Please ask to be tested by an allergist. If my family physician had not referred me to have metals and resins testing, the original orthopedic surgeon would have gone ahead with a total revision of my left knee. The allergist will place the metals and resins on your back with surgical tape and mark these places with a black marker. In my testing I was told if I were allergic to anything it would become evident in three days when the metals are removed from your back. You cannot get these metals or tape wet during this time. But I want to advise you to watch these areas for several weeks. The allergist said after three days, it was negative, but the areas did not show until the following week. He has been in practice for thirty years and had never seen this happen. One area was as large as a dime and stayed on my back for over two months. Other areas showed positives also. All were related to the bone cement. I would advise you if this happens to leave the markings on your back for a little while longer, just to make sure. Currently I am being monitored by an orthopedic surgeon from Duke University every six months. When he sees any changes in the cement, I will either have to have my knee fused straight or lose my leg above knee with a prosthetic. Being allergic to the bone cement is rare, around 2% of persons having replacement surgeries but it is better to be tested than not. I wish you luck and if I can help in any way, please let me know. God Bless & Good Luck.View Thread
Has your husband gone through metal and resins testing with an allergist? How is he doing? Hope all is well with his new knees. Complications are rare but I didn't know this would have taken such an emotional and physical toll on my mind and body. Feel like I am sitting on a ticking time bomb. I wish him all the luck in the world. God Bless!View Thread
This experience never crossed my mind when I decided to have total knee replacement. If this does help others to stop and ask questions before such life changing surgeries, it will be the only good thing that has come out of my experience over the last three plus years.View Thread
Hi everyone, Just thought I would drop by to relate what has happened since my last post. After the initial metal and resin testing period, allergist said all was negative. One week after metals & resins were placed, I broke out. He said he had never experienced this before and I tested positive to the resin testings for the polymers in the bone cement. Eventually I will have to have the replacement removed, with either my leg fused straight or amputated above the knee, then a prosthetic made. Doctor does not want to do the surgery to soon since I still have the ability to move my knee. After monitoring every six months or when the pain becomes unbearable, he will make the arrangements for the surgery at Special Services Hospital in New York. This is supposed to be the top hospital in the US. Top hospital for TKR. This has truly taken over my life. Never without pain and never feel like doing anything. Rheumatologist states the cement is most likely causing the pain throughout my body. I wish you all so much luck and success with your tkr's. Just please ask all the questions you can ask before your actual surgeries. God Bless You All.View Thread
Please tell me with such a major surgery as tkr, why wouldn't a doctor take the precaution of testing the patient for an allergy to the bone cement? I had tkr three years ago and have been in constant pain since. Discovered after metals and resin testing, I am allergic to three polymers in the bone cement. Now facing having the replacement removed and having to live with my knee being fused straight. Feel like I have been blindsided and can't face this. Also was told this can be a life-threatning complication - needs to be done sooner than later.View Thread
Lynn, Just wondering if you have new information on your knee? I have been so sick for two weeks and wonder if it related to this knee. Although I can't imagine a revision, if a doctor would guarantee I would feel like my OLD self, I would have it today! Hope you are feeling better. Please keep in touch.View Thread
Just wondering if you are feeling any better. Have you had luck finding a medication for your RA? My metal testing was negative but Allergist said it can be considered inconclusive. Blood testing is not covered under insurance and costs $500. . What to do?????View Thread
Is NAC a prescription? My allergy testing came back negative to nickel and all other metals but doctor says it can still be inconclusive, like someone having a peanut allergy and still able to eat peanut butter. This is so frustrating! The past three weeks I have had extreme fatigue and can hardly do the most mundane chore. Don't know if it related to replacement or pain medication but I don't even have the energy to drive myself to the doctor. Please keep me informed about how you are doing. I really hope you are getting better every day.View Thread
My replacement was June 2009 and like you I have such a "sick" feeling all the time. Allergy testing starts tomorrow and I really hope it will give me some answers. I have had a drippy nose since the surgery and recently found out I have a low white blood cell count. Like many others on this site, I feel the decision to have this tkr may have been the worst decision I have ever made. My right knee needs to be replaced but that is not going to happen. Please let me know what your doctors find out and please find a doctor that is willing to listen and may actually care what kind of pain you are in. I think my current doctor is, perhaps, just waiting for me to die from this. Some days I feel it may be my last. Hope you are feeling better. I do care what happens to you and I definitely empathize.View Thread
Allen, I go to Allergist tomorrow for the placement of metal testing to begin on my back. It stays in place for three days and I should have some kind of answer Friday. Methotrexate made me deathly ill and the Allergist has told me that this medication is very hard on the liver. What is a person to do?
The thought of a revision is unimaginable to me right now. The fear of this surgery has taken over my every thought.
Please keep in touch. I think it helps when we receive new information and to know we are not alone in this. Hope you are feeling better.View Thread