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Chronic knee Pain on pain meds

HopingHHoping Posts: 1
edited 09/17/2015 - 4:03 PM in Chronic Pain
Hi all
I was so glad to find this pain forum and have read through many entries which have helped me. Thank you!
Briefly, 9 years ago I was diagnosed with severe right knee osteoarthritis--has scope with microfracture done and have never been the same.
Just a year ago, after developing an allergic reaction to Synvisc (lubricant for knee)-I started taking hydrocodone. Of course, the doses have been increasing and I got really scared.
I am so tormented by being on the pain meds ( they take up all of my thinking and time--worrying if I have enough, counting pills, worried about withdrawal) that I have decided to taper off of them. It's just really scary and I am looking for advice on tapering---I have enough to do a 10 day taper.
I am making an appt with a pain doc as my Ortho is hesitant now to prescribe the pain meds any longer--which is another reason for the taper.
Any advice appreciated.

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  • PlumbTuckeredOutPlumbTuckeredOut Philadelphia, PAPosts: 325
    I've actually had more knee surgeries than back surgeries. What's a knee?
    Back in 2002 I had one injection of Synvisc and it was horrible! My ortho said I had a bad reaction and he had me return for days so they could flush the synvisc out. In 2004 I had a big knee procedure called a Maquet Procedure. Essentially they split my tibia lengthwise, wedged it open with cadaver bone, screwed that in and hoped the patella would ride in a newly made ridge. Nope, I have developed more pain in my knee.

    In 2009 I moved to another state and found another knee doc. HE had written a journal article about the evils of Synvisc and how much better "Orthovisc" was. Since synvisc was a nightmare for me I didn't want to try orthovisc- or discuss his theory regarding synvisc vs orthovisc! He sent me to another doc in the same office who specialized in knee replacements. Since my knee already had some funky new alignment a replacement wouldn't be simple for me but he's like to try... The whole place scared me and it's world renowned! I did follow through with physical therapy which was very, very helpful for me. Honestly, PT for my back and neck and spinal issues never helps but it does wonders for my knees! My quads are well defined muscle (unlike anything else on my body!) because I use these muscles to help me knees. I learned in Physical therapy.

    I have found that ortho docs usually do surgery, fill one pain prescription, send you to PT and set you free. My current Pain Clinic deals with ALL my pain and its complications. I cannot get off the pain meds without severally compromising my independence but if you can get good PT for your knee I think you probably can get by with a few over the counter meds.

    Good Luck!

    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by...... (Robert Frost)
    I still don't know if I should have taken the one that said, "Caution! Dead End" (Me)
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