I underwent total knee replacement on the left knee in 2000 and again 2006, the surgery's hardware was defective. During the years between the two surgeries I experienced persistent, sharp burning pain in and around my left knee, no swelling was noted. I was seen a dozen different doctors with definitive answers given. I have been on and off of pain meds, antidepressants, neuroleptics, injections, physical therapy, heat and cold therapy, water therapy and electro therapy with no relief. No acupuncture because the small needle were extremely pain on my skin. My knees were never swollen.
2012 I needed to have a right total knee replacement. Surgery was uneventful, but I developed the same
type of chronic pain in my right knee. Now two years later I am miserable with bilateral chronic knee pain.
One disinterested surgeon told me I needed to learn to live with my discomfort and get over it. From that point on I knew the answer to my problem would not be found in the medical community. The changes that I am making; weight loss, changing my diet to decrease those that cause inflammation, increasing omega 3 intake, exercise more and the use of heat and a tens unit,Tai Chi, mediation and most importantly prayer. Does anyone have any other suggestions. Ice is not my friend it makes my pain worst.