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Has anyone had sharp thigh pain after hip replacement
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I just joined and I'm happy to find out I'm not alone with this pain on my thigh after an anterior hip replacement. Had I known that Gabapentin is almost the same as Lyrica, I should have taken the leftover of Gabapentin from a previous prescription. Copay for Lyrica is atrocious. I had my surgery 4 weeks ago and I know its too soon to complain about the pains. I hope it goes away soon so I could walk faster and longer without any pain. God bless us all.
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@loumer217 Welcome,, and yes I was so happy to find that others had this pain,, but still dont have answers as to what it is from..
Hi I have just had both hips replaced. First was July 19, 2015 right side. The second was January 21, 2016. Directly after surgery to my left hip in January while I was still in the hospital I had very severe shooting pains on my right thigh. It was also a burning sensation and numbness. It went from my belt line down to my knee. There were times it was so painful the shooting pain it was almost unbearable. This lasted for at least 2 weeks. I tried a TENS machine but did not help. Then I went to family doctor and he diagnosed Meralgia Paresthetica. He gave me prescription called Teva – Pregabalin. He said this was a medication for Shingles. Anyway I also spoke with my surgeon and he never heard of a situation as to mine. Where the right side was affected by the left side surgery. Anyway the medication has dulled it slightly and have been taking it for close to 1.5 months It is still quite bothersome and painful at times. Just wondering if anybody has had this and if can suggest any help. Also had one session of acupuncture. Did nothing. Would really appreciate any help on this. Thanks Lots. Cheers. Dave
Hi, I had my hip replaced 2 years ago following a failed open reduction/internal fixation. I started having thigh pain like you describe alnost immediately after the THR. I have had x-rays, ultrasound and CT scan, and the only thing discovered was quadriceps strain and bursitis. I just had injection of the area of bursitis… which did seem to help a bit but not a great deal. My physio suggested that my replaced hip could have loosened. I am on Lyrica. Although this helped a lot in the beginning, it seems to be wearing off. Am off tomorrow for a 2nd surgical opinion. Can't go through life feeling like im being impaled when going up and down stairs. I wish you well. Hope you get sone answers. I know it's terribly frustrating to feel like you aren't getting the answers you need.
@carolg wow,, so sorry to hear you have been suffering for 2 years,, Please let us know how the the other drs opinion went.. I am hooping to find answers as well,, there are so many different views and opinions of what is wrong with us with this thigh pain. read some of the "opinions" on here and you will see what I am talking about.. I had a bone scan that showed "loosening".. You mentioned a "failed open reduction/internal fixation".. what is that..?? thanks for sharing and I hope you get some relief..
Hi there, frister. Thanks for your reply. A failed open reduction/reduction (ORIF) was the initial procedure I had immediately after my fall. All the hardware failed and I was in terrible pain. I went for a 2nd opinion today, which turned out to be extremely frustrating. I was told that hospitals use different companies for their prostheses and I must go back to the surgeon who did my hip replacement. I replied that it was too far for me to travel and wait for 3 to 4 hours to see this person. The doctor again insisted thst I had to see the original surgeon ASAP. I explained that my health care was in my hands and i wasnt going to be told what to do anymore. After more arguing, he decided to perform blood work to look for infection and a CT scan to look at the placement of the hardware. He also mentoned neuroma…not really sure what that means. As i was a medical transcriptionist for 25 years before i fell and broke myself in several places, I can decipher the Latin and Greek roots. However, i dont understand what it specifically means in relation to my pain. When looking for answers, please don't allow your physician to push you around. I was told for 6 months to wait and give it time. I truly hope you get the help you deserve and are entitled to. Let me know how things go for you.
Carolg absolutely right we are our own health advocates Dr,s dont know our body ,we do, if it hurts you stop and see someone else DON'T be affraid to get a 2nd opinion
Carolg to answer about neuroma ,Im retired nurse it is usually of the foot between ,2nd@3rd toe swelling of a nerve its painful I have Morton,s neuroma had it injected once but the foot Dr I go to no.w believes in ICE and anti-inflammatory It says a neuroma can be in other parts but usually the foot.
Lioness, the surgeon I saw today told me this can occur when they cut through a nerve when doing the hip replacement.. I also had Morton's…Just have to be careful about the type of shoes I wear. I don't understand the point in getting a 2nd opinion if the doctor can't treat me. It's nuts.. I've been in pain since my fall in 2015 and it's starting to get me down. I also just discovered by reading an old x-ray report that I have disuse osteoporosis in the area of the hip replacement. This apparently occurred when I was nonweightbearing for 3 months with the tibial plateau and hip fractures. Sorry about all the whining. I just feel that some of these physicians don't think we're worthy of answers.
