In the near future, I will have to make the decision to either have my left knee fused straight or amputated above the knee with a prosthetic. Several months ago, after an appointment with my orthopedic surgeon, I asked my family physician how she felt about the amputation. She paused for a few minutes and told me she would have to think about it. But she did say a prosthetic would give me a better quality of life. I am 58 years old and constant pain has become a part of my life. Although pain medication takes a little of the edge off, nothing makes it go away. Like you, I get very depressed and I feel like a burden to my family but I also know what it would do to them if I should ever consider my darkest thoughts. I would never want to do that to my children and neither do you. Your children need you. I wish you luck in finding what will work for you. You're still young, just keep looking for someone that will work with you. God Bless You. Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving.View Thread
Do you live close to a medical university? Keep searching for a doctor that will listen or perhaps a family physician that will refer you to a orthopedist or rheumatologist. It is really frustrating to be in pain and feeling like no one cares. I am going through the same thing and have been all over, state wise, and will keep looking till someone helps. Good Luck.View Thread
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