i can understand you and know where your coming from. I have had two knee replacements with no results, i still have pain on the knee and it is always swollen and i can even go down a stair because i can"t bend it to go down, its been almost 5 yrs since the second surgery and the first one was in 1996 the second one in 2000 and i am still haveing problems with my knee, i went back to my orthopetic and he said there was nothing he could do, i dont think any one should live with pain. i am trying to find another doc. but its hard to find one that will accept medicare, because of this i am dissable. i am only 52 yrs old
02/27/2005 05:34 AM
I sure hate hearing that you are having such problems! Beware doing too much to that knee because it seems one surgery leads to another sometimes. I have had nine surgeries so far including a new knee after it becoming infected and being taken out. Then, my kneecap was messed up and had to come off. Now, I have another infection which will mean my LAST new knee because the bone won't support anymore surgeries after this one. Then, its the unspeakable. I have been hurting since Jan., 1999 when I fell and twisted my knee and to tell you the truth, being totally rid of the pain is tempting to me right now..... Becky
02/26/2005 10:58 PM
I am a 54 year old female with severe osteoarthritis in both knees however my right knee was much worse. I had an arthroscopy done in January of last year which was usuccessful as I had too much damage in my knee. I had a total knee replacement done in April of last year which as far as I am concerned was a total flop! I had 7 months of physical therapy and can only get a 90 degree bend. I am also in pain 24/7 and still taking vicodin for pain. My failure to do well has caused me great depression and being in constant pain is no treat either. I got a 2nd opinion which agreed with my original surgeon. I still have a lot of swelling and inflamation which is causing the pain. Not to mention the fact that I work on my feet on my job. I was told if it is not better by summer I should consider having it redone. Are they kidding? I have never been so miserable in my whole life. I thought I was doing a good thing to relieve mypain and it ended up much worse. I am glad to see I am not the only one who has had difficulty with this. I was feeling like a complete failure. What is the answer? It is not fair to have to live in this constant pain or become dependent on pain killers.