Re: sciatic pain after THR
I can appreciate what you are going through. I was treated for sciatica and back pain for 4 years before they realized it was mostly my hips. I had my first hip replacement in August of 2012 and the second one 3 weeks ago, November of 2012.
My recovery from the first was just short of miraculous. I was walking with a cane within 2 weeks and off it completely for about a month before the other hip started acting up and I had to use the cane because of that.
After my second hip replacement on the right hip, I had pain down my right leg, in my knee and all up and down my leg at different times. Because of it I did not do my exercises as I should and after two weeks I was still on the walker. The second to the last session with home therapy, I mentioned that I had the pain down my leg and it was so bad sometimes I just sat and gritted my teeth. The therapist had me lay down on the bed on my side and pushed his thumb about in the middle of my hip area, between the incision and the top of my hip. It hurt so bad I almost jumped off of the bed, but he told me to relax and let him know when the pain let up. After a few minutes the pain subsided and when I got up it was gone. It hasn't returned as yet, over a week now, but every morning I wake up expecting it. He also told me I could do it myself by using a tennis ball. He said lie on my back with the left knee up, find the sorest spot, put the tennis ball there and then roll towards it to put pressure on the spot. You can be sure I will be trying this if it returns. He said there are many muscles in the buttocks that criss cross and they can pinch those nerves badly. He also said I needed to remember to take the muscle relaxants the doctors had given me.
I really feel for you and hope this may help or maybe help you find what you need for pain relief. The constant pain really gnaws at your spirit after while and I, for one, tend to withdraw into my own little world.
Please post when you can tell if anything is helping you. My dr. who did the hip replacement just said that therapists do amazing things that he doesn't exactly understand himself.