Hi all. I am scheduled for left knee replacement on 27 June and am terrified. I have had 7 bouts of cellulitis in that leg and have lymphodema in it but surgeon seems ok to go ahead with replacement. My biggest fear is I am petrified of needles and even more petrified of pain. The idea of a spinal is scaring me witless. I have already told them at pre op that I won't let anyone put the canulla in the back of my hand If they try I will be out of there sharp. I am so petrified I still haven't ruled out cancelling. I am so scared of the pain after the operation but I really want to get better knees. I do long distance walking and I am struggling with the miles. I have forgotten what it is like to walk normally. Had anyone else gone through fear like this? How bad really is the pain on recovery? Sorry for such a long post but I am terrified.