Question - continued pain after meniscus repair

by Susan
(South Bend In)

I had a meniscus repair three months ago. I had little pain post op until I started therapy. The pain is horrible now. Worse then pre op. It is so severe that it keeps me awake at night. I stopped therapy about 3 or 4 weeks ago when I went back to work to see if the pain would stop. It did not. Sometimes I can barely bear weight. Changing my knee position is usually an ordeal. Should I still be having this much pain?
sue

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Dec 04, 2008
continued pain
by: Bart - SII

Pain this far out from surgery isn't normal. From what you describe, I would recommend a recheck with your doctor and further evaluation to determine what is going on and causing the continued pain.

Bart

Aug 20, 2009
Pain 3months after meniscus repair surgery
by: Anonymous

I am 28 years old and had surgery to repair the medial meniscus in my knee. This was 3 months ago. I am suffering from severe pain, made worse by physio exercise, my knee, ankles and feet get swollen and are painful to the extent that I cannot stand on some days. The physio said I should continue exercise even if I can't stand!!

Please can anyone advise me?

Feb 22, 2010
Bursitis after arthroscopic surgery to repair torn meniscus
by: Anonymous

I'm a 54 year old, slightly overweight woman who had arthroscopic surgery 2 months ago to repair two meniscus tears. I was also diagnosed with osteoarthritis and bone spurs in the affected knee. I recovered quickly after surgery, but for the past week have had uncomfortable soreness on the inside of my leg below my knee. After some research, I think I may have pes anserine bursitis. How long should I elevate and ice my leg and take anti-inflammatories before I see any improvement? Would cortisone injections help?

May 20, 2010
pain after orthoscopic repair of the meniscus
by: Katie

I had orthscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus last September..it is now 8 mths later and I am still experiencing pain. It is worse in the morning when I get up to the point it is extremely painful to walk on .. once up and around it gets better.. I have experienced some clicking sounds in it off and on.. When I went for my 8 week check I told the doctor that I thought I might of reinjured it when our dog (a 100 lb lab) ran into it while goin out the door he bout knocked me over.. The doctor said he didnt think that could of reinjured it and assured me that sometimes it takes up to a yr to heal..So my question is .. do I wait my year or go back to him now??

Aug 24, 2010
pain after meniscus repair
by: Anonymous

Katie, I also had similar op may this yr I am in more pain now than before . I have been back to the specialist who keeps on saying lets wait a bit longer, the pain is intense which keeps me awake at night. and I have trouble walking as knee locks.
I am considering going to another dr..

Dec 13, 2010
Still painful
by: Cathy

I had menisectomy 6 monthes ago and am now experiencing more pain than prior to surgery. Can bear weight only with severe pain. Very discouraging and limits activity greatly. PT seemed to help only minimally. Suggestionns?

Feb 06, 2011
Still in pain after 6 months
by: Anonymous

I am glad I am not alone. People told me this surgery was trivial and I would be active in two months. I have the same long term pain as mentioned in the other comments and it keeps me up at night. The surgeon does not want to listen and just wants me out of the office. My question is once the pain lasts this long does it ever get better?

Mar 13, 2011
Still in Pain
by: Ms. Pain

I had my surgery on February 11, 2011....I am glad to read these posts because I thought something was seriously wrong with me.

My knee is sore sometimes when I get on knees to pray. The bottom of my feet hurts so bad and my knee is sore in the inside. This is very frustrating!!!! Arthirtis was found in my knee, I am in therapy and it seems to help some. I still have sharp pains in my knee and sometimes it feels like I have pulled a muscle in my knee. My doctor isn't concern, he released me back to work after 1 week.

Ms. Pain

Mar 15, 2011
Pain after meniscus repair
by: Roberta

I am so happy to have found this site! I thought my pain was only mine.....Had the surgery 3 1/2 wks ago. The surgery was easy, but the recovery has been up and down. I am 65 a bit overweight and work in a school. Have been unable to return to work since I am on my feet most of the day. I have been sleeping without pain since my operation, but last night was awoken every hour with an aching pain in the knee. The P.T. tells me to be patient and that I am actually healing well. I am beginning to think this may be a way of life for 6 month to a year. Thanks for your help in understanding this malady.


Mar 24, 2011
Severe Pain
by: concerneddaughter

My dad (63) had miniscus knee surgery for tear and cartlidge problems plus moderate arthiritis on his left knee 3 weeks ago (for the first time) - he was completely pain free and overwhelmed with his new knee for 5 days post surgery. On the sixth day he woke up in agony and went progressively down hill from there. I insisted on an MRI scan with consultant that did the surgery - MRI scan clear. pain so severe that consultant decided to do more key hole surgery where he found another very small tear... dad had this second surgery 3 days ago and is back to having same severe pain and feels like knee is locking (like something has come dislodged and stuck in there). I am taking him back tomorrow after speaking to consultant on phone today for a cortisone injjection and knee support/brace (?) I am not convinced this is going to help at all! Consultant said after first op that would need new knee in 5 years... he is now saying he would need a new knee if this pain didnt go... I feel its a total cop out and the consultant is NOT explaining himself at all - I am losing patience and its not even me with the pain. My dad should not have to suffer - this is crazy!
People who have atrhiritis dont need a new knee straight away - this is something that takes years and years to progress!
What should I do for the best? I feel so sorry for my dad, he is a golfer/walker and is now very depressed at thought of being what can only be discribed as disabled!
Any advice other than second opinion (which im going to insist on!)
Thank you all....

Apr 08, 2011
bursitis after meniscus repair
by: Anonymous

I had a meniscus tear repaired in September of 2009 and returned to the surgeon after six months that there was still swelling in my ankle and just below the knee. He didn't know my problem and told me to work it harder. I have worked out and babied it and it hasn't been better. I went to the orthopedic doctor that sent me to see this surgeon and he redid an MRI and said I had Angerine Bursitis, a gland that retains fluid just below my knee. This knee is worse than before surgery. I know that something didn't heal right and it is inflamed. There are herbal rememdys outside of anti inflammatory meds to help heal. It has become chronic and now we are into April 2011 and still no relief. The swelling is always there after the day. How long does this go on for??? The other knee was repaired and it is fine. Sometimes it gets tender but no swelling. Compression stockings help with swelling but my leg is tender when I wear them. I can't win here.
I don't think surgery is black and white. I think sometimes damage occurs and you have to try to deal the best with it. Luck of the day!!

Apr 18, 2011
Me too
by: Hogan

I am 54 years old, could stand to lose a few pounds, and had a meniscus repair to my left knee in August of 2010. Up until recently, I thought everything went well and I was healing fine. The last few weeks I have had discomfort behind my knee, the clicking has returned and I have some pain when I first stand after sitting or lying down. After reading everyones comments, I'm glad to know that I am not alone and still am not sure if I should go back to the doctor. I am an avid golfer and fortunately do not experience any pain when playing. I guess I'm not sure what I should do at this time.............wait and see?

May 01, 2011
So glad I not alone!
by: Victoria

I 58 years old never had knee problems until I fell and twisted my right knee recently. Currently I am 4 weeks post op from a lateral meniscus tear. I having more pain now then I had after the surgery. This is my 3rd week of PT. My next following appointment to see my OS is this coming Friday this will be my 2nd visit since the surgery. Hope he could give me some answers.

May 04, 2011
STILL RECOVERING
by: KNEE PAIN CONTINUES

I am 51yr old woman slightly overweight and I had my surgery 6wks ago. I had a tear repaired and was told my knee was FULL of cartilage. This was cleaned out as well as some arthitis in there. I got worse my 3rd week out to the point where I needed crutches. My knee has also been drained 3 times and 2 cortizone shots were done. I had to stop my PT for financial reasons but am doing it on my own at home/gym. I still feel shooting pains, knee swells and fluid built up. I accidently came down on my knee 2 days ago and screamed out in pain. I was active in the gym before so I just think everybody heals differently. I go back for another post-op visit in a week and I will surely tell my doc I am not tip top. Day at a time!!

May 16, 2011
Meniscus pain after surgery
by: Anonymous

Surgery two months ago, wake up with the same pain as before surgery and also some swelling of the knee in the meniscus area..again same swelling as before surgery. Why is it no one tells you that you will be in the same pain. Did he do something wrong in surgery. Went back to the doctor and got told a few things to do but nothing really helps..come back in a few weeks and we can give you a shot of cortisone, if that does not help we can use rooster comb.Does anyone really want to go in and have a shot when there has already been so much trama to the area? I was told I was not a candidate for knee replacement and that is a good thing as they would not get me in there for that. It is all very discouraging to say the least. PT did not help at all. It may have made things worse in fact.

May 20, 2011
^ months after knee surgery-still on ibuprofen
by: Cheryl-Michigan

I had my medial meniscus removed, plica removed and a fissure repaired in my right knee in November 2010. I had no physical therapy. I went back to work (dental assistant) 6 days after surgery. I had swelling of the ankle 4 weeks (con't for a few weeks) after the surgery and pain until February 2011. I reduced my ibuprofen from 3200mg a day to 1600mg a day presently. I walk about 10,000 to 12,000 steps daily- that is my therapy. I have pain if the meds wear off. I usually take the ibuprofen at breakfast and lunch to get through the day and take a tylenol pm to sleep. I have tenderness continuously in the knee, in the thigh, in the calf and down to the foot. I also will get numbness. I had a cortisone injection before the surgery (because nothing showed up on x-rays or mri) and I will not go through that torture again. I am not sure if going back to the surgeon is worth a try or just deal with it. I was told there is no arthritis and I should have a great recovery. I am 43 years old and I am figuring that this is taking a while due to age? Frustrated-I don't want to be on ibuprofen and I want to feel normal and do normal things again. Driving, vacuuming and sitting irritates the knee.

May 20, 2011
Getting relief
by: Anonymous

I made a comment on May o4 2011 as to the pain i was having...now on the 20th of May 2011. My knee is feeling better. Perhaps it just takes more time for some people. I am back to gardening, walking more etc. I no longer curl up my knees when in bed instead keep my legs straight out when on my side,that has helped the situation in bed. Actually it is quite comfortable that way.
Find what works best for you. Rest the leg and keep moving as much as possible. Some of the leg pain is from muscles that need to be strenthened.
Good luck.

May 21, 2011
Incorrect date
by: Anonymous

Getting relief...the last date of my comment on the 20th, should have referred to May 16th, not May 4th..sorry for any confusion

May 23, 2011
Me too (continued)
by: Hogan

Well I finally made it back to my doctor after having another MRI. No new tears or issues as it turns out other than an enlarged "Bakers" cyst. The swelling and fluid build-up I have experienced of late is due to the cyst. We discussed options and decided on a cortizone shot. I must admit, I feel 95% better four days after the shot. Swelling has subsided, the clicking and discomfort, after sitting for awhile, has left as well. Hopefully this will continue!

Jun 30, 2011
menicus recovery
by: Anonymous

I'm 28yrs old, i torn my meniscus playing football last year and its been 3 months since my operation, i'm hoping to be back playing football for the new season coming up, i'm worried i might not be ready as i my op knee keeps clicking (popping out of joint but not so i can't walk) every so often and still have discomfort but no pain is this normal!! please help

Jul 06, 2011
Meniscus surgery
by: Anonymous


I had meniscus surgery on my left knee one year ago by a top-notch surgeon in NYC. Therapy was a nightmare so I stopped it after five sessions . . after each session I could barely walk and had to stay in bed two days to recover. Pain almost disappeared after the surgery, however, now, one year later, I seem to have the same pain as before, especially if I walk a lot (which I do), carry packages or heavy items ... forget about going up and down the stairs as it is very painful. Is pain ever going to disappear? From information I gathered it seems women face a harder recovery period from Meniscus, if any at all. Men are the ones who report no problem and brand as new after three months - - no such luck here. I have a follow-up visit with my surgeon on July 18 .... Any suggestions from you out there? I am happy to read all the complaints posted as it makes me see I am not alone.... Meniscus surgery, like knee replacements, are not always what people think!

Jul 06, 2011
continues pain after mensicus repair
by: Anonymous

My knee has finally stopped hurting. It is back to normal. It seems it just took a lot of time.
I did use some Tylenol Precise which seemed to help a lot. It is powerful so used it mostly in bed which is when the knee was at it's worst. I hope for your sake that time will heal your knee also. Keep walking and doing good things for yourself. Good luck..from Oregon

Sep 15, 2011
Knee clicking after minincus surgery.
by: Steven

I had the procedure done in 01/28/2010. It healed up fine then the end of the year it started to swell and get painful, When i bend my knee it pops, I workout so i would do leg work outs to try to help it but it would swell and would get worse. I finally got another MRI and i went today to go over with with the surgeon he said that I have thinning cartilage between my knee cap and for me to do alot of leg workouts to make my leg stronger, Should i go to another dr?

