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I had a complete knee replacement in April. I am seventy six

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I had a complete knee replacement in April. I am seventy six and was advised to have an epidural. The knee is healing well my general health is good, but i am experiencing back pain during the night and early morning. I also can not control my bladder as well as before the operation. I am a widow and need to be active. I have not actually had a face to face with the consultant and his team since the operation. I have had my blood monitored that is back to normal. But my back is worrying me, the pain is like a band across the waist and lower back not sharp dull and deep.

Thanks for your question.

The back pain is not due to the epidural injection.The pain due to epidural puncture will last for few days only.It will not last for 3-4 months.

This is likely to be related to degenerative changes in lumbar spine which are common with advancing age.Pain during night and at start of day are typical for lumbar spondylosis.

You need to have an x ray to confirm lumbar spondylosis which can be treated with physiotherapy and postural care.

You may need analgesics as per need.

This is my initial answer.Please reply if you need any clarification.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Prior to the operation my back was sound, I have always had a supple back practising yoga for many years. It seems a coincidence that this has started since the operation. I was somewhat nervous about the injection, really I feel disappointed with your answer, I should have just gone to my own doctor for advice. I didn't consider that it might be something like spondylitis.

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