Numb toes & Hip Replacement

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Registered: 12-24-1999
Numb toes & Hip Replacement
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Mon, 08-12-2013 - 12:29pm

Hoping somebody can offer assistance because I'm worried about my mother.  She is 76 & had a hip replacement on right side about 2 years ago due to arthritis (pain was not in her hip but in her thigh).  Anyway, she did the prescribed physical therapy after surgery & the therapist said she was doing well.  However, for at least over a year, she gets numb toes in her right foot (same side as surgery).  Last week she decided to stop driving due to not having feeling in the foot that goes on gas & brake pedals.   I am concerned because this problem could also cause her to fall while walking! We need our toes to walk.  She is not diabetic & otherwise pretty healthy.  She has reported this to her doctors but they don't have an answer.  Has anybody experienced the same & what did you do about it??  She is going to doctor TODAY & I am hoping for some quick responses so I can tell her something to bring up to the dr.  Thanks!

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Registered: 02-28-2013
Mon, 08-12-2013 - 1:38pm

I saw this on the front page so wanted to comment. I have been under a doctors care for some time now for various things and was told that numbness is never ever good. Your mother needs to find out what is going on so it doesn't get worse. Could she have a pinched nerve somewhere?

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Registered: 12-24-1999
Mon, 08-12-2013 - 2:50pm

Thanks for replying.  It does sound like a pinched nerve now that you mention it.  How do you diagnose a pinched nerve?  The surgeon who did her surgery said it is not related to the surgery, yet she didn't have the problem before the surgery.  Of course, he has an interest/stake in saying that so I don't believe it!

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Tue, 08-13-2013 - 11:36am

Hi Caroline,

I had a nerve conduction test run by a neurologist to diagnose my pinched nerve. It might be something for your mother to mention to her doctor.

Karla
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