Sep 15, 2011
Knee issues
by: Cheryl

Steven: If you have thinning, what about having a gel "padding" injected into the knee? My mother-in-law has this done every 6 months and she said it really helps her. I may have to have this done.
I had knee surgery in Nov 2010 and I am still taking ibuprofen every day, just to survive. I have another MRI scheduled on Monday and hopefully it will show something wrong (the mri before the surgery showed just a fissure tear). My surgeon has no idea what is causing my pain and even suggested for me to get another opinion. I told him I am waiting until the results of the mri and see if there are any changes. My therapist said there is nothing he can do: I have full range movement of flexibility and he thinks it is scar tissue causing the pain.
If something is wrong, don't wait-complain to the doctor. I wish I would have went in sooner. Everyone kept telling me it just takes longer the older you get (I am only 43 and not overweight). I have been dealing with knee pain for over a year now, and I not waiting anymore-even ready for another surgery, if needed. Good luck with your knee issue-praying for pain relief and quick recovery.

Oct 20, 2011
so glad to see I'm noIt alone
by: Jean

I've been reading all the posts and can see that post op pain can and does come and go and no two cases are alike. I go back to my doctor today for a follow up from surgery last Wednesday and just want to know if what I am experiencing is normal. I can deal with pain if I know this is part of the healing process, but would like to know what it gets so severe at times, enough to wake you up and keep you awake. Pain meds are great, but you hear so much about people getting addicted to pills, I'd rather try other methods if possible and leave the pills for when all else fails. Good luck to all of us as we take this journey.

Oct 25, 2011
Pain Post Knee Surgery
by: Anonymous

I am a 60 year old women in relatively good shape. Not overweight and I have always been very active and never had any knee problems whatsoever. I tore my meniscus in my right knee after wheelbarreling dirt into my garden. I had surgery for the tear in July of this year. One month before the surgery, I was given a cortisone injection to get me through and that really helped the pain and swelling. In fact, I felt so good that I was hesitant to have the surgery at all. However, thinking that it was probably just the cortisone and that once it wore off, I would have problems, I decided to go through with it. Immediately following the surgery, I felt wonderful. I had no pain at all and only went to PT three times. Because I was doing so good, the therapist released me and gave me exercises to do at home. Then, in September, I started having pain. I can bend my knee, but cannot extend it without severe pain. I have a terrible time after I get up from sitting. Once I walk for a bit, the pain subsides to where it is manageble, but never gone and I can never fully extend my leg. Very, very discouraging. I am definitely going to make an appointment to see the surgeon again. After reading all the comments, however, I don't feel very encouraged.

Dec 04, 2011
knee pain after meniscus surgery NEW
by: John

I had surgery for a torn medial menisus 10/06/2011. I'm a 58 year old in good shape other wise. I still have pain at the site of the surgery whenever I get up after sitting. It only lasts the first few steps but is pretty intense. I had 7 therapy sessions and I'm able to workout at the gym pretty much as I did before. I work on my feet all day and am able to work most days without much discomfort. The hardest part is standing on it after sitting. After a few steps it feels pretty good. I'm not sure what is the cause of that. I had my other knee scoped for a torn menisus 6 years ago. I know from that experience it took a good 6 months before I felt like I was getting back close to normal It never has got back to 100% before I injured it. Maybe 90%. I just keep telling myself to be patient and I know, from my last surgery, it's a very slow process.

Dec 04, 2011
Recurring original meniscus pain from tear NEW
by: Anonymous

Had menicus surgery in Mar 2011.. it took a good 4 months for my knee to feel normal, no pain what so ever. Then I took in a grandchild who is 2 1/2.. pain started up again plus the swelling. This is always in the site of the original tear.
Now after sent the little guy home after 2 months I am again pain free. This tells me that one does need to be careful in how the knee is used. Lifting included. Weight could be a big factor. I am a 76 year old active healthy woman. Good luck for all of you in dealing with your knees.

Dec 04, 2011
Second Opinion NEW
by: Cheryl

My MRI results showed nothing was wrong-which also showed the same results before my knee surgery in November 2010. I had a medial meniscus removed, a plica removed and a fissure repaired. Still knee tenderness where the plica and meniscas was located. If you touch the incision area, I jump out of my seat-it hurts that much. (Dr said no scar tissue is there) I had a second opinion and that surgeon said that he does not recommend surgery for at least another year. He said there is no arthritis and my knee will just take awhile to heal-been over a year now. The surgeon placed me on Mobic-2 daily, so then no more ibuprofen (was taking 3200mg daily). I was told to work the knee "hard" and build up more muscles around the knee. I started working out more, then my ankle swelled up. The surgeon said now not to work the knee hard and just gradually work it. I also started using a magnetic knee brace. That does help for stability, but not flexibility. I can not sit or stand a long period of time-it becomes stiff and sore. THe mobic helps regulate the pain better than the ibuprofen. I am still doing the pilates and yoga and still have full range of motion. Looks like I will be living with this tenderness and pain for quite awhile. (I am tall and skinny, so weight is not the issue) Good luck everyone with your pain and tenderness. It is very frustrating! It is nice to vent on this website, since we understand the frustration. Have Happy Holidays!

Dec 27, 2011
4 months post op NEW
by: joan

It has been 4 months since my meniscus repair, I also had some bone shaved off and a plica removed. I was doing okay getting better after 2 months. Then the pain slowly came back. It hurts so bad from around my knee, behind it, and then down the calf and into the ankle. Driving is a nightmare. I cant walk, stand, do much of anything for any length of time. I had to quit my job. I dont know what to do. The Dr. says I now need 6 injections of this viscous fluid one week apart, which MIGHT work for up to 12 months and or a partial knee replacement. I was told before the surgery it was uncomplicated, would take care of the tear, id be great in a few weeks. I dont know what to do now. I have no insurance, I cant look for another job as I cant drive, etc. Has anyone else had these problems? What has anyone done to get this repaired. I start limping after just a short walk, trying to get up off the floor is horrible, I usually need help so now my other knee aches all the time for the limping I think. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Dec 29, 2011
I had meniscus tears 5 months ago NEW
by: mick

Hi, im 43 years old and i had tears too.I`m going backward with the pain.now my other knee is just about had it.May as well go on the pension.This has been the worst 6 months.i think i would be better off with out them.

Dec 29, 2011
After operation NEW
by: mick

Joan you sound like me.I`ve had about ten physio sessions after the operation now and its getting worse.i don`t know how much more my right knee can take.i was on celebrex now on 500mg naproxen but they make me sick in the stomach,so i haven`t had one for a couple days.pain is getting pretty bad now.stairs are the worst.hope we all get better soon.

Dec 30, 2011
meniscal repair NEW
by: joan

Mick, I hear you. I wish I had never had the surgery. I tore the meniscus by having to slam my brakes on. I Had worn a steel brace for 3 months before finally agreeing to the surgery as I could no longer do my job, walk up or down stairs without being in alot of pain. I am an RN, did alot of research on which Dr to use, etc. I was on Mobic for 4 months, it did nothing to help, just tore up my stomach. The flip way in which my Dr. has treated this shocks me, "well, Joan, youre just going to have to get knee replacement. Im 52 years old, too young for that, he has no concern that I had to quit my job. Ive been off work for 2 months, knee hasnt improved. Im a single women, I need to work. Cant get unemployment as I quit the job. I guess im going to have to get another job, work til I cant take the pain any more, then quit that job, but at least ill have insurance for a bit so I can go to another Dr, have an MRI, maybe find out if something else is wrong. This just sucks. Im almost back to where I was pre surgery.

Dec 30, 2011
meniscus NEW
by: Mick

Hi Joan,mine was to do with work and i`ve got TPD insurance as I won`t be able to do the work i was doing before.Driving Trucks Money can`t take away the pain though.Ordered a walking stick the other day as i think it would help a lot,will have to wait about a week till it arrives from the ukraine.Mines a pretty long story as i hurt it about 5 times at my old job.then i left but was still have trouble 2 years later so it been going on for nearly 4 years now.I`m spending to much at home now waiting for a mircale.

Dec 31, 2011
meniscal surgery NEW
by: joan

Mick,
Im sorry youre having such a hard time. That truly sucks that you cant work in your profession. I dont know if im going to be able to and im afraid I wont be able to. I love being a nurse and to have that taken away truly angers me because these Drs obviously dont tell their patients the truth about the what can happen!!!!!!!
I hope things get better for you

Dec 31, 2011
meniscus NEW
by: Mick

I think the doctors are not sure with everyone.There`s always some one worst off i surpose.Happy New year I`m in australia sydney where are you?

Dec 31, 2011
meniscus NEW
by: Mick

Joan,sounds like your going to have to change careers like me.Get a sitting down job like the doctor told me.wombat099@msn.com

Jan 28, 2012
Medial knee pain after surgery NEW
by: Bob in so. cal.

Five years ago, I had the medial meniscus removed per the surgeon's recommendations. I have been in pain ever since. The most pain is when my leg is at rest, sitting down or trying to sleep. I can go for about 20 minutes before the pain is extreme. This makes it impossible to get a good night's sleep unless I take enough Vicodin to knock myself out. Fortunately, I am in outside sales so I have t walk a lot, which helps to keep the pain to a m inimum. Sometimes, in the middle of the night, I have to get up and walk around the house for a half hour to get the pain to go down, then take more Vicodin. If I run out of Vicodin prescription, I will be screwed.

Jan 28, 2012
constant pain NEW
by: Anonymous

Have you tried a rub on medication that is by prescription only.Some better then a pill that hits the whole body. Also ice works well. Sounds like you might need a replacement.

Jan 28, 2012
updating after surgery 11/10 NEW
by: Cheryl

I am also still having pain with my right knee (as previously stated) and the Mobic helps a little. I saw my MD and she said my Blood Pressure systolic level is too high (over 160/86, used to be 96/74) due to the constant pain. I am now on blood pressure meds. I have more symptoms now......my right leg fell asleep for 3 hours and then for 3 days tingling throughout the leg. I have pinpointed the saphenous nerve/vein is the one causing my pain. My surgeon says nothing is wrong. He says to work the knee hard and document everything going on. He doesn't understand how much pain I am enduring just to to daily activities. Maybe in July he might do another MRI to see if any changes.
I am seeing a different surgeon next week and hopefully have an EMG ordered to see if any nerves are involved. My physician agrees with me that a nerve or vein is causing the pain. Maybe I will have the answer soon. Good luck everyone ....hopefully someone will get relief. Let us know what works, please.

Feb 09, 2012
Finally answers! NEW
by: Cheryl

Hi everyone!
I went to a third opinion and his findings: the saphenous nerve was damaged and I have moderate RSD. He has referred me to a neurologist and to have an EMG done to check the extend of the damage. The knee is structurally fine, the nerve damage could be for life. :( At least I am finally getting answers and someone is actually listing to my symptoms. I will keep you updated. Good luck everyone!

Feb 22, 2012
failed knee operation NEW
by: bob

hade knee operation may 2005 at western general
had the meniscus removed, disabled the day after ,unable to walk or move have taken lots of
medication had hydro therapy, collapsed with pain been on morphine patches for seven months and morphine medicine, still in pain cant sue because i left it two late in my opion ther is no medical cure for the knee opp.

