cobalt and chromium blood test

cobalt and chromium blood test

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david

Birmingham, UK

#1 Apr 2, 2012
I had my blood test 3 weeks ago , does anyone out there know how long it takes to get the results ?
my appt to see consultant is the middle of April , i have been suffering for the past 2 yrs with recurring cellulitis , recurring dvt (even though taking warfarin , pomypholux (awful weeping blisters on the soles of my feet )making it impossible to walk , extreme tiredness, memory , eyesight and hearing deterioration !!occasional yellow stools (tests for gallstones come bk all clear , my kidney function having to be checked regularly,cnt loose weight, thickening of blood even whilst taking warfarin , all these symptons are stated could be cobalt and chromium posioning , does anyone else have these symptons David west midlands
Nancy

Corning, NY

#2 May 30, 2012
Hi, David. I'm sorry about all that you have been going through. My blood tests took 2 weeks to come back. Though, I imagine, this could vary, somewhat, depending on locations, as to where the facilities are located. There are a couple of good Facebook pages, online, titled, "Recall Refugees," and "Totally Hip Support Group," which I have joined. Very informative, and supportive. And, yes--the metals in my system, have wrecked havoc! I had my right hip replaced, in Feb. 2010, and am scheduled for Revision surgery, next week!
Chris

South Glastonbury, CT

#3 May 31, 2012
I just found out that my cobalt and chronium is raised! I am very frightened. I had my hip done in Oct. 2009 and have been experiencing pain for a while. Dont know how high. but I have other health issues. When did you find out about your levels and how long from then was it decided that you would have hip revision? Can cobalt and chronium levels be lowered? What exactly is the hip revision entail? Sorry so many questions.
Nancy

Corning, NY

#4 Jun 2, 2012
Hi, Chris! I have been having pain--groin, thigh, buttock, back pain (on the THR side), outter hip area, etc. etc. for some time now. And, a popping in my thigh, which, used to only happen, when I bent foward, but, now, happens, while just standing. Also, a very bad rash, hair falling out, extreme fatgue, memory loss, joint pain--you name it. Actually, my Ortho Dr. asked me, "How would you like, for us, to just go in there, and get that part, out of you?!"- immediately, after my bloodwork came back, the 2nd time. Unfortunately, I fell, and fractured my ribs, so, had to put off the revision, until now. Once the defective MOM device is removed, the cobalt and chromium levels will resolve, but, from what info I have read, no one really knows, what long term damage, to organs, etc, has resulted. Also, cancers, may occur, years later. there is alot of info, on the metals, revisions, etc, if you are interested in Googling for it. And, please, don't feel alone, Chris!! I am scared to death, myself--and, won't really even know, for sure, the extent of the damage, from the metals, until, the actual surgery. But, the sooner, the better, to get it, out of there!! The longer it stays in, the more damage, it is causing!!!
Yorkshire Golden

Dorking, UK

#6 Jun 4, 2012
Hi David,
They need 3 weeks minimum before consultant has results.

Christine
david wrote:
I had my blood test 3 weeks ago , does anyone out there know how long it takes to get the results ?
my appt to see consultant is the middle of April , i have been suffering for the past 2 yrs with recurring cellulitis , recurring dvt (even though taking warfarin , pomypholux (awful weeping blisters on the soles of my feet )making it impossible to walk , extreme tiredness, memory , eyesight and hearing deterioration !!occasional yellow stools (tests for gallstones come bk all clear , my kidney function having to be checked regularly,cnt loose weight, thickening of blood even whilst taking warfarin , all these symptons are stated could be cobalt and chromium posioning , does anyone else have these symptons David west midlands
DAISY

United States

#7 Jun 6, 2012
I have been issues w/ both hips. have problems w/ the 1st hip that was done in 2005 for SEVERAL yrs but nothing is wrong w/ me. and but the 2nd hip was done in 2007 then in 2009 had it done 7 times and i am still in constant pain. went to 8 othos and several finally admitted the hip is so loose that the only thing keeping it together is the screws. BUT...nobody will replace it. NOBODY WILL FIX IT!!. last dr said get all my affairs in order...and be happy.... because i may not make it thru a surgery like mine and when it finally breaks ...it breaks...he then MIGHT replace it. maybe???...what is that? maybe somebody in that hospital will replace it when it is broken.the pain is horrific which im sure we all here are encountering. my cobalt/chrom levels r elavated..have major memory issues..hearing going..eyes...kidneys...everyt hing i am reading above is what happens to u w/ the elavated cobalt/chrom levels.
2 different manufacturers with differant recalls/defects have managed to completely ruin my life to the point i am on disability...how nice is that for them?? AND IT REALLY STINKS... they get to sleep at night(i bet they sleep all night long not just sleeping for an hour then waking up SCREAMING in pain)...they get to go to their expensive vacations....they get to go hiking...how many of us get to go hiking...let alone walking without crying? one wish is for these manufacturers to walk in our shoes for even 8 hrs...then maybe they would maufacture an implant that wont cripple people let alone slowly kill people which is exactly what they have done. we are slowly dying because they messed up our hip/knee implants!
IS THERE A DR OUT THERE THAT ANYONE KNOWS MIGHT HELP ME? Any suggestions ...ideas...helpful hints would be appreciated.
Guest

