Hip and lower left leg pain

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I am currently awaiting bilateral hip replacements and have been suffering severe lower leg pain on the left side for the past 4-6 weeks.  Has anyone else experienced this?  I have been advised that this is likely to be neuropathic pain, possibly emanating from my lower lumbar spine or even possibly the hip itself.  I am grateful for any comments.  

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    I had a terrible time with similar sounding nerve pain a year or two ago. It lasted for almost a year - initially just waking me at night but eventually it got so bad that I was in uncontrollable pain 24/7.

    I highly recommend Amitriptilyine or similar. It was originally developed as an anti-depresent (don't be put off by that) but was found to be excellent for settling down irritated nerves. Some people get side-effects such as extreme drowsiness, dry mouth. I was lucky - I had none. It worked for me. It takes a couple of weeks to kick in, and I kept taking it for about 4 months. The pain never came back.

    It doesn't work for everyone, but worth talking to your doctor about as it can eliminate the problem completely.

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    Thank you Susan, I will try this.  I know that I need two new hips and am seeing my surgeon today fornresultsnof lower lumbar spine MRI as he thinks the nerve pain may be come from my back.  
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    Hi Susan 67756

    i also take amytriptylene for pain. How much do you take?

    I,ve just had a complete shoulder replacement and now less pain there, but of course still everywhere else!

    I only take 2x10 mg at night to help sleep, tramadol all day and voltarol

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      Hi Alice,

      I titred up to 5 x 10mg per night before it worked. That took away all of the pain. I stayed on it for a couple of months at that dose then worked back down slowly before coming off it altogether. So unless you're having side effects or other issues talk to your doc about going higher if it's not taking away the pain completely. Nerve pain can linger on long after the cause has gone. That nerve needs to settle down.

      I will admit, I continued to have pain during the day (but not at night) even after the amitriptolyne kicked in. It made no sense because I could tell that the amytriptylene was addressing the original symptoms. The remaining day time pain turned out to be in my mind! Honestly !!! Search for a YouTube video called "Pain. Is it all in the mind". Just knowing that the remaining pain was screwed up pain signals allowed me to clear it up completely with a NLP technique called 'anchoring' (google it).

      I've been 100% pain free ever since.

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