Feb 23, 2012
feeling the pain NEW
by: debbie

i am 59 40 lbs. over weight i had my surgery 5 wks. ago. glad to know i am not crazy and tere are others in the same boat. so tired of the severe pain. i felt like a big baby but feel relieved now. thanks to everyone on this forum it was very beneficial. deb from indiana

Feb 23, 2012
feeling the pain NEW
by: debbie

i am 59 40 lbs. over weight i had my surgery 5 wks. ago. glad to know i am not crazy and tere are others in the same boat. so tired of the severe pain. i felt like a big baby but feel relieved now. thanks to everyone on this forum it was very beneficial. deb from indiana

Feb 26, 2012
Knee is never the same NEW
by: Anonymous

In 2006 I had my knee surgery (menicus repair). I
was older (61 yrs. old) but was very
active all my life and once a professional dancer.
The cartilage just wore out and I couldn't get up
from the floor from squatting to pick something up.
I was an independent contractor with no disability
insurance(too expensive). I worked as a Special
Education Therapist with hyper 3-5 year olds.After
all else failed, my "brilliant" doctor referred me
to an Orthopedist. I felt like my knee was on fire
but the jerk did not prescribe a pain killer, however, the Orthopedist prescribed Darvocet but
did not suggest surgery! I told him that I couldn,t function and never worked again in Education.Three
weeks later I was finally able to have an MRI and
was told I had a huge tear but no arthritis. He
was very casual about the surgery and stated that
I would be just fine after 6 weeks!
I had the repair done on an outpatient basis
and thought I was going to die from the pain. The stupid assistant said I have a "low threshold"
for pain and gave me a shot of morphine. I was
told to take a vicodan and purchased a cane from
this hospital. Placing my foot on the floor to
walk out to a cab was excrutiating. Once home
I rested for 4-5 days with my leg swathed in
bandages and felt better. Saw the doctor who
remove the bandages and my knee looked like
a black and blue football. After this walking
with the cane was torture and bending my knees
to sit was worse. I couldn't sleep or stand.
I gained twenty pounds which I still can't unload. PT made things worse and was totally
useless. The doctor was surprised by the "level'
of pain" I was experiencing.I found this terrifying.I was told that I would have to push myself though he knew it hurt. He was right.
I forced myself to do normal activities within
reason-though my knee made cracking noises and
hurt like H#ll. I lived under ice packs and
got a prescription for Ambien and more pain killers. After 4 months things improved but I
still would get attacks after activity. after
this I was off pain killers but still iced.
After a year I could actually function moderately
but my knee bothered me on the side and in the
back. I could finally use stairs. It's been
six years and thankfully the pains left after
three years although it occasionally gets a little
stiff or sore where the injury was located.
It looks different than my other knee and does
get slightly swollen if I'm on my feet all day.
I am grateful that my symptoms are mild, unhappy
about the way it looks(I have an over developed
muscle on the inside of my knee). My gait is off
which has caused several falls on my knees! Sorry
but I'm telling it "like it is". I just pray
arthritis doesn't develop. The orthopedist didn't think this would happen but I take long walks
and stay active and "push" myself. Hang in
guys-the misery will dissipate with time and do whatever makes it feel better but you must MOVE
it. Good luck and God bless!

Apr 19, 2012
Pain after meniscus repair NEW
by: Anonymous

I am so glad to read your comments. I thought I was being a big baby. I had meniscus repair surgery 10 days ago and the pain I have now is 70 times the pain I felt prior to surgery. It's like someone built a fire behind my knees and up the front of my knee! It wakes me up every NIGHT. Can't wait for follow up appt. tomorrow! Help! Dr. never told me to expect all of this!!

Apr 19, 2012
Finally...answers for knee! NEW
by: Cheryl

I had knee surgery in Nov 2010. I have been in pain since. In March 2012, I finally had an EMG done to determine what is wrong. The neurologist and my pain specialist have confirmed that the saphenous nerve was damaged during the knee surgery. The knee surgeon said my knee is structually fine. I am now going through a series of blocking injections and I am using medicated (gabapentin, anesthetics) cream and I take Mobic twice daily. Since my original surgeon refused to listen to my complaints, the pain specialist said I will probably have permanent nerve damage. If I would have found out sooner, then the saphenous nerve might have been able to be repaired.
You know your body better than anyone. If you are in pain, don't give up to get answers.

Apr 23, 2012
Knee Pain- NEW
by: Bob in so. Cal.

Cheryl,
Thanks for your input. I posted my similar pain in January (surgery 5 years ago). I have tried braces, vitamins, lotions, massage, exercise, creams, patches, injections and nothing works. Everyone is treats me like it is a soft tissue injury. I keep telling them it is nerve damage (RSD).

I am up to taking 6 Vicodins a day (maximum allowable). Usually at night so I can get some sleep. During the day I am in nothing but pain, ready to punch walls or anything else in my way. When it flares, I take a long walk. Moving the leg helps the most. At rest is when the pain sets in.

I am going to my family doctor this week and will explain your situation and ask for referral. Years ago, I was referred to a jerk neurologist (Newport Beach, Ca). He said I was not a good candidate for nerve block. He wanted me to go to a friend for evaluation of my pain ($800 cash in Laguna Beach, CA). If he determined I was in pain, the neurologist would write me scripts for as much Oxycontin as I want. I told him I can already get that through the family doc. I want a solution, not another temporary fix. At 57, I can't go through this pain for another 20+ years. I understand why people commit suicide, but only when it is the final option.

Thanks for your letter.
Bob

Apr 25, 2012
3 weeks after surgery NEW
by: JP

I went last week to my "follow up" appt. and told Dr. that the pain was like "fire shut up in my bones." Back of leg and front! He ended up draining fluid from the knee which gave me some temporary relief. A lot of water was expelled as a result of this procedure. If you see swelling in the knee I suggest you ask if draining might be helpful. He also suggested elevation, ice and I now wear a tight band around the knee. Sometimes when in a painful sleep I find myself yanking that tight band off my knee in a fit of sleep. I thank God that I am retired because I could never have gone back to work in 7-10 days as promised. The pain is worse when I lie down at night. It wakse me up arouond 2:00 a.m. and all I can do is reach for a pain pill and an advil. I try to only take 1 pain pill per day because I have a fear of getting hooked. So, I usually take it at night. I don't have a big problem in the day time--it's bearable. Good luck to everyone--I feel your pain!

Apr 29, 2012
Meniscus surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

I had meniscus repair, arthritis removed & a cotton ball size cyst removed, which split my lateral meniscus in middle & that had to be repaired. About a week out unfelt great! Even the second week. But then, I squatted down to get something, not thinking- and that was a mistake! Its slowly building up more & more pain til now I'm back limping and icing. The outside of right knee and around the back. It's also very very swollen now. I feel better from reading these posts & may néed to call the surgeon tomorrow. I was thinking this would be easy!

May 20, 2012
Pain... NEW
by: Anonymous

I had medial meniscus surgery in Jan.2012. I still have inflammation, no muscle strength/stability and pain 24/7. Its been 4 months post-op, now my surgeon wants to give me a cortisone shot. What is causing this continued pain?

May 22, 2012
Much Better now... NEW
by: Anonymous

I had meniscus surgery April 6. I have minimal pain now and have started back taking walks. I feel as though I am doing so much better because I did not do physical therapy. Feel like moving my knee in awkward positions before I was ready would have made my pain worse. Nothing scientific about that theory, however, I did make sure not to bend the knee in any position that would cause me to say "ouch"! Physical therapy is all about ouch as far as I'm concerned!!

Jun 06, 2012
I waited too long before seeing the doctor NEW
by: Anonymous

After having had 5 ops on the R Knee following a ski injury now 9 years ago - I now have a partial implant and 1 year since the final op I am feeling that the R knee is stronger and there is minimal discomfort....I went and slipped and twisted the L knee. After waiting too long, it finally showed up as a torn meniscus, of which the torn part was removed 6 weeks ago. Great - no pain to talk about, but then three weeks ago pain and swelling started above the knee. An MRI has shown that I now have a fissure.....so its back to ice, painkillers, anti inflammatories and rest. To all of you knee sufferers, all I can say is that it takes a long time for knees to settle down and its really important to strengthen the muscles around the knee. I am now having to change my sports - jogging, tennis and skiing are no longer an option - but swimming and cycling can be just as much fun. The lesson I learned from all of this, is NOT to wait too long before going back to see the doctor. Discomfort is one thing, extreme pain is another!

Jun 06, 2012
I waited too long before seeing the doctor NEW
by: Anonymous

After having had 5 ops on the R Knee following a ski injury now 9 years ago - I now have a partial implant and 1 year since the final op I am feeling that the R knee is stronger and there is minimal discomfort....I went and slipped and twisted the L knee. After waiting too long, it finally showed up as a torn meniscus, of which the torn part was removed 6 weeks ago. Great - no pain to talk about, but then three weeks ago pain and swelling started above the knee. An MRI has shown that I now have a fissure.....so its back to ice, painkillers, anti inflammatories and rest. To all of you knee sufferers, all I can say is that it takes a long time for knees to settle down and its really important to strengthen the muscles around the knee. I am now having to change my sports - jogging, tennis and skiing are no longer an option - but swimming and cycling can be just as much fun. The lesson I learned from all of this, is NOT to wait too long before going back to see the doctor. Discomfort is one thing, extreme pain is another!

Jul 03, 2012
Surgery 3 weeks ago NEW
by: Anonymous

My 15 year old son had a meniscus repair 3 weeks ago. Huge tear from spring training in football. He was in pretty bad pain before the surgery. He had his first therapy 3 days after the repair and he is actually doing very well. His doctor has put him in an immobilizer brace for 6 weeks for daily activity because he said ANY weight bearing bent knee motions would basically undo the repair. So, we've been to 7 therapy sessions and still occasionally ice, but he rarely even takes half a Lortab for pain. I think the key has been the immobilizer. We know several people who've had this done and the ones who wore the brace as directed and went to therapy have been fine. Those who didn't still suffer.

Jul 17, 2012
my knee NEW
by: Anonymous

i fell on my knee 10 moths ago now im getting pain in my knee when i walk or go down the steps its real bad what should i do

Jul 28, 2012
Knee pain NEW
by: Fiona

I had surgery April 27, 2012 for a torn meniscus on my right knee. Surgery went well. First visit to pt and I was about at my two week goal. I'm 56, 110 lbs., fit and breezed through pt. visited doc end of June and he said everything was healing just fine. Now I'm a month down the road, experiencing popping sounds, knee pain, what the heck?! Had a shot of cortisone last week since I'm doing a trekking trip shortly. I don't understand how you can be doing so well and backsliding!

Jul 31, 2012
Ouch! NEW
by: Anonymous

I had meniscus repair in April, 2012. The pain has moved from the inside of my knee to the actual knee cap and I have popping sounds to boot. Am taking the SUPARTZ shots now but haven't found any relief and only have 2 more to go. They are done in a series of 5. I had them in my other knee (arthritis) and found some relief but found no relief in knee that I had surgery on. What can I say?? Traded one pain for another--from side of knee to knee cap and popping sounds!!!

Aug 03, 2012
meniscus repair lateral & medial 6-1-12 NEW
by: pittsburghgal

had meniscus resection on 6-1.felt great immediately following surgery until the anesthesia & pain meds wore off..couldnt sleep for 36 hours due to the pain in my ankle & down the side of my shin. took 6 vicodin and finally got some rest. used crutches for 4 days with partial weight bearing on my right leg per dr. I am now 8 weeks post op had my 2nd followup with the dr and am totally frustrated. at almost 60 & a little overweight I knew the recovery would be longer than someone younger & more fit. But I cant even do 4 loads of laundry, going up & down the steps, without calling it a day. I cant "pick up my pace" to catch a bus without my leg feeling as though someone kicked me. the dr said before surgery that I had severe arthritis in this knee but it never bothered it as much as the pain i feel now. the dr told me that the limited activitiy level is all due to the arthritis even though he cleaned up my knee while trimming the tears. He said the only solution is a knee replacement, which I knew I would probably have to have at some point, but we both agree that now is a little premature only 8 weeks post op. I am trying to walk a few blocks after taking the bus from work rather than drive in to work every day just to increase my activity level, but this situation really sucks. I feel totally useless and like a lot of other posts here, a big baby. I had no idea that it would take so long to recover or even just feel better. I will add that the wonderful disability dept approved only 2 weeks off work. yes i work in an office, but I am up & down like a jack in the box and after sitting for an hour, the leg is stiff and locks up and is unreliable for weight bearing. Someone tell me it gets better, please! and thank god for vicodin & the doctors who prescribe cause my ortho surgeon wont!

Aug 17, 2012
20 weeks to heal? NEW
by: Anonymous

I am 58 and 30 lbs. overweight. I am trying to loose the weight since one pound = two on the knee. I had torn meniscus repair in May 2012. I was fine for the 2 weeks I was off work afterwards. Therapy went well. Surgeon dismissed me. As soon as I went back to work I began having moderate pain. Asked if I could have Aqua water therapy. Doc agreed. Still pain seemed to be getting worse. Physical therapist suggested Tens unit to stimulate and wake- up upper femoral muscle. I wear brace to clean house. Take Aleve at night to sleep. I walk alot @ work. I can not do any more fun things in the evening because this left knee throbs and swells. If I try to ride a bike, I pay the next day, limping and pain.
Read where it takes 20 weeks to fully heal. I have 8 weeks to go. I am afraid with Winter coming I may slip on the ice.
I am going to ask surgeon if I could have an EMG to see how much nerve damage. I want another cortisone injection also.
My insurance denied the rooster cartledge injections.
I would tell anyone with torn cartledge to let heal on its own and take plenty of glucosamine & fish oil.
This meniscus surgery is not for older adults. I feel as though I have bone on bone because cartledge was removed.

