Hello all, and hope you are all doing well. I have a question about my knees. I started having problems a few years ago with my knees and about a year ago was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis in both of my knees. I had several injections, including the Synvisc One injections. They have really taken a turn for the worse. There is severe pain almost constantly. My right knee is swolen about three times the size of my left knee. Everytime I straighten my leg at all it pops real loud and the pain is severe. We have stairs, and when I climb them my knees make this creaking noise that would give you chills. Sometimes I will just be sitting on the couch and a sharp pain will shoot through my knee. It's to the point that when I walk I limp. I did have a MRI on both of my knee's yesterday to see if there is anything that needs to be done surgically. Of course I won't know for a bit what the results are. I'm just wandering if anyone else has experienced this and what their outcome was. Or any opinions on it. I wasn't going to post anything about it at first, but I would really love some feedback from my friends, or anyone on the site that has experienced anything like this. I've never been one to ask many questions, but I love this site and the people on it. I trust and know I'll get some good answers. I always have. Love ya all. Ruthie
To all my Osteoarthritis Friends?
Added 21 Jun 2012:
Thank you to all my friends who responded to my question. I diid get the results of my MRI, and it said there were a few things that needed to be addressed by an Orthopaedic Surgeon. I will update you more after I get an appointment and am seen. Thank you for all you're support. What a wonderful group of friend's to have. Ruthie
Hello Ruthie. I am not into the pain medications, just well, simply saying that you take care and hope that you recieve a better answer than mine.. You be well, and for the love of pete, you are one of the people that seldom if ever ask for help. You are a giver and I hope that other people who understand the ins and outs have a answer. I am shutting down for the day, best of wishes (great health and no pain) pledge
I have OA all over, but it attacked my right knee the most viciously. I had 5 arthoscopic surgeries, numerous steroids shots, the syn visc shots three times and walked bone on bone for over two years before my insurance refused to pay for anything else but a total knee replacement. That was three years ago. While I can't tell you that I don't still have some problems with it, it really was the best thing for me to do. It wasn't nearly as bad as I feared it would be. I was up walking with crutches a few hours after the surgery, got back full extension with PT and basically recovered a lot faster and more easily than I ever expected. I got one of the new ones made of zirconium so I don't even set off the metal detectors at the airport! Hope this helps you!
Hi there. My sister has RA and Osteo. She had one knee replaced after a lot of suffering and said it was like night and day. She wished she had done so sooner. Most people report this. Mother-in-law same story.
Waiting on insurance is tough for some. Getting it done will be so much better. However, you have to go about it with the right state of mind, be willing to do the PT as they tell you. People have problems when they don't follow through. And if weight is any consideration it helps to start reducing with a good dietician. Just makes healing and surgery that much easier. (not knowing you, that is just for anyone reading, ok?) I hope you find the right solution for you.
Hi Ruthie, I understand the pain you are in with your knees. I also have severe osteoarthritis in all of my joints, but fortunately my knees haven't given out just yet. I do have a problem with one that is bone on bone already, but feel I can wait a while longer before I have to have it replaced. You are such an asset to the site, & having you with down time if they decide to do a knee replacement we would miss you during your short recovery, but you must take care of yourself. I have several friends that have had the knee replacement, & they did quite well in having it done. In fact one of them plays golf as much as he can, so that should tell you something about how well these go. I wish you the best, & hopefully some more people that have had this procedrue done will be on to answer & aleve your fears of having this done if it comes to that. They have perfected this surgery so well, that most do very well having it done.
Let's hope the outcome for you is also well. Maybe they won't even have to do a total knee replacement! Never know what is in a doctor mind until you see them, right?I f you do tho', think on the positive side of not having the swelling & pain & limping & gimping around chasing that small child of yours! You will be feeling so much better after the initial surgery pain goes a way, it will make you wonder why you waited so long to have it done in the first place. I wish you the best, & please keep us up to date on what your doctor says about the MRI. I know you are worried, but just try to think on the positive side of it. Your friend... Mary(632009)
Hi Ruthie, I am sorry I haven't any experience with Osteoarthiritis, but what your describing doesn't sound so good. Try not to worry to much about the MRI results I am sure they will not be as bad as you think. I just wanted to say I am thinking of you and sorry your in so much pain. I will say a prayer for you and only hope you get some relief very soon. Take care and have a nice weekend. Liz.
I had the Synvisc in February,and my right knee which isn't supposed to be bad at all is giving me fits..hurts all the time... a burning pain... I had an MRI finally and the Doc says I have tears in the miniscus..now I am going for surgery on the 5th..I can't help but think the synvisc made my knee worse..and on top of that my left one which is bone on bone is getting sore again ..probably from overuse to compensate for my right one... The injection did help my left knee..but made my right one hurt worse..I think an MRI should be the first action that Doctors recommend before having the synvisc..why don't they do this first? If we are going to have surgery why get the injections? Right?
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