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Too young for a knee replacement?
By March 17, 2010 at 8:01 am 4,196 15 2
I have had knee pain for 3 1/2 years now. I have had 3 arthroscopic surgeries with the latest being this past December. I have been sent to a neurologist who classified my knee as "peculiar” and have been sent to a pain clinic that classified my knee as “perplexing”. Do these doctors not understand how depressing their comments can be? I have tried physical therapy and have been told they don’t know what to do with me either. I can do things that I shouldn’t be able to do (such as going down stairs) but can’t do things I should be able to do (like going up stairs). I have extreme muscle atrophy in my quad and have been told that my leg is too strong for the amount of atrophy I have. Due to the atrophy, my knee is slipping down (currently 1cm lower than the other). I have been told that with the amount of atrophy that I should not be able to stand on one leg, but I can. I have stage 3 arthritis in only 1 knee and it is bone on bone, but my surgeon does not want to do the TKR because I am “too young” . Any suggestions on anything will be appreciated. By the way, I have tried almost every type of therapy available including medicines for pain, TENS units (which I can’t use due to being allergic to the adhesive), acupuncture, water therapy, etc. Any other suggestions? One other thing, I have lost over 70 lbs in the past year and the pain in my knee has only got worse.