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Hip replacement loose??
jessmo803 posted:
I had my hip replaced in June of 1999. Recently, I have been experiencing severe pain. It's a pins and needles type feeling on the outer thigh slightly above my knee. The pain comes and goes, but usually hurts the most when I'm going up steps. Since my replacement is getting kind of old, I'm worried that it might slip or break. I haven't been to see my orthopedic surgeon since a year after I had the replacement, as I don't have medical insurance. My job requires me to be on my feet for 8 hours or more. I am 29 years old. If anyone has any tips or anything that can help me, please let me know.
_swank_ responded:
The best thing to do is find the cause of the pain. It may or may not even be related to your hip. Since you're on your feet a lot it may be as simple as getting a good pair of shoes.
B58J63; responded:
I don't know if this will help, but I had a loose stem after a hip replacement and my symptoms were very different from yours. It occurred after I walked for a distance, and the worst pain happened when walking downhill. It was a very strong, gripping pain down the front of my thigh. When this happened, it was hard to take another step for a second or so. The pain going up or down stairs was minor or not at all.

The doctor did an xray first and suspected the loosening by what he saw in that. Next was a bone scan, but it was inconclusive, so my doctor ordered several other tests to rule out anything else before he went in for a revision. All the tests and of course the revision would be expensive without insurance. The revision took care of my problem.

This website gave me some good information when I was wondering what was going on :

From what I experienced, you might have something else causing your symptoms.

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