Before I begin I want to list all my conditions.
Neurofibromatosis type one
Secondary adrenal insufficiency
I may have severe microcytic hypochromic anemia with increased RDW and reactive thrombocytosis consistent with iron deficiency anemia.
I recently had a life threatening event and I required an overnight hospital stay during which I received a blood transfusion, I received four units of blood, my hemoglobin beforehand was 2.9 and that's critical after the transfusion it was 7 which is still low but much better. The story about this transfusion is too long and I've talked about it a lot and I don't feel it applies to this post so I won't be telling it. However if anyone's interested in knowing the whole story let me know and I'll find a way to get it to you.
Anyway for quiet a while now my right knee has been bothering me, I sit criss cross but I get up a lot or stretch so I don't leave it bent for long periods of time. Most of the time it doesn't hurt though when I'm sitting up in bed, but every time I am laying on my right side with my legs bent my right knee will start to hurt quite badly, the pain is excruciating it reaches 9 1/2 sometimes 10 on the pain scale, I have a high pain tolerance so my 10 is different from your 10. I'm on a daily regimen of strong pain medication I take 300mg of Gabapentin twice daily at 10pm and 11pm (I take my doses close together and my doctors know my schedule and are okay with it)and 50mg of Tramadol once a day at 11pm and 50mg of methadone once a day 30mg at 11pm and 20mg at 4am. I have 5mg of Oxycodone for breakthrough pain(I can take up to 15 as the doctor said but I've had to increase it to 25mg three times for severe shoulder pain. I don't take it unless I absolutely have to but I haven't taken it for my knee I've only taken it for my left shoulder which has also been hurting.) I try to get my mind off the pain before I take any medicine. I sleep during the day from 10am to 10pm I sleep sitting up most of the day and I change positions around 7pm I get on my right side and both knees are bent and every day only my right knee will hurt, I stretch it out for a few minutes and I will try to not bend it completely and that seems to help and the pain lessens and I'm able to go to sleep but I eventually end up bending it completely and when I get up for the night I have horrible pain. I dislocated my right knee in 2008 so I don't know if the pain is because of arthritis or from the injury. I tried my TENS unit but it didn't help. If anyone has any ideas on why this pain is happening and any suggestions on how to help relieve the pain please PLEASE let me know. Thank you.