my name is amanda i am in scotland. Where are you? well i have been in pain most my life, from bowels which affected my back and i also get some joint ache, but normally centred on tummy area and back. don't think you will have offended anyone, and in my opinion people like you, are not giving the care and respect that you so rightfully derserve. It is crappy feeling sore all the time I know, in fact most ppl here will also feel the same as you. Do you have any good days? maybe you should make an appt with your gp, and get him to explain everything to you, but beofre you go write a list of all your questions, so you don't forget. It happens to everyone think you will remember and boom the questions are gone. I also find that googling your questions may bring some answers too, maybe a long shot but you never know. Anyway feel free to chat to me anytime, and i hope you get the right care,
And welcome to the Chronic Pain forum. I am glad you are here, though not for the reason you have to be.
First of all, three weeks in rehab is nothing in the long run. After my back surgery I went three times a week for a year and that finally did the trick. Don't underate the power of physical therapy.
As for pain meds, yes you may have to take them from time to time, but you are a relatively young person (?) and in relatively good health as well (?), so you just might beat this knee pain yet. Don't give up.
You have had good suggestions posted to you here. I like Ry's suggestion of taking someone with you to the dr's appointment and Amanda's other suggestion of writing out your questions. Both excellent suggestions.
I'm not giving up on you by a long shot!!
Gentle Hugs Tunny,
Welcome to the CP board. I, too, have knee problems, so I feel your pain. My non-professional guess is that the ACL tear did not heal properly, but technically healed. Military doctors often settle for "good enough" when it comes to injuries that heal up. In the private sector, a good orthopaedist would probably suggest orthroscopic surgery to correct the incorrectly healed ACL. The military would consider it "superfluous" or "elective" surgery since it's "technically" healed. The amount of pain you are in is often times disregarded by military doctors, who often have a "patch 'em up, and send 'em back out" mentality. They don't care that it's done correctly, just that it's done. It's a problem with the US military too. Heck, it's even standard practice with a lot of private doctors as well.
As far as having to take painkillers from here on out, it's just going to depend on how well your knee is rehabilitated. It may take you seeing a non-military physician when you can, to see if there are other surgical options for you. Personally, I'm just having to wait things out. I need both knees replaced, but I've been putting it off for 28 years. DR. still wants me to wait, since I'm young enough that if I have it done now, it will have to be done again in 10/15 years, and who wants to do that more than once?
Please keep us updated on your condition. We're glad to help out whenever we can.