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Old 08-18-2012, 04:54 AM   #1
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Hip replacement 3 months ago

I had total hip replacement May 15th, 2012. My recovery was quick. I have finished physical therapy--they told me I did better then most. Last night, sitting in my chair watching TV and the most horrific, sharp, knife-like pain came in my hip--right under my surigical scar. The pain pulsated for about 30 seconds and then just felt like a continual stab for another minute.

The area feels sore this morning--I can walk fine, there is no dull ache. That stabbing knife-like pain felt like my internal stitches were tearing.

Has anyone else experienced this? Thanks--I'm kind of scared about it.

 
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Old 08-18-2012, 03:28 PM   #2
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Re: Hip replacement 3 months ago

HI judemiller:
I wonder if this was a mluscle cramp (Charley Horse.) I get one occasionally on my left hip, feels near the scar - when I am driving my car. Changing the position of that left leg helps get rid of it but it can linger for a bit. Very painful.
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Old 08-18-2012, 04:50 PM   #3
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Re: Hip replacement 3 months ago

Thanks for replying. It felt more like a nerve thing--burning and stinging. I haven't done a thing that would dislocate that new hip, so I am hoping...just kind of scared me because it hurt so bad. Still kind of sore today. I see the surgeon on Wednesday and hopefully he will have a clue. Usually, if the x-ray shows the hip is in place, they don't worry about anything else. My second replacement too--had the first one done in August 2010--broke my femur when they put in the rod--never was right, but this second surgery has corrected everything--leg length and also back problems--thank goodness. Thanks again-----

 
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:42 AM   #4
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Re: Hip replacement 3 months ago

Judemiller1, how is your femur now? The one that was broken when they were putting the rod in? Did you have to have wires around it to hold it together?

 
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:00 AM   #5
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Re: Hip replacement 3 months ago

Yes--two wires around the femur--that is doing fine, no pain at all.

 
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:34 AM   #6
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Re: Hip replacement 3 months ago

Mine broke about a month after. They don't know why it broke and I now have 6 wires with a 12 in long bone graft holding it together. I'm glad yours turned out ok. The surgery for mine was on July 6th, 2012 so I'm still getting over it.

 
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:22 PM   #7
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I remember how hard it was because I wasn't suppose to put any weight on that foot for 6 weeks AND rehab took me forever. It's been 2 years now and I have no bad results from it. You thought all was well--a month into recovery and then have that happen!!! I can't even imagine! I am hoping you come out okay--you are just starting the process. Be really careful of all your restrictions!!!

 
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Old 08-25-2012, 04:45 PM   #8
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Re: Hip replacement 3 months ago

The only restrictions I had placed on me was the no weight on the left leg. I had that for about 2 weeks after the surgery. I had the original surgery done in the front, instead from behind, so there was no 90 degree restriction. I was given the go ahead about 2 weeks ago to put full weight on it but just pay attention to what my body is trying to tell me. If I get sore from walking with a cane, go back to the crutches for a bit. I had been doing that when I woke up with a sore heel. I thought I stepped on one of my grandson's toys. Then it got worse and after a week, I went to the doctor. They ruled out it being the Achilles tendon and Plantar fasciitis. they did an xray to rule out a break. Nothing showed so the best the doctor can offer is I may have a hairline fracture that isn't showing on Xrays. Now I'm limping around with the cane, walking on the ball of my bad foot. What a sight I must be. I try to spend most of my time in bed or on the computer.

 
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Old 08-25-2012, 04:59 PM   #9
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You probably should be in physical therapy. You need to exercise the hip. My instruction booklet said the worse thing to do was go from bed to chair to couch. I am now walking 150 steps out and back twice a day. No pain in my hip, but I have back issues (which the hip surgery helped) and I find the walking sometimes makes my back yell a bit, but..............I thought that the front surgery was supposed to better then the one on the side, like I had--less rehab and recovery time. Oh well--I guess any surgery can bring unwanted things--I sure was upset when I found out my femur had cracked. This time, I had no problems and now both legs are the same length!!!

 
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:01 PM   #10
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Yeah, I was a BIT UPSET when I heard that my femur fractured. I had a piece split off of it that was almost the entire length of the femur and an inch wide. The only part that stayed attached was at the top. I had surgery on my femur about 32 years ago and they THINK that the pins that were in the femur left it weakened and after all that time it just never grew strong, if that makes sense? I am still in PT. I go 3 times a week. I need to ask you a question. Do you ever feel like your insides (muscles, tendons, etc) get caught on the wires? I get a feeling like a snap of a rubber band inside my leg near the incision and when that happens, the side of my leg is super sore to the touch. It will last anywhere from a couple hours to days. When it is in sore mode, I will feel that snapping feeling frequently, maybe a few times a day. I tried to explain this to my doctor but he just looked at me like I was nuts. He said that there's nothing for anything to catch on.

