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Old 11-11-2003, 10:23 AM   #1
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Help Husband

I am writing this out of concern for my husband -- and his knee pain does affect all of us (we have 2 small children). He already had painful arthritis in his knees due to sports injuries, but really damaged them on a job back in 1999. The worker's comp settlement he got was surgery on one knee to do something with the meniscus, and a few thousand dollars which we lived on for a few months. Now he is in pain all of the time and does his own freelance painting business, which is painful for his knees. I don't know what to do -- he says OTC meds do nothing for him, neither does Relefon (Flexeril). I think he should get hydrocodone/tylenol AND I think he should be eligible for disability, but he was declared only 25% disabled by the dr's. (The dr. that he chose declared him 50% disabled in that leg, then the company dr. decalred him 0% disabled, so there's the average.) I can't stand his bad moods because of the pain! He is only 41 so nowhere near retirement. We live in Pennsylvania, his knee injury took place at an employer in NJ. I would appreciate any advice.

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Old 11-13-2003, 08:55 AM   #2
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Hi -

I assume he closed his worker's comp case when he took the settlement. If not, he can always go back to that to pursue further treatment. Has he been to another orthopedist? Does he have arthritis? If he is in chronic pain like that it sounds like he may. It doesn't mean he will be disabled. I'm having knee replacement within the next six months and I'm only 38 years old.

It does sound like he will need to get a new profession though. Even if he does have arthritis that could be benefited by knee replacement, that doesn't last forever and you need to be careful and not stress your knees.

I take hydrocodone and it helps but it's addictive so I only take it when I'm near tears and I only take enough to take the edge off. It's not something you want to get used to taking on a regular basis.

Good luck to you and your husband -


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