increasing pain weeks after arthroscopy

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I have arthritis in both knees and had an arthroscopy on the left one 11 weeks ago. I was told afterwards that I will need a knee replacement in the future but they say I am too young yet as I'm 49. It did seem that there had been some improvement once the initial pain and swelling had settled, but over the last 3 weeks or so I have been getting more pain again, The pain is different now than before as they shaved down some bone so some of the grinding pain is gone. now it's more like a sharp pain a lot of the time, like a shooting pain that goes through my knee and sometimes to my hip or ankle. bending is still a big problem, it sometimes feels like the knee sticks and I have to force it to bend which is very painful at first. I wake in pain most nights and haven't had an unbroken night's sleep for over 2 weeks. I am having physio but progress seems slow and it feels like I'm back where I was before the surgery. 

It also effects my job as I'm a nurse and at the moment can't do my usual shifts.

just wondering if this is all normal for this stage or should I be concerned that something has gone wrong. grateful for any advice

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    Hita ruth, I had one 3 years ago due to arthritis. Scraped my bone too and removed torn cartledge. My knee is still a shocker not painful but it just feels soooo strange, from above my knee and below my knee is almost numb..yet if i touch it with my other leg it feels soo odd...have to put a pillow under it at night even though I sleep on my side, it hurts, feels really strange it touches the matress when im lying on my side..i always have to manuvre myself till it feels right.grr, my doc said it would be a replacement next time, im 65, my daughter who is 44 has had 3 total knee replacents, she recons her knees feel great when they are done, they apparantly only last 10 years, thats why they try to avoid a tkr. She already had one redone..be blessed ruth, have a lovely day..😍😍
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    I had TKR 3 and a half years ago when I was 61.  A lady in the same ward as me had the same operation, she was 45. Not sure if she had gone privately or not.

    Have you ever had cortisone injections in your knees?

    Keep in touch

    Sarah

     

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    Hi Ruth, sorry you are feeling so fed up with it all, it gets you down some times.

    to be too you are too young for a knee replacement, is old school, there are surgeons that will give you quality of life instead of a certain figure.

    it was 1999, when I had my knee done it was the 5 th joint replacement which started when I was 37. Due to AVN. The girl I was in hospital with  we had the same surgeon, he did my hip and her knee. She  was only 35... and she was an orthopaedic nurse on the same ward and went back to nursing, 

    so my knee is 17 years old and still going strong.

    get another opinion Form a surgeon that cares about quality of life.

    good luck...

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    I'm a nurse too and had an arthroscopy performed on one knee fifteen years ago, it didn't help for very long. I have since had both knees replaced now, one in 2012 and the other just 8 weeks ago.

    The question about the efficacy of knee arthroscopy for artiritis is a bit controversial. I would put the link here to a good article but usually we're not allowed to link articles here. I encourage you to google 'Arthroscopic Knee Surgery Little Help for Arthritis'. The article was published by the Arthritis Foundation and the study itself was conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine.

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    Wish I had done it when I was younger!  They kept saying I was too young too so I had seven years of needless misery!  I am now rehabbing from my 2nd PKR.  I'm miserable right now but once this heals, as the other knee has, I will have my life back!  I think they need to think Quality of life with severe knee pain!!!  Hope you can find relief!
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    Therapy progress will be slow and suddenly you'll feel a difference as everything strengthens. You probably aren't helping things much by trying to work and staying on your feet for long periods doing all the bending and lifting your profession requires. A few years ago one of my nurse friends was going though the same thing you are now although she was a little older than you. I told her she would be a lot better off if she was a Booker rather than a nurse.......at least she could still work and she would be off her feet. You may have residual pain to a degree until you can get a tkr but with proper excercise it would get better. Keep elevating and icing at every chance and if all the little incisions are healed, tiger balm might give some temporary relief. I think when they insert he air to balloon the skin it causes a lot of that slow repairing nerve damage. Stay with this forum. You have people from 8-10 different countries on here with many different proceedures and can get a lot of support.
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    thanks everyone for you previous replies. since the arthroscopy I worked in the office for some time, and have only recently returned to actual shifts to see how I get on. luckily I look after babies and children so there isn't too much lifting but it is still challenging at times. at my 6 week follow up the registrar wanted to discharge me from further follow up. I wasn't happy with this after being told I needed a new knee so did have another appointment this week. This time I saw the consultant who did the surgery and he told me that he is willing to put me on the list for a TKR if I want to go that route. he explained that although my age would mean I would likely need further replacements later, he feels the right time is when the person feels their quality of life is significantly affected. as it is major surgery he suggested that I take some time to consider it and discuss with family, friends and work. I need to give him my answer when I see him again in 2 months. so now I have a decision to make. other things to consider are that I live alone so would need to make arrangements, and also that the arthritis pain in he other leg is now increasing. I would be happy to hear about other peoples suggestions and experiences  
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      I am due to have almost the same surgery on April 15th.  The only difference is my surgeon is going to do a stem cell injection from my own bone.  In hopes it will cause my knee to start growing new cartlige.  I am to the point something has to be done.  I cannot do this any longer, but both doctors agree I am too young for tkr.  However, I have the mensicus tear that the second dr. wants to repair and try the stem cell injection.  I will keep you posted on how things go.  
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