Hypersensitivity Nerves After Knee Replacement

Posted by hoover @hoover, Tue, Feb 19 7:59am

I am 10 weeks post op after my left knee replacement and only 90 degrees of range of motion. I have been in physical therapy 3 times a week but still major scare tissue of which is limiting my ROM. I have gone through a knee manipulation to break off scare tissue but no luck and need to be scoped to remove such scare tissue. The reason for not moving forward to the scope is that I have major swelling, hypersensitive nerves, fever on the knee and major pitting edema. I have been tested to make sure of no infections going on as well as tested for CRPS or RSD….both coming back negitive. The Doctor refuses to move forward with scope until the current trauma is under control. They looked at using a procedure called "COOLIEF" but do not think that I would able to make it through the procedure due to the needles injected into my knee and my current hypersensitive nerves over the top of my knee. In the mean time they suggested to start a med called Gabapentin to help control the nerves. I have been off work for 10+ weeks and hoping the new meds will kick in the next couple weeks then 4 more weeks of down time for the scope to remove scare tissue and recovery. Just reaching out to see if anyone has experienced such post surgery issues that I am encountering from knee replacement. Thought and suggestions are much appreciative!

@hoover I wish I had some words of wisdom for you but I don’t. I have had two TKRs with no real problems beyond not reaching the full ROM I would like. Are you confident of your doctor? If you are then you need to trust what he/she is saying. Otherwise I would get a second opinion.
I hope you can resolve this problem. It’s terrible to have an elective surgery like a TKR and end up in so much discomfort. .
I will be interested in hearing how this turns out for you.
JK

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@contentandwell

@hoover I wish I had some words of wisdom for you but I don’t. I have had two TKRs with no real problems beyond not reaching the full ROM I would like. Are you confident of your doctor? If you are then you need to trust what he/she is saying. Otherwise I would get a second opinion.
I hope you can resolve this problem. It’s terrible to have an elective surgery like a TKR and end up in so much discomfort. .
I will be interested in hearing how this turns out for you.
JK

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Thank you for your kind words! Actually going to my Family Physician today to get set-up for a second opinion. Hate to do it but my life needs to get back to somewhat normal. Thank you!

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@hoover I have Had significant nerve pain after my double TKR. Particularly at night, nerve pain throughout my legs would keep me awake. My doctor first prescribed gabapentin at 100 mg and that did nothing. At 300 I Was finally able to sleep. Hope it helps you

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@golfshrink

@hoover I have Had significant nerve pain after my double TKR. Particularly at night, nerve pain throughout my legs would keep me awake. My doctor first prescribed gabapentin at 100 mg and that did nothing. At 300 I Was finally able to sleep. Hope it helps you

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Thank you! Actually started on Gabapentin a couple days ago. I saw my Family Physician and you can take up to 900mg a day and to the max of 1800mg. The Gabapentin will buy me some time as I will be heading to Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale very soon.
Again, Thank you kindly for reaching out😊

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