Aug 18, 2012
Updating NEW
by: Cheryl

Well, I tried the TENS unit-made it worse. The special cream irritated the damaged sephanous nerve. Physical therapy is not working. The pain specialist tried to block the nerve-didn't work. I have been in pain for 2 years now.
I started acupuncture 2 weeks ago and I am starting to feel relief!!! I still have tenderness, but not the pain.

Sep 16, 2012
A Pain in the knee NEW
by: Anonymous

I want to start out by saying I feel everyones pain Knee pain is one of the worst I had mensicus surgery 6 weeks ago on my left knee The pain now is worst than it was before stiffness and pain back and front of the knee My ortho doctor said I would be back active in 4 week time with phyical therapy well the phyical therapy made matters worst You can't go by the average of everyone else were all different with our recovery time I'm 62 Female I wish the best for everyone who has or will be going threw this journey

Oct 23, 2012
Meniscus surgery 1 year ago NEW
by: melissa

I fell at work 13 months ago and tore the medial meniscus in my left knee. I lived in WI and it was a workers comp claim. The ortho surgeon scheduled surgery. Three days before surgery my mom in NC was admitted to the hospital and I had to cancel and go to NC. My mom died and I had to move to NC to take care of my dad. I found a surgeon, had the surgery in Nov. 2011. I did ok and the dr released me in Feb. 2012. Within a month my pain was unbearable. Went back to the dr. I had a cortizone shot, two months later it was swollen so much he had to aspirate it. Had another MRI, no new tear. Had another cortizond shot. No relief. Had supartz shots. Still in pain. Workers comp gave my records to their dr who says its arthritis and unrelated to my work injury and now they wont pay for any more treatment. I am in terrible pain. A lawyer told me theres nothing I can do in WI. Any advice?

Oct 27, 2012
Meniscus Surgeries, etc. NEW
by: Ryan

I am now 32 and I have had both knees operated on. Both required arthroscopic surgery to remove the torn meniscus. Even though they say you can return to normal activities 3 - 4 weeks after surgery, this is really not the true case. It takes a full year after the surgery for the knee to heal. I was an athlete from five years of age until around age 25. So I have had other injuries and things happen and rehabilitation has always been something that I had to figure out for myself. Following their exact instructions may not be the best thing for every single person, and it isn't. My Orthopedic surgeon told me that the arthritis in my knees began around the age of 14 because of soccer/football/basketball and all the trauma associated with those sports. So, a year after my last surgery, my knee (meniscus tear) still hurts and an MRI is the next step to see if it has been torn again because the pain has become severe (My pain tolerance is insanely high, I continued to play in a soccer game for 30 minutes with a fractured Fibula). The same with everything else, the mental aspect is the most important thing to develop. I will not allow myself to complain about little things and it has made life better for sure. I am stronger and still physically fit even with all the things mentioned above and the other things not mentioned that required surgery. So yeah, it depends on the individual and how they go about recovery and how fast they try and get back to their regular activities.. find what works for you, do not go by the textbook... you will end up worse or if you are lucky, 75% of what you were. Coming back as close to 100% as possible is a great feeling to have.

Oct 29, 2012
1 mo since meniscus surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

I want to say I am truly sorry to all and want to say that I also understand the frustration involved with all of this knee stuff! 30yr old healthy otherwise. I had a tear that the MRI didnt show had part of it removed and have same pain I had before surgery. I cant get swelling down even though I continually elevate it as I am not working now.

Friends and family keep saying..so and so was better in two days or 1 week..well thats not me or many others. Hang in there your not alone!

Oct 29, 2012
1 mo since meniscus surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

I want to say I am truly sorry to all and want to say that I also understand the frustration involved with all of this knee stuff! 30yr old healthy otherwise. I had a tear that the MRI didnt show had part of it removed and have same pain I had before surgery. I cant get swelling down even though I continually elevate it as I am not working now.

Friends and family keep saying..so and so was better in two days or 1 week..well thats not me or many others. Hang in there your not alone!

Oct 29, 2012
1 mo since meniscus surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

I want to say I am truly sorry to all and want to say that I also understand the frustration involved with all of this knee stuff! 30yr old healthy otherwise. I had a tear that the MRI didnt show had part of it removed and have same pain I had before surgery. I cant get swelling down even though I continually elevate it as I am not working now.

Friends and family keep saying..so and so was better in two days or 1 week..well thats not me or many others. Hang in there your not alone!

Nov 03, 2012
knee replacement NEW
by: Anonymous

I have a 79 year old Mother that had a knee replaced and sadly, your stories are as our experience is. We are seeking a second opinion and hoping that Mom can find a better way to deal with the pain and the fact that her gait is compromised because she isn't able to extend that knee and her pain is ridiculous. Surgery was June 28th and I have never felt such dislike toward the medical profession. I feel like we have been batted back and forth with family doc and the ortho. More pain prescriptions and no soltions offered. We recently had an appointment with a pain clinic and it was suggested we see another ortho surgeon for a second opinion. We have hospitalized Mom at least 5 times since this surgery. It's been a nightmare.

Nov 05, 2012
Feeling Good! NEW
by: Anonymous

I had Meniscus surgery in April, 2012. I had a lot of ups and downs trying to recover. It wasn't until my Dr. suggested Supartz injections (one injection each week for 5 weeks) that I found relief! I didn't believe that I would heal and was quite the skeptic. Want to encourage you who were in my shoes--surgery, no relief and now I have relief. Blessings.

Nov 24, 2012
Worse off then I was prior to surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

I had meniscus surgery about 3 months ago. Went through one round of PT that didn't seem to help. I actually started experiencing pain on the opposite side of the surgery. Surgeon told me the knee is pinching my fat pad, WHAT THE HECK???? Going through another round of PT but it seems to be getting worse instead of better. So frustrated today trying to do light exercises that I cried. I've been active for 25+ years and now can't even walk down stairs. Don't know what else to do!!!!

Nov 26, 2012
No PT for me!! NEW
by: Anonymous

Frankly, I am so thankful that I didn't do physical therapy and SO glad my Dr. didn't require it. I've read so many comments that PT was of very little or no help! Injections of Supartz after surgery saved me! My knee is fine now! Hallelujah!!

Dec 05, 2012
Torn menisicus pain NEW
by: Justin

I had my menisicus repaired 3 sutures after dr had said they would trim it out and I would be walking 3 days after surgery. Now he says rehabilitation harder but long term better. Well 3 weeks later and pain has gotten worse than post op day 2, I am taking the pain meds at night and I returned to work on crutches and brace after 1 week off, problem is day 2 of driving with that leg and pain almost unbearable I have 1 week till next dr visit I'm 41 and to be honest if I would have known that I was getting this I would have lived with the tear. I just want to run and play with my 10 year old and before surgery I worked out 4-5 days a week now I can't I'm just depressed about pain and fear it won't get better , I know it will but I just want to hear from some one else that if you move too much horrible pain is expected I guess? Thanks for letting me vent have blessed day and I honestly and truley that all who read this get the pain relief they deserve , God bless- justin

Dec 07, 2012
Too young to have bad knees NEW
by: Steve

Since 1994 I've had 6 left knee surgeries. The last one in April of 2012 was because of torn meniscus. As of December 2012 I am still having major issues of sharp pain, catching when walking up/down stairs, and have to bend/stretch knee constantly. I have done synvisc (3 shots) and synvisc ONE, with no help beyond several days. I do have OA because with my first surgery in 1994 when I lost my ACL the DA Dr. said I would be fine at age 24 without an ACL while I still traveled and played soccer, basketball, and football. He put me in a brace that extremely limited my movement. I lost 7 inches in my quad and 18 years later have never regained complete mass. In 1999 I finally had an ACL put in from my hamstring, wow; the hamstring took forever to heal. Of course I went to a different Dr. in 99 and he noticed how badly the arthritis had grown in my L knee. Between 99-12 I've had routine arthroscopic cleaning 3 times, along with multiple synvisc shots. Bottom line for my situation is the DA Dr. in 94 screwed my knee up for life because of bad information in regards to keeping the stable after surgery and of course not replacing my ACL. I find it funny today that the Dr. I have is a well renowned orthopedic dr., he works with one of the NBA teams and can only say sorry, but you will need to wait 15 years before having a total knee replacement. At age 42 I think I can live with getting it replaced every 8-9 years for the sake of having a quality life while I'm still young. Bottom line, we all have different levels of pain tolerance, but wanting to be able to walk, sit, or even jog during your younger years should not be a painful experience. Thanks for the rant.

Dec 18, 2012
Should I have my meniscus repaired??? NEW
by: Anonymous

I have a tear in my meniscus and I am in pain for the last four years. Sometimes it becomes unbearable. After readin all the comments, i am not sure if I should go for the surgery or not

Jan 06, 2013
arthroscopy op NEW
by: Anonymous

Had op 6 months ago,felt great after 3 months but recently moved house and did too much .Now get some swelling and now clicks when walking upstairs should I go back to see my surgeon or see my gp.

Jan 06, 2013
arthroscopy op NEW
by: Anonymous

Had op 6 months ago,felt great after 3 months but recently moved house and did too much .Now get some swelling and now clicks when walking upstairs should I go back to see my surgeon or see my gp.

Jan 06, 2013
arthroscopy op NEW
by: Anonymous

Had op 6 months ago,felt great after 3 months but recently moved house and did too much .Now get some swelling and now clicks when walking upstairs should I go back to see my surgeon or see my gp.

Jan 06, 2013
arthroscopy op NEW
by: Anonymous

Had op 6 months ago,felt great after 3 months but recently moved house and did too much .Now get some swelling and now clicks when walking upstairs should I go back to see my surgeon or see my gp.

Jan 07, 2013
Relief after Meniscus Surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

Ask your surgeon if injections of Supartz might be helpful for you. I've almost forgotten that I ever had mensicus surgery because I am now pain free. However, I didn't get better till about 3-1/2 months later with a series of 5 injections. Blessings.

Jan 15, 2013
still having pain 9 months after surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

I had orthoscopic knee surgery 9 months ago to repair a torn miniscus. It was supposed to be an easy surgery, and my surgeon was supposedly one of the best in the state of FL. But I am still having a lot of pain, just from little things like walking. I have pain under the kneecap mostly. It is very hard for my leg to straighten all the way. I went to PT for 11 WEEKS after surgery, and they finally released me because my insurance wouldn't cover it anymore. When I try to do the exercises at home, I get frustrated and give up because most of them hurt too bad. The physical therapist said I should have no pain at all when I do the exercises. I used to be a fairly active person who loved to dance and exercise. Now I can barely walk. I don't know what to do. I am 29 year old female and very slender build.

Feb 08, 2013
RESPONSE RE: KNEE NEW
by: Anonymous

I have had the very same problem. You are not alone sunshine. It is a dreadful recovery. I wish I was more informed before I put my leg up for surgery. I went to active release by a friend of mine, she is only one of two in the county who do active release. It is not covered my insurance but it helps so much I cannot tell you. She puts my legs in every position imaginable and it hurts but feels so amazing afterwards. She did tell me that I had water build up in my knee cap. I cannot afford to go to her every week or i would. I am seeing another doctor soon for a second opinion. I know it is not normal. I am just annoyed because I grew like ripe watermelon and it's not pretty anymore. I want to get fit again. I know we have to be advocates for ourselves. If you feel it is not right--it is not. Listen to your gut. Go for a second opinion. Regards, G

Feb 08, 2013
RESPONSE RE: KNEE NEW
by: Anonymous

I have had the very same problem. You are not alone sunshine. It is a dreadful recovery. I wish I was more informed before I put my leg up for surgery. I went to active release by a friend of mine, she is only one of two in the county who do active release. It is not covered my insurance but it helps so much I cannot tell you. She puts my legs in every position imaginable and it hurts but feels so amazing afterwards. She did tell me that I had water build up in my knee cap. I cannot afford to go to her every week or i would. I am seeing another doctor soon for a second opinion. I know it is not normal. I am just annoyed because I grew like ripe watermelon and it's not pretty anymore. I want to get fit again. I know we have to be advocates for ourselves. If you feel it is not right--it is not. Listen to your gut. Go for a second opinion. Regards, G

