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    Mizzenman posted:
    Long story which I'll try to keep short. After 4 scopes and no cartilage left, my knee was replaced in 2007. Too many years of wrestling drunks as a Cop and too many sports. Initially the surgery seemed successful but within a few years was clearly not functioning right. After a bone scan and another scope in the Spring of 2012, my Ortho Doc advises that the bottom section of my prosthesis hadn't bonded properly, and the surgery would have to be re-done. One week later I learn that my knee is infected with an MRSE Staph Infection. No doubt from the Scope procedure, but who's going to admit that. My knee swelled up like a ballon and the fluid drained (and analyzed...), verified the infection.

    I had to go in for an emergency procedure to have my prosthesis removed and a temporary implant put in. 15 days in hospital I was so sick from the infection. I went home with a "Pick Line", and home care came in each morning to change my I'VE bag. This went on for 2 months.

    By November, 2012, 5 months later, and several test confirming the infection had cleared, a new prosthesis surgery was successfully conducted. Because there was so much intricate work done, according to my Doc, I had to wait 6 weeks before starting a more intense Physio Therapy program.

    All was going great and my wife and I couldn't believe how well I was recovering. Until Monday, January 7th, not quite 2 months ago. One of the stretching exercises my Physio Therapist was doing, was laying me on my stomach, sitting beside me with her back to me, and bending my knee as far as she could, until I told her to stop. She has 30 years of experience so I figured she knew what she was doing. That night, I was in agony. I went back a few more times, explaining my pain and making sure she took it easy. But my knee only seemed to worsen so I stopped after a few more sessions.

    I remain in moderate pain which basically means that with all the meds I'm on, I'm just accepting and coping with the pain. My wife and I left the end of January for the Dominican Republic, and will be here until the end of April. My next appointment with my Doc is a few days after we return.

    The pain hasn't worsened but hasn't improved either. But what's different and unique is that while the left side of my knee (if you sliced it down the middle...) feels fine. All the pain is in the right side of the knee. Also, the right side feels numb, similar to when you have teeth frozen before a filling. I can poke the right side with a needle and feel barely anything.

    I'm guessing I've suffered nerve damage from the Physio Therapist over extending my knee with her aggressive bending. My question being; has anyone experienced anything of a similar nature, and was there a solution??? I want to get off the narcotics, (Oxyneo, Endocet, Celebrex. And something for my stomach...), fearing that my poor liver is slowly being destroyed.

    Any comments, suggestion or input will be appreciated. I don't get to see my Ortho Doc until the end of April, and I fear I may be facing another surgery to repair nerve damage, but certainly this is only speculation right now. Oh Yeah... Besides my 2 knee replacements, in between I had a hip replacement, and both shoulders operated on. I'll be turning just 54 on my birthday in March. As I said before, the product of wrestling too many drunks and domestic disputes for 26 1/2 years, and too many sports at the same time.

    Any input will be appreciated, and thanks for reading my Novel, ha....... wB...
    Mizzenman responded:
    Should have included... The Physio Therapist got my knee up to a 106 degree bend. She told me that the most she had ever seen from a TKR Patient was 120 degrees, and that I was coming along great, which I also thought. Right now, it just feels like it's NEVER going to get any better, and I DO understand that it takes 6-9 months to recover from a TKR surgery, and maybe even a year or more for some folks. My healing basically feels like it's ended or on PAUSE, as I haven't seen any improvement since January 7th, last month...

    Thanks Again and sorry for being so long winded, but I wanted to make sure I covered ALL the bases, so as to receive as accurate a response(s) as possible... Cheers... wB...
    arbob5 replied to Mizzenman's response:
    Wow, you've been through the wringer, for sure. With TKR's, we only normally hear about the unsuccessful ones, and not the positive sides of this surgery. And there are many on both sides. Mine was completely successful, done 8 years ago, and no problems whatsoever with it. I've also had both hips replaced, left one almost 9 years ago, and the right one just last July 16. No problems with either one of those either. I'm 74 and was really thinking this latest surgery would be much more difficult because of my age. Well, to my surprise, this latest one was easier than either of the other two! Go figure. New advancements in the surgery and whatever else, plus a wonderful Dr. who, believe it or not, when complimented about his "talent", simply says..."I've got a great team". Now how often do you hear that from a specialist? I know there are others out there like that too.

    So, your body has been through a lot, even before the surgeries, like you said. I hope the warm sun in the Dominican Republic will help somewhat. And while you may want to take it easy, you have to keep moving. If you don't, you might have other problems. And I know what I'm about to suggest may seem kind of ridiculous, please try to think positive. This has helped me so much so please, use positive thinking and I feel this will also help some of your symptoms. We have to learn to deal with what we're dealt, sometimes it's good and other times not so good. But until you see your Dr. in April, do you best to accept it, thinking positive, and soak up that wonderful sun.

    Keep us updated on how you're doing. We do care on this site.

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