Hi Robb and welcome to Healing Well. I am very glad that you found us and decided to to take the big step and post. We have a great group of people on this forum that can relate to the different types of conditions you may have, even if we don't have the same conditions as you we all understand CP. It just stinks and messes with our lives in so many ways.
I totally understand where you are coming from with the knee problems. I have had 4 surgeries on my left knee and 1 on the right stemming from torn meniscus to a tear of the ACL. My last round of surgeries were in the fall of 04. I had both knees done three weeks apart. That was one of biggest medical decisions screw ups on my part in a long time, lol. What was I thinking!!! I had no clue as to what I was in for. On the knee that had the torn ACL, 10 days post-op I was walking up the sidewalk to the ortho's office for my first post op visit. I caught the toe of my shoe in the cracks in the handicap walkway and I was trying to avoid falling and ended up twisting the knee severely. I tore the knee up really bad and spent a year in Don Joy brace for that little incident. Spent a week in the hospital for pain mgt because it was so bad. After this I did the series of 5 Supaartz injections in each knee to buy more time before having both knees replaced. If I sat down in a chair or whatever someone had to be there to get me up. I was once stranded on a lounger on the back patio. The only good thing that came of that was I had my cell phone with me and was able to call my husband to come out there and get me up. My ortho said I hope you learned your lesson to never be w/o that cell phone.
You will get mixed comments about the injections for your back. Some they help, some they don't. We all just react so differently its hard to know how it will work for a person. I had one pain mgt tell me they were worthless and the drs did them to pad their bills!! So, its really a mixed bag. Numbness in the leg pretty much means you have some nerve involvment going on. Pain meds as a rule do not help with nerve pain. Medications such as Lyrica, Cymbalta, Neurotin all can sometimes help with nerve pain as they are used frequently for nerve pain.
Again, welcome aboard and I hope you have a low pain weekend.
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.