I have bone on bone arthritis in my knee. had surgery on it where they shift the bone over on leg bone to change angles which helped a bit with the subluxations I was having. I am also hypermobile so pretty much all my joints slide out of right place. the surgery mostly stopped the knee cap sliding out but it is still painful. I can cope most of the time as long as do not over do the walking.
about 9 days ago I had to walk faster then I usually do and I have been having major problems ever since. knee is swollen and when I step and straighten the leg at unpredictable intervals there is a twanging type sensation behind the knee as if something is slipping and then it hurts like mad- level of slamming a finger in a door. Before surgery I used to get occassions where knee locked and they reckoned there were loose fragments catching in hinge of joint- which they removed when I had surgery. It feels somewhat like that again.
The strength has also dramatically lessened in that knee- it is a real effort to make it hold to go up stair- its gone weak suddenly. The function is still there but its weak.
I also have psorasis- don't know if thats connected. and my hips seem to have gone bad last 12 months too- even a gentle walk and they really hurt.
pain killers = I've had 2 steroid injections- first was great and it stopped worst of pain for weeks. 2nd - did nothing whatsoever.
I went for a temporary nerve block and they had to stop- it hurt so badly that although they got the nerves I was in agony-and it did not work
They tried me on pregabalin- I was as high as kite and was frightened as it was like walking around blind drunk. gave up on that after 3 weeks
Tramadol worked brilliantly but they only let me have it for 5 days!
I am already on an antidepressant that is suppost to help with pain. doesn't noticably.
I am taking high dose paracetamol with codeine plus ibuprofen . it is better then not taking it but not great.
pain clinic were ones who put me on pregabalin and gave me a lecture about thinking about other things will reduce pain- were helpful on working out what the maximum safe dose of stuff I currently take is but no other answers.
my question- has anyone got any idea what the * I have done to the back of my knee? It is not calming down- I do get flare ups when over do it but normally back to baseline within about 4 days- this twanging behind knee and weakness is new and does not seem to want to go away!!! oh and I am 48