I'm a 67-years-old widow. Two and a half years ago I had bilateral knee replacement surgery. Following surgery I had drop foot in my left foot, which eased up to only affecting the large toe. During surgery a nerve in my left leg was nicked, resulting in numbness and partial paralysis. Also, a few months after surgery I developed lymphedema from my feet up to my waist on both sides. My latest MRI shows Scoliosis, Spinal stenosis, and several herniated lumbar discs, one of which is pressing on my sciatic nerve and causing me constant, unbearable pain on the left side, from buttocks to foot. I only sleep two hours per night--if that. I am on Norco 5-325 three times a day and that is not nearly enough but with the new laws going into effect that is all I am allowed. I have had several lumbar injections at Pain Management but was referred to a spinal surgeon who said I am not a good candidate for surgery. It would be at least 4 to 5 hours, with 3 months recovery time and no guarantee it would help.
My life is in a shambles. I have to walk with a cane due to poor balance relating to the drop foot/toe, my knees ache continually, my clothes don't fit anymore due to all the water retention (I've gained 40 pounds, and this is after I lost 120 with gastric bypass surgery 9 years ago), I can't clean my house or walk more than a few yards. My mental capabilities have suffered due to lack of sleep and pain meds.
I am at my wits end. Sometimes I just wish I could have my legs amputated (not seriously) but that's how bad the pain is. I had looked forward to many more years helping to take care of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but now it's them taking care of me. I hate this!
Don't know what I need, really, just someone to listen and understand. Thank you . . .