Hi Joy, I too would like to welcome you to Healing Well. I am so glad you found us but always hate to see a new person come along that is afflicted with CP. I do hope you will hang out with us here at the forum. We have a great group of people on this forum and one thing we all have in common is CP. That and knowing how CP can take over your life and nearly destroy you and your life in the process if not careful. It is sure one tough one to battle with every day. I have gone the surgery route with both of my knees, had 4 on the keft and one on the right. I have had meniscus tears with both knees and do know what a problem they can be. My son had a situation a little similiar to yours. He injured his knee working out, lifted too much weight and tore the menicus. He hadsurgery and the knee never got any better. Finally, he got a second opinion and after another MRI had knee surgery. He too had a bakers cyst and a tear of the meniscus. The 2nd surgeon said he could not find any evidence that the 1st surgeon repaired the meniscus. It was really a mess in there by the time he got to the 2nd dr.
What has your dr offered up as to why you are having such a time with your knee?Does he think all of it stems from the delay of no treatment for so long? Unless, I over looked it, are you by chance seeing a pain mgt dr? If not have you thought about perhaps getting a consult with one to see what is available for you that may provide you some relief? I understand what you are saying about medications. But that is also where a PM dr may be of some great help to you.
Again, just wanted to pop in here and say welcome aboard. Take care and please let us hear from you.
Oh....this is the story of our lives. Most of us anyway. So many of us have been through the entire list of pain meds...including antidepressants, nerve pain meds, OTC meds, creams, patches...you name it. And some of us are really sensitive to certain meds...My mom for example can take one Lortab 5 mg. and have nightmares for a week and it does nothing for pain...and she will only take a Tylenol if you push it. Me, now I can take 2 Oxycodone 30 mg. and have it only help for a couple of hours at the most...and that's with my Methadone 120 mg. a day. But Morphine does NOTHING.... Odd, huh?
I have been dealing with lower back issues since I was about 20. I'm 42 now!! I have had 2 surgeries: the first was a Lamenectomy back in 1999, the second one was Spinal Fusion at L4-S1 back in 2004...thank God they didn't use hardware but only my own bone material they harvested during surgery...But even those didn't work well. I have DDD, Spinal Stenosis, OA in rt knee, bulging discs, bone spurs....too much to write and some things I don't even know.
It sucks to hear people say "Live with it"! I say...You live with it and see how you like it!! All you can do is the best you can...that sounds lame, but what else can we do? I have no other options left since I did the Fusion..I wish I had waited and hadn't put all my faith into it.. Permanent nerve damage made it not work.
Please try to live every day to the fullest and don't let the CP be who you are...I have made that mistake for many years and I have wasted years with it defining who I am..
I have been a spectator for so long..Now it's time to participate.......
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/ 30 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1000 mg. at night..Glipizide 10mg. 2X in the morning
Lantus 35 units at bedtime with Solostar Pen