Hi Glyn and welcome tot he board! Sorry to see your having such a time with your pain issues and certainly hope you find some relief sometime soon.I too have unrelieved knee pain from several surgeries so can feel you there.
I am glad to see you found a place to come to and many times the little things you will find here brings as much relief as some of the more standard forms of medicine and these little things usually come from experience.
I am a firm believer in heat anyway you can get it! Am game at times to try anything no matter how out there it seems to me but no matter what the meds I take are necessary for me to get up and keep going and to prevent me from venturing to those "Kevorkian" moments,my way of saying the pain is far more then I can handle at that time. Been there alot in the early days of trying to find suitable help in treating my pain. Not so much in the last few years after finding a happy medium with my meds and a what works for me dosing.
So many times so many people come here untreated or undertreated and most of the time it is a controlling factor of a source other then the person and many times his Doc but more the fear factor of the consequences of treatment. Sad to think isnt it?
Wont get on a rant in this your first post to us but the best advice I can give you is talk to your Doc and if he isnt listening to you begin a search for another. They are out there and it may take days or weeks or even years to find one that works with you not against you but once you find the right one your life will be at a much better place. I might add here that we tend to have to overcome the fear factor ourselves here a bit too as we tend to be molded in our thinking of the "addiction" problems that may arise out of the use of meds and the stigma attached to the uses as well and at some point the pain will certainly help overcome the reluctance but alot of us still carry the guilt with us that we should have been strong enough to handle this without all the pills! Dont let that way of thinking force you into to living with pain that you deserve to be rid of. Us in the field have a high rate of using this guilt to suffer needlessly for a long time.
Good luck to you and hoping you continue to come here and find some comfort and understanding.
2 knee replacements & a hip.
spondylosis at L-4,5 & S1
arthritis,sciatica all that being a CPer entails!
If you stumble make it part of the dance!