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Offline Talltree

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When is enough.... enough
« on: September 08, 2006, 12:24:30 AM »
At the young age of 50, I had 11 operations.   Debridement, Triple T, right release, Meniscus tear... well you get the picture.   Can anyone tell me how I can tell the doctor, I belive a new knee is in order.  I am told the pain is patella not join so a new knee is not going to help.  But I spend all my awake and sometimes I wake up with pain.   The meds I take are many.   Is there anyone who has a ideal.    I have tought about cutting off the leg above the knee to stop the pain.. Yes, I know it is werid but I can not take this anymore.   Help!

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Re: When is enough.... enough
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2006, 02:23:09 AM »
If your doctor does not listen to you..  Perhaps find a new doctor.   

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Re: When is enough.... enough
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2006, 02:39:13 AM »
I agree with Goo, if your doc isn't listning, go see another.  If you think you may need a new knee, go visit a doc that specializes on joint replacements; with all the op's you've had you need a specialist in joint replacements.

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Re: When is enough.... enough
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2006, 08:47:34 PM »
At the young age of 50, I had 11 operations.   Debridement, Triple T, right release, Meniscus tear... well you get the picture.   Can anyone tell me how I can tell the doctor, I belive a new knee is in order.  I am told the pain is patella not join so a new knee is not going to help.  But I spend all my awake and sometimes I wake up with pain.   The meds I take are many.   Is there anyone who has a ideal.    I have tought about cutting off the leg above the knee to stop the pain.. Yes, I know it is werid but I can not take this anymore.   Help!
Yes I think you have been through enough to demand a new knee. Don't trade time for pain. I had a THR when I was 45 and I would have been in  a wheelchair by now if it wasn't for getting the operation. I just had a TKR at 59 but not before going to H!!!! and back. Here's my story,

MY STORY

My OS sent me to  Pain Specialist for my back as I was constantly complaining about my back. An MRI revealed I had Spinal Stenosis.  I had complained about my knee to my OS but he was sure it was because of my back that I was having the pain. Afrer going to the Pain Specialist for awhile and the knee not getting any better the pain specialist told me that I had a knee problem and that was not his specialty and I needed to talk to my OS about it. I went back to my OS and he said I needed to strengthen the muscles and sent me to PT. I went to PT for a couple months but the pain just kept getting worse. I quit PT and went back to see my OS and he ordered an MRI. The MRI showed I had a torn meniscus. He said I needed an arthroscopy to correct this. When he did the arthroscopy he said the cartridge was hanging on by a thread but that my knee was also filled with arthritis and looked pretty bad. He did a debridement. He wanted to send me to PT again but I said I would do it on my own. As time went on I noticed I couldn’t put any pressure on my knee to stand. I called the OS office again and once again he told me I need to go to therapy.  After going to therapy a couple more months and the pain continued to increase, I went back to my OS. This time he said he tried all the conservative treatments and since nothing worked I need a TKR. I went through all the preop stuff which takes sometime as you knee and a week before my surgery he took another x-ray, now remember I’ve already had an arthroscopy where he was inside my knee and is a much clearer picture then an x-ray. In fact an x-ray was the first thing I ever had done that didn’t show the problem.  A week before the surgery on one last visit to his office he said to me “I’ve looked at you x-rays again and I had to do a TKR if you tore the cartridge again. This made me so mad. He wanted to start over. I had done nothing to tear the cartridge again. In fact the pain was so bad I had to quit my job. I told him that I was going to wait until I had one foot in the grave to have this done, and the surgery was back on. Seconds before I was wheeled into surgery my OS came to the holding are with some pictures of Partial knee replacements and told me “he looked at my x-rays again and he feels I could get by with a Partial knee replacement. I was in no position to argue and told him I trusted him to do what was right. Never once was I free of pain in fact the pain still continued to get worse until I could hardly walk.  I went back to him every 2 months for the next 8 months complaining that I was still in so much pain. He wouldn’t give me anything for pain and he continued to ignore me. He told me to swing my leg often to work the arthritis away from my kneecap. How idiotic can you get? Finally I had it and after 14 years I told this Doctor where to go and went for a second opinion. The new OS said the prosthesis had come lose and that I should never have had a Partial as the arthritis was too advanced.  Nine months from the date of the Partial I had a TKR, which I am still recuperating from but getting there. The other Doctor screwed me over so bad that he made my recovery from the TKR more complicated.  Anyway thanks to that other Doctor I had three operations on the same knee within 10 months.

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Re: When is enough.... enough
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2006, 10:14:24 PM »
Thanks all for your imput.   I have see just about every doctor who would see me.    I have spent money I do not have to see doctors out of my insurance plan.  Everyone says the same stupid thing.... Everyone say it with me...... YOUR TO YOUNG.    ;D   As of yesterday the pain in the interior side of the knee is has a burning feeling.  Knee the size of a softball.   It was doing this just before a  MRI found a tear in the menuics.  I guess I will have to go see the doc again and try for a even 12 operations.   At 6'6" and 280 lbs when your knee is gone so are you.   Let you all know if I get lucky and pass on the menuics and go for the TKR.   :o