Let's talk about Knee pain. Anybody else?

Grandpa Don

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Sep 5, 2018
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Don, how many mg of each of those vