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What Causes Sudden Pain In The Knees After Knee Replacement Surgery?

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Posted on Mon, 17 Oct 2016
Question: I am 64 y.o. Woman and have bilateral knee replacements about 10 years old.
Out of the blue last week, both knees started hurting severely. I have taken Ibuptofen, used ice,
Rest, with little improvement. Went to Dr on Monday and gave me muscle relaxants to take to sleep.
They are a little swollen but not red or hot. No fever. Not sure what to do?

I do have some arthritis in hands, some low thyroid after left side of thyroid removed last year. Had bladder sling surgery about one month ago about one month ago.
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Naveen Kumar Sharma (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
I need to know little more details of the illness

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
I have studied your case.Sudden pain in knee replacement suggest that your arthritis has increased. As you said that you are having pain in hand also. Before I advised you anything I would like to know little detail of the illness.
1.Do you have pain in other parts of the joints also ?
2.Do you have done any blood work ? I want to know if you have done ESR , RA factor and CRP test?
3.Are you taking any medication for arthritis?
please send me answers of these questions. I will try my best to help you.
Thanks
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Naveen Kumar Sharma (46 hours later)
1. No other constant joint pain, normally feel good and function well. Some bilateral arthritis in both hands, wrists, middle fingers for last 20 yes or

For last 10 years or so. Use pain cream.

2. Went back to dr yesterday, pain worse-wondering if it could be RA. He did blood work, got X-ray if R-hand and R-knee. Had blood drawn--CRP and rheumatoid panel. No results yet.


3. Take Ibuprofen 800mg prn for h/a, aches and pains. Also take multivitamins and a curcumin/turmeric supplement.

Taking Ibuprofen now, muscle relaxant, Percocet when pain is severe.

Thank you
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Naveen Kumar Sharma (18 hours later)
Brief Answer:
You need to take DMARD

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
I have studied your case. I think you are having Rheumatoid arthritis on the basis of your history. Reports can further confirm about status of your disease. Apart from Brufen you need to take DMARD like HCQ, Saaz or medrol. Initially you need to take 3 drugs and once disease is under control you can be shifted to one drug. Your orthopaedic doctor is best to select doses for you.
Let me know if you have any other followup questions.
Thanks
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What Causes Sudden Pain In The Knees After Knee Replacement Surgery?

Brief Answer: I need to know little more details of the illness Detailed Answer: Hello, I have studied your case.Sudden pain in knee replacement suggest that your arthritis has increased. As you said that you are having pain in hand also. Before I advised you anything I would like to know little detail of the illness. 1.Do you have pain in other parts of the joints also ? 2.Do you have done any blood work ? I want to know if you have done ESR , RA factor and CRP test? 3.Are you taking any medication for arthritis? please send me answers of these questions. I will try my best to help you. Thanks