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Knee and muscle pain; also a 14 year old hip replacement...related?

Posted by @mnpat, Sep 16, 2016

Hello, I am a 73 yr. old woman. I am having pain on the inside and outside of the knee joints. I have had some physical therapy which does not seem to be helping. Now I am also having discomfort in the legs…..mostly calves and thighs. I had a hip replacement almost 14 years ago…. could that possibly be getting loose and needing attention? What would be the symptoms if the hip joint should need to be replaced again?

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Welcome @mnpat! Let me introduce you to @sma1952 @hosta @popolopo who have had a hip replacement and may be able to tell you what it is like and help with your concerns and questions. I’d also like you to meet @ntp01, @predictable and @dawn_giacabazi who have some experience when it comes to knee pain.

When did your pain start?

@nategilbraith

Welcome @mnpat! Let me introduce you to @sma1952 @hosta @popolopo who have had a hip replacement and may be able to tell you what it is like and help with your concerns and questions. I’d also like you to meet @ntp01, @predictable and @dawn_giacabazi who have some experience when it comes to knee pain.

When did your pain start?

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It has never gone away,I the last 4 months it is worse ,I can walk without crutches but I feel something is wrong.

Welcome @mnpat

Here is a great link to help. It is a symptom checker.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptom-checker/select-symptom/itt-20009075
What kind of advice has you physical therapist given you if any??

Dawn

She gave me some leg exercises to strengthen muscles

Thank you for replies. A few more details….about 3-4 years ago I experienced my left knee “giving out.” Years ago my mother complained about that and I had no idea what she meant. Now I do! Usually happened when I was stepping up with my left foot….suddenly the knee seemed to collapse turning inward. Physical therapist gave me basically strengthening exercises and the issue seemed to resolve.

Now I’m not experiencing the “giving out”, but there is pain with various movements on the outside of BOTH knees. Some tenderness occasionally on the inside also. Xray a few years ago revealed arthritis but the knee joint still had cushioning. Even now I can sometimes walk perfectly comfortably….no pain in the joint. But if I walk more than 1/4 mile or so the left knee starts to kick in…on the side. Additionally I have very tight muscles in the legs and see a massage therapist twice a month.

Current PT includes most of the same exercises I did before and lots of stretching. Iliotibial bands are also a problem. I bought a foam roller and am using it regularly….ouch.

I am wondering if the hip replacement is reaching the end of its life….I don’t know what the symptoms might be.

I have made an appointment in October to consult with an MD in Physical Medicine and Rehab. I also do water aerobics three times a week.

Pat

@nategilbraith

Welcome @mnpat! Let me introduce you to @sma1952 @hosta @popolopo who have had a hip replacement and may be able to tell you what it is like and help with your concerns and questions. I’d also like you to meet @ntp01, @predictable and @dawn_giacabazi who have some experience when it comes to knee pain.

When did your pain start?

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Is this pain after a hip replacement? Have you been back to the surgeon? Everyone is different, but 4 months after mine I was back to walking for exercise (not long distances, but comfortable)

@nategilbraith

Welcome @mnpat! Let me introduce you to @sma1952 @hosta @popolopo who have had a hip replacement and may be able to tell you what it is like and help with your concerns and questions. I’d also like you to meet @ntp01, @predictable and @dawn_giacabazi who have some experience when it comes to knee pain.

When did your pain start?

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Thanks. I actually had a hip replacement almost 14 years ago, so I have experience from that.

I’m especially interested in hearing from someone who has had the original replacement replaced and what symptoms led to that.

?I’m 71 and recently had my right hip replaced. I had the left one done 6 years ago and so far I haven’t had any problems. But my orthopedist regularly x-rays the left hip just to make sure it’s OK. If I had your symptoms, I would definitely have the 14-year-old hip checked. Good luck!

@dawn_giacabazi

Welcome @mnpat

Here is a great link to help. It is a symptom checker.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptom-checker/select-symptom/itt-20009075
What kind of advice has you physical therapist given you if any??

Dawn

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I don’t see the link,could you post it again,thanks.

@dawn_giacabazi

Welcome @mnpat

Here is a great link to help. It is a symptom checker.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptom-checker/select-symptom/itt-20009075
What kind of advice has you physical therapist given you if any??

Dawn

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My apologies!! I have fixed it.

Thanks
Dawn

Ortho Surgeon visit & x-rays are good way to answer both knee & hip issues. 

how long after hip replacement does the pain go away?

Hi @jomama80, and welcome to Connect. I merged your message over to this discussion on hip replacements. I’d like you to meet @dawn_giacabazi, @mnpat, @tallteri and @grandmacheryl, as well as other members in this discussion. @jomama80, can you tell us a bit more about yourself and your procedure?

As for how long it takes for the pain of a hip replacement to go away, I think it varies from person to person. On Friday it will be one month since I had my right hip replaced. I have almost no pain in the hip–just a little stiffness in the surrounding muscles, but that is getting better with time and with the exercises my physical therapist is giving me. I’m walking around the house unaided and use a cane when I go out. I was able to dispense with the walker almost 2 weeks ago. I am actually progressing more rapidly this time around than I did when I had my other hip done 6 years ago. Right now I’m more bothered by my right knee (hoping to avoid a knee replacement) and some peripheral neuropathy in my right leg. The therapist is trying to address those issues as well as helping me recover from the hip surgery. So, every recovery is different, even in the same patient. Physical therapy is key–if your insurance covers it, I would recommend spending a week in a rehab hospital after you are discharged from acute care. And when you get home, if at all possible, I would recommend doing outpatient PT rather than having someone come to your home, if you are able to arrange transportation. At an outpatient clinic, the therapist has more equipment available and can give you a wider range of exercises. But home therapy is better than nothing, and be sure to do all your recommended exercises on days when you don’t have PT.

Thank you for the GREAT advice.I start outside physical therapy this Friday!!!!!!! I will keep in touch…..JO

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