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Date: 23 Dec 2000
Remote Name: 18.104.22.168
I had left THR 6/93 (at age 29) and revision 6/97 (slipped and fell on icy sidewalk - BROKE acetabular plastic cup and pelvis) The original THR was WONDERFUL. No pain after 3 months. Skiing, golfing, living normal life. The revision, however has not been so wonderful. Did not have to replace the stem, just the cup and the ball. My revision joint is not the bone-ingrowth type like the original. My problem is that I experience excruciating pain in my joint which radiates down my leg muscles to my knee. I guess it is a type of muscle spasm. When I try to bear weight on my left leg during an episode, my leg goes out from under me. These spasms seem to follow the weather fronts and are worse in the winter (I live in MinneSNOWta). I have been on every antiinflammatory drug know to humankind, hate taking narcotics (mess with my head, I am studying for my Doctor of Pharmacy degree) and have been sent to physical therapy, with very little relief. Doctor says the x-rays look "PERFECT". This cannot be all in my head. I will be talking to my doctor about sending me to a chronic pain program, as soon as my husbands new insurance kicks in (he just changed jobs).
I am depressed, and having difficulty keeping my house clean, which is making things worse. I never thought the revision would be so much worse than the original THR. I am back to walking with my cane in the winter and I HATE IT!
Thank you for letting me vent.
If anyone has experienced anything like this, please feel free to email me at <firstname.lastname@example.org> I would like to know if there is anything I can do for this.