Steroid use after knee surgery

The benefits from the first shot only lasted 2 weeks. The second and third set of injections lasted about 90 days. In November, I was ready to have surgery. My EMG and nerve conduction tests proved that the nerves were "sleeping" before I was. After another MRI, the neurosurgeon said I was a candidate for surgery but I was not able to get the endoscopic type surgery that is less invasive. I would have an incision about 6-8" long. Along with removing the herniation, they would have to increase the size of the hole where the nerve roots were going through.

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I am about 3 1/2 months (surgery date was Jan 29 2014)out from tkr of the right knee and am awaiting another surgery for a bone cyct in my LEFT foot which is very painful at the moment and seems to be stalling my progress with my knee. I still limp quite a bit and am very unsteady although I can go up and down stairs I still go with my tkr leg first and am not strong enough to go up and down with out a hand rail or as a “normal” person would would handle stairs and I get tired out when walking a lot (use those electric carts if I going grocery shopping etc) and my back hurts from limping. I am still on pain meds (generic percocet 5/325 as they recently cut it back down and I take 1 or 2 as needed – usually having to take 2 still) and hate that when I call for refills the nurse always says you are way out from your surgery date and shouldn’t need them (its none of her business) and seems to get annoyed about me calling (I get refills about 10 days) I mostly need them at night and before phys therapy really… It is that the skin is so sensitive and that I cannot touch my knee or even have a sheet rest on it without it hurting so much it wakes me up at night and just aches. Plus as others have said my knee gets hot especially on outer side of knee (Doc says that is normal and to use ice as needed which I do) I do believe that my left ankle pain is hindering my progress (I limp because of both – knee feeling “weak” and ankle pain)and unfortunately after that surgery at the end of this month I will be in a wheelchair for 8 weeks because my right knee is not able to withstand me using crutches (won’t be able to weight bear on left foot at all after surgery)and I tried practicing with crutches but right knee just isn’t strong enough to support me on it’s own…I will still go to phys therapy while recovering from ankle surgery but will do my exercises laying down to keep my knee strong..I love my Doc and he has been great but his help is who is annoying me about my meds… So glad I am not the only one as I was thinking maybe something was wrong with me for still needing pain meds. Would LOVE to not need them and plan to tell my Doc about how his help has been with me regarding it as that is something between him and I not them! I do also still have swelling and cannot bend my knee totally (I can if I am sitting and force it to 90 degrees) but can’t like go down stairs etc…and like another poster I cannot let my leg “hang” if sitting I must have it supported (am short too)…I don’t have the pain I had BEFORE surgery which I am thankful for but this slow progress is driving me crazy!! I originally was supposed to go back to work (must lift 50 pounds steadily) and am glad I have this other surgery because there is no way I could work like this right now..and this stalling progress has me concerned…

Steroid use after knee surgery

steroid use after knee surgery


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