Hello and Happy Holidays to all you good people! I know this has been discussed in other threads before but just a hopefully quick question if I may.
A couple of months ago I finally came out of what turned out to be an 8 month long significant and totally awful flare. Of course with my orthopedic doctor seeing only emergency patients during the Covid lockdown I didn’t even bother trying to wrangle an appointment. He had already looked at my knee (twice) and said it was nothing that titanium and plastic couldn’t take care of. Oh. Joy. So I spent 8 months hobbling around with a knee brace and a cane combined while trying to decide when I wanted to start replacing body parts. After the flare subsided I noticed that the evil knee had noticeably deteriorated and the El Diablo sacrum was still screaming. (I’m really hoping my altered gait is causing that.) So I suppose now that I can no longer bend over at all and support any weight with that knee I can no longer put off the surgery. I can also no longer rely on it not deciding to buckle at some inopportune time. Soo…
Being able to properly walk would be rather fabulous but I would also really like to be rid of some pain. That would be OUTSTANDING! My question is, how many have gone down this road and has it made a difference pain wise? Ironically, even though the joint is damaged I have not really had that much pain in the joint proper. Most of my pain is enthesis related. Obviously the damage is not going to reverse itself so the surgery is inevitable but I’m wondering if it will possibly address the pain? I have an appointment with my orthopedist day after tomorrow to talk about it and just wanted to get the take on it from some fellow PsAers.