Inflammation in the knee

I don’t understand my doctor. I am having so much pain all over. He does not treat my inflammation. As long as I have inflammation running through my body I will have pain all the time. Is that right. In April 2015 I got a total knee replacement done. Now they are saying I have have it done again because my hardware came lose because of my RA and inflammation in my knee. How true is that?

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  • gail author
    2 years ago

    I have been looking for another doctor. If I do find another doctor I can’t get in until next year to see someone. They are not going to do a reverse surgery on my knee because of my Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have to deal with the pain in my knee. I have a hard time walking, but I make it. My RA did put me some new medication, but I could not take it. Does Humana work for people that has RA and does it make you sick

  • Kelly Mack moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Gail, I definitely recommend seeing another doctor. In particular, see a different orthopedic surgeon to examine your knee. I have never heard of a knee replacement failing due to RA inflammation, so this sounds strange to me. I have had two knee replacements and one knee revision and found it helpful to see a couple surgeons before I chose one and to get multiple opinions. In the meantime, your rheumatologist needs to work with you on treatment, such as a combination of medications, to better control your RA inflammation. The stronger you are beforehand, the better the surgical recovery. Hope this helps and keep us posted. Best, Kelly (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team)

  • Kelly Dabel moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Gail, So sorry that you are having this pain and inflammation. You are not alone here. Have you spoken with your doctor about a treatment plan to address the inflammation? If you are not feeling heard by your doctor, despite your efforts, it may be time to seek a second opinion. So sorry that your first surgery has not been more effective. I would ask in detail why he thinks that this surgery revision will be more successful than the last. In addition to speaking with a doctor, these articles may be helpful to you: Inflammation affects and treatments: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/symptoms/inflammation-of-joints/
    Plagued by Inflammation: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/plagued-by-inflammation/
    and a great one about what to ask before surgery to give you some starting points for discussion with your doctor: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/joint-replacement-a-chat-with-surgeon/. Please keep us posted on how you are doing and what you find out and of course any questions you may have. You may also wish to post to our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/RheumatoidArthritisDotNet/) to asking for feedback from others in our community on their experiences. Wishing you some answers and relief soon. Kelly Dabel, RD – Rheumatoidarthritis.net Team

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