Blytheville, AR

#9 Nov 5, 2012
Nancy wrote:
Hi, David. I'm sorry about all that you have been going through. My blood tests took 2 weeks to come back. Though, I imagine, this could vary, somewhat, depending on locations, as to where the facilities are located. There are a couple of good Facebook pages, online, titled, "Recall Refugees," and "Totally Hip Support Group," which I have joined. Very informative, and supportive. And, yes--the metals in my system, have wrecked havoc! I had my right hip replaced, in Feb. 2010, and am scheduled for Revision surgery, next week!
How high was your cobalt and chromium levels? My husband had the hip replacement in 2009 and since then has been put on disibility, has elevated cobalt and chromium levels, fibromyalgia, and has suffered a heart attack resulting in 5 stents, and has been hospitalized for facial cellulitis. Lawyers, family doctor, and pain specialist say the hip needs to come out but the ortho doctor refuses to do anything. He wouldn't even order the blood test and MRI that we were told he needed to have.
Alan Swansea

Carmarthen, UK

#10 Jan 17, 2013
david wrote:
I had my blood test 3 weeks ago , does anyone out there know how long it takes to get the results ?
my appt to see consultant is the middle of April , i have been suffering for the past 2 yrs with recurring cellulitis , recurring dvt (even though taking warfarin , pomypholux (awful weeping blisters on the soles of my feet )making it impossible to walk , extreme tiredness, memory , eyesight and hearing deterioration !!occasional yellow stools (tests for gallstones come bk all clear , my kidney function having to be checked regularly,cnt loose weight, thickening of blood even whilst taking warfarin , all these symptons are stated could be cobalt and chromium posioning , does anyone else have these symptons David west midlands
I had my hip resurfaced 4 years ago and have just found out I have cobalt and chrome in my blood. I too have been suffering with recurrent cellulitis at the site of the hip operation, extreme tiredness, poor memory and irritability. I wondered how you have been getting on since. Alan, Swansea
jackie

UK

#11 Jan 24, 2013
My husband dave is hsvin a terrible time just had revision surgery after havin depuy hip replacement 4years ago his chronium and colbat were very high hes been havin headaches and memory loss any one else with these symptoms all take care
John McNamara

New York, NY

#13 Jan 28, 2013
Hiring a lawyer is being practical about it.

That's just the way things goes.

But I sure hope people get to know these devices more. Agrressive marketing leaves us all in awe. My uncle was all up-and-about when he had his DePuy. Now he's like a push button. You sit next to him and chances are you are going to push his buttons.He has become so sour about things and life not a day pass without him yelling each of us in the house. Our fear is he might look unto the yonder and take extreme measures. you know.For those who might want to get a peek,my uncle's hip is here:
http://www.depuypinnaclelawsuit.com/faq/
mike

Mount Vernon, NY

#14 Feb 5, 2013
What actually would be considered a high level of chromium and cobalt in the blood ? I had the blood test...chromium 7.1 cobalt 3.3
jackie

Glasgow, UK

#15 Feb 6, 2013
my husband has been off work on and off for the past four years after having a metal hip replacement he seemd ok for the first year then had two bouts of cellulitus and headaches were both times he was addmited to hospital were he stayed on a drip october last year he got aletter from the hospital to go and hav his blood checked his results were low colbalt and very high chromium levels he has had revision surgery made amistake it was ayear last october he had a recall this has left him with a memory problem and slight depression his dr has put him on tablets which is helping him he has now been told he cant go back to his job has anyone had any of these symtons
Alan Swansea

