"Scars can do weird things"
First of all, I really want to thank Mayo Clinic Connect for the community you've developed here. I have learned so much and have been able to share my experiences with others. Thank you.
I've been on a rather long road after my right THR became infected. I first went through a 2-stage revision with an antibiotic spacer that I posted my initial questions about here, and chronicled some of my additional troubles: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/what-kind-of-mobility-can-i-expect-with-an-antibiotic-spacer-in-my-hip/
In any case, I feel confident my joint infection is behind me. It's been almost 11 months since my last surgery, and 7 months since I finished the last course of antibiotics.
However, about three months ago, I had a scare that made me fear the infection might be back. I had a lot of swelling, redness, and sensitivity immediatly adjacent to the posterior THR scar (and only on one side of the scar, the posterior side). This flare-up began to show on a Friday night when I couldn't get in to see my ortho or infectious disease (ID) doc and had mostly settled down by the time I was able to get in with them the following week. My ID doc ordered the regular blood work and while some of the numbers were elevated, none of the indicators were wildly out of place.
My ID Doc (who I totally respect) was rather puzzled about what this might have been and, among other things, offered this: "scars can do weird things".
Last weekend, the same thing happened again (it's ironic how almost all of my episodes seem to happen on a Friday night). There was the same swelling, redness and localized pain symptoms and this time it later developed a "rashy" look, as well. Once again, this manifested on only the posterior side of my scar and it was mostly gone by the time Monday rolled around. I didn't bother to go see either of the docs this time. I'm still paying off the last of my hip-related medial bills and I'm very reluctant to rack up another hundred or two $ in out-of-pocket costs for an office visit and possible lab test costs for something that might not be (?) very conclusive.
As of today (Thursday), there are no signs of the flare-up from this last weekend and I still have all of my strength and range of motion in my right leg.
Has anyone had experiences like this? If cost wasn't an issue, I'd be chasing things with a specialist, but I don't even know where to begin with something weird like a scar-related complication.