After a confirmation of Lyme from a doctor in Exeter a few months ago I have followed his treatment program and I really had hope this would resolve the pain. 2+ months later, things are no better and sometimes worse depending on the day. At the behest of a family member, I went to see an infectious disease specialist in Boston at Brigham & Womens.
Dr Yawetz is Lyme literate and and very experienced in all types of infectious diseases. We met on a Wednesday and she ordered up more blood work (Yeah!..not) During her exam of my right knee she commented that she did not feel that the Lyme infection was the culprit. ARGHHHH, really?
She carefully moved my leg around and explained that while orthopedics is not her field, the pain is coming from something structural within the knee. She referred me to an orthopedic knee specialist, Dr Tom Minas ( http://www.cartilagerepaircenter.org/ ).
I was able to get into to see his PA today and after going over the X-Rays it is clear that the pain is being driven by a lack of joint space on the inside of both knees. Because of my being bow legged, the weight bearing line runs down this inside of the knee and not thru the center as it should. An MRI will need to be done in order to determine next steps. There are several options depending upon the MRI results. Unfortunately they all involve another surgery.
The nagging question for me is why did my orthopedic surgeon here in NH not see this as an issue. After doing a meniscus repair on that knee in June 2016 I went back multiple times to try and sort out what was causing the pain. He tried cortisone injections, removed fluid on multiple occasions and also tried a joint cushion injection using euflexxa. He finally threw his hands up and said it was out of his scope. He had run out of options. There was nothing he could see that would cause the pain. Go see a rheumatologist was his suggestion. #beyondfrustated