I'm hoping that someone out there can give me some insights/help in my experience.
I had TKR Dec, 2008. The tibial portion of the implant loosened, no infection, aesceptic loosening.
I had a revision Sept, 2014 which was successful according to my ortho surgeon's definition, "the implant is perfectly aligned".
I have not been off pain meds since this surgery, 50mg oxycodone and 8 Percocet daily and well as Wellbutrin for depression. This has been adjusted up and down depending on when I can't tolerate anymore pain and when I feel I'm poisoning my body and try to decrease.
I have severe nerve pain in my shin and outer calf. The Wasser Pain Clinic at Mt Sinai has diagnosed me with post operative neuropathic pain.
I'm at my wits end. The pain has literally stopped my life. I'm in bed most of the time and constantly searching for something to "save" me.
I have tried medical marijuana which doesn't help my pain at all but screws up my head.
I was on Cymbalta which helped a bit but went off it because of the side effects. Similarly, I don't want to try Lyrica or other nerve medications.
I had radio frequency nerve ablation procedure performed 10 days ago on the 3 nerves in my knee, and now the nerve pain in my shin is even more painful and extreme. They say it takes 7-14 days to see if the procedure will be effective and it may not help the nerve pain in my shin at all.
I am taking a CBT course at the pain clinic which involves relaxation, imagery, restorative yoga, etc. I was on the waiting list for 1 1/2 years and started the 10 week course 4 weeks ago.
I have hired the restorative yoga teacher last week for private lessons in the hope that I can unlock my rigid body. Under her instruction, as I also have low back pain which appeared 8 months after the revision, when I started to move a little bit more, I see that it can help.
Regarding the lower back pain that appeared after the revision, I had x-rays and an MRI which revealed that I have severe osteoarthritis in 3 discs. Interestingly enough, prior to the onset of the pain post surgery, I never had back pain in my life, even though this degeneration has obviously existed for a long while. They are suggesting that it activated because of the change in my gait after the revision.
My family doctor finally referred me to a second ortho surgeon for a second opinion and my appointment is this December.
If anyone out there has had or is having a similar experience I would welcome them to tell me about their experience.
As well, if anyone out there can provide some insight to my plight, I will welcome your words.
Thank you all very kindly,
Ps. I am 59 years old.