I had my first TKR in Dec/08 and a revision in Sept/14 as the tibial component detached from the bone and the implant was at a 45 degree angle. I was very lucky, there was no infection.
8 months post surgery, severe lower back pain started as well as extreme nerve pain in the shin and outer calf. They said the back pain started as a result of the change in my gait post the revision. It has not gone away and it's over 2 years now. I had X-rays and an MRI which revealed I have severe degenerative osteoarthritis in 3 discs which never bothered me prior to the surgery.
You mentioned pain patches. Would you be so kind to explain how this helps you? You also said that it doesn't help your back pain and that surgery is not an option.
I'm seeing a 2nd ortho surgeon in Dec. There is some talk about back surgery as there appears nothing is helping my severe back pain, and that the nerve root in my back is responsible for the nerve pain in my shin.
At a CBT course I am taking at the pain clinic, there is a woman there because she had back surgery for a ruptured disc and it failed. They can't do anything more. She is on morphine..!!
Needless to say, I think I will never subject my body to another surgery after the bizarre outcome of my revision 2 years ago. Anything you can share would be most appreciated.