Humpty Dumpty Hubby (Surgery 40 looming)
My husband, James has had 39 surgeries with approximately half of those on his joints—multiple shoulder and knee surgeries including a knee replacement and revision, ankle reconstruction (no known reason for collapse of joint), carpal tunnel in both wrists, hip, and disc in back (from a fall.)
He’s never had a broken bone in his life except for his nose.
History of consequence? Born deaf with a hard cleft palate and lip. (Other half of surgeries) reconstructed surgeries and hearing in right ear with artificial bones, chronic cholesteotoma removal and one meningial membrane rupture, ear steroid use and ofloxacin use to treat open ear infections.
Now, today, he suffers from severe traumatic arthritis and joint pain including muscular pain. However his shoulders that have been operated on FIVE times collectively are separating and slipping out of joint in his sleep. He must support them when he sits.
His wrists which were operated on for carpal tunnel six months ago are reverting back again to the way they were initially especially the left one.
His hip and left knee which was replaced is reverting to painful again even after being revised.
Anything he has “fixed” doesn’t last.
This is all soft tissue and joint. Not bone except for his knee and hip which was primarily a labrum tear.
He’s never been diagnosed with anything other than traumatic arthritis.
RA runs in his family. He’s not diabetic yet but he’s part Native American, Sioux and his family is.
He has severe neuropathy in his feet and hands now. His RA test over 6 years ago was negative so the specialist said he didn’t have RA.