Re: Chronic Pain and then Knee surgery
I'll be 44 in two weeks. I have been out of work since May 2009. It started with my neck and back and now I have developed knee problems. I have a history of knee problems but they have worsened significantly in the last 6 months.
My knee surgeon is more sports medicine oriented and isn't really getting that I've got severe spine stuff. So I may be switching to a knee surgeon in the same practice as my orthopedic spine surgeon.
The back affects the knees which affect the back which affect the knees, etc.
Walking abnormally due to a back problem can cause new stresses on a knee, whether it was healthy or had some problems before the back problems. Right now I'm struggling with how much of my low back pain is due to my knees and visa versa. In addition I've had SI joint pain but is that all SI joint pain or partially knees?
It's tough since the whole lower body is inter-related. My dad had a right hip replacement and based on how he was limping had inflammation of the other hip and low back pain. So I wonder if my limping is causing some of my back pain, or is it the other way around.
Sorry this isn't really an answer for you but wanted you to know I'm here with you. I am wondering if I am a total or partial knee replacement candidate since I have Grade III joint line arthritis on my right knee and Grade IV is the worst. So I need to talk to the new knee surgeon about what we do to work wtih my spine surgeon to see if a TKR or PKR is good now? In the future?
I've recently seen commercials about a new knee thought to possibly last up to 30 years. This is only based on laboratory simulations but it's making me feel better about the possibility of doing this at 44 or anytime before 50! If it can last 20-30 years then maybe I'll only need to do it one more time if I'm still active in my 70's.
A physical therapist I saw last year for my spine said that at my age, 42 at the time, I'd do very well with my first TKR. Age is on my side for recovering from that. It's the second one in 10, 20, or 30 years that would be difficult for me.
I'm in formal pain management for my spine with monthly visits with the PM doctor and some significant meds (MS Contin, Soma, Norco, and Neurontin). These however have often still left me with knee pain.
Rt thumb fusion '13. R&L thumb arthroplasty '12 ; RT TKR & Bilat CTS' 11. Fusions: L5-S1('87), L4-S1('93), C5-C7('06), L3-S1('10), C4-C5('13). C5-C7 foraminotomy '08
Last edited by SpineAZ; 07-29-2010 at 11:56 AM.