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Forum Name: Joint surgery

Question: hip pain associated with replacement


 sjperky - Wed Jul 27, 2005 11:20 pm

several years ago my grandmother had hip replacement due to severe arthritis. Years later, as of today, she is in terrible pain and can hardly get function. She has seen her doctor and he says everything is fine with the replacement however my concern is managing her pain. She doesn't like to take medication but isn't there something out there she can take when the pain is unbearable. She has done therapy and has taken all the anti inflammatory meds available and nothing has helped. What do you suggest? We are all trying so hard to help her and it seems as though we are watching her condition worsen. She is very independent and really at this point I feel she just needs to focus on managing the pain because as we all know there is no cure for arthritis. She was told that arthritis sometimes gets in the muscle and when this happens hip replacement doesn't always rid you of pain... is this true? please help any advice would be much appreciated. thank you
sjperky
 Theresa Jones, RN - Fri Jul 29, 2005 3:14 am

User avatar Hi sjperky,
Has your grandmother been essentially pain free until recently? During her evaluation was there any diagnostics xrays etc. done? Was her evaluation done by her orthopedic physician? Although arthritis does cause significant pain, if she has essentially been pain free until recently I would be inclined to consider a malfunction of the hip replacement or surrounding area and would seek a re-evaluation.
Sincerely,
Rntdj

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