 
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:02 PM   #11
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Re: Hip replacement 3 months ago

I forgot to mention that the last surgery to put in the wires was July 6th, 2012.

 
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:28 PM   #12
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I do not have a feeling that the wires are "catching" my muscles. I had two bands on my femur. Look at your x-ray, does it look like there is anything on the wires that could catch? My surgeon said he could go back in and remove the wires, but I elected not to have another "cut". I do have a continual soreness to my right hip--at the scar area--have had since the first surgery August 2010. If I push on it or lay on that side, it kind of hurts. I did have severe pulling/tearing pain in the back of my right thigh, where I assumed the wires were. Come to find out it was sciatica. My second surgery on the other hip seems to have cured that--of which I am very glad. The knife-like pain I first asked about in my first post, receded in about 10 days--apparently it was that big muscle over the hip readjusting or pulling or something, but now I am pain free in the new hip. I still do my physical therapy exercises at home and walk--I am up to 360 steps twice a day--not a very long distance, but I am getting there. I still have a few back issues, which I will have for the rest of my days, but with both hips replaced, it seems a lot better. So nice to be straight and have both legs the same length. I hope you can figure out what is causing your pain. You may need to visit a pain specialist and get some cortisone epidurals in your back or hips--check it out and see what they say. No reason to live with pain!!!

 
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:48 PM   #13
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Right now I am going to stick with my orthopedist or at least until he says that there is nothing else he can do for me. Right now is too soon to start calling in other doctors like pain specialists as I am still on some quite heavy narcotics.

 
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Re: Hip replacement 3 months ago

Dear Silver Swan, I would like you ask you about your hip replacement. I just had back surgery, laminectomy on the lower back six weeks ago and now I am told I need a hip replaced. Does not surprise me as it hurts to walk and the rehab on the back is more difficult because of the hip pain. How is your hip now? How long before you were feeling stronger after the surgery? I am currently on disability from the back surgery and now need the hip so I am not sure how much longer after that I will be needing to be off work. I know everyone heals differently, but any information you can share about your experience of a hip replacement I would appreciate. Thanks

 
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Old 09-08-2012, 03:26 PM   #15
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Re: Hip replacement 3 months ago

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Dear Silver Swan, I would like you ask you about your hip replacement. I just had back surgery, laminectomy on the lower back six weeks ago and now I am told I need a hip replaced. Does not surprise me as it hurts to walk and the rehab on the back is more difficult because of the hip pain. How is your hip now? How long before you were feeling stronger after the surgery? I am currently on disability from the back surgery and now need the hip so I am not sure how much longer after that I will be needing to be off work. I know everyone heals differently, but any information you can share about your experience of a hip replacement I would appreciate. Thanks
Dear rosebud55:
I had both hips replaced in surgeries about a year apart. I was in my late 70s at the time (I will be 83 this month). Both my hips are fine now, and I even had a fall on concrete some months ago when I turned too fast and lost mly balance while bringing in the two Boston terriers. I experienced no problems with either hip after this fall. No pain no nothing.

The worst thing about having my hips replaced was having to sleep on my back for a few weeks. I can rest well only on my side.

I did all the pre op bed exercises to strengthen my thighs and also had two weeks in a rehab place for the first hip and one week for the second, where we had PT twice a day. I recommend going to a rehab facility if your insurance will pay for it. I lived alone at the time so my insurance plan did not want me to go right home from the hospital. I gather from many postings here that most feel that going home right away and having rehab either at home or going to a rehab place is not as good as going to a rehab facility for a time.

After the hospital I had a wheelchair for a couple of days, then went to a walker. There is some discomfort at first after leaving the hospital, but good meds cover that and you get your meds before the PT sessions which helps a lot. No pain!

At home I used the walker when needed and took my cane along when going out to shop. I drove my car as soon as the strong meds were no longer needed.
Be sure to recover fully from your back surgery before having a hip replaced. You need to be strong and healthy!

I would say it took a full year for me to be completely back to normal after each hip replacement but don't be discouraged by that. Get all the dressing aids to help you dress without bending over. Have your house arranged so you don't have to bend during your daily life.such as moving things from the bottom drawers and cabinets to drawers waist high.

We all heal at different rates but I did not feel "disabled" for very long!
If I have not answered your questions very well please ask any questions that you still have.
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