Dr. Maine, I am a 54-year old woman who has history of childhood dermatomyosits which caused me to take high dose, up to 60mg prendisone, along with 16 aspirin a day for 8 years. It helped with the painful, delibiltating flareups. However, I reaping the horrific consequences with AVN and osteroarthritis in major joints. Hip replacement in 1979, revision hip surgery 2000 and another in 2006. Shoulder replacement in 2011. In need of two knee replacements, djd in cervical spine and lower spine along with degenerative back facet arthritis. Aseptic necrosis in non-operated hip. I am unable to take NSAIDs due to them causing severe stomach pain. I take the maximum dose of Tylenol, which does not help much. My familly doctor of 25 years has been understanding in prescribing Norco, 7.5, 325 when needed, not on a routine basis. However, in the past year, the pain is constant and is causing great disability. My orthopedic surgeon recommended a physiolgist...Could you please offer me some guidance and hope as I am first afraid of so many major operations for joint replacements and afraid I am heading for a very restricted life soon. Thank you.View Thread
Thank you Grace and Annette 030 for your responses. It really helps to know that I am not alone.
The orthopedist who suggested a physiologist practices at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in NYC. I am from upstate New York. The reason that I went to HSS was two-fold. Because I needed a third hip replacement in the same hip and also a shoulder replacement, (which is not as common, although quickly becoming so) I wanted to go where the treatment was up to date and had read that the hospital had one of the lowest rates of infection. I would go to the doctor that he suggested in NYC, however, he is out of network and a visit would require a 6 hour drive both ways. I can't seem to find a "psyhiologist" listed in my area, only sports medicine doctors.
Has anyone out there been treated by physiologist? If so, are they different that sports medicine doctors?