I have been on Cymbalta for years (I have Bipolar Disorder) and I take a lot more than that and none of my 4 knee surgeries have been painless – ever – since 2002! Good luck!
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Please read the responses to knee surgery before you have the knee replaced. It is nothing to "look forward to". Much heart ache and wondering!
I am talking about another Mayo section, like the Parkinsons section, that has 100's of responses in negative statements. (Worse than negative, if you can imagine.)
I have had 6 knee surgeries – four about knee replacement and two for other reasons. I am in constant pain from those related to TKR (the shortened form of "the knee replacement!). Was diagnosed with Parkinsons some years ago, and stopped taking the carbidopa-levodopa when we found it wasn't working. We found out the tremor in my right hand are "essential tremor" so no Parkinsons med would work for that (no other med works for extended periods of time, either).
Good luck, Hate to find folks like me — dual diagnosis, if you will! Please read the TKR section before you have it done.
Let me tell you my story. I have had six knee surgeries ( 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011, and 2017) all on the same knee! I have had 4 different Docs. The pain has gone from bad to worse and none of the Docs have suggested anything about working on the scar tissue – most have just given *pain pills* of the bad kind and given me some type of shot in the knee (I guess I should say I now get a shot in the other knee as well – it is now bone on bone, and crying out for replacement which I an not ready for right now!) I have walked with a brace with walker for 6 months – and now I use a walker full time and suspect there will be no recommended change.. Every step hurts, Sometimes I head for the pill bottle but mostly just live with it. I had PT to the max and generally was at 90+ a little better degrees and they said that was all I got. I am a 75 year old lady living in a nursing home and no one knows what to do with me besides giving me the pills!
My Doctor would call what you have "Essential Tremor". I have it. My hands only shake with I want them to work, like eating or writing. My Doctor said if I was just sitting still and I had a tremor, that was PD.