So I saw my surgeon last week concerning my progress (or lack thereof) on getting the knee back to “normal”. As I told him, “I have confidence that one day my new knee will be as good or better as my old knee, but that day is not today.”
There are two main issues. One, the pain and swelling in the knee that continues after almost nine weeks after surgery. The second is a hyper-sensitive area that parallels the line of the internal incision along the interior side of the knee cap.
I really like my surgeon and we’ve been through a lot together. The main thing is he listens and he offers options. He may not do this for all his patients, but he and I have built a good doctor/patient relationship. He respects the fact that I want to participate in my health care plan.
He did go so far as to suggest referring me to a pain specialist that could do something with the nerves for the hyper-sensitive are, but I assured him that we aren’t there yet.
What we settled on was another Medrol pack to help calm down the inflammation, continued Mobic/meloxicam (NSAID), a nerve pain medication, and a steroid cream, as well as an NSAID gel I already have. So four more medications.
I agree wholeheartedly with this approach and it has yielded benefits in even the short time I’ve been on the new regimen. But heaven help me, I’m tired of taking even more medications.
I don’t know about others, but my RA doesn’t exist in a vacuum. With also having high blood pressure and high cholesterol and Sjogren’s and Reynaud’s and just being female, I take 10 prescription medicines (some of them multiple times a day) without adding these new medications. In addition, I take a handful of supplements and vitamins. I have the extra-economy size pill holders — one for the morning and one for the evening.
The good news (besides the fact the new meds are working) is that they are temporary. Once I get back on track with the knee, hopefully I can subtract those from my daily intake.
But even with the positive progress I’ve made, we’ve decided to cancel the trip to London. There’s a lot of walking to be done in London — most of it involving stairs, some involving cobblestone streets, nearly all of it without the advantages we enjoy in the States via ADA. I don’t want to go and not be able to enjoy the trip. There are a lot of other good reasons for cancelling and it comes down to the fact it’s the right decision to cancel. But it’s sad. We made the flight reservations almost a year ago so I’ve spent a lot of time looking forward to the trip.
So progress continues on the knee. RA has generally, thankfully been quiet during all this time, which is always a good thing.
I hope whatever comes into your life today is also a good thing. Thanks for checking in.