Feb 18, 2013
Torn Meniscus surgery January 8,2013 NEW
by: Siri

Hi to all! I can't believe I found this site. Tore my medial meniscus falling over a student at work on April 2,2012. It is workers comp but waited due to all their tests ,PT and MRI needed to ok such surgery. After meeting my designated Dr I back out due to fear of incompetence. Second opinion but had to put it off again due to moms brain surgery. She survived but needed support. So I get surgery January 8, 2013. Nit that long ago! But was told I would recover in 6 weeks ( just passed 6 weeks ) but due to job with young kids probably wouldn't be able to return till 10 weeks. Started PT 1 week after surgery. Really nice man who either lightens up on me or stops if I say it's painful . Stated getting slowly better first 5 weeks. Past week had been a nightmare. I know I haven't suffered nearly as long as some/ most here but got scared when pain increased to level WORSE then pre-op! In pain almost all the time. Had on same knee at age 30. Know torn meniscus- just to clean out loose cartilage had- been getting sinvisc shots in both knees once a year ( 3xs in 3weeks) and got relief. After artho surgery 1/8 dr. Found medial completely torn off and floating around ( getting caught in joints - excruciating !!). Lateral had weta and tear over time. Ended up taking 60% of meniscus! Now this ongoing pain that Vicodin doesn't even touch! Now worried I won't be able to teach kindergarten EVER again and I move that job. This site has me so scared. I know WC won't pay me much longer! I tell my dr. In 2 days. ! I could always have synovial fluid ( imitation) injected but know this stuff wears off in less then a year! This is not a permanent fix!! My knee cap has hardly any cartiledge left but the most pain is right were operated on severely torn medial - inside of my knee. I'm just at my sits end because I took my head out of the sand and found this site! I'm just telling you this for anyone who says relief comes after shots. It's great for awhile - then back with the pain! I'm now 58 so expected a slower recovery but experienced nothing like this when I was 30! At this point don't know how to handle WC insurance. I wish all of you the best and hope those who posted will inform us of any updated! Yours sincerely, Siri

Feb 18, 2013
fell again NEW
by: Anonymous

My only update is that i was suppose to go to doctor for a second opinion and had to cancel as i was late. Went into cvc last week and went flying on the way out and knocked over nail polish and candy bars and rows of stuff and hobbled out as quick as i could while three ladies in there were asking if i was ok. my leg and body is growing like a watermelon and i am sick of the size of me knee so fat and i use to be fit as a fiddle a year ago, Going to see the doctor on Friday February 22. I will let you know. I hate the weight gain from not running and i am sneaking candy and cursing to myself.
I guess i fell again because my leg is weak

Mar 11, 2013
Extreme pain after 2 months post op meniscus surgery NEW
by: Siri

I am a 58 year old women in good shape/ weight. Torn medial meniscus 8 months prior to surgery and worked on it teaching young children for that period. I was in pain but nothing like I'm feeling after surgery. I've been in PT and its helping with ROM and weened off crutches and now Dr wants me off cane. I can't walk fir more then 15-1/2 hour before extreme pain on inside of leg ( exactly where pain was pre- op) . My dr says I'm right where I should be in the healing process but I don't get why I can't walk alone yet and w/ cane it still hurts very much. Enough to keep me awake unless I take pain meds. Had artho surgery on same knee when I was 30 and healed fine but no torn meniscus just cartiledge scraped. Had op on jan . 8, 2013 and now march 10 still in more pain walking then before surgery. Can't return to work due to nature of job but very discouraged. Dr stated I worked so long on torn meniscus that it will take longer to heal. Anyone else work longer then they should have? Workers comp slowed me down!

Mar 16, 2013
Still Finding Answers after 2 1/2 years NEW
by: Cheryl D

I commented a few times over the past 2 1/2 years. I am still in pain from a medial meniscus, plica repair and fissue repair surgery. I have tried meds, TENs unit, creams, lidocaine patches, magnets, acupuncture, extreme icing, massage, injections in the back for blocking pain,physical therapy..... I am 45 years old, tall and thin. I have full usage of my knees, no limitations only pain when doing any activity. An EMG confirmed the saphenous nerve was damaged from the surgery in my right knee. I have pain 24/7 and Mobic helps, so I can function at work and my daily life.
I now have arthritis in both knees and had Euflexxa injections, which helped the arthritic pain. My new knee specialist thinks my medial pain is a neuroma. He is hopeful I will be out of pain from having a surgery to remove the bundle of nerves. I can't even touch my knee without causing pain. When the doctor numbs the medial area, the pain is gone! I pray the surgery in July will take away this pain. Everybody's situation is different, but keep looking for answers. My original knee specialist kept telling me everything is fine and I just need time. Time has past and I found a new doctor to listen and help.
I am praying that all of us will find answers and get out of this pain! Good luck everyone!

Mar 16, 2013
Try testing for Lyme NEW
by: Anonymous

Just a suggestion, I have similar pain and and so annoyed I ever considered surgery. Try getting tested for lyme disease as i am currently being treated and go to a hollistic doctor as another resource--that is my solution.

Mar 27, 2013
Continued pain after surgery increases with activity NEW
by: Anonymous

Wow! I read every comment and possible solution to each type of pain after surgery. There is no doubt that age plays a big part of the recovery process. I'm 56, I injured myself at work nearly a year ago. I've been out of work ever since due to the physical nature of my job. Initially, after x-rays and football test, it was determined I probably sprained my knee. I was given vicodin for the pain and told to elevate and ice daily. I complained of a stabbing pain after 2 weeks. The doc ordered an MRI and had me start PT. Initially my claim was denied. I saw the doc every two weeks with the same pain. In the meantime, I'm doing PT and can hardly ride the bike or do leg raises. Finally, after 2 1/2 months my MRI was approved. Extensive tear on medial meniscus with numerous fragments. Stop therapy immediately and have surgeon consultation. After 5 1/2 months, I had my surgery approved. Since my surgery of a partial menisectomy 3 months ago, I have been going to PT. I'm barely able to do the light exercises and have a dull rubbing pain which intensifies with any activity. I have numbness and burning. I can walk about about a block or stand 10 minutes before the pain increases. Everytime I sit, I get a pulling pain to my calf. I can't even get on my knees and crawl. The surgeon wants me to continue PT to see if my leg strength will improve because he said: my leg is very weak and tender. I asked him if the arthiritis he found during surgery could be causing this pain? He said: it was too soon since the surgery for me to be experiencing that type of pain. The therapist says it's procedural pain? I was a perfectly healthy man able to do anything prior to this injury. I realize there are risk to any surgery, but I'm starting to wonder if surgery was a good idea. I'm having more issues now than before the surgery and don't ever see myself being able to perform my job. Give it more time? You know your body better than anyone. Screw the PT, it's not working only making it worse. I think surgeon's are afraid to admit to an impairment because of a possible malpractice lawsuit. The surgery wasn't totally unsuccessful, my constant stabbing pain is gone now. Thank You! It just so happens, I have 5 more problems now! Imagine that? I'm not looking to sue anyone. Like everyone else who took the time to share their experience on this blog, I just want to get back to a moderate level of pain, so I can lead a more productive life doing something I feel comfortable with. I'm sure eventually, through the process of elimination, I'll find the answer. I See the doc again next month, let's see what's next.

Mar 30, 2013
Still a lot of pain NEW
by: Linda

• I too like everyone else have had the dreaded meniscus surgery. I too am still having drastic pain. I have pain on the inside of my knee and it shoots down my leg like a burning rod. I have trouble walking, trouble going up or down the steps, and I just want this to be over with as I want to live a normal life again. I have read everyone else's posts in trying to search for some kind of help. I have been to my doctor on and off, and he says it looks good, that it is just the arthritis, but I did not have this massive pain prior to the surgery. He had to drain my knee 4 weeks after the surgery, and the next few weeks I felt I was healing, but I have gone right back to the debilitating pain. I had surgery several years ago on the other knee and I did not have this much pain. I do have to go back for the arthritis and get the cortisone shots about 2-3 a year depending on what I have be doing. I also took the synvisc injections and they did nothing for me. My doctor has mentioned doing this again, but what is the use if it did not work before. This whole knee situation is scaring me because if this is the pain from arthritis then I am not going to make it to 60.

Apr 10, 2013
Pain is horrible NEW
by: Anonymous

I had surgery for a meniscus repair and it is now 6 weeks after the surgery. The doctor handed me a sheet that said I should walk unaided after two or three days. I went back to work 10 days after the surgery with the doctors approval. It felt ok not great but bearable, I could walk and I was told it would get better. It did not I have been experiencing progressevely more pain. I can't even take a step on it now. I have to use crutches, it hurts so bad all over.My knee is swelling I use ice and Ibuebrophen and still the pain is so horrible. I went back to the doctor and he is telling me it is arthritis. I don't know what to do. This is workers comp and the doctor is just brushing me off. He did a cortizone shot and it helped a little but that was before the pain got to this level. I never thought I would be crippled from this surgery.

Apr 30, 2013
Menicus Tear NEW
by: PAT

Hi everyone, I have read some of the comments on this page and I will tell you my story. I had Menicus Tear Surgery on Apil 9th 2013, and I too were like some of you thought if I did the right thing. Well the first week was horrible spent most days icing it every hour for 20 minutes and allevating it above my heart plus I wore the support hoses for almost two weeks until I developed a real bad rash which was due to being allergic to the latex. I took them off and did away with the crutches and started walking bearing the pain easy steps. I can honestly tell you that taking the baby steps and pushing my self everday really helped. by the second week I started therapy and they were surprise I could ride the stationery bike so well. (I was going to therapy before the surger to strenghth my leg and I myself was going to the gym also) I am on my third week and I was getting scared because I couldn't walk past 10 minutes without pain like my knee bones were rubbing together, I go to therapy and I come home and do my excerises 3 x's a day after and go the gym and ride the bike another 15 mins, and walk around my block 10 minutes, this is all done thru out the day, 4/30/13 today was my first day that I actually felt 80% better without pain I did walk a lot better took a 3/4 mile walk and I was okay just a little heavy on my leg. All I can say is "keep moving and ice, ice, ice every hour 20 mins depending on your pain" plus a lot of praying at night for a speedy recovery. Today was a GREAT day for me and hope to continue like this I am off work and hopefully I can return next week.

Good LUCK everyone, and remember ice ice ice.. lots of strechting excercises to get those calf pains away look up exercises on the internet if you are not going to therapy...also try a littl bio flex oinment around your ankles and upper thigh NOT on KNEE!!!!

Apr 30, 2013
Menicus Tear NEW
by: PAT

Hi everyone, I have read some of the comments on this page and I will tell you my story. I had Menicus Tear Surgery on Apil 9th 2013, and I too were like some of you thought if I did the right thing. Well the first week was horrible spent most days icing it every hour for 20 minutes and allevating it above my heart plus I wore the support hoses for almost two weeks until I developed a real bad rash which was due to being allergic to the latex. I took them off and did away with the crutches and started walking bearing the pain easy steps. I can honestly tell you that taking the baby steps and pushing my self everday really helped. by the second week I started therapy and they were surprise I could ride the stationery bike so well. (I was going to therapy before the surger to strenghth my leg and I myself was going to the gym also) I am on my third week and I was getting scared because I couldn't walk past 10 minutes without pain like my knee bones were rubbing together, I go to therapy and I come home and do my excerises 3 x's a day after and go the gym and ride the bike another 15 mins, and walk around my block 10 minutes, this is all done thru out the day, 4/30/13 today was my first day that I actually felt 80% better without pain I did walk a lot better took a 3/4 mile walk and I was okay just a little heavy on my leg. All I can say is "keep moving and ice, ice, ice every hour 20 mins depending on your pain" plus a lot of praying at night for a speedy recovery. Today was a GREAT day for me and hope to continue like this I am off work and hopefully I can return next week.

Good LUCK everyone, and remember ice ice ice.. lots of strechting excercises to get those calf pains away look up exercises on the internet if you are not going to therapy...also try a littl bio flex oinment around your ankles and upper thigh NOT on KNEE!!!!

May 03, 2013
Still in Pain NEW
by: Debbie

After reading everyone's stories I decided to add my own. I am 55 years young and slipped at work injuring my knee April 2012. Continuing to work since I had no insurance. I did write up a injury report which ended up helping me, but by the time workmans comp agreed to do anything is was into June. Having 2 xrays any finally an MRI to prove it was a torn meniscus. Surgery in mid July, physical therapy following days later. Which was unbearable. Nothing had helped the pain. So I started using my arms more & more to push myself up. Pull myself into bed. Needless to say I injured my shoulder. I heard it pop pulling myself up from the bath tub since I had no strength in my knee for lift. Dr says it's not a related injury, I differ. For months of limping in pain my back has been giving out along with hip pain on the same side. Feb the surgeon decides to pump gel into my knee for cushion. It felt like this was finally going to work, but after a 2 months the pain was back. I go back to the surgeon next week. I know he will say my back is not related also. Last time he made a comment if I was in so much pain what am I taking for it since he won't prescribe anything. I swear the Dr's are working more & more with the insurance companies then just trying to help. So I am into over a year with knee pain. Good luck all!

