MS and Hip Replacement Surgery
Last updated: February 2021
This is my 1st time posting in a while but I AM STRUGGLING!!
A cocktail of meds gave me my life back
I was diagnosed in 2004 and, at the time, I think I was experiencing every MS symptom known to humankind (and about a million others that weren’t known to humankind!!) In the 15+ years since my dx, my amazing MD and I have worked together and finally landed on a cocktail of meds that have given me my life back. With flare ups major symptoms being reduced to happening once or twice a month, it is as close to a remission as possible without actually being in remission.
Hip replacement 2 weeks ago
That being said, I had an anterior hip replacement 2 weeks ago. (I should mention that 6 months ago I moved 1500 miles away from my beloved PCP and neurologist and I haven’t had the motivation or the time to find a new neuro yet.) That being said, 3 days into my recovery from the surgery, I started having these strange, seemingly nerve related symptoms. It felt like an electrical shock that began in my mid thigh and radiated down to my knee and up to my hip.
Sudden, intense electric shocks
The suddenness and intensity was so strong that, had I not been using my walker, it would have knocked me to the floor. It felt like the shock from an electric fence. It only lasted for a second or two and only happened sporadically, maybe every 15-30 minutes. Over the next hour or so, the frequency increased as did the duration. After about 2 hours, it was almost constant and didn’t stop for 3 1/2 – 4 hours. It was the most excruciating pain I’ve ever experienced. I called my ortho the next morning and he said that he’s never seen anything like this after hip replacement but I’m also the first patient with MS that he’s ever operated on.
Anyone else have similar experiences?
My question is this: Have any of you ever experienced anything similar after hip (or knee or shoulder) replacement surgery? I’ve become the medical anomaly and no one in my medical bubble can come up with answers as to what is happening or why.
Sorry for the long post but I’m praying that one of you guys has some idea what I’m talking about and has some advice. I should also mention that I have now made the time to find a neuro!! Unfortunately, there’s a 6 week wait for an appointment. My orthopedist and my new PCP are trying to rush an appointment but, as of today, there are far more patients than there are neuros in my area and I just need to wait.
Please help out a struggling fellow MS friend!!
Have any of the following helped to reduce your pain? Select all that apply.