The metal-on-metal devices that are the subject of the DePuy hip replacement recall have a failure rate that is much higher than expected, but that isn’t the only problem. The metal components rub together, which releases tiny metal particles (cobalt in particular) into the bloodstream. Metal levels in the body rise over time, eventually leading to metal toxicity or metallosis. Some general symptoms of cobalt poisoning from a hip replacement include the following:
- Brain fog
This is a broad term that describes feelings of confusion and forgetfulness.
- Persistent pain
Chronic pain may be felt in almost any area of the body, including the muscles, tendons or soft tissues.
- Persistent feelings of malaise
This is also a somewhat vague symptom. Chronic malaise means you often feel generally unwell. For instance, you may often feel tired, uncomfortable or sick.
- Gastrointestinal problems
Some specific symptoms associated with gastrointestinal issues are diarrhea, gas, constipation, and trouble digesting foods.
- Emotional disturbance
Some that are especially linked to metal toxicity are feelings of anxiety and mood swings. Depression may also be a sign of metal toxicity.
- Recurring infections
- Allergies to certain foods
- Problems with the nervous system
Some common manifestations may include feelings of burning or numbness in the extremities and tingling in other parts of the body.
Many people who have metal toxicity because of the particles released from the DePuy devices have cobalt poisoning. Cobalt poisoning symptoms include the following:
An extremely serious consequence of metal toxicity, this term means that the muscle of the heart is no longer functioning as it should.
- Problems with hearing, sight or cognition
- Peripheral neuropathy
This can cause a host of problems including numbness, tingling and tremors.
- Skin rashes
Are you currently experiencing one or several of the above symptoms? If your implant falls under the DePuy recall, the best way to know for sure whether you have metal toxicity is to visit your doctor. It’s crucial to find out whether you have a potentially harmful buildup of metals in your body, even if you aren’t experiencing any discomfort in the hip area. Metal toxicity can be detrimental to your overall health, and symptoms often worsen over time. You may need to hire a hip replacement lawyer from the Rottenstein Law Group to help you collect compensation in a DePuy hip replacement lawsuit to cover immediate and future medical expenses. Complete our contact form to the right or click this link, and one of our attorneys will schedule a consultation with you.