May 05, 2013
Continued meniscus post arthroscopic knee pain NEW
by: Anonymous

I have posted before and had my surgery back in early January. It was a work related injury and I have been off work ever since. Like Debi I have had 17 sessions of Pt and the pain continues especially in he medial side of my left knee. I had a very bad tear there according to my dr. But he has no explanation for he continued pain on he inside. My knee cap is killing me but I e been told I have hardly any cartilage left and have some arthritis. I saw another dr on Friday he took X-rays and reintegrated I have arthritis on knee cap but also said my medial bone now shows signs of arthritis BUt states it s unrelated to he torn meniscus. Funny how right after I fell this pain started right away and lasted up until surgery and now hurts sometime more then preop. I just don't feel coincidences happen quite like that. I was rather upset. He is stating I need sin vis injections in both knees since the right knee has been over compensations for so long now it hurts as well. I have had these shots in the past and hey do give relief to me for a little less then one year. Hen I need more! I'm sceptic that they will help the in side pain however. He pain meds barely touch it and every step is still painful although I can walk unassisted with a pretty bad limp. Does anyone recommend a second opinion or have any other ideas? Thank you all and I'm so amazed and saddened hat so many on this site are suffering like this after what we were told was a routine surgery with a 6 week recovery time.

May 09, 2013
meniscus repair NEW
by: LD Holman

I had surgery to repair a torn meniscus April 9th 2013...I too am having the same symptoms that I had prior to surgery. I am very worried about this and am now wondering if I am going to have the pain for the rest of my life. It does not seem any better. You hear of the people resuming activity within 6 weeks...I am sure it will be longer than that for me..Doctor said I had too high of expectations..but everyone acted like a scope was no big deal..wrong..it is!!!..good luck to you all!

May 09, 2013
meniscus repair NEW
by: LD Holman

I had surgery to repair a torn meniscus April 9th 2013...I too am having the same symptoms that I had prior to surgery. I am very worried about this and am now wondering if I am going to have the pain for the rest of my life. It does not seem any better. You hear of the people resuming activity within 6 weeks...I am sure it will be longer than that for me..Doctor said I had too high of expectations..but everyone acted like a scope was no big deal..wrong..it is!!!..good luck to you all!

Jun 17, 2013
Pain NEW
by: Anonymous

I am two months out from torn meniscus surgery and some arthritis. I did about 10 PT visits and did fairly well. Some days now I cannot wait to get home, get on my couch with my ice pack. It hurts so bad to put weight on it. It swells and my feet also sweet. It is sore on inside of my knee and below it on the inside. I don't know whether to schedule another dr. visit or wait it out. Doing things like going to the mall are out of the question....hurts so bad to walk that much at a time.

Aug 12, 2013
Slow recovery NEW
by: Anonymous

Thank you all for your input. In 3 days it will be a month post-op for me for meniscus tear, bursitis, and arthritis cleanup. My doc told me my joints were dislocated as well. I bruised and had swelling after 2 weeks. I found out that icing, elevating and compressing worked extremely well esp. propping my feet up against the wall at night. My problem is I developed radiating pains to my hip long before surgery and this adds to my knee pain. Yesterday I walked for an hour which is not good as I feel like going back to square one. I will start with my gym coach and glide into hot yoga next week as soon as I am done with my doctor recommended PT. Hopefully I can find a good combination of exercises to recover fully. Good luck to you all, I shall let you know in a month whether I get better or worse.

Aug 12, 2013
KNEE PAIN RESOLVED NEW
by: Anonymous

I just thought I should add this small comment. I had pain, and i mean bad pain for over a year on my knee after surgery. I did not want to go to the doctor but forced myself to and he suggested another MRI. I really believed that was going to be the way to go. Low and behold, I kid you not, I developed an ulcer with a bacteria infection H P Lori and was on triple dose medications and antacid and guess what. All my knee pain went away, I have no clue as to why but am delighted with the progress. It could have been lymne or an infection but it is all gone. A wee word of advise check it out with your doctor. It is amazing being pain free and because of an ulcer.

Aug 15, 2013
Menicus surgery NEW
by: Carmen R

I had menicus sugery a few weeks ago also some arthytis. I exersize in pool and gym. The pain is waiking me up several time a night if I move a certain way the pain is severe. If I lift my toes the pain goes away. I went back to Doctors and they gave me Cream antiflamatory it truley is worthless. I wont go the pain pill route because I need to find out whats causing the pain first. I,m not going to rest untill I get some type of answer. I am disapointed in the process. I wish I was aware my pre sugery pain was less trouble then now.

Aug 16, 2013
burning pain NEW
by: Karen

I had a meniscus repair left inner knee and did very well until later. I currently have a burning sensation where the tear was removed. I have not seen comments about it on this blog. It keeps me awake and it is difficult to find a comfortable position. The surgery was performed the first week in July. I play tennis doubles and I am age 67. Doctor said I have 35 year old legs. Problem is the burning sensation. I don't do drugs at all. I have tried to wrap it tightly especially when playing tennis. I am a die hard and I push myself hard. Doc said I cannot damage it, but if it swells to ice it down. I have no swelling, just burning. Anyone else have a burning sensation? If so, how long does it last and have you found relief? My surgeon did not recommend physical therapy. He never told me to wear a support, but I wear it when I play tennis. Last night I played a league match and the burning was
worse. But I was able to sleep and took no drugs.
I wear an extra small foam support with the knee window. I am only 5 feet tall. I will look back later to see if there are others with my problem. It is not a train wreck, but I would like to get rid of the burning pain.

Aug 16, 2013
burning pain NEW
by: Karen

I had a meniscus repair left inner knee and did very well until later. I currently have a burning sensation where the tear was removed. I have not seen comments about it on this blog. It keeps me awake and it is difficult to find a comfortable position. The surgery was performed the first week in July. I play tennis doubles and I am age 67. Doctor said I have 35 year old legs. Problem is the burning sensation. I don't do drugs at all. I have tried to wrap it tightly especially when playing tennis. I am a die hard and I push myself hard. Doc said I cannot damage it, but if it swells to ice it down. I have no swelling, just burning. Anyone else have a burning sensation? If so, how long does it last and have you found relief? My surgeon did not recommend physical therapy. He never told me to wear a support, but I wear it when I play tennis. Last night I played a league match and the burning was
worse. But I was able to sleep and took no drugs.
I wear an extra small foam support with the knee window. I am only 5 feet tall. I will look back later to see if there are others with my problem. It is not a train wreck, but I would like to get rid of the burning pain.

Aug 17, 2013
Problem solved after 3 years! NEW
by: Cheryl

I have posted here a few times within the last 3 years. I had meniscus tear, plica and fissure repaired in Nov 2010. Finally a doctor listened and removed a neuroma where the opening of the laparoscopy was located. A neuroma is a group of nerves (which was the saphenous nerve) growing and become hypersensitive. An EMG confirmed the saphenous nerve was damaged from the 1st surgery. I could not even touch the skin of the knee, without feeling pain.
I had neuroma surgery in the knee 3 weeks ago. I went through therapy and I feel great! I am finished with therapy, since I have full movement of the knee. I have some numbness where the nerve was removed- but, I will take numbness over pain any day! I still have the arthritis and the eufflexa injections in March have helped the arthritis.
I tried so many different options throughout the last 3 years, and I finally found the answer.
Keep looking for the answer with your pain. I pray that everyone gets relief soon. God Bless!

Aug 18, 2013
Continued pain after 8 months out torn meniscus NEW
by: Anonymous

I've posted before but want to return to add to my post. I posted under the name of Siri so that I don't have to go into all the details again: you may scroll and read. Had torn meniscus surgery on Jan 8, 2013. I still have very bad pain 8 months out. After 6 months of telling Dr and My PT about my excruciating pain I finally got a second opinion. I tripped and fell onto a cement floor on April 2, 2012. Surgery was delayed due to WC and job. After 7 months of PT I still had ( have) pain on my medial side of L leg. I kept telling them the pain is the same as Pre surgery. They couldn't figure it out. Second opinion Dr. Told me I have nerve damage on inside of leg from the fall. The surgery just exacerbated it due to invasive procedure ( but didn't happen during surgery). The pain out of surgery was unbearable!! I've had orthoscopic surgery in the past and this didn't even come close to this pain. Now I'm being treated for nerve damage. So IF you still have pain far our of surgery date then I would get a second opinion from a specialist or at leart another ortho surgeon. I don't know if this nerve can actually be healed but at least I'm being listened to and treated. I will try to keep you posted. I hope this helps some of you. All the best

Aug 18, 2013
Torn meniscus = burning pain continued NEW
by: Siri

Just commented but wanted to add that yes my new diagnosis is nerve damage - a shooting burning pain that starts at the mid thigh and is burning over where meniscus tear was treated then down below mid calf. It's different for everyone. Diagnosed 8 months Pre op. dr said not caused by surgery but happened during initial fall.
Best of luck to all theses still suffering!

Aug 19, 2013
I Got Relief NEW
by: Carmen R -FL

I check out a lot of post and found a couple talking about infection and Lyme desease. So I went home this weekend and took Cephalexin 500mg and I was on a antiflam cream for 3 days prior which I didn't beleive it was doing anything in 3 days 70% of my pain has gone I.m able to wallk without limbing. I didn't show any sign of infection. I beleive there was a little infection that was causing the pain. I suggest that you try this to rule out infection. I was in a lot of pain I couldn't sleep I am so happy that there is a lot of releif. I still know it there if I twist it it will hurt Ive been streching too. But it doen't hurt anymore just sitting there or if I have to wallk to the kitchen. I just walk through a hospital where I work with no pain. Peolple dont know how it is to walk around for three month with knee pain.I am so thatful for this site I just wanted to give back

Oct 13, 2013
I am not alone... NEW
by: Anonymous

Sept 6, 2013 I had arthroscopic surgery for arthritis and a torn meniscus in my left knee. I am 64, overweight and glad everyone is sharing their stories. My surgeon never, ever gave me any idea that the pain would last this long. It isn't a new pain, just the same pain as before the surgery. I never took one of the oxycodone pills but they actually gave me 50! I was confused about it but now I understand. I thought surgery would be an easy "fix" but maybe the Dr. came across that way because it is what he does so very often. It is only 5 wks now but at 6wks I am to go back to see him if I have pain. He will give me cortisone but I don't think I want that again. Twice before didn't last long and it hurt like crazy but worked immediately! After reading all these posts, I realize that I may be in for some pain for a bit longer. My pain is in tightness in my thigh and calf as well as the pain on both sides of my kneecap. I rub my knee and the warmth feels good. I ice alot and elevate alot and seem to fuss more than ever...out of frustration, I guess. Sleeping the whole nite through doesn't happen. I really hope I can post something more positive in the near future. "Yes" to One Day At A Time"!

Oct 14, 2013
Reply & my disappointment NEW
by: Karen

I think your pain and limitations are excessive. I still have. burning pain after 3 months. I am disappointed in my surgeon who knew that I was concerned about a long recovery. So he told a lie about it. I am not a happy camper.. If I had your issue I would insist on a MRI .

Oct 14, 2013
Reply & my disappointment NEW
by: Karen

I think your pain and limitations are excessive. I still have. burning pain after 3 months. I am disappointed in my surgeon who knew that I was concerned about a long recovery. So he told a lie about it. I am not a happy camper.. If I had your issue I would insist on a MRI .

Oct 22, 2013
Still in Pain NEW
by: Anonymous

I had arthroscopy surgery to repair a torn meniscus on my left knee 3 months ago. I can't get around without my walking cane. And I find myself getting really tired when I walk. In the morning I'm so stiff. I attribute this to osteoarthritis. Sometimes when I sit I can feel the pain. I do realize that it will take sometime to heal but this is crazy.

Oct 22, 2013
Disappointed still NEW
by: Karen

My meniscus repair was in the beginning of July. I am so disappointed that I still have a burning sensation directly at the repair site. I bought a Tommie Copper sleeve to obtain relief through better blood flow. It's too soon to know whether the sleeve is working or I just think it is . The burning wakes me up at night and I still can't find comfortable positions . There has been some improvement but the way this has lingered on keeps me in limbo. I am very active and therefore I am not pleased with the slow recovery. As I write this comment I have had two sharp and burning pains. When I play league tennis 3 times a week, I have been taking two NSAID tabs and the pain goes away for 8 hours. I hate taking any kind of medication. I keep hoping the knee will be 100% YESTERDAY .

