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3 weeks ago I had an ACL reconstruction. The surgery went well and my knee is looking and feeling great! I had a femoral nerve block which they believe may not have worked as I was in a large amount of pain after surgery and I spent a few hours longer than I was supposed to in recovery.
About a week after the surgery (just as I started trying to walk without a crutch), I started having a sharp pain that came from the inside of my ankle. I ignored it at first, but it starting getting worse. After a few days, I started having electric shock pains radiating up my leg from my ankle and the area became very sensitive and felt like it was burning. Around this time my shin just below my knee also had similar symptoms (burning and sensitivity to light touch) and recently I've also had electric shock pains radiating from it. Both are sensitive to having blankets on them or going into water. It's painful but I wouldn't say it was excruciating. The burning and sensitivity to light touch happen when I'm sitting down and the electric shock pains only really happen when I straighten my leg and the first few steps when I start walking.
A few days after that I started having tingling and burning in my two outside toes of my operated leg and that had now spread to the soles of both of my feet.
All these pains get better when I start walking around for a couple of minutes. The longer I walk around and do my physio exercises the better they get. I can touch all these spots and the pain usually subsides for a second as well. Hard pressure seems to be much better than soft pressure.
My doctor put me on Lyrica (100mg in the morning and 100mg at night). This seems to have worked quite well. I'm not pain free, but it's much less noticeable - although the tingling in the soles of my feet isn't really affected by the Lyrica. It only started when I upped my dosage of Lyrica - so I'm not sure if it's just a side effect.
My surgeon believes I may have CRPS, as he was adamant he didn't go near any nerves, but every doctor and physio I've seen doubts that's true. I don't have any skin discoloration, swelling or temperature changes. From what I've read CRPS is not something you'd want to have.
Can anyone who is familiar with the condition comment on weather they think my symptoms are related to CRPS? It's really starting to worry me that I might have it. I'm trying to keep active and I've started working from home to take my mind off it. Has anyone else had something like this after surgery?
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