I am a 37 yr old female. Used to be very healthy - not so sure anymore.
To start - I dislocated my right hip when I was 6 yrs old. Did the whole body cast for 8 weeks, etc. Unfortunately my hip didn't heal right, and I was told at 18, that I should have it replaced due to severe Legg Calve Perthes.
Had the first THA in April 2006 - I loved it! I was almost pain free - for those of you who have lived a long time with terrible pain, you can only imagine how wonderful it was. 7 months after the surgery, I broke out in hives from head to toe. The next morning I woke up looking like The Nutty Professor or Stay Puff. I swelled up like a balloon (only on my face.) Went to the Dr.- was given Prednisone and sent home. The symptoms became more frequent, rashes every day, swelling on the right side of my body, numbness/tingling in legs and feet, metallic taste in my mouth- it became very scary. I had what seemed like every test done imaginable from allergies to arthritis to cancers. Nothing. I then found out about this metal test, and went to the surgeon. Found that I was very allergic to nickel and cobalt. Needed to have surgery again!
Had the second surgery in May of 2007 - had hives 6 weeks later, then nothing. I thought it was really over... :D
About 1 month ago, I broke out in hives, and have every day since, haven't swelled as bad as in the beginning, athough I am slightly swollen all the time (only on the right side.) The numbness and tingling have started up again, is now constant. About 3 weeks ago, I began having very bad dizzy spells daily, and just recently, nausea and minor aches and pains all over.
Any ideas? I have an appt with an internal med doc next month. I am getting pretty nervous again. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!