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   Posted 6/5/2012 12:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,

I'm Michael, I'm relatively young (24) and I have chronic knee pain/injuries (about two year's worth). So far, it's gotten me pretty down. First, I partially tore my ACL, horizontally -- so not much to repair, but I had a scope. However, I never fully recovered from it and I subsequently tore my medial meniscus rehabbing it about a year later. I had surgery for that, as well -- some cleaning out scar tissue and removing about an inch of my meniscus. That was the past March 2nd. I'm still having too much pain. Been on Lortab 5/10 since my first surgery, continued on to my second. Now I'm on Trevix. Nothing, so far, has taken my pain away. It's very hard on me, emotionally, since I'm an athlete (wrestled in high school and college, played football, soccer, and track in field in high school). Now I coach wrestling and play flag football (not since surgery). It's most hard because I have a beautiful 10mo old boy -- gorgeous, in fact. I've thought about seeing a psychiatrist. I would love some words of wisdom or encouragement. :)


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   Posted 6/5/2012 12:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Wasn't able to finish before my computer does. But it's very hard to hOld my son for extended periods of time and it kills me. And since I've been competIng all my life, it's so hard to not be able to even run. darn near the entire situation gets me down. It honestly feels like it will never end. It's common talk with me about getting and third surgery in 2 years and even talk of a total knee replacement.

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   Posted 6/5/2012 5:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Mike,

Welcome to HealingWell... I am sorry that you are suffering w/ chronic pain, though. Your knee sounds miserable... :(
We all may have different issues here - but we all understand what living w/ chronic pain is like. It can take not just a toll physically - but emotionally too.

Many of us here struggle w/ depression and such - related to our health issues. If you are thinking that getting some help in this area may help you - I would really encourage it. I'm 39 years old.. and I've had CP for about 9 years now.... and there are still times where it is hard to accept the "new" me.

Are you seeing a Pain Management doctor? Most of here see a PM... and many will try different medications, injections, other modalities to learn to live w/ CP. I've not heard of the medication Trevix - is it a narcotic?

Well, again - welcome.... I'm glad you found HW and hope to see you posting. Oh, and congrats on your baby boy!

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   Posted 6/5/2012 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mike, and welcome,

I'm sorry you're dealing with so many issues so young. (I'm 27 - been dealing with chronic pain since I was 14). And with a wee baby too. If you're thinking of getting psych help, it's probably no bad idea - and there are both psychiatrists and psychologists who specialise in helping deal with chronic pain issues.

I'd second Tina's question about whether you have a Pain Management doctor - or even a full pain management team (which comprises usually at the very least a doctor, physio, psych).

Has anyone done any further work-up of your knee to try to figure out why you still have pain? Was your ACL repair sound? Have you had any scans on your knee since your meniscus surgery to see whether there is still any pathology within your knee to account for your pain? Have you got any ongoing inflammatory changes in your knee - any swelling, redness, or heat. I know you've only given us the most brief of overviews here but you're very young for total knee replacement - and it concerns me about what would happen with TKR if you've got unexplained (I think??) ongoing pain from two procedures that are pretty minor compared with replacement surgery. Have you also sought a second orthopaedic opinion?

Tina - I had to Google Trevix because I wasn't familiar with it by that name either. It's Phenytoin - another anti-seizure med. I've heard of other CRPS patients using it, so guessing it's just another used for neuropathic pain.

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   Posted 6/5/2012 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   


       Hello Mike!...and Welcome to the forum! wink

           While our injuries are different...we do share the love of sports and I too was a very good athlete in high school. I was also very competitive at work as well. Pain can effect us both mentally, and physically, and the emotions can be rather draining, as we look back on our better I understand where your coming from on this.

      I think, once you get your pain under better will help ease quite a bit of your frustration. You may never may be able to be as active as you once were....and if you do get better control of your not be lured into thinking you can return to those yesteryears.

  Take care, and we look forward to seeing more of you here on the forum.

   SE wink

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   Posted 6/5/2012 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mike, welcome to the chronic pain forum. I am sorry to hear you are having so much trouble with your knee. I am not sure what kind of rehab that you did after the scope but that is very important part of a successful surgery. What does your knee dr say about all of the pain that you now have? Have you ever considered getting another opinion with a dr that does knees only?

I have had 4 scopes on my left knee for tears of the meniscus and one was to remove scar tissue that caused my knee to lock. I also had a scope on my right knee for a partial tear of the ACL. I did the last two scopes 3 weeks apart boy was that a big mistake. Then 10 days post op, I was walking up the sidewalk to my drs office, going in for my first post-op visit and caught the toe of my shoe in a crack in the sidewalk and started to fall, resulting in me twisting my knee severely. I should have just let myself fall and I probably would not have injured my knee. It swelled up immediately like within 20 minutes and it was awful. I had another MRI done and I had torn muscles & tendons and spent 12 months in a DonJoy leg brace. I also spent a week in the hospital as a result of the fall due to severe swelling and pain in my leg, the dr was afraid I had a blood clot which I did not.

After I healed from the last two scopes I did the 5 injections in each knee of the stuff called Supartz, which is like Synvisc. It helped a little at least my knees stopped sounding like Rice Krispies when you poured milk on them. My rehab was riding a stationary bike and that is what helped build the muscles back, the muscles had atrophied really bad in my left knee after the 2nd scope. I also got in the pool and did exercises because you are weightless in water and cannot re-injure the knees.

My final surgery with my knees is replacing both and thats it I am done, no more. I am with SE, once you get your pain under better control you should feel better. My experience has been once you injure a part of your body, no matter what, that area will always be weakened somewhat leaving a person predisposed to further injury in the future. Its been that way for me at least. I cannot tell you how many times I have stepped in the dips in my backyard and twisted my knees only to have them balloon up the size of a medium cantelope and hurt like you would not believe. Then spend a good week with them elevated packed in ice. I did this 2 weeks ago, fell in my backyard. Believe it or not my pain medication does not help with the knees but Ibuprofen helps a bunch. The same thing happened when I fell 2 yrs ago and broke my arm.

Anyway, I wanted to pop on and tell you hello and welcome aboard. Take care....Susie
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   Posted 6/9/2012 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Michael, i wanted to take a minute here to welcome you aboard our chronic pain forum. Glad you found us but sorry you are having so much pain with your knee. I don't have any experience in this area but i see you have already gotten good info.
A second opinion is a good route to go at this point and repeat ct or mri to see if there is anything else going on.

Keep posting with us and let us know how you are doing.

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