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Old 01-06-2019, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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That's too bad! I know some patients have experienced lots of pain after. I've had both knees replaced and one hip: not any pain whatsoever after the procedures. I still have my pain meds and parcel them out for occasional relaxation.

The rehab on knees is arduous, though. So I'm glad I had both done at the same time, though now I wonder if I really needed it. They are still weak, but never have been painful.
So are you saying you had 2 knees replaced and didn't have pain? I have a friend with issues of both knees and mostly stiffness and not so much pain, the last thing she wants to do are replacements.
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Old 01-06-2019, 12:40 PM
 
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mike1003, thanks for posting some positive articles. I think that the majority of my issues are due to degenerative arthritic changes, which seem to be deteriorating rapidly. I'm only 54 now but I would not be surprised at all if I need a TKR before I'm 60.
MrsM loves both of her new knees. Got them in her 60s and hasn't looked back.

Surgery was easy. 1st 2 weeks were a ******, but with PT all went great

One bit of advice. Exercise your legs as much as possible before your surgery. Get MD referral for PT to get proper knee strengthening exercises.

This is something that can never be done in the UK because of Socialized medicine
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Old 01-06-2019, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Hawaii
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The real question is how old are you; if you are younger they will wait as long as possible since knees aren't known for lasting effectively.
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Old 01-07-2019, 02:40 AM
 
Location: Florida
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The real question is how old are you; if you are younger they will wait as long as possible since knees aren't known for lasting effectively.
Bach when 10 years was the assumed rate of longevity and my husband needed replacement and this was given as the reason for the doctor not wanting to do it, I cut out the obits from a week's worth of the newspaper and brought them to the doc. They included quite a few deaths of people my husband's age and younger.
We asked the doc if he should be in pain and partially disabled for what could be the rest of his life.
He not only got the knee replaced, it still functioned 20 years later when he did die.
From what I read now, a 20 year span is now it.
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Old 01-18-2019, 05:04 AM
 
Location: Northern VA
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Update: Had my three month follow up with Ortho yesterday. It didn't start out very well. I got seen by an intern/trainee (or whatever they call the junior docs). His first question was why was I there. Uh.... 3 month follow up after surgery and my knee still hurts, nimrod.

The short story is that I have very little cartilage left and the arthritic deterioration in my knee is getting worse. I have this nice crackling sound (crepitus) when I walk up the stairs or even just extending the knee. The real Ortho doc pulled up my x-rays and MRIs showed me where portions of my knee look like sponge. And there's one spot that has a really nice hole that shouldn't be there.

Its not bad enough yet for the to really do anything about it. Eventually I will need a TKR, but no timetable on when. For now its just continuing what I've been doing with PT, strengthening exercises, watching my weight, etc. I did get another Synvisc injection so I'm waiting to see if that helps over the next week or so. The first one before the surgery didn't help at all. My next follow up is in May.

I guess the only good thing right now is that my back is bothering a lot more than my knee, so that takes my mind off the knee. That follow up is next month.
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Old 02-20-2019, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Northern VA
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Update: my knee and back are both still bothering me a lot. I saw a neurosurgeon spine specialist yesterday and he determined that my hips were tilted roughly 12 degrees and that my pains was more in the SI joints than L3/4, which s where I've received most of my previous treatments. He recommended that I get some heel lifts, SI joint injections, and PT specific to the SI joints before we discuss surgical options. He also mentioned that whatever he did for my back wouldn't really fix until the knee was also fixed.

My knee continues its downward spiral. Its gone from the kneecap crackling periodically to now crackling all the time. And I can feel the bones rubbing against each other, especially walking up the stairs. Heck, even my neurosurgeon said I'd need a knee replacement.
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Old 02-20-2019, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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My knee isn't going to reverse and I'm certainly not convinced a major invasive surgery and then have metal and plastic in my body is the answer. So I keep plugging away, and living on one floor makes it so much better for me. Just remember once cut, can't be undone. And at my age I'm ok with major life changes, just glad I had a fun early life. We have no idea how we will end up and thank goodness for the memories.

I think about a member here who reported they were having their 43rd surgery, I can't imagine...two was too much in my body.

I don't know if you mention your age but if you are on the younger side a TKR could be your answer...we have no guarantees of the outcomes, but we know what we have NOW.
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Old 02-20-2019, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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OP: I've read about this Oil for a while but never got serious...now I'm doing it...about 1 tsp 2-3 times daily and like old autos our bodies need oiled. Good to even rub OO in the knee but I use so many topicals now.

https://www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis...eoarthritis-oa
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Old 02-20-2019, 05:45 PM
 
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OP: I've read about this Oil for a while but never got serious...now I'm doing it...about 1 tsp 2-3 times daily and like old autos our bodies need oiled. Good to even rub OO in the knee but I use so many topicals now.

https://www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis...eoarthritis-oa
Why do you think Mediterraneans are so healthy?

BTW, you don't drink the olive oil. From your posted link:

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About 3 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil offers the same relief as 200 milligrams of ibuprofen. But that much oil also gives you about 400 calories.

To add olive oil to your diet without extra calories, use it in place of other fats, such as butter.
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Old 02-20-2019, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Why do you think Mediterraneans are so healthy?

BTW, you don't drink the olive oil. From your posted link:
Yes, I drink it from tsp and as I said I'm doing 2-3 Tsp daily...plus what oil I use in my cooking and salads.

And my dad's family is of mediterranean heritage.
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