On & off, for the first 3 months - maybe more - I thought I had a different an separate problem that related to my lower back and not my hip - or - it could have been related to my hip - I was never sure.
The point is that I had been getting back pain (that feklt like sciatica) which I've felt before. Other than having some stenosis in my back, they never really figured out where the pain (or ache) was coming from. But every pain I've gotten since my hip replacement - I related it to that surgery, or it was my body trying to adapt to my new hip.
Then suddenly the ache would go away, just as quickly as it came. This has occurred so many times in the course of my healing process, that I don't worry about it much. It comes, it goes, and I really don't know why - but mostly feel fine.
I can remember me at 9 weeks post-op too! I remember having the exact same concerns as you do now. My lower back was hurting me for awhile, and I didn't know why. This happened on & off. As always, it went away on its own, and my concern was for nothing so much of the time.
I really think it takes awhile before you entire body completely adjusts to a new hip! That's the way I look at it now. Or try to. If you need peace of mind, ask your Dr. to do an x-ray of your back to see what may be going on there - or an MRI.
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BIG TIP: Hips actually don't need any exercise to get better. They do a pretty good job of it all on their own if given half a chance. Trouble is, people don't give them a chance and end up with all sorts of aches and pains and sore spots. All they need is the best therapy which is walking and even then not to excess.
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Hi @Melina I think your sciatica symptoms could be the normal aches and pains that migrate around our body after a THR.. What does your Dr think?
Usually, with the posterior approach the glute muscles are very grumpy and tight and that irritates the sciatic nerve but doesn't damage it.. it just angers it.
Does ice help with the pain?
I've noticed several members feeling this same way in the first 3 months or recovery, maybe even longer.
I hope it lets up soon.
Thank you so much for your kind reply. My surgeon says it has to do with the swelling and tight muscles (piriformis) which can irritate the sciatic nerve just as you said. Ice helps a lot. it really is assuring to know I am not alone with these symptoms. They are a little bit scary and patience is the key.
@Jaycey Me too. I am seeing a Myotherapist next week. Hopefully she can help with the tight muscles. Thank you for your reply. It is easy getting a bit anxious with these symptoms so knowing I am not alone helps.
Good Morning @Melina Please rest and recover for now. If you are still having discomfort or pain around the piriformis(sciatic symptoms) then rest, ice abundantly and things will smooth out.
I would start by returning to a routine where I rested, iced and walked a bit every hour,, maybe only 50 steps or so and then increase the walking another 50 steps or so until things calm down.
At least this is what helped me when I set myself back at around 3 weeks. Frustrating is a mild term for what I was feeling at that stage of the recovery. I returned to my cane and stayed on that cane for up to my 8th week of healing.
I am almost 8 months now! Hip feels amazing. I get a sore bruised feeling in the surrounding soft tissues but the hip glides and works like a young healthy hip!
I can't wait for a few months to see you posting that very same update. Take care and I forgot to add, yes, the exercise bike is telling you that you started that too early. Oh and your glute muscles are now chiming in, too.
@CricketHip Happy Valentines! Thank you for your reply! Yes, I have been taking it slow but still have a lot of paresthesias and burning sensations in my leg and buttocks. I get anxious about it and I feel a bit in despair right now. The swelling has also increased a little bit. I will follow your advice