Welcome to Healing Well. I am very sorry to read about the problems you are having after your surgery. Although, none of us are doctors here we sure can relate to your pain situation.
I am not real familiar with hip replacements except a couple of my friends have had them and done well. It does sound like you do could have a nerve problem going on. At least your PCP felt this way since you were put on the generic of Neurotin. It is one of the medications used to treat nerve pain. Your dr can also increase the dosage of this medication as many people take fairly high doses of it for nerve pain to get relief. Most of the time pain medications do not touch nerve pain and they have to rely on medications like Neurotin for relief. Has anyone talked about doing an MRI on your hip with contrast or even a CT Scan with contrast. I know if you have metal in you an MRI cannot be done but a CT can be done. Nerves are very complex part of our biodies. usually if a nerve has been injured it will either over time heal on its own or it could remain the same. No one can really say for sure with nerves.
When the dr talks about the nerve in your hip are they saying maybe it was nicked during surgery or are they saying it may being pinched, compressed or what?
No, I am not one bit surprised the orthopedic is saying its not the nerve. They never admit they do anything wrong. One of the things drs are taught in school is to never admit they messed something up. Number two their malpractice insurance company tells them the same thing.
I would suggest that you go to the hospital where you had your surgery and ask for the medical records dept.and get a copy of your operative records. Just get the operative records and expect the hospital to charge you for the records. Operative records are usually 2-3 pages only so it should not cost much to obtain these. They may ask what you want the records for just say they are for your own personal use that ou always get copies of your records. I would then sit down and read the records to see if there is anything mentioned in them. You might even let your PCP take a look at them.
One thing I would caution you on is when you see the neurologist, I would not say anything along the lines of I think the ortho messed up. You don't want to scare this dr off and something said like that would. Just word it like you did here on what you have been told so far. I would also give the neurologist a copy of the operative records.
I am sorry I am of no help to you but I do want to say welcome aboard. I do hope you will stay with us here and keep us posted on how you are coming along.
crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.