Oct 31, 2013
Still in pain after meniscus tear repair in jan 2013 NEW
by: Anonymous

I've posted a few times before but am wanted to add that' I finally git a second opinion regarding on going severe burning pain located on the meniscus site ( inside left leg ) with shooting pain at times. I was diagnosed with myofascisl nerve damage . I was tole this had nothing to do with the surgery but happened prior when I initially fell. I still have a lot if pain although I've had sin vis injections in my knee to treat OA. I've had 3 nerve numbing shots ( lidocaine) on the left inside of my leg and have spoken to a nerve surgeon. That is my last resort! I'm trying message and trying to get bio feedback approved. Really infuriating since my dr had no idea why my pain was not getting better.

Oct 31, 2013
Slight Relief NEW
by: Anonymous

Wednesday morn I played tennis with a single support band for the very first time since surgery at the beginning of July. I still have burning pain sometimes and trouble obtaining a comfortable position during the night. It is unconscionable that surgeons do not verbally warn their patients about the various problems that surgical patients undergo. This experience has given me a healthy paranoia of surgeons .

Nov 13, 2013
Pes Anserine Bursitis NEW
by: Klondike Mike

Prior to medial meniscus surgery (meniscectomy), I had done minimal research about post surgery complications. Like many others, the surgery itself was a relief (could finally sleep at night); ten days post-op I began physical therapy; a week later I was bicycling 15-20 miles per day. Doc's words: "if it starts to hurt, you are doing too much". Bicycling did not hurt, but two weeks later I had unbelievable non-stop pain about an inch and a half below the femur/tibia joint just to the left of my right kneecap. I am absolutely convinced I have chronic pes anserine bursitis. Doc said it was from overly tight hamstrings. I disagree. I stretch multiple times daily and can straight-leg grab my toes. I am 59 YO male and "used to" walk 3-4 miles daily when I wasn't bicycling. I also swim. No more running, period. I did get nearly immediate relief from the cortisone shot, daily ice massage and found boswellia serrata extract (active ingredient in Osteoflex) to seriously reduce inflammation. After a month of that, I started to feel much better; however, I slacked off of the ice/boswellia and the pain is back. Back to do-it-yourself medical care. My experience is the meniscectomy CAUSED this condition due to a REALIGNED knee structure (no cartilage) and have had to remove my orthotics from all my shoes to straighten out my leg. Good luck to all.

Nov 13, 2013
push thru it NEW
by: Anonymous

I played a tennis match today that went 3 sets or 32 games (doubles). I wore an ace wrap and added a meniscus support. My surgery was the first week of July. The burning pain occurs when I least expect it and is not associated with my exercise. The pain location is exactly where the surgery occurred. After playing a long match, I did not feel discomfort. There is no rhyme nor reason to the pain. So I decided to ignore it. I felt some burning pain during the match. I ignored it because there are times that the pain wakes me up at night when I am not exercising. So what is the big deal. The pain has a life of its own. I push the envelope so I can live my life. So be it. The point is I am not going to give in to it. I push through it with the hopes that it will go away someday.

Nov 18, 2013
Meniscus tear surgery after 3 years, till pain. Why? NEW
by: Pam

I had 2 meniscus tears in my right knee , 3 years ago. now every day, and at night , so much pain, I can barely walk.

Nov 18, 2013
If I knew NEW
by: Anonymous

If I was informed that I would still be having burning pain 4 months after surgery I would not have gone through with it. Last night is a case in point. I had intermittent burning pain so much that I could not sleep. I could not find a comfortable
position. I ended up in the living room. I do not like pain pills or anti-inflammatories . I tried to wear a compression support but I sent it back because it did not work for me. I want total recovery but it appears to be a tough goal to reach.

Nov 18, 2013
Update on my Oct 13, 2013 post NEW
by: Anonymous

I was hoping to update with great news. I have none. My surgery was 9/6/13 and I now walk slowly and cautiously. I can't do stairs and don't sleep thru the nite without Tylenol PM. I don't have energy and am bored with not being who I was before surgery. I do family activities but am as slow as my 84 yr old Mom was. I wish this was a better update. This is not what I was expecting at all. I am ready to go into a Minnesota winter and feel that I may be more housebound than I want to be...I certainly don't want to lose my balance in the snow/ice! I wake up hoping for a smooth roll out of bed but either I can't straighten my leg without pain or I can't bend it without pain. This is taking too long without hope insight.

Nov 19, 2013
Ethics NEW
by: Anonymous

Was it so long ago that physicians told the truth about medical conditions and recovery issues? It seems that in every facet of life right now we are lied to. It's no wonder we are a nation of depressed and anxious people full of hopelessness. I chose the surgeon because of his reputation of a great bedside manner and my PCP recommended him. He was likable and friendly and had performed thousands of meniscus repairs.
It would have helped if outcomes were stated truthfully. This experience will affect my decision to undergo surgery from this point forward.

Nov 19, 2013
Medial meniscus tearing NEW
by: David

I had medial meniscus operation by laparoscopy. Doctor removed small part and until now my leg is weak, no matter what I do. Sometimes it has so much pain that I cannot walk.

Dec 01, 2013
knee pain NEW
by: Anonymous

I also had meniscus surgery and am now at the end of the 3 month recovery time and the pain is just as bad as before surgery. Surgeon did debridement which certainly did not help and he told me I needed knee replacement due to more osteoarthritis in the knee than he suspected. My primary doctor had a fit when I relayed the info to him. I am now researching the stem cell treatment which would eliminate the knee replacement. I am told by several patients that have had it that it works. It is expensive and the insurance will not cover the cost but it sure beats going under the knife again. I am really considering it. Check it out.

Dec 01, 2013
Finally NEW
by: KA

I finally played tennis yesterday morning without a knee support 4 months after the left knee meniscus repair. I have not had burning pain for a few days. However the pain comes and goes without warning historically since surgery. So the jury is out on whether the pain is gone. Yesterday I decided to try playing tennis without the knee support. I do not like to advertise injury thereby giving the opponent a reason to believe they can win. I will not wear the support any more also because I have read it provides no actual benefit. I can see that each person has unique outcomes with knee surgery. The best to all who have experienced this repair.

Dec 09, 2013
torn minicus operation gone bad NEW
by: Anonymous

I had the operation for the torn minicus about a year ago, I have had the gel shots twice and I have had the corcisone shots every three months and I feel like I am doomed forever. I am in constant pain everyday morning noon and night. I live on pain medicine, is there anyone out there that can help me. I sit for an hour and when I get up it takes a while befor I can get my legs moving and they are so painful, I feel like I now need a wheel chair or a scooter but then I feel like I have given up,Did the Dr do something wrong,I never had artherist before but now the dr says its all in my legs,where was it before ? pls help us,thank you

Dec 09, 2013
torn minicus operation gone bad NEW
by: Anonymous

I had the operation for the torn minicus about a year ago, I have had the gel shots twice and I have had the corcisone shots every three months and I feel like I am doomed forever. I am in constant pain everyday morning noon and night. I live on pain medicine, is there anyone out there that can help me. I sit for an hour and when I get up it takes a while befor I can get my legs moving and they are so painful, I feel like I now need a wheel chair or a scooter but then I feel like I have given up,Did the Dr do something wrong,I never had artherist before but now the dr says its all in my legs,where was it before ? pls help us,thank you

Dec 09, 2013
Pain NEW
by: KA

How horrible that you have such unbearable pain. Did you have surgery for both knees? My surgeon said he drilled hokes in my patella so that the bone would calcify and the arthritis in it would go away. Of course I must have it in the other knee. I would get another opinion about your pain if it is in the surgical leg but not the other one.

Dec 10, 2013
To torn meniscus surgery gone bad NEW
by: Anonymous

I had torn meniscus surgery jan 8th 2012 - almost a year ago. I had/ still have at times excruciating pain after the surgery and did not heal according to plan. I finally got a second opinion and found out I have Myofascial nerve damage. The second opinion wouldn't say it was from the op but rather I probably did it when I fell ( first tore meniscus). Anyways I am getting treatments now for Myofascial nerve pain weigh a trigger point message therapist . It is starting to work but I truly don't know if I'll ever be the same. I was also told my arthritis was horrible ( bone on bone) BUT this was not the case before surgery. I dud have some arthritis but was easily cured with sin vis shots once a year. Good luck to you and yes I would get a second opinion! What you are experiencing is not normal! All the best


Dec 10, 2013
To torn meniscus surgery gone bad NEW
by: Anonymous

I had torn meniscus surgery jan 8th 2012 - almost a year ago. I had/ still have at times excruciating pain after the surgery and did not heal according to plan. I finally got a second opinion and found out I have Myofascial nerve damage. The second opinion wouldn't say it was from the op but rather I probably did it when I fell ( first tore meniscus). Anyways I am getting treatments now for Myofascial nerve pain weigh a trigger point message therapist . It is starting to work but I truly don't know if I'll ever be the same. I was also told my arthritis was horrible ( bone on bone) BUT this was not the case before surgery. I dud have some arthritis but was easily cured with sin vis shots once a year. Good luck to you and yes I would get a second opinion! What you are experiencing is not normal! All the best


Dec 11, 2013
still suffering NEW
by: jr

HAD 2 TORN MINICUS ON MY RIGHT KNEE AND HAVE HAD GEL SHOTS TWICE AND CORISONE SHOTS AND I AM IN PAIN EXCEPT WHEN I SIT DOWN.wHEN I START WALKING OR LYING DOWN I FEEL PAIN ALL THE TIME, tHE dR SAYS IS ARTHIRIS BUT I DONT BELIEVE.i FEEL THAT ITS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE OPERATION.i NEVER SUFFERED WITH ARTHIRIS BEFORE,WHY NOW? IS THERE SOMEONE OUT THERE THAT CAN HELP

Dec 11, 2013
still suffering NEW
by: jr

HAD 2 TORN MINICUS ON MY RIGHT KNEE AND HAVE HAD GEL SHOTS TWICE AND CORISONE SHOTS AND I AM IN PAIN EXCEPT WHEN I SIT DOWN.wHEN I START WALKING OR LYING DOWN I FEEL PAIN ALL THE TIME, tHE dR SAYS IS ARTHIRIS BUT I DONT BELIEVE.i FEEL THAT ITS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE OPERATION.i NEVER SUFFERED WITH ARTHIRIS BEFORE,WHY NOW? IS THERE SOMEONE OUT THERE THAT CAN HELP

Dec 11, 2013
re:jr new comment NEW
by: Diane

Jr: So very sorry for your frustration and pain. I signed up for updates on this sight so I am current on what people write here. I commented previously about my surgery in Sept 2013. I, too, thought it was going to cure the problem but my story is like every other one on here. I don't walk stairs anymore but hope I can some day in the future. I am so afraid of losing my balance on the ice here in Mn. so pretty much stay in. My surgery has changed my life and I had no "heads up" from my Dr. that any of this might happen nor that the pain would continue the same as before surgery. He just told me we could do more cortisone if needed but I feel it is just to mask the pain, not fix the problem. I wish you good healing as I do each person writing on here. This is a hard time of year to not be feeling whole and healthy. I can't remember what "feeling great" feels like anymore. Good luck to you and may 2014 bring us all a better year!

Mar 15, 2014
Torn Meniscus surgery 2008, still hurts NEW
by: ATD Marcelynas

Let me join in the fray. I had this surgery at the urging of the surgeon who said "you'll walk out of there". At that time my knee was hot, bright red and huge. The pain was about a 6 then, sometimes up to 8. On a 1-10 scale. I did lots of PT at that time. I am now a 51 yo mom to a young teen, gardener, bike rider, etc. I am pretty active.

I went back to surgeon within two weeks complaining of intense pain. I felt dismissed and like maybe I wasn't trying hard enough. I went back a 3rd time for the pain after 3 months and the surgeon, Dr. Chu of Ballard Orth in Seattle, didn't even grace me with his presence. I got to talk to an assistant. I was feeling totally dismissed.

Ok so over the last few years, it did get to a point where the pain was a 2 or 3. BUT I have never ever been able to bend my knee, if I try it hurts like hell. I can bend it enough to ride a bike and that's as far as I dare go.

I did CrossFit for a year and still never got into a squat position and had some pain 24/7.

In the last year it's been pretty bad, about a 8 at times. I garden a lot. When I have to stand or say vac the rug, it will cause swelling and pain for days if I don't get totally still and ice it. Who has time and money to be still and not work?... just saying.

If I had seen the research about the lack of difference between those who have had the surgery and those who do not, I would have never done this to myself. I feel like I have totally altered my life in a very negative way that cannot be undone.

At this point I am thinking there must be something, ANYthing to do to get rid of the pain and the inability to bend the knee. I think I could do better without a lower leg at this point and I sincerely mean that. If I had no pain, I would be free to enjoy my life. I can deal with a missing leg, I cannot deal with pain 24/7 that makes me a lousy mom and dog mom and wife.

