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I was injured at work on 7/2016 which involved the tearing of my left medial meniscus. 2wks after my injury I had my 1st Arthoscopic surgey and proceeded to do PT for the next 6mths. During this time I explained to my Dr. that I was still having pain and visible swelling.
After having a 2nd MRI which showed another tear I had to have another Arthoscopic surgery.
Again, more PT followed for approx 2mths because of such intense pain and swelling I was forced to stop. Once again, I had another MRI which now showed that I had torn cartilage off my bone. I spoke with an OS and was advised that because I still had a little bit of good cartilage on the lateral side of my knee that I would not be a good canidate for a TKR.
I was told that my only other option was to have a HTO and that this procedure would buy me some time.
Shortly after having my HTO done I had some serious complications and need to have an emergency 4 compartment fasciaotomy done.
I kept having severe pain once out of the hospital that included swelling which was to be expected but I also have coldness in my calf area along with Severe burning sensation as well as the feeling of pins and needles being torn into my foot and lower leg as well as the severe pain.
I am now approx. 2.5mths post op from my HTO and my OS refered me to a pain management Dr who has since put me on Gabapentin and something similliar to lyrica (sorry I cant pronounce the name) and the PM DR has confirmed my CRPS. My question is this, What is eveyone doing to deal with the pain? I am currently back in PT I also am consistanly desanitizing my leg (forcefully rubbing my ands of my leg) even though the pain sooo bad. I am trying to constantly move my leg so it doesnt stiffen up though it is getting hard to do. Another issue I have is that the pain gets worse at night and I am sleeping approx 1-2hrs the whole night. My Dr's keep telling me that if the pain gets too bad I should go to the ER for pain control until I can get an appt to be seen. The problem is this, I am in sooo much pain that I would be making trips to the ER constantly whixh is something I DO NOT want to do.
please let me know anyones thoughts on this so I can cope a little better.
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