Leeds, UK

#16 Feb 8, 2013
jackie wrote:
my husband has been off work on and off for the past four years after having a metal hip replacement he seemd ok for the first year then had two bouts of cellulitus and headaches were both times he was addmited to hospital were he stayed on a drip october last year he got aletter from the hospital to go and hav his blood checked his results were low colbalt and very high chromium levels he has had revision surgery made amistake it was ayear last october he had a recall this has left him with a memory problem and slight depression his dr has put him on tablets which is helping him he has now been told he cant go back to his job has anyone had any of these symtons
I too have had 2 bouts of cellulitis in 1 year both on the site of the operation. I don't get headaches but do notice a decline in my memory.depression and extreme fatigue. Do you know what is the acceptable levels of chrome and cobalt? What tablets has your husband been prescribed?
Alan Swansea

Leeds, UK

#17 Feb 8, 2013
I too have had 2 bouts of cellulitis in 1 year both on the site of the operation. I don't get headaches but do notice a decline in my memory.depression and extreme fatigue. Do you know what is the acceptable levels of chrome and cobalt? What tablets has your husband been prescribed?
jackie

UK

#18 Feb 9, 2013
Hi alan my husband dave has put on a tablet called donepezil the dr has told him there new on the market and dave could hav the 1st onset of alsizmers ldont think so theres to many people who have had these metals hips put in and are having the same symptons how old are you alan dave is 56 hav you had revision surgery was your metal hip called depuy take care
Darryll

Cape Town, South Africa

#19 Feb 11, 2013
I had a THR (left) in March 2007. I have the Zimmer Durom Cup. In 2008 i went for a follow up as I was in pain down my left thigh and also had loss of feeling on inner left thigh. Mr Ortho prescribed me pain killers and then said that the loss of feeling was due to a pinch nerve which is normal during a THR and will come right with time. I went back to him in 2009 & 2010 with the same complaints, and nothing was done about it. In 2012 I started loosing feeling in my feet as well as my calves, i was sent to a Neurologist who did an MRI, lumber punch and all sorts of tests, as he suspected I had developed an MND called MADSAM or Lewis Sumner Syndrome. All the tests done to see if there was any nerve compression came back negative, leaving the Neurologist dumb struck, and he even asked if my symptoms were not as a result of the THR. In January this year, an article was placed in a local magazine on the dangers of metal on metal THR and the possibility of metallosis. I started doing research and found that the Zimmer Durom Cup was pulled off the market in early 2008 and then released again later in the year. I saw my Ortho on 16th Jan 2013, and he wanted to know why I was limping, as I am battling to walk and use a walking aid. When he tested the movement of the hip, every time he moved my hip out, you heard a clicking sound, and the look on his face was quite concerning. After this he very reluctantly sent me for the blood tests to test for chromium cobalt poisening. I contacted the lab today after being told the tests take 3 weeks to come back as they are sent overseas, due to South Africa not having the facilities to perform these tests, and today i get told 8 - 12 weeks for the results to come back, so now the waiting game begins
positivitypays

Burrington, UK

#20 Feb 16, 2013
Daisy - I feel for you! I had a resurfacing about 18 months ago and was getting some pain in the hip but have discovered it is muscular - I think due to adhesions which I've been breaking down through self-massage.

However what my advice to you is don't take no for an answer. Keep lobbying. Write to your surgeon frequently. Badger your doctor. keep on and on and on till you get some help. No one should be in constant pain like that. It's sometimes those who shout loudest who get results. Do your resuearch and talk intelligently when you get to see someone. Let them know you're not a push over. Write to the hospital director. write to your MP. Good luck.
Joanne

Webster, NY

#21 Feb 24, 2013
Can you get a blood test for chromium and cobalt at any lab or does it have to go to a specific lab?
Brett

United States

#22 Feb 24, 2013
I had my right hip replaced with a Bio-Met metal on metal implant on January 3rd of 2012. After about a month of recovery time I developed a clunking sensation in my new hip. Went back to the doctor and was told that would go away with time. Went back to the same doctor a couple more times months apart and told him it is getting worse. He told me he wasn't sure what was causing that clunking but not to worry and have a good life. I just went for a second opinion and this doctor is ordering blood tests for metal as well as having my right hip checked for fluid build-up by asperation. Not sure if this is related but I have been having excessive ringing in my ears that i never had before. Does anyone know if this could be caused from excessive metal in your blood stream? My clunking is quite excessive and loud. I do not have alot of pain associated with the clunking. Just feels real weird. Current doctor seems a little worried about it and was talking about having to replace it. Help?
Eliza Winestock

San Jose, CA

#23 Feb 25, 2013
Most hospitals do offer it. So my suggestion is to hook up with the nearest hospital.

I have accompanied a friend here and he got not so poor results.

If you have had revision surgery or complications I strongly recommend you do it ASAP. Better sorry than late.

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