Are these signs of a year-old hip replacement going bad?

Hip replacement a year ago. Lately it hurts when I walk and during sleep. Seems to be swelling near the scar and my spine. Do they go bad. I went on Xeljanz three weeks ago.


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  • Richard Faust moderator
    5 months ago

    Hi northlake. I can’t stress enough that I agree with Erin that you should contact your doctor as soon as possible if you have concerns about a joint replacement. My wife, Kelly Mack (a contributor here) had an infection in an artificial joint and the doctors moved quickly (but with care) to take care of it. She has written about the process, however, since you do not yet know the cause of your problem the first step is to work with your medical team to determine what may be occurring and next steps. Wishing you the best, Richard (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team)

  • Erin Rush moderator
    5 months ago

    Hi northlake! I am sorry you are dealing with pain and swelling. I would definitely contact your physician as soon as possible about this. It could be a number of things and I am not able to provide any advice or diagnosis, for your safety. I will say that hip replacements can go bad, but I do not know if that is what is occurring for you. Here is some information on the safety and side effects of Xeljanz — https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/treatment/xeljanz-side-effects-and-safety-review/. Again, don’t hesitate to let your physician know what is going on. Good luck and please keep us posted on how you are doing, if you feel comfortable doing so. Best, Erin,RheumatoidArthritis.net Team member.

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