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Offline rescurolf

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severe pain after PFR
« on: September 09, 2011, 08:30:49 AM »
I'm 43 yr old female retired firefighter with bilateral PFR....had 1st almost 1 yr ago and extremely happy with left knee was done April 6 making me currently 5 months out and I'm having very bad pain throughout the joint along with stability problems.....the PA @ my surgeon keeps saying that I need to be patient and it is just taking time to heal but I've dealt with bad knees since age 19 and something is wrong....I have a very high pain tolerance and this is hitting a 10/10 with great symptoms: constant swelling posterior and laterally, very warm to touch (even after just removing ice packs), constant throbbing pain, extreme pain with trying to fully straighten, sharp constant pain with weight bearing.......other notes: good ROM  135 and 0, pain and swelling decrease significantly if I use crutches for a couple of days but then starts back with a vengence as soon as I start weight friends who are in the medical field say I need a 2nd opinion and my PT says that there is something not right with the knee and not just a "slow healer" as my surgeon's asst termed it......also by this point with the other knee, I could run pain free

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Re: severe pain after PFR
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2011, 02:56:40 PM »
I would say follow your gut on this one.  One caution however is many other knee surgeons do not like to see you as a second opition until 6 months out.  Call around and find out though.  It sounds like there is still a great deal of inflammation to me.  I had quite a bit for a long while, but it would calm down with ice.  Hope you find your answer.
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Re: severe pain after PFR
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2011, 02:04:58 AM »
Your situation sounds so similar to mine.  I am almost a year out now and know something is not right.  I can walk better now than a few months ago, but still walking 1/2 mile is inconceiveable to me.  Standing (which my work requires) is unbearable after 10 minutes.  I too have good ROM and really decent strength.  I have been forced to use it much more recently as mentioned in another post and I have learned to put it on the back burner you might say, but that honestly doesn't mean it feels better.  Stopped taking pain meds for a few days as I quite simply was too overwhelmed to remember them and have realized they really don't help.  Good to know and its one less thing I am subjecting myself to.  I am trying to find another OS as mine not so empathetic (believe he is worried about his own stats as well). 

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Re: severe pain after PFR
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2012, 03:25:16 PM »
Absolutely nothing wrong with more opinions....especially if you are in pain.

There is also a publication "Intractable Pain Patients Handbook" by Dr. Forest.  Just google it and it will tell you about pain relief and how to approach a Pain Management doctor.

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09  MUA
09  MUA
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10  TKR  Scar Tissue
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11  TKR PT
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11  TKR  AF diagosis
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