Thanks for your messages about total knee replacement. For those of you that are recovering, I really hope that you all do well and the pain is not awful. It's interesting about the bike riding that you have mentioned. My husband has all the bike gear and years ago started riding in a group where we live. Usually every Sat. morning they all meet up and go on their ride. I have always thought that this riding a bike would make his knee pain worse. Now, I can see from you all that it does seem to be very helpful. I finally "get" it as to why he loves to ride so much.
Hi Annette, Thanks for your message. Yes, I know that vicodin is an opiate med, just forgot when I wrote my message here. My husband has seen 2 different surgeons and has decided on one for now and will have his surgery on May 1st. The hospital that they use is especially for orthopedic surgeries too. I feel confident that this is a good decision. You wouldn't believe it but, my husband rides his bike most mornings before going to work. He just loves to ride that bike. I do not understand, but, he tells me that it actually helps his knee pain. I think maybe it's also from his endorphins kicking in maybe. Meaningfulc1952View Thread
Hi Annette, My husband has horrific pain in the knee that is going to have the total knee replacement. He does not take any opiate meds for the pain. He does have some vicodin and skelaxin for the pain. He is very stubborn about taking his pain meds for now. When he has walked too much (like in an airport) he will take his meds then. His knee problem has affected his walking correctly. He did all of the PT but still it's a mess. His back also gives him a lot of pain because of how he walks now.
Hi All, My husband had an implant put in his knee last year and it did not work out well. Now in May he is scheduled for a total knee replacement. I would appreciate hearing from any of you that have had this type of surgery so I know what to expect.
The Dr. also told my husband that his other knee is bone on bone and will probably need a total knee replacement too. I am real worried about all of this. The knee surgery he had last year was an implant that just did not solve his problem. Any suggestions are welcomed. Thanks, Meaningfuld1952View Thread
Hi CT Beth, Yes I was in the different pain clinics in the 80's, but was not
told that they were going to detox me off of my pain meds. The clinics were all inpatient and that is why I had to get a pass to go see my dr. In fact when I told him that I was in a pain clinic he really got upset because of the physical problem that I had and no one at the clinic would believe me.
Maybe there are much better pain clinics now. I hope so. I have no plans to go into another one ever.
Hi, I can tell you a lot about pain clinics. I have been in 3 of them and this was in the 1980's. What I learned was that they detox you off your pain meds and they had me on a very rigid scedule including a long walk every morning, exercise in the exercise room, yoga and injections in my neck that were supposed to help, but did not.
I would never recommend a pain clinic to anyone that I know or wants my opinion. Maybe there are many better pain clinics now, but my experience was absolutely awful. In one particular clinic I kept having extreme pain on my lower abdomen and told the nurses, and the dr. about this. Finally, I called my GYN and made an appointment and got a pass to go see him. Well, it turned out that I had a serious physical problem going on and then I scheduled my surgery. The findings were that my omentam (sp?) had gotten tangled in my previous scars from previous female surgeries. Believe me, this was a serious and very painful condition. Since that happened, I have nothing good to say about pain clinics. That's my opinion though.
I have a pain management dr. now for about 2 years. I have had chronic pain for more than 20 yrs. and have seen more than 3 pain management drs. over the past years. When I saw my current dr. last month he mentioned that valium and methadone were a dangerous combination. He prescribes valium, methadone, skelaxin for my pain. My neurologist prescribes phenergan, fioricet #3, sumatriptan and botox treatments for my migraine headaches. Many years ago I had a different pain dr. and he was prescribing soma 350 mg. along with oxycontin for my pain and then all of a sudden he informs me that he can no longer give me the soma because it has been proven to be a dangerous mix with opiate drugs. I also know that different states have different laws when it comes to prescribing pain meds. I sure do not know what those laws say though. I do know that my current pain dr. will not prescribe enough pain meds to control my pain and that infuriates me. I used to have a dr. that gave me meds for breakthru pain and this current pain dr. does not do that at all. He is just so strange and always telling me how the DEA is watching everything that he does. I do not know what a patient like me is to do when my dr. constantly reminds me about this. My dr. knows all of the meds that I take.
Do any of you have any similar problems like any of the ones that I have mentioned? Also, do any of you get botox injections for migraine headaches and if you do, how do you think it helps or not? I will be having my second set of botox injections next week and they will be stronger than the first time I had them.
Any info would be greatly appreciated about any of the things that I have mentioned. ThanksView Thread
You know, I wish that every person that is going to college and more in order to become a physician would have to take a course in pain management. I also wish that those people would have to experience real pain before they are given their certificate that states that they are drs. Many years ago there was a movie about this type of thing. I cannot remember the main character names, but the title of the movie was "The Doctor" (I think). This dr. had a huge practice and then something went terribly wrong for him in a physical way. I think that he ended up having cancer and was treated like all of the patients are. He expected more since he already was a dr. Does anyone remember this movie?View Thread
Hi Annette, Thanks for your response about this serious situation. My pain mg. dr. told me recently that he wants to have me cut down on the methadone. Although, he has not pursued that yet. My neuro dr. is a neurologist. I really like him because he really understands my many problems. When he examined my neck, he told me that is is full of knots and spasms and that PT would not be of help at this time. He is very much into doing botox injections in the tight muscles and told me that he has had so much success with this type of treatment. He also said that he starts using a very small amt. of bx in order to gradually get to the amt. that really will do the most help for his patients. I did tell him that when I see my pain mgt. dr. again he will want to know if I have been to PT. I also told him that I will give my pain mgt. dr. his name and phone no. so they can talk about this and the diagnosis of cervical dystonia. He said "no problem" about that issue. In the 1980's I had many, many problems with my neck. It literally would get stuck in an unusual way and the pain was so horrific. Back then, I was admitted to the hospital and given IV's of demerol and muscle relaxant drugs in order to break the cycle and it worked. Now, I do not know of any dr. that uses demerol and phenergan together to treat migraine headaches and other kinds of pain. It is like that particular treatment went "out the window". To me that is a real shame because it really helped me in emergency situations with my headaches and neck problems. I have been doing a lot of research about cervical dystonia and totally amazed that no other dr. in the past ever mentioned that condition to me. I appreciate the responses that you all have given me. Just one more thing I forgot - I have seen one of the best neurosurgeons and he told me that he did not recommend any surgery on my neck. Thanks for your comments, meaningfulc52View Thread
Just this week I was diagnosed by my neurologist that I have cervical dystonia. I have never heard of this disease, illnesss, etc. I came home that day and started searching on the internet for more info about this condition. Low and behold, I was totally shocked as to how this affects anyone that has this. What I have learned so far, is that it is a real disabiling neck problem. What is so weird to me is that back in the late 70's to 80's I had been rear-rended and had several whiplashes from these accidents. Even so, I never heard any dr. that treated me for the neck problems inform me that I had cervical dystonia. It seems that a lot of things have changed over the years with new and different diagnosis regarding neck injuries. Like I said before I am optimistic that the use of botox will be a very helpful in treating this disease. If anybody has been diagnosed with cervical dystonia I sure would appreciate hearing from you. Any and all suggestions are welome. Thanks, meaningfulc52View Thread