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Offline retiredwtrk

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TKR 1 1/2 years ago and still painful
« on: May 26, 2010, 02:04:26 PM »
I had a TKR November, 2008.  I've had problems ever since.  My surgeon told me my x-rays were fine.  I went to another surgeon who saw me for 8 months, gave me injections and never told me any other options.  Last week he "fired" me.  I went into his office, crying.  I was in pain so bad.  I had been takin Lortab and it was not working; however, I never had time to mention this to him.  He came in and as always, said "your x-rays look good". I was so upset I didn't stop to think that he hadn't x-rayed me for 10 months.  He said that I should go to someone else because he thought I was in need of a psychiatrist.  I was dumbfounded.  I left with my mouth open.  As usual I thought of a zillion things to say  - after I was gone.  Then I got mad, called and told his office I was not paying for that visit....I also requested my records and they showed all sorts of things that he was going to do, ie, bone scan w wcu to check the results from tx, MRI, arthroscopic resection.  His assessment was saphenous neuritis among other things.  He never mentioned any of this to me. Well I made an appointment with my family physician and he told me I needed a new Ortho, I said, ya think?  So I have an appointment today....
However, my main reason for posting is to see if anyone else out there has the problems I'm having for as long as me.  I have pain around my kneecap, down my calf and up my thigh.  I have taken a couple of bad falls since my tkr but as I said, I've not been x-rayed for this.  I even went to a pain management Dr. who did a Lumbar Sympathetic Block.  My thigh hurt for three days after and on the fourth day I was literally pain free, for about a week. 
My husband and I retired in Sept. 08 and moved from Louisiana to Florida in order to pursue our dream which is to follow profesional golfers in their tournaments.  I can't walk one hole nevertheless the whole round.  The more I walk,  the worse it gets. It swells really bad after I walk. The Doctors here do not want you to be on any pain meds.  I wind up staying in the bed on ice and heat.
Anyway, like I said I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem this long after a tkr and if so, what were your options? I've try to exercise, swim, etc. but it hurts so bad I can't last long.  Thanks so much for listening to me!

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Re: TKR 1 1/2 years ago and still painful
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2014, 05:42:35 PM »
I had my TKR 3 1/2 years ago. I have Saphenous Neuritis.  I went to Stanford Pain Clinic and they did saphenous blocks and pulse radiofrequency but I was pain free for only 3 months.  Now I am going to a local Pain Specialist and am on Levorphanol.  If I take it on time and regularly, I can live a "normal" life. I have no other side-effects with it. I have had consults to see if they can permanently get rid of the pain but they say any intervention can possibly make it worse. They can not do an MRI to locate the nerve because of the metal in the knee.I used to be very active but now I have to really limit my activities or the pain and swelling returns. Let me know if you have found any interventions that help.