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Carolg I agree with you sometimes I feel like a guinea pig but guess its all of n the cards???? So sorry for what youve gone through Ill pray for you Blessings
Hi carolg,, wow,, I feel your pain … but physically and mentally. thanks for the info on the ORIF.. I did Medical Transcription for 4 years,, but it was a little different than most transcription. I worked in a prison. so I had to know when the Dr's diagnosed something and what tests to send them our for and to what facilities.. I have been very savoy in learning anything and everything about an illness I or my husband has, He had a major stroke 34 years ago.. and lots of things that seems to happen due to the stroke. Anyway I agree with you that this second opinion is not what everyone thinks.. Most Dr's dont want to take on another dr's mistakes.. or a failed implant. or loosening.. Which can happen, due to the fixture loosening in or from the cement… I guess I need to get with the other dr, (not going to waste my money going), but will contact them to get the kind of fixture it was,, so if there is ever a recall — .. but I dont know if I am going to go to another dr. I hope I can endure the pain.. but I have not had to deal with it as long as you .. I am only 8 months,, and this pain has been since the 3rd week after surgery.. so I know its surgery related.
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@frister, I was a medical transcriptionist for over 25 years…so I do have some understanding of the terminology. Just found out the blood work I had done yestersay showed a high c-reactive protein…it was 6.6 and I'm not sure what that means. If anyone can help me understand, I'd be very grateful. You shouldn't have to be in pain. Have you considered a pain clinic? Thanks for. Your help.
Carolg funny you should mention this I just came from Dr she saw my c-reactive protein was 5.5 in normal range last blood work is was over 6 she said this shows the inflammation in your body She ask me what Im doing different Tumeric 400mg a day plus drinking ginger-tumeric tea which is for inflammation so drink up.
@lioness71 Thanks for the great info. Will definitely try both. I found about this because the doctor I went to see for a 2nd opinion was testing me for infection around the hip replacement. I don't know if this has to do with anything but I also started having terrible night sweats…to the point I needed to change my nightgown 3 or 4 times a night. I appreciate your help. Glad I found you guys. It's nice to know you aren't alone.
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Carolg no we all try to help where we can .This is my way of paying it forward as the saying goes .
I am currently 77 years old, I had my right hip replaced in 2011, something went wrong – they had to redo the surgery on the right hip six weeks later. Approx 4 weeks after the 2nd surgery, I started experiencing sharp burning sensations and numbing in the thigh area. I went to the Doctor, xrays were taken but nothing was found to be wrong. 2 years later the pain had radiated and gotten worse down my right leg to the ankle and was affecting my back. They kept saying the implant was okay and they can find nothing wrong. It has now been 6 1/2 years, after numerous physical therapy sessions, Epidural steroid injections shots to my back to help the back pain, and being evaluated for Neuropathy, they say they still can't find anything "wrong". I have now developed venous insufficiency in my right leg and Feb 2018 underwent a procedure to freeze a vein. The right leg is extremely painful and the toes on my right foot are completely numb, 3 minutes of walking on the leg is all I can about manage at this time. Unfortunately, I have also damaged the L5 nerve in my back and am now getting ready to have back surgery on 21 Sep 2018 to correct the pinched nerve at the L5. But the Spinal Specialist stated that this will not fix the pain in the right leg – it will only stop the pain on the left side of my body and in my back. The Spinal Specialist recommended that I go back to the Doctor who did the surgery and have them look at the right leg again, but i go there every 3 months and they keep telling me "that there is nothing wrong".
I don't know what to do, has anyone else experienced this pain in the legs after a hip surgery, that burning sensation in the thigh area followed by a freezing numbness of the thigh area and toes with radiating pain? The pain is there when I am walking, lesser when I am sitting, and lying down but still present.
@eleanor1. Hi Eleanor, hope that's your name. I am so sorry for what you are going through. It's been 3 years for me. I have been diagnosed with neuropathy, for which Lyrica has been a big help. I have also been told that my CT scan is normal. However, I know my body and I feel like I'm being impaled going up and down stairs. I had the injections last week and in return my blood pressure and blood sugar increased. I wish you well. I was told that the pain I had in my non surgical leg was because I was protecting the hip replacement side and putting more stress on the other side. Hope that makes sense. I found that the pain clinic people just want to inject me…I can't get the answers I need toes in my . People around me are getting a little tired of hearing me whine about the pain in my hip. I hope your surgery goes very well and you get relief.
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