An update on Mum's knee, we saw an Orthopaedic Registrar just after Christmas who said the only real option Mum would have had if she did not have the Multiple Myeloma was the knee replacement. The other option was a steroid injection into the joint but she would not be sure of being able to deliver it directly in the required place in the joint and there was a risk of infection. We walked away that day with a heavier duty splint and nothing else.
I spoke with a lovely Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon who was a lot more helpful and reassured us that he would be able to guide the injection into the right place and the risk of infection would be 1 in 500. As Mum has been given oral prednisolone for the next couple of weeks to help her with pain generally (knee, hip and lower back) and the myeloma (the paraprotein count has risen meaning the condition is deteriorating), we are going to see the Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in two weeks time with a view to having the injection and discuss further.
One thing that did come out of my consultation with the Consultant was the use of capsaicin cream at 0.025% which could help the pain and could be bought without a prescription (there is a stronger version which is prescription only). However, when I went into my local Boots pharmacy I was told we needed a prescription but strangely enough it appears I can buy it on the internet without a prescription! The side effect of this is a stinging/burning sensation. Capsaicin is the ingredient that is found in chillies and which gives them the heat. He said he has recommended this to a number of his patients but cannot guarantee it will work. If using please be careful not to rub your eyes after applying the cream. Th
Mum is unable to tolerate the BuTrans patches, the morphine makes her dizzy - she has tried these at various strengths.
Thank you to everyone who responded to my initial query. xx