Osteoarthritis of the knee

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Osteoarthritis of the knee


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Hi all, I too suffer from Osteoarthritis in all my joints but also have Rheumatoid arthritis as well as Fibromyalgia. I cannot get relief from pain at any time and it is constant like yourselves, but the strongest tablets my GP is willing to give me is Tramadol which only partially work so I only take the co codamol as its about the same level of relief. I have been told by the consultant that I need both knees replaced but more urgently is the left one. However my age of 66 Is not the problem, the Rheumatoid arthritis and Fibromyalgia are. As I am on a high dosage of Methotrexate and have other tablets for my RA, these can cause rejection or infection and also my recovery would be much slower and they cannot promise that I would have more mobility or less pain due to the other diseases Which have affected my feet for nearly 20 years and affect my mobility drastically. For these reasons I have been asked to put it off for as long as possible which I am desperately trying to do but some days it is hard. What I really need is a new body from the head down and I will be fine. I like many others are a young mind and thoughts trapped in a very old body, which unfortunately nobody can see so they think you are just lazy. Take care all of you, my thoughts go out to you all.

Osteoarthritis of the knee


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Hi i have both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid and i have been told im too young at 50 to have surgery besides my weight is an issue but i would be able to do so much more exercise if my knees were sorted out, i just cant win 

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Listening to you all, it appears we have that common frustration that there's no treatment available that cures or heals these conditions. Only pain relief drugs which cause almost as much frustration from side effects or partial relief. Never strong enough..  it really is a lose-lose situation. 

A HUGE question:  how far is the research on an effective treatment for arthritis? Does anyone know?

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Hi I am 54 years old and have osteoarthritis in both knees my left is worse, I had an MRI scan bone touching bone and in constant pain.  I can't sleep at night as I sleep on my side with a cushion between my knees but it feels like someone is sticking a knife into my knee! I am having to use my mums walker on wheels to get about at the moment, needs must

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Back in the north east after 2 years.Had my first knee op at 50,see consultant tomorrow for the other knee.All being well I can expect op within 3 months.Due to lack of funding 5 years in south Wales

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 in 67 had osteoarthritis since I was 17 when  first had operations on both knees. Since getting on a cross trainer machine for one year given up all my tablets cohlesteral , gout , arthritis and only have to take paracetamol now and then as I've strengthened my  knee muscles I managed to do 200 cycles on this machine 5 times a day and I feel fitter ! All  age pensioners should be encouraged to buy this machine. 

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I'm in same boat, diagnosed with arthritis in both knees at 43. Told too young for replacement. Now I'm 64 still being told too young. But now I have in both knees, right hip, ankle, shoulder and elbow. Now they are saying that they might not be able to sort all of it, so maybe be better off having none of it. I was reading a report from Lancet a while back that says. It would be better to do replacements at the age of 40 Plus as would give people quality of life, and would be more unlikely for people to have other complications later, I've other joints affected due to trying to alleviate pain from knees. I think we should all Sue the Government  for not having funding to do these operations. It is not an age thing. Replacements now should never wear out. It is down as usual to not enough operations being performed. 

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Ben Bhanot is right.

Yes, i do agree that it is easier to advise, and its not what we read up, but what we expirience. I have OA in both my knees, right worse than the left. MRI scan last Aug. concluded that it is bone on bone and I needed Total Knee Replacement. Having been through two major Spinal surgeries, my body had suffered tremendous shock and I wasnt ready for another big operation. The pain in my knee was like electric shocks going through the bones and it made my cry out in pain. Then I read up on Turmeric for health. After checking with my GP I made my own Golden Paste to the recipe on the website "Turmeric for health" and started taking one teaspoon of paste in a cup of hot Almond milk once a day. After 4 weeks I began to tell the difference. The pain eased considerably. In addition to the paste, I also started gentle exercises in the swimming pool and increased them gradually as the pain eased. I also do the exercises shown by the physio, I walk a lot even though I am on crutches permanently since my Spainal surgeries. Now I have joined the gym. I do tredmill, Cross trainer, climbing up moving Steps and gym bike. All of which helps tremendously. I came off my Anti inflamatories but continue with Glucosamine Sulphate, MSM Cod Liver Oil and Omega 3 amongst 20 other supplements. I must say that the pain is greatly reduced, I no longer get the rubbing of bone on bone or electric shock like pain. I know it is very hard for people to do exercises when they are in so much pain and need a walker to get about. But if you try to start with gentle exercises, walking, swimming or just standing in the swimming pool and doing some exercises, as the water takes the weight and you can do in water what you cant do on solid ground, it will help a great deal. Any one considering taking Turmeric must first read up on the website, as it may not be for every one. If you are on blood thinners or Diabetic, or on several medication, you need to first check with your GP to see if it would interact with your other medication or your condition. Soaking in Magnasium Sulphate bath for half an hour also helps as the magnesium soaks through your skin and gives relief. Again, must check with GP first. There is still hope out there. If you are willing to help your self and not give up because of pain, you will find a way to manage your condition better. I hope this is helpful. Sorry its so long.

Good luck to all the sufferers seeking to find solution to their pain.

Nineteengale.

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Hi, I'm Eileen {70} Not at all new to arthritis but new to this.  I've had hip arthritis and 2 THR's...the second one didn't work very well and I'm permanently on crutches but never mind I'm coping {that's almost 3 years ago} I also have OA on lower spine, ankle, neck, also kypho scoliosis  and NOW  just been diagnosed with arthritis in both knees, the right one being worse.

The consultant was concerned about it being drained and then very shortly afterwards every thing had swollen again. He wanted to know why so booked me in for an aspiration. That was last Friday {3 days ago} My knees had been sore but I expected that the same as the rest of the arthritis. The aspiration {although given a local} was very sore Sat was the same then on Sunday {DONT KNOW IF THIS HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE ASPIRATION} I felt as if there was something jabbing into my back ...about the waistband area....almost like a pin. I checked and could see nothing. This morning when I woke up the pain was really really bad. Mostly my pain is either aches or a pain which is fairly constant but this is , like I said the feeling of a pin or something jabbing into you only more so and a burning sensation????? Any advice about the type of pain?

I'm sorry this has been such a ramble but I thought I would tell you from the beginning but its the last bit that I'm having problems with. I have been driving even with crutches.  No problem. I went out and got into the car today to test myself and I drove for 2 mins before I had to turn round and come back so that seems as if driving is out ????   Thanks for reading....if you have managed to get to the bottom of this 

Love

Eileen

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Hi, I've had painful knees since my 30's  was told to loose weight each time.  I wasn't obese plus I'm a very keen hillwalker, cyclist and swimmer.  I've used all sorts of gels, sprays, pills and supports to no avail.  It wasn't until last year I finally broke down in the doctors telling her that at 50 I feel my life is over as my knees are excruciating on a daily basis.  Hillwalking was my life and now a walk to the local shop has me in agony.  Finally after 20 years I was sent for an x ray which revealed osteoarthritis.  I saw a specialist and (as I've read above) I was told I was too young for new knees.  I have to struggle along on ibruphen until I'm old enough to get a replacement.  I am in constant pain, and its affecting my life in so many ways.  I had to give up a job I loved as it is very painful to drive - does anyone else find this?  

I'm about to join some trials on a new drug through a company called synexus.  My own doing, not through the doctor.  I will let you know how it goes :-). Fingers crossed.

Also, I read up on stem cell treatment, has anyone else?  My doctor wasn't interested in it though. 

Cheers

Thanks for reading 

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