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Old 01-08-2009, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Sarasota Florida
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Everyone has a different story because every injury is different. 10 years ago, when I saw the orthopedic surgeon and he recommended the knee arthroscopy I asked him:

"Will my knees be back to normal, after the surgery?" His answer was "There is NO guarantee".

Based on his answer I made the decision to not have the surgery. Anyway, like I said....... at age 70 I'm OK, have NO PAIN, just limited in certain physical activities that I don't miss!
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Old 01-09-2009, 10:04 AM
 
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Everyone has a different story because every injury is different. 10 years ago, when I saw the orthopedic surgeon and he recommended the knee arthroscopy I asked him:

"Will my knees be back to normal, after the surgery?" His answer was "There is NO guarantee".

Based on his answer I made the decision to not have the surgery. Anyway, like I said....... at age 70 I'm OK, have NO PAIN, just limited in certain physical activities that I don't miss!
The pain part is what did me in - it was constant, as long as I wasn't laying down. Now that's gone, and that alone was worth it. But there are never any guarantees when surgery is involved, and any surgeon who says otherwise is one I'd run away from as fast as possible. The one who did my knee said the same thing, that there was no guarantee, but that he'd do the best he could to make my knee the best it could be. Considering how long it had been a problem, I was more than willing to take my chances. And considering my lifestyle at the time of the original injury, it's a wonder I didn't kill or maim myself - remote AK homestead, lots of climbing on sea cliffs and wading through tidepools, carrying babies in back packs [I did sprain an ankle once when my knee gave out on the stairs while I was carrying one of them in my arms and twisted to land so I wouldn't squoosh him], carrying backpack loads of up to 80 lbs through the forest, etc. I can't run or even jog now, but then, I never did - just a lot of walking and hiking. There were times I walked 7 miles to work and home again every day, and doing that is a lot easier when one doesn't tend to fall on one's face regularly.
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Old 01-10-2009, 09:36 AM
 
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My daughter has had 5 surgeries. 3 medial meniscus repair. One scar tissue clean up and the last one this last July for an injury she suffered when a big log fell on it from above her and pushed her knee cap down on her shin when she was helping gather wood for a campfire. (I know it sounds impossible but it happened) She went thru 2 months of physical therapy and then had to quit to concentrate on graduating from college this past December. Her specialist told her to take Osteo Bi Flex chondroitan and glucosamin for the rest of her life. It helps rebuild and strengthen the cartilage. Twice a day. She took the steroid shots for pain. no help and then did the painful hyalgan shots and nothing changed and they are 800 dollars apiece. She had 5 of them. We are hoping after her grueling 14 hour a day internship which she is doing now that her knee can finally begin to feel better. I am going to send her back to physical therapy because thats when her knee felt the best. Good luck and also research accupuncture. I was told that would help the most with pain after talking to someone who used it for severe back pain.
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Old 03-31-2009, 11:42 PM
 
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I had the same surgery done last year. My life has never been the same. My legs are not the same. I am not the same. I am just wondering how you're doing. I just googled your post, I probably found it earlier and decided not to write anything. I hope your life is continuing on much better than mine. I just feel that I lost so much and no one understands and my leg is all ****ed and when I rotate it, it sounds like fireworks are going off, it makes people cringe when they hear it. I just don't know what to do, and I have all these medical bills and loans from school and I feel like what is the point of even going on...there is no light...none at all. Don't know if you're still checking this but I live in San Francisco, I just moved here for school in January...I actually live in Ocean Beach before I left...weird, huh?
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Old 04-22-2009, 02:05 PM
 
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I don't know how anyone feels about going to Mexico for treatment, but my mother in law has severe arthritis and was told that she would not be able to walk within the year....that was about 15 years ago. She goes to Piedras Negras, Mexico once a year to get DMSO shots in all of her joints. She runs on her treadmill daily and is the most active person I have ever known! DMSO is not legal in the US, but it should be! If anyone is looking for an alternative to living in so much pain I would do some research on DMSO. Hope it helps!
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Old 11-06-2009, 07:21 PM
 
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i would like to know where she went to have this done do you have a doctors name address and telephone number, my mother went 30 years ago took the dmso treatment and has not hurt since but we dont know who to call could you help
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Old 10-23-2010, 06:11 AM
 
Location: NYC
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One month ago for left knee, lateral meniscus repair and chondromalacia. Started physical therapy two weeks after surgery and (they say) that I am a quick healer. Walking almost feels normal and I'm getting my balance back. Putting weight in my leg when climbing stairs is still a bit painful. Going down stairs is painful because my range of motion is still somewhat limited. I miss working out and riding my bike. I think I'll start water aerobics next week and a yoga class. My hips feel tight.
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:42 AM
 
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I would like to know what is dimethyl sulfoxide found in dmso for horses, but works on humans for joint pain.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:48 AM
 
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Thanks for the information. I am scheduled for surgery to repair a bucket handle tear in my right knee.
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Old 05-13-2018, 05:04 AM
 
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I have had problems with my knees ever since I was kid. they dislocate everytime I would sit to long in one postition. After years of this happening, by middle school I was able to catch it before it dislocated. My left leg has been in a cast several times from breaks which seems to stop it from dislocating. now in my 60's I have been diagnosed with OA in both knees. In 2016 My right knee just gave out while at Walmart, thank goodness I had a cart to lean on. Ended up with shots of cortisone in both knees After the iincident at Wally World, my right knee swelled up 2 and half inches bigger than my left and has never gone back down. My primary thinks I have a meniscus tear and has referred me to a orthopedic this Fri. I looked at my scheduel this week, Wednesday I have an Allergy shot, thursday I go back to the pain clinic to set up another appt. for my next epidural shot (degenerate disc disease) and Fri. Orthopedic. for crying out loud I'm falling apart.. The worst part is I take care of of My baby sis who has chronic crohns , diabetes, and MS. She is not allowed to lift any more than 5 lbs. If I am laid up how is this going to work? I carry everything, groceries, do the yard work, clean the house..etc. How will I ever sit still? crutches? forget it tried them before and can do more damage on crutches than anything Stressing!
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