has ANYONE figured out what is causing their sharp thigh pain post hip replacement? I had a trhr a year ago due to my femor head collapsing from AVN. The pain prior was everywhere. In my groin / hip joint / down my whole leg. Now I'm not sure if this pain has been going on since before or after the replacement but it seems like after. It is soooo sharp and severe it about doubles me over. It sometimes in my groin area and sometime in the middle of the front of my thigh. Sometimes I'll even feel it off to the side of my thigh. It's very random. Sometimes it will last for weeks and sometimes days and sometimes it will hit me a few times a day. I have even felt it going from a sitting down and leaning forward to sitting up. I have had x rays, and mri's and the doctors can't figure it out.

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This sharp thigh pain is more prevalent than I first thought. Sometimes time with regular walking helps. Some medical doctors speculate Fosamax can help over time. It seems that if time does not cure it, that is 1-2 years depending on who you talk to or what you read, the only option is further surgery. One surgical option is to approach it directly at the end of the stem and stabilize the stem, the other option is a complete revision. I will be at the 2 year mark in August but am SO reluctant to undergo more invasive surgery. I still have this thigh pain yet no loosening or infection. It’s distressing to say the least. I wish my original surgeon had told me about this particular possible outcome because I doubt I would have agreed to it. You can imagine that this micro motion of a metal stem in one’s body would of course cause pain with movement and no meds or exercise seem to help it. More should be known and discussed about this topic. My best wishes to all of you who have it. Fingers crossed for us!

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Hopefully stem cell treatment will advance to the stage when it can replace hip replacement . Hip replacement surgery ,as we can see by this forum,is not a very successful treatment option for many of us.

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@popolopo

Hopefully stem cell treatment will advance to the stage when it can replace hip replacement . Hip replacement surgery ,as we can see by this forum,is not a very successful treatment option for many of us.

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Hi @popolopo — Have you seen the Mayo Clinic news network video on stem cell therapy for the hip?

Stem Cells Get Hip
https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/hip-replacement/multimedia/vid-20078372

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Thanks,hope this is the future of hip and knee therapy. This is too late for many of us but very hopeful for future treatments.

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@katrine

This sharp thigh pain is more prevalent than I first thought. Sometimes time with regular walking helps. Some medical doctors speculate Fosamax can help over time. It seems that if time does not cure it, that is 1-2 years depending on who you talk to or what you read, the only option is further surgery. One surgical option is to approach it directly at the end of the stem and stabilize the stem, the other option is a complete revision. I will be at the 2 year mark in August but am SO reluctant to undergo more invasive surgery. I still have this thigh pain yet no loosening or infection. It’s distressing to say the least. I wish my original surgeon had told me about this particular possible outcome because I doubt I would have agreed to it. You can imagine that this micro motion of a metal stem in one’s body would of course cause pain with movement and no meds or exercise seem to help it. More should be known and discussed about this topic. My best wishes to all of you who have it. Fingers crossed for us!

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I love that you responded. Thank u. That doesn't sound very optimistic does it? I don't know if I can stand it that long. It's so random and a really hard sharp pain. I can hardly function!

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@tross68

I love that you responded. Thank u. That doesn't sound very optimistic does it? I don't know if I can stand it that long. It's so random and a really hard sharp pain. I can hardly function!

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@tross68 I will say my pain has somewhat, definitely not completely decreased since the first year when it was horrendous . It’s still quite bad and it really limits me walking, but I keep hoping it will disappear and settle down. Does your doctor think you have this “end of stem” pain? Perhaps it’s not that at all. It might be, it might not be. Groin pain might be something different I think. Has your doctor suggested it could be a problem with the iliopsoas muscle? It connects to the thigh somehow and can also cause groin and thigh pain. Keep us posted!

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Me!!!! 2016 I had reconstructive hip surgery fixing labrum tears and more. This surgery made everything worse! August 15 2018 I had a full left hip replacement. At four months it seamed it was a success, around 6 months I started having extreme leg it has gone from bad to horrific! I went back to Surgeon had x-rays and bloodwork done and I was told everything looks good. I have Dealt with chronic pain since I was 19 I just turned 39 and I cannot understand how it can feel like someone is stabbing a knife in my leg but everything is fine they say???

I Attached a picture of the x-ray from my eight week review!

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I would be just about healed if not for this lingering swelling under the incision. Like a water balloon. I have my balance and strength already and can easily stroll around the house without any assistance. Sitting in a non cushy chair or car seat is difficult after a few minutes as the incision is still very uncomfortable. Very frustrating as it doesn’t seem to disappearing any time soon. I saw my surgeon for this on 5/7 and he was not concerned. Said it was a slowly absorbing hematoma.. I see my surgeon again on 5/16 at the 4 week mark… anyone else struggle with lingering swelling?

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Hi @lucas1954 and welcome to Connect. You may have noticed I moved your post to this discussion on pain after hip replacement so that you can connect with others who have similar experiences. That swelling sounds awful and frustrating.

I wanted to introduce you to @debbraw @lindyloo8 @katrine and @teemarie as they may be able to support you through this.

Back to you @lucas1954 did your surgeon give you any more information on what that means and how to treat it if it continues to swell?

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@ethanmcconkey

Hi @lucas1954 and welcome to Connect. You may have noticed I moved your post to this discussion on pain after hip replacement so that you can connect with others who have similar experiences. That swelling sounds awful and frustrating.

I wanted to introduce you to @debbraw @lindyloo8 @katrine and @teemarie as they may be able to support you through this.

Back to you @lucas1954 did your surgeon give you any more information on what that means and how to treat it if it continues to swell?

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Thanks Ethan.. Compression wrap or shorts were recommended to speed up the absorption of the hematoma. I failed to ask how long this should take. He was supremely confident this would resolve itself eventually. If this swelling is still bothersome come my 4 week visit to the surgeon this Thursday, I will push for a better answer.

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@lucas1954

I would be just about healed if not for this lingering swelling under the incision. Like a water balloon. I have my balance and strength already and can easily stroll around the house without any assistance. Sitting in a non cushy chair or car seat is difficult after a few minutes as the incision is still very uncomfortable. Very frustrating as it doesn’t seem to disappearing any time soon. I saw my surgeon for this on 5/7 and he was not concerned. Said it was a slowly absorbing hematoma.. I see my surgeon again on 5/16 at the 4 week mark… anyone else struggle with lingering swelling?

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Hi @lucas1954 – I want to add my welcome to Ethan's. Glad you are on connect. I have had two TKRs but not a hip replacement. Thankfully, I didn't have problems with too much swelling. I'm wondering- have you checked with your physical therapist about his or her ideas on how to reduce the swelling? In my experience, those folks are a gold mine of information! Best of luck. Please keep us posted.

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@debbraw

Hi @lucas1954 – I want to add my welcome to Ethan's. Glad you are on connect. I have had two TKRs but not a hip replacement. Thankfully, I didn't have problems with too much swelling. I'm wondering- have you checked with your physical therapist about his or her ideas on how to reduce the swelling? In my experience, those folks are a gold mine of information! Best of luck. Please keep us posted.

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Hi Debra.. for Hips, they don’t assign any PT other than a set of exercises done at home on your own.

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