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[PARTIAL KR] Nerve Issues, 7 months post PKR

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by Cadbury, Feb 16, 2019.

  1. Jockette

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    I have a weird nerve issue, also. I had a lateral release done when they did my Patellofemoral, and I’ve had major discomfort on the lower lateral area near my knee. The second I put pants on it feels like something big and hard swells up in the knee, like a golf ball, or sometimes a baseball, in there. It’s not a sharp pain, but it’s so uncomfortable and just the amount of bend you do when you walk really irritates it.

    I’m so glad the weather is warm again and I can wear shorts for the next several months. I’ve mentioned it to both my second opinions and they don’t know what it is and don’t recommend much so I’m just living with it.
     
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    Jockette, I’m sorry that you’re having those issues. I don’t have those issues you describe but I have this dull aching pain from the quads muscle. Walking is a challenge as I can’t extend my leg and after a few steps it kind of just freezes up. My husband mentioned I walk like I’m feeling for mine fields. Haha. My appointment with the second neurosurgeon is next Tuesday. Would be interesting to see what he had to say.
     
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    I learned the hard way with my partial not to trust the first, and in my case, only, opinion. I was so innocent about joint replacement that it never even occurred to me to get a second opinion.

    We are not making that mistake with my husband’s back, though he really is in a lot of pain.
    I wouldn’t have thought a nerve issue would restrict movement. I thought nerve pain is just something you feel.
     
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    Hi Cadbury, I had RTKR 6/30/16 and R revision 7/17/18 because of loose implant. I was never without pain after both surgeries and was told it was nerve pain. I saw a neurologist after TKR who did EMG and same neurologist after the revision. I asked him about NERVE DECOMPRESSION as I saw an article online from BaltimorePeripheralNervePain.com (go to that website for more info). I asked him if he knew anyone in San Diego that did this procedure. He didn't however, he knows the neurologist that is doing this procedure and he QUESTIONS this procedure. I also just went to UCSD PAIN MANAGEMENT and asked about procedure and doctor was unaware of this procedure. So I too suggest get another opinion. Are you by any chance from Baltimore where that Peripherial NERVE PAIN clinic is?
     
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    Gosh, that seems like a shot in the dark!
    I would much rather visit a chiropractor before you go that far. Such surgery does not have a record of howling success and there are lots of alternative therapies that was worth trying, chiropractic being my dead cert favourite.
     
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    Hi Calgirl, the link was very informative. Thank you very much for that. I’m not in the field of medical profession so it’s hard to process and retain information in medical terminology. I’ll know more when I go see the second neurosurgeon and I’ll be ready to go over whatever concerns I have. I’m also from California in the OC area.
     
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    Thank you Josephine, I’m in the midst of checking some physiatrist as they specialize in pain management and rehabilitation and I believe acupuncture is one the methods.
     
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    Hi Jockett, I didn’t go for a second opinion for my partial. I was in debilitating pain that I just want to get it done with. My OS was very assuring as he thought that since I don’t have any underlying illness and in excellent health, no complications whatsoever, he expected me to be up and about in a few weeks and that I’ll be doing whatever exercises I was doing presurgery and I was anticipating that because of his expectations of me. NOT. On my 1st follow up visit he was surprised to learn that I was struggling to walk as my ROM was excellent so he recommended PT. After few months of pt, though only slight improvement in March. On my 3 month appointment seeing that my quad muscles have atrophied,he did some research in post surgery quads weakness and prescribed NMES to fire the quads with no success. On my 6 month visit, seeing that my quads are still weak, he indicated a nerve issue. I believe my OS cares for my well being as he really took his time to do research work with my present issues and try to diagnose what’s going on with me and so that’s where I am, visiting the neurologist and then the neurosurgeons.

    Yes, I’m looking into other non invasive options like a physiatrist who specializes in pain management and rehabilitation and I think acupuncture is one of the method and hopefully it will be a good outcome.
     
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    My OS offered me nothing at my one year check up, even after reading my my list of concerns. He did seem to do a lot of pondering, but he didn’t offer any further tests, like a bone scan, to see if my implant is loose.

    Even though my outcome has been poor, I’m managing, and no longer interested in more opinions. I’m not sure what I would believe at this point anyway.
     
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    Im sorry for your woes and I know it’s hard to deal with an outcome your not happy with. I don’t think I’ll be able to manage like you have for such a long time. For me, I’ll keep exploring my options and not caved in. I hope you’ll too
     
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