The summary is: don't do it. Look at the research out there showing the dismal results. I could have handled icing a knee that bent.. but now I have a knee that I can't use and that gets in my way of doing just about everything I love.

This is six years after the torn meniscus surgery. It just sucks.

Mar 15, 2014
Torn Meniscus surgery 2008, still hurts NEW
by: ATD Marcelynas

Let me join in the fray. I had this surgery at the urging of the surgeon who said "you'll walk out of there". At that time my knee was hot, bright red and huge. The pain was about a 6 then, sometimes up to 8. On a 1-10 scale. I did lots of PT at that time. I am now a 51 yo mom to a young teen, gardener, bike rider, etc. I am pretty active.

I went back to surgeon within two weeks complaining of intense pain. I felt dismissed and like maybe I wasn't trying hard enough. I went back a 3rd time for the pain after 3 months and the surgeon, Dr. Chu of Ballard Orth in Seattle, didn't even grace me with his presence. I got to talk to an assistant. I was feeling totally dismissed.

Ok so over the last few years, it did get to a point where the pain was a 2 or 3. BUT I have never ever been able to bend my knee, if I try it hurts like hell. I can bend it enough to ride a bike and that's as far as I dare go.

I did CrossFit for a year and still never got into a squat position and had some pain 24/7.

In the last year it's been pretty bad, about a 8 at times. I garden a lot. When I have to stand or say vac the rug, it will cause swelling and pain for days if I don't get totally still and ice it. Who has time and money to be still and not work?... just saying.

If I had seen the research about the lack of difference between those who have had the surgery and those who do not, I would have never done this to myself. I feel like I have totally altered my life in a very negative way that cannot be undone.

At this point I am thinking there must be something, ANYthing to do to get rid of the pain and the inability to bend the knee. I think I could do better without a lower leg at this point and I sincerely mean that. If I had no pain, I would be free to enjoy my life. I can deal with a missing leg, I cannot deal with pain 24/7 that makes me a lousy mom and dog mom and wife.

The summary is: don't do it. Look at the research out there showing the dismal results. I could have handled icing a knee that bent.. but now I have a knee that I can't use and that gets in my way of doing just about everything I love.

This is six years after the torn meniscus surgery. It just sucks.

Mar 15, 2014
Torn Meniscus surgery 2008, still hurts NEW
by: ATD Marcelynas

Let me join in the fray. I had this surgery at the urging of the surgeon who said "you'll walk out of there". At that time my knee was hot, bright red and huge. The pain was about a 6 then, sometimes up to 8. On a 1-10 scale. I did lots of PT at that time. I am now a 51 yo mom to a young teen, gardener, bike rider, etc. I am pretty active.

I went back to surgeon within two weeks complaining of intense pain. I felt dismissed and like maybe I wasn't trying hard enough. I went back a 3rd time for the pain after 3 months and the surgeon, Dr. Chu of Ballard Orth in Seattle, didn't even grace me with his presence. I got to talk to an assistant. I was feeling totally dismissed.

Ok so over the last few years, it did get to a point where the pain was a 2 or 3. BUT I have never ever been able to bend my knee, if I try it hurts like hell. I can bend it enough to ride a bike and that's as far as I dare go.

I did CrossFit for a year and still never got into a squat position and had some pain 24/7.

In the last year it's been pretty bad, about a 8 at times. I garden a lot. When I have to stand or say vac the rug, it will cause swelling and pain for days if I don't get totally still and ice it. Who has time and money to be still and not work?... just saying.

If I had seen the research about the lack of difference between those who have had the surgery and those who do not, I would have never done this to myself. I feel like I have totally altered my life in a very negative way that cannot be undone.

At this point I am thinking there must be something, ANYthing to do to get rid of the pain and the inability to bend the knee. I think I could do better without a lower leg at this point and I sincerely mean that. If I had no pain, I would be free to enjoy my life. I can deal with a missing leg, I cannot deal with pain 24/7 that makes me a lousy mom and dog mom and wife.

The summary is: don't do it. Look at the research out there showing the dismal results. I could have handled icing a knee that bent.. but now I have a knee that I can't use and that gets in my way of doing just about everything I love.

This is six years after the torn meniscus surgery. It just sucks.

Mar 15, 2014
Torn Meniscus surgery 2008, still hurts NEW
by: ATD Marcelynas

Let me join in the fray. I had this surgery at the urging of the surgeon who said "you'll walk out of there". At that time my knee was hot, bright red and huge. The pain was about a 6 then, sometimes up to 8. On a 1-10 scale. I did lots of PT at that time. I am now a 51 yo mom to a young teen, gardener, bike rider, etc. I am pretty active.

I went back to surgeon within two weeks complaining of intense pain. I felt dismissed and like maybe I wasn't trying hard enough. I went back a 3rd time for the pain after 3 months and the surgeon, Dr. Chu of Ballard Orth in Seattle, didn't even grace me with his presence. I got to talk to an assistant. I was feeling totally dismissed.

Ok so over the last few years, it did get to a point where the pain was a 2 or 3. BUT I have never ever been able to bend my knee, if I try it hurts like hell. I can bend it enough to ride a bike and that's as far as I dare go.

I did CrossFit for a year and still never got into a squat position and had some pain 24/7.

In the last year it's been pretty bad, about a 8 at times. I garden a lot. When I have to stand or say vac the rug, it will cause swelling and pain for days if I don't get totally still and ice it. Who has time and money to be still and not work?... just saying.

If I had seen the research about the lack of difference between those who have had the surgery and those who do not, I would have never done this to myself. I feel like I have totally altered my life in a very negative way that cannot be undone.

At this point I am thinking there must be something, ANYthing to do to get rid of the pain and the inability to bend the knee. I think I could do better without a lower leg at this point and I sincerely mean that. If I had no pain, I would be free to enjoy my life. I can deal with a missing leg, I cannot deal with pain 24/7 that makes me a lousy mom and dog mom and wife.

The summary is: don't do it. Look at the research out there showing the dismal results. I could have handled icing a knee that bent.. but now I have a knee that I can't use and that gets in my way of doing just about everything I love.

This is six years after the torn meniscus surgery. It just sucks.

Mar 15, 2014
Agreed NEW
by: Anonymous

I concur. Almost a year has passed and I still have pain. Western medicine is all about money and greed. I just read a Mercola article this morning that speaks to this topic. KA

Mar 16, 2014
Meniscus surgery yes Or no?! NEW
by: Anonymous

Can you site the mercola web page so we cbs read it ? I had my surgery over a year and 3 months ago and still have kee pain at night, upon awaking , throughout the day and into the night. I teach kindergarten so I'm on my feet almost all day. I was injured on the job so this was with men's comp, in my case a second opinion determined damage to the saphanous nerve on the medupisl side where the tint meniscus happened. They Saudi this happened during the fall and was not from the surgery. Now they ar closing my case and I'm worried I will never get the full use ( walks more torn 30 minutes!) of my knee again.

Mar 16, 2014
Meniscus surgery yes Or no?! NEW
by: Anonymous

Can you site the mercola web page so we cbs read it ? I had my surgery over a year and 3 months ago and still have kee pain at night, upon awaking , throughout the day and into the night. I teach kindergarten so I'm on my feet almost all day. I was injured on the job so this was with men's comp, in my case a second opinion determined damage to the saphanous nerve on the medupisl side where the tint meniscus happened. They Saudi this happened during the fall and was not from the surgery. Now they ar closing my case and I'm worried I will never get the full use ( walks more torn 30 minutes!) of my knee again.

Mar 16, 2014
Article NEW
by: Anonymous

Dr Mercola wrote an article I received yesterday as a site member. I believe you can find it listed on his site under "bad American healthcare system". He said the" Mayo clinic did a study that found between 40% and 78% of tests, treatments, and procedures are of no value, and may already have been deemed harmful by clinical studies. New proof why it's so important to do your own due diligence...."

Mar 19, 2014
meniscus NEW
by: Anonymous

I also am suffering from pain worse than when I had surgery I am not able to stand or walk without pain in my left knee. My surgery is three months old

Mar 19, 2014
Ethics NEW
by: Anonymous

I actually work for a large hospital and found it appalling that t the ethics committe has not been around for 30 years. This is what is so uosetting. Medicine is Big Business. I should not have trusted the sugeon. My PCP sent me to the surgeon to make sure I did not need surgery. But of course he said surgery was necessary and that the tear would not heal by itself. I trusted him and now feel duped. The literature warns that this surgery is a sham. My knee has discomfort and probably always will. Do not trust anyone who makes a living with a surgical knife . One lesson learned late.

Mar 20, 2014
continuing pain NEW
by: Anonymous

Had my torn meniscus surgery Sept 6th. I still can't do stairs. Never did therapy but my Dr. didn't think I needed any after 6 wks. I won't go back to him. He told my husband if it didn't work for me, knee replacement would be next....NO...I am not to that point but I will seek other options if I ever need to. Good luck to all...this is so disheartening to this Grama of 6.

Mar 22, 2014
Post Knee Arthroscopy NEW
by: Anonymous

I had knee arthroscopy seven weeks ago. After the fourth week, I was walking fairly well with minimal pain. During the sixth week, my knee made a snapping sound, now I am back to having pain so severe that I can hardly take that first step when I raise from sitting or laying and it is very painful to walk. It is hard to get any sleep since the pain is so severe. Calf muscles are very sore. Exercise is helping that but not the knee that burns. Have my eight week follow up in two more weeks.

Mar 23, 2014
pain never ends NEW
by: Anonymouwayne

you know I came upon this site trying to figure out why I'm still having knee pain for one and why is it that my feet an heal are extremely sore after work the doctor should've worn me that people really not pain free an would never be without issue's even after the surgery is done 60% of my meniscus was remove guessing it would help cause after seeing all these comments who are the victim's of the doctor's guesses I'M wondering if they're forums like these why isn't the medical industry paying attention to our complaints cause there all the same and patient's need to be better inform about the long road ahead and the reality that you will always have issues instead saying your be as good as new cause you will never ever be a 100% pain free again I was in the moving injury an ripped my meniscus multiple times an was just giving an injection an sent on my way months latter after M R I that's when they notice an it, and it was six months to late doctor told me to change jobs which I did now nine months don't lift as much but every time I do I feel a pull an pain in my knee or put my knee on the floor and stand up and for twenty minutes it feels like my knee is still on the floor so I feel you'll pain literally but at wits end on what to do about it continue shots only seem to mask the pain and set you up for pain latter and all I have to look forward to is the doctor telling me I may need total knee replacement within 10 to 15 years from now that's my reality thank you for letting me vent from deeply depressed

Mar 23, 2014
pain never ends NEW
by: Anonymouwayne

you know I came upon this site trying to figure out why I'm still having knee pain for one and why is it that my feet an heal are extremely sore after work the doctor should've worn me that people really not pain free an would never be without issue's even after the surgery is done 60% of my meniscus was remove guessing it would help cause after seeing all these comments who are the victim's of the doctor's guesses I'M wondering if they're forums like these why isn't the medical industry paying attention to our complaints cause there all the same and patient's need to be better inform about the long road ahead and the reality that you will always have issues instead saying your be as good as new cause you will never ever be a 100% pain free again I was in the moving injury an ripped my meniscus multiple times an was just giving an injection an sent on my way months latter after M R I that's when they notice an it, and it was six months to late doctor told me to change jobs which I did now nine months don't lift as much but every time I do I feel a pull an pain in my knee or put my knee on the floor and stand up and for twenty minutes it feels like my knee is still on the floor so I feel you'll pain literally but at wits end on what to do about it continue shots only seem to mask the pain and set you up for pain latter and all I have to look forward to is the doctor telling me I may need total knee replacement within 10 to 15 years from now that's my reality thank you for letting me vent from deeply depressed

Apr 16, 2014
One year later, still pain NEW
by: Anonymous

I feel for all of you who are still experiencing pain post-surgery. I had 85% of my left meniscus removed due to my injury. I had stepped into a depression in the ground causing my lower body and knees to twist in the wrong direction as I tried to correct myself. I should not have had the surgery. My knee feels worse now. The orthopaedic surgeon told me it was either surgery, take Cortisone injections, or do nothing and continue with the pain. Well, I chose wrong. I am still trying to work on a daily regime of Ibupropen, The Schiff brand little red pill for joint pain,and Multi Vitamins. Seems like the Multi Vitamin doesn't agree with the red pill, as strange as that sounds. I was told I do have Arthritis in the knee but seems like it was all aggravated by the surgery. Time will tell. Sitting for too long causes a lot of stiffness. If I am up moving about, life is good. I now have to THINK about how I walk,climb stairs, and bend the knees. What used to be so automatic is not any longer. Nice to know I am not alone in this.
Mary

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