I just read your note and i was wondering how your father is doing. I have been having complications with my surgery as well and am looking for answers.
I will give you a not so brief background......
I had a total hip replacement a year and a half ago. Initially I was doing quite
well into my recovery....hoping to get back to an active lifestyle. About
3 months into my recovery something horrible happened and I have been
quite disabled and in pain ever since.
I am 44 years old and had hip displasia as an infant. The left hip did not form
correctly and as a result I my left leg was 3/4 inch shorter and I had very
limited external hip rotation.
My surgeon lengthened my leg, so that now my legs are the same length and i also now have normal external hip rotation.
I was beginning to train quite heavily 3 months into my recovery, hoping to
get back to some competitive cycling. During this time i noticed some pain in
the area of my ischial tuberosity as well as some numbness in my heal
and outer toes.
I went back to teaching full time at the 3 month mark and began to
experience increasingly severe pain mostly in the left buttock. It was, and still is a burning,
numbing, aching pain that gets progressively worse with standing, walking or any other pysical activity.
Since then, I have only been able to work part time, and sometimes the pain
gets so severe I have to take time off.
The doctors here are stumped. X-rays are text book perfect. I have had
nerve conduction studies, tried active release therapy, acupuncture, physiotherapy, a Botox injection into the piriformis muscle,
and a cortisone injection into the ischial tuberosity area where the pain seems
to radiate from, MRI and ultra sound imaging show no notable abnormalities.
The pain seems to radiate from the area of the ischial tuberosity. There is
actually a palpable mobile mass in the area. When I sit on a hard surface it
moves and is quite uncomfortable. The pain can radiate there and/or move to
other areas around my left buttock and to the outside of my leg where the incision is.
The chronic pain is driving me crazy. At the moment, I have had another flair
up. It is painful to stand, walk and sit. Any physical
activity seems to worsen the symptoms. Heat and rest are the only treatment
options that seem to give me some relief, and healing. However it takes so
If you have any insight, please let me know. I am at the end of my rope.
Thanks so much,
I have read quite a bit on it and wonder if that would not be something to look into in a situation like this.
Like you, it is comforting that I am not the only one, although I dont wish this on any of you!! Just dont know what to do.
I am experiencing some sharp pains during the day occassionally, depending if I turn quickly or not, or go up and down stairs a lot without holding onto the bannisters. I have always walked around the house bear feet, and I know that adds to the problem on ceramic and hardwood floors. When we are outside i try to ensure that I have my Nikes on for full support even going shopping, otherwise, i can hardly walk.
Anyone else having pain after almost 3 years? I had the Stryker ceramic device implanted. Any input would be appreciated.
Thursday 10/02/08 to 10/04/08 it almost felt like I felt b-4 the replacement. That is scary. Is this a a normal thing? I really find myself thinking that this is disappointing. I thought I would be 100% pain free. Don't get me wrong I have been golfing 6 months after the surgery and have had some days where I would say out load. I feel great!. I said to my fellow golfer that if someone were to ask me is it worth it. YES. Then I have days like just recent where I question that.
Is weather a factor? or could I be starting to have some issues that need to be addressed. I have my 6 month appointment coming up in a week or two.
Any help would be appreciated.