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Knee replacement with neuropathy in legs

Neuropathy | Last Active: Jun 21, 2020 | Replies (8)

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I had both knees replaced 10 years ago. Best thing I ever did at the time. I was very active and my knees wore out with skiing, biking and running. The surgery got me back to everything except running. I am now 69 years old. I had a little numbness in both my feet prior to the surgery and it got a little worse every year after. A year ago both feet dropped and I am 80 % numb below my knees in both legs. I have little balance and need braces and a cain to walk. Falling is a problem. The good news is I have no pain. Is my condition due to the surgery 10 years ago? I think the knee replacements had some effect on my condition but the doctors aren't 100% sure. I have tried a number of remedies to try to get feeling back with no success. Anyone out there have any ideas?

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I'm so sorry about your situation! This is the problem with neurological issues so much of the time: there's no real way to know why it started, when it started, what may or may not have caused it….. I wish I had heard of a remedy but I haven't. My neuropathy is progressive and has gone from mild numbness in my one ankle to full-bore pain/numbness 24/7 in both legs from soles of my feet to my hips. Walking is painful but I can still walk, and I am very grateful for that. I hope you find some help and if you do, please post it everywhere!!! Thanks for sharing your story!

Hi Eric @ericvnelson, I had my right knee replaced in April. I have idiopathic small fiber peripheral neuropathy without the pain, only have the numbness. Currently it is in both legs and a little above the ankles. I take supplements I found through a closed Facebook group. I posted my PN story earlier on Connect here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/anyone-here-dealing-with-peripheral-neuropathy/?pg=42#comment-65985

I too have balance issues and a little trouble walking for very far due to what I think is lower back problems – degenerative disc disease. I am planning to try Myofascial Release Therapy as soon as I can find a therapist close to where I live. It does sound promising for relieving some of the numbness from people who have had the therapy. You might want to look into the discussion here on Connect.

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