- Jun 27, 2010
- United States
I maybe the oddball but the current situation with my Left Knee stinks. Having had 18 surgeries on my Left Knee 6 of which have been TKR ( last one June 18 ) I am well aware pain is going to be part of my life however I have begun to notice an increase in pain over a period of several months. Currently taking 600mg. of Gabapentin 3x day which helps but not enough to ease the discomfort. I use ice thru out the day have to use a cane otherwise the risk of falling increases. The part that concerns me is I have no idea what to do since x-rays look fine labs look fine however I have constant swelling ( Left is approx twice as big as Right Knee ), the surgeon I have is the go to guy when others have tried and failed. Pain meds are not the answer too many issues in regards to them, considering what I have been told surgery is not a good option either ( what are the odds after 18 that any further surgeries will help?? ). Going by signs of infection yes Left is warmer then Right but not major difference color is normal if it was not for swelling knee looks okay. When walking knee has a tendency to give out ( a good reason for using cane ) which is starting to happen more frequently ( not everyday but several times a week ). Anyone have any ideas on is this normal or if not what I should do?? Going by pain scale 1 - 10 the way I rate pain 10 severe trauma end of life, 8 to 9 in recovery room waking up from surgery or in hospital due to surgery, 7 the highest I will give my pain at home and yes a 7 hurts pretty bad, 5 to 6 miserable but somewhat manageable, 4 and below piece of cake. As of now my level is pushing a 6 several months ago ( summer ) a 4 and prior to that before going on Gabapentin pushing a 7. So yes frustrated any ideas??