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It been a few months since I’ve posted so......update. I wish I could say everything is great. It’s been almost 10 months since my surgery. Honestly, at the 4 and 5 month mark, Everything was going pretty good. Didn’t have any pain. I was kayaking almost every day. Looking forward to going back to UPS. It seems like I’m regressing now though. When I try to stand up, it’s quite painful in my operation[right) leg. It’s VERY painful if I’m down on my left knee and try to stand up. Painful to the point I have to hold on to something for assistance. My hip flexor is still weak. Walking up hill is difficult. I went back to work for a few days and it was pitiful. Hurt myself and now back out of work. Full disclosure.....I have a small herniation in my L5 S1 lumbar that I’ve dealt with since before my hip surgery. When I’m climbing steps, standing up, standing from 1 knee, I can feel the back along with the hip. I can’t tell if the back is causing the leg pain/weakness or not. I just know that when one hurts, so does the other. But the pain in my leg is in the joint area and going down the side of leg and even in the quad. I went back to the hip surgeon. They took X-ray and said it looked good. They did recognize the weakness and just told me if it didn’t improve to come back in 3 months and they’d do an MRI. I’ve also been to neurologist who says my back herniation is not bad enough for a microdiscectomy. I do have symptoms of sciatica that come and go also. I’m leaning towards my back being the problem but the pain all around the hip and quad when trying to stand kinda worries me about the hip. Who has ideas?
 

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Hello @upsman I am so sorry to hear about your hip, leg and back pain. I am sure it’s frustrating. I personally would not wait 3 months for an MRI. Maybe a second opinion. In my experience, surgeons are reluctant to see anything wrong with their own joint replacement. You may get same answer, but it would be a comfort to know why you are having pain. At least to determine where pain is coming from and what is differed. Best of luck to you.
 
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Hello @upsman I am so sorry to hear about your hip, leg and back pain. I am sure it’s frustrating. I personally would not wait 3 months for an MRI. Maybe a second opinion. In my experience, surgeons are reluctant to see anything wrong with their own joint replacement. You may get same answer, but it would be a comfort to know why you are having pain. At least to determine where pain is coming from and what is differed. Best of luck to you.
I’m actually seeing another orthopedic surgeon for my back who is a spine specialist at a different practice. I will ask him if I can see the hip surgeon in the same practice. Thanks for that.
 

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@upsman I'll be interested to know what you find out. I'm having difficulty sorting out whether my pain and dysfunction is coming from my low back or hip.
 

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Weren't you on here as @upser ? Sorry to hear of your setback, I hope that's all it is. One of the most frustrating things is trying to figure out where the pain is coming from and what's causing it.
 

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Upsman, there are mainly 2 sentences that got my attention, because I probably wrote something similar at one time or another: "I can’t tell if the back is causing the leg pain/weakness or not. I just know that when one hurts, so does the other. I’m leaning towards my back being the problem but the pain all around the hip and quad when trying to stand kinda worries me about the hip."

I am 9-months post-op and for about 3 months I felt i was in good shape; no hip pain, no back pain and so I thought I turned a corner. But there have been certain movements or other things that I might have done - that felt as if I had a setback - and I couldn't really say exactly where it was coming from. My back? or my hip? or was it my back adjusting to my hip?

I went to the Dr. for my back, and I already knew I had some stenosis of the spine, but not severely, and the x-rays of the hip showed that everything was fine. And yet, something was bothering me and it seemed to be around my back area - but that went away after a few weeks; then i took a very long walk a few days ago and suddenly I felt that my hip felt strained and that if i took another step, it would start hurting.

So, what I am trying to say is that I have had setbacks here and there between those times that I have felt like it was all over. And each time I did, I never could pinpoint where the problem was - neither could any Dr.! It's always concerning to me when I have a new kind of pain - is it real or am I imagining it? Sometimes, I hurt for a few days and it just goes away.

So, I don't know what is affecting what or why; but unless it's a big change, I try not to worry and hope that it goes away on its own, in a short time. It usually does, but I also think it's wise to always be cautiou about the way you move, or if you pick up something heavy. It's like your whole body is trying to get used to the new hip~

Take care.
 

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Just my two cents, you might want to actually have a neurosurgeon take a look at your back. It's much more intricate than either the hip or knee, lots of nerves involved there.

I have Spondylolithesis at L5/S1 and my disc was sliding around every time I bent in any direction and pinching nerves. I felt it all the way down my leg to my foot as well as the back and hip. Then throw in some issues with the sciatic joints acting up and what a mess! Point is, it could very well be your back causing a lot of your issues. That referred pain stuff is no joke!
 

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I agree with TrudiJane. Even for months afterwards, some weird new pain would come up and I would get all upset that the thr was failing etc. Went to the Dr. and they took xrays each time and the implants were perfect. Once you rule out an issue with the implant loosening or something, it comes down to the soft tissue that is still adapting and growing around the implant. Hard to chill when its happening to you but it will pass and eventually it all settles down and there will be a day where you forgot you even had it done. I am 5 years out from my first one and never even think about it except that I appreciate how my limitations have gone away! Keep the faith.
 

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Omg !!! I feel your pain , it's definitely a wild ride when there's pain following a thr with no definite cause . I've been on this roller coaster for 10 months and have just found the reason for my ongoing pain now I just have to find an orthopedic surgeon to go in and fix my issue . I know it's hard , I have a really tough time keeping it together but all the support and advice that I've received on this forum have helped me soooooo much . All us hippies have to stick together
 
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Weren't you on here as @upser ? Sorry to hear of your setback, I hope that's all it is. One of the most frustrating things is trying to figure out where the pain is coming from and what's causing it.
Yep. That’s me. I worked for tot of 11 days. First 8, I was pretty much a Chauffeur. Last 3, I moved like I was 80. I had to walk slow with short strides to keep hip flexor from hurting too bad. They had to send other drivers to help every day, and finally my back started having spasms and I was done. Been out since January 15th. The neurosurgeon said my L5 S1 disc is touching the nerve. Whether that’s causing leg pain/weakness, I don’t know.
 
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I’ve been to a neurosurgeon and he said “it’s touching the nerve but not impinging.” All I know is I can’t vend without spasms, and I have some sciatica Symptoms down to my calf, that come and go. I’m getting another opinion or 2.
 
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