I just wanted to let you all know that I've finally seen a different Ortho Doc who ordered a Bone Scan to see what was going on inside of my knee. It shows several "hot spots" that he said were infected areas and/or loosening of the prosthesis. He also said that the next thing to do was to do a needle aspiration of the joint using a non chemically treated saline. He said that he would inject the saline under my knee cap & then draw it back out. Then he'd send the liquid in to see what kind of infection I had. He gave me this report over the phone & added, "I just wanted to call you to let you know that it hasn't all been in your head." He told me to come by anytime & he'd show me the scan. When I made repeated calls to his office to come in to look at it, he never returned my calls. When my husband & I went to his office to talk to him about the scan, I felt that he acted totally different than he had over the phone the night he called to give me the report of the scan. The doctor suggested that I go to the Mayo Clinic for a second opinion. I asked him what happened to him saying he'd do the needle biopsy & he said that he felt like it couldn't be an infection because my knee wasn't swollen. I told him that to be safe, I wanted that test. I went in on Wednesday & had it done & I'm expecting results today or tomorrow. I'm starting to wonder if I should go to the Mayo Clinic instead of seeing this doctor now. We live in a pretty small city of 80,000 so all the Ortho docs know each other. He was the only Ortho Surgeon not in practice with my original surgeon so I thought he could be honest with me about my pain. I've also read that there are problems with my particular prosthesis so I'm wondering if that's where it all started.
I will post more as I find out more. This is all SO frustrating!
Millpark, hope your Mom is feeling better!