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Old 08-23-2011, 12:08 AM   #1
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Unhappy Hamstring hurts after hip replacement

i am a 35 yr old that just had a second hip replacement, 5 months post surgery, and my hamstring down through my calf is just constantly killing me. Was wondering if anyone had a reason for this? i did go through physical therapy for about three months and then continued my exercising at home. it seems to bother me most when im sitting and when rising from sitting. at time when i sneeze it also shoots pain through my leg. was i expecting too much when i decided to get my hip replaced that i would be active afterwards pain free? im just confused i guess....hip replacement rids hip pain but creates hamstring problems...i was hoping someone had some positive feedback.

 
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Re: Hamstring hurts after hip replacement

Hi yankeefan518

Wow, that young and hip replacements? I wonder what caused your hip problems?

Back to answering your questions ~
Funny thing, all parts of the body affect other parts. Grrr...not so fun!
I think that may be all that is going on. For me, I know that I compensate for pain by over-use of other muscles and it creates a great deal of tissue tension and secondary pain. But no worries, there are things you can do or get done to help and even get rid of the pain in many cases.

I recently had sciatic nerve pain that caused great pain my leg just below my hip socket....normally a strange place to get sciatic pain, for me. I'm not saying your problem is exactly like mine as it never is, but that perhaps your leg is reacting to the stress it has been under, sort of like a spring that has sprung.

I was in so much pain I could barely put weight on my right leg. I was in an accident years ago that damaged my left leg, and I compensate by depending on the right side of my body. This stresses out the right side of my body and it can get locked up and stiff and painful, even though I do stretches, etc. Regularly I need to get help from a massage, chiropractor or physical therapy for releasing the bound up ligaments,muscles, etc.

This time the pain started with hamstring pain in the ligament that goes down and under the heel. It really was painful when I stretched my toes upward, almost shockingly painful. A friend with MS (and the normal MS ligament problems) told me to just keep stretching and the pain would go away eventually. So I did and yes it lessened.

My whole right side was tight and locked up. I had extreme stiffness and a lot of pain from my neck to my toes on the right side. Hot water helped, and so did Motrin, but what helped me most was getting a reflexology Chinese type of massage, and the muscles and all relaxed so my body energy was released to flow more normally. This was done by using pressure points and very gentle massage. I walked out with no hamstring or sciatic nerve pain.

Two days later, I can feel the tension building, so I am keeping up the gentle stretches and sitting straight with both feet on the floor...which is hard for me to do. I feel like curling up. But it I have to work at keeping my body limber and flexible.

Since your pain area is likely in a different place than mine, I suggest that you use hot moist compresses, and do gentle stretches, and gently massage the area yourself. If you can, get a professional reflexology-Chinese whole body massage.

let me know how you are doing with it.

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Old 08-25-2011, 03:36 PM   #3
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Re: Hamstring hurts after hip replacement

hamstring really hurting past two days almost to the point of i must stay down for quite a while....now when u had sciatic pain Jill did the pain go down the back side of your leg to and sometimes through your calf? i just thought it was kind of off kilter when i can push mow my 1.5 acre lawn no problem then others i cant do hardly anything. do you think i have more going on than a hamstring problem?

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Re: Hamstring hurts after hip replacement

Yes that is the same as my sciatic nerve pain. The nerve goes from the spine down through each buttock, then down through each leg. The nerve can be pinched on one side or the other or on both sides. The nerve branches out, so pain can be down the back of the leg or feel centered on the side of the leg or anywhere on the leg, but most commonly it is down the back of the leg. The pain may or may not go clear to the feet.

Massage of the lower back and buttock, applying an ice pack, soaking in a hot tub or very warm water, and very gentle hamstring stretches all help the inflammation to calm and buttock muscles to relax so muscle is not squeezing the nerve.

If the pain is in the joint that was replaced, if there is a hot spot with redness for sure get it checked out by the doctor, to rule out infection.

Whatever you do, don't just lay there, do gentle stretches of the hamstring, as inactivity and curling up makes the pain worsen. I find I have good days without much leg pain and other times I can hardly move. Maybe mowing the lawn was too much stress on the healing muscles and made the buttock muscles squeeze the nerve. Take it easy. Five or six months post op is not long enough for your body to completely recover or be pain free. Don't push yourself so hard.

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