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I have osteoarthritis, have...

I have osteoarthritis, have had a total knee replacement several years ago, suffering with pain and swelling in knee. Can the arthritis affect the joint causing the discomfort (& pain)?

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you had the pain? Have you used any medication for it?

Swelling to varied extents since replacement depending on activity, discomfort/stiffness constant since replacement. Discomfort constant, pain seems to be related to pain in other joints. No anti swelling medications, have back and neck problems with some pressure on nerves and take Lyrica (not diabetic) to turn down the nerve pain from that. Blood pressure medications, and have had thyroid removed and take synthroid to replace.

Doctor's Assistant: Have you seen a doctor about the nerve pain?

Yes

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

I think they know it all. In Mayo system here, have had joint debridement in both elbows with nerve relocated through elbows to help with numbness in hands. I really am curious about the arthritis if it can or what it would do with the replaced knee.

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Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 2 months ago
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Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 2 months ago

have you been tested for gout?

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
had once many years ago but recently tested and no gout.
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 2 months ago

Okay

what does your surgeon say?

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Surgeon just says "you have been too tough on it". No one (surgeon/family practitioner) can tell me why I keep fighting the swelling & discomfort and I am curious if the arthritis can affect a replaced joint? I have the original knee cap on the knee. Can a person be allergic to the titanium metals used in the joint?
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 2 months ago

Yes, you can be sensitive to the metals

I would get a blood cobalt and chromium levels done

also the fluid needs to be extracted and tested for pseudogout

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Will see if they will, have had fluids extracted and tested for (?) a crystalline arthritic condition of some sort - can remember for sure what it was called. thank you.
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 2 months ago

Yes, pseudogout

they test for crystals in general

that is all

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