I had hip replacement (left side) Feb 2012, 1 year & 7 months ago. I felt pretty good to very good in the early weeks after recovery; however, lately I have been experiencing sharp pain above my knee which stops me in my tracks! About 3-5 times a week my above the knee area LOCKS in such a way that I experience extreme pain and a spasm-like pain above the knee. It almost feels like that area locks and I must relax and slowly reposition my leg and as quickly as it came... it goes.
What might be causing this instant paralyzingly pain? The pain comes and goes quickly, but I am left limping.
In addition, I think I feel the stem that is glued into my leg bone when it gets very cold. Could this be so? Could this pain be radiating from my hip even though I do not experience any hip pain?
Thank you so much for any insight you might give me. I had the surgery done at a teaching hospital in San Antonio and have not gone back for ex Ray's which I will do next month.