It’s been three years since my first hip replacement and two years (July 06) since the second. Since I returned to Vietnam, where I live, two years ago this November 1st, I have experienced severe pain in both legs. The tendons along the outside of both legs from the hip area down over the knees is extremely tight. On the upper left thigh there is a constant feeling of a tight binding clamp being applied, along with a feeling of intermittent stabbing pains in the same left thigh area. There is persistent chronic inflammation in the area around both hips. On the right side I still experience the sciatic pain which I've had for about 15 years. Although an MRI administered after the second surgery revealed no cause for sciatic pain, it still persists.
There is no deterioration in the muscle mass of my legs or the muscle tone.
The feeling is as though a pile of rocks is stacked on my legs when I lie down. My legs feel “heavy”, the pain around the joints burns, the whole pelvic area feels inflamed.
I’ve tried every kind of treatment available here in Saigon.
At the Franco-Vietnamese Hospital a French doctor, after conducting a full battery of tests, diagnosed gout, (based on a blood test). I took gout medication for six months until an American internist, (who did nerve conduction tests among other tests) rejected the gout diagnosis.
I’ve had months of deep tissue Shiatzu massage from a Chinese medical practitioner as well as acupuncture. I’ve consulted two physios and one osteopath.
In the meantime I walk for about two hours each day. (The joints work fine and I am able to walk very well and my legs are strong). I swim three times a week and I work on upper body strength three times a week at the gym. I use no alcohol and little sugar and eat fresh fruits, vegetables and a small amount of fish – no meat. I take a B complex vitamin three times a day, a calcium-d capsule twice a day and I use one 400 mg capsule of ibuprofen three times a day for the pain. My weight is about ten pounds less than I weighed when I had the surgeries.
I thought time, exercise and patience would resolve the problem.
Any improvement is slight and now I am becoming concerned.