Can neuropathy result from a broken leg?

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A little over a year ago I suffered a bad leg/knee break, now I am fighting peripheral neuropathy.  Doctors don't think it's related.  Seems like an odd coincidence.  My pain is bilateral, but 70% of the pain is in the leg I broke.

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    I had dble TKN (total knee replacement) surgery 2 years ago...................and have had neuropothy problems in both feet since.....burning neuropothy pain commenced just 10 days after surgery, so I too are cynical with the surgeons opinion that had "nothing to do with surgery".

    Be very interested to hear from others who have had similar neuropothy problems following leg surgery/trauma?

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      I have had 2 TKR on my left kneee and a partial done on my right knee. I am only 60 yrs old. I suffer from Neuropathic pain in both legs, the neuropathic pain in my right leg started soon after surgery. My left wasn't relevant to surgery, it started years later. My legs feel like they are burning which usually starts when i am resting. I take Gaberpentin. I used to take Amitriptyline as well but since my latest surgery last Dec i have reduced my meds, i have taken so much meds over the years and with all the side effects, i want to manage on less. I wonder if neuropathic pain is partially related to surgery as people can get it without surgery. Thou i do know that surgery can cause it also because nerves can become damaged. I don't think enough is known about this type of pain.

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    Your pain seems to me be related to your injury!  So many problems can arise from an injury causing pain elsewhere in the body.  

    Your pain could be caused by trapped nerves caused by the sudden fall resoltin

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      Sorry for the cut off!  As I was saying, your pain could be caused by trapped nerves caused by your sudden fall.  The surgeon should have given you a scan in my opinion.  At least you will be told what is wrong!
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    Hello, I have suffered 3 lumbar degenerated discs for 40 years and it has over this time got gradually worse. I suffer with sciatica down left leg also. I had a scan 7 years ago and it showed 3 areas between 3,4 5th vertabrae has having very little discs between. I was told by my Gp that I could have nerve damage. Now as my condition has worsened over the last 6 months or so the heels of my feet hurt really bad as though I was walking on my bones. I went to a podiatrist who gave me some insoles which didn't work, and having examined them said there was nothing else she could do,and told me to see pysio. He then examined me even though I had been through all this before and continued with the exercises they gave me years ago. He then brought up my old scan and said that I needed a new one. What made me mad was the fact that I stated that podiatrist had told me she thought the pain could be coming from my back as referred pain. Getting the pysio to accept that was another thing as he was one of those sort that thought if it wasn't stated in the BOOK then it didn't exist. I was adamant this time that I wanted something doing as the pain was unbarable, so I have told him that I want to see a neurosurgeon and if physio doesn't refer me I am going to my GP to get one. I honestly think you should do the same as due to your op you may have well also suffered nerve damage and have referred pain .

    Good luck

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    I'm so sorry for you. After surgery for torn cartilage in my right knee & complications afterwards I can't to suffer neuropathic pain all the way down that leg and into my foot. The pain became so bad that I could not put weight on that leg. Subsequently spread to my left leg and the pain was mirrored there I have tried every medication under the Sun and I have been to many doctors, including the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. I got a diagnosis of RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) and another condition called Causalgia. That all happened about 15 years ago. What helped me most was attending a pain management specialist I am much better now but still get episodes of pain. I take Gabapentin, which helps. It might help you to look up those two conditions online and CD your symptoms fit in.

    Good luck!

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