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Sat, Mar 14 3:11pm · Arthrofibrosis And loose plate on Stryker prosthesis in Joint Replacements

@mel 726 Hi – I'm so sorry you are going through this! We have a lot in common. In July 2018 I had my first R TKR, done by a surgeon who had a good reputation locally (I'm on the North Shore). While I knew something was wrong almost from the beginning, he poo poo'd it, did X-rays, told me "everyone heals differently." I had good flexion, but terrible pain and lack of mobility for a YEAR before anyone in Boston would see me. After a ton of research, I saw Dr. Andrew Braziel at The Baptist and wouldn't see anyone else for any ortho need. He's absolutely incredible. (Another older surgeon at The Baptist told me that he had only seen one other surgeon so gifted in his 30 years or practice.) Dr. Braziel did a total revision in October 2019. The healing has been easy and straightforward, even though I've suffered 2X trauma to that site. In addition to being a gifted surgeon, Dr. B. also has a fantastic bedside manner, great listening skills, a sense of humor and I have never waited more than a minute or two in his office. Best of luck to you!

Babette

P.S. If you have a good attorney, please PM me. I'm suing the first doc.

Wed, Feb 26 10:57am · Radiofrequency Ablation for SI joint pain in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Hi Sue! I'm having my second lower back ablation on Tuesday. It took about 30 minutes and recovery was about a day. I had one in September that got me through a knee replacement surgery and the holidays before the pain returned. The procedure isn't very painful (I wasn't offered sedation) and the effects were good for those few months. I waited too long to schedule my upcoming procedure and have been in serious pain since the first of the year! I'm going to reschedule number 3 way before I start having pain as it takes so long to get an appointment with my pain doc. My only advice is to stay ahead of the pain! I hope the ablation works well for you. I have back pain that is absolutely crippling, so I'm grateful for it. Best wishes!

Tue, Jan 7 12:28pm · scar tissue after knee replacement in Joint Replacements

Good God! Are you able to walk? I suppose sometime in the future people will look back and talk about barbaric joint replacements. I'm so sorry for all you've gone through. Btw, you're a good writer.

Mon, Jan 6 3:52am · Spondylolisthesis and DDD in Spine Health

@spondi64 Hi – I'm sorry you are going through so much pain – I'm right there with you.

It is unacceptable to have a doctor who doesn't listen to you. I learned the hard way to find doctors on my own, through research and simply asking around. Do you live near a big city or teaching hospital? Often that's where the best are. Are you being seen by a pain doctor/anesthesiologist? That's what has helped me, though I'm annoyed about the wait between treatments for my back: in my case nerve ablations.

I have lived with back pain for over 10 years, finding relief sometimes, but really suffering/not-functioning during other times. It was only when I sought out my own care providers and insisted on a treatment plan that things improved. Our medical system is so broken, I think this is the only way we can get the help we need. We shouldn't have to, but it's the way things are now.

I hope you begin to feel better soon.

Sat, Jan 4 4:02am · Does Back Pain ever Get Better? in Chronic Pain

@ashby1947 I'm so sorry to hear about what you're going through. I'm right there with you. I have had severe lower back pain for 10 years – and all of the diagnoses you mention! I'm 62, and over the past 2 years have had the back pain, of course, but also a total knee replacement which had to be redone completely one year later. The back pain really complicated my PT. I will say that I had a nerve ablation right before my revision surgery so this round of PT went better…until the effects of the ablation eventually wore off. (I got about 3 months of relief.) So, it's back to the pain doc to, presumably, do it all over again.

Like you, I'm used to being an active person. I was an athlete when younger. Now I can barely move around my kitchen to cook a meal. My parents lived to be near 90 and were in great health until their early 80s; I didn't expect to be felled by so much disability at what I consider a young age!

Anyway, best of luck to you – I hope you'll post again after your procedure.

Fri, Jan 3 12:13pm · Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson's in Parkinson's Disease

@lisalucier Thanks for reaching out. My friend is not doing well. The initial DBS had no effect, so the surgeons thought they would go in a reposition something. She had her first programming session for the re-do last week to no effect. I'm going crazy, not able to help (I live over an hour away and have had ortho problems, including knee replacement and revision.) What I'm trying to find out is whether it's realistic to expect improvement. I saw her over the weekend and honestly? If it were me I'd end my life. I've never seen anything like and of course I remember us as wild and free 20somethings.

Dec 31, 2019 · Swelling and stiffness, 3 years after total knee replacement in Joint Replacements

I hope your doctor was joking – I've had 2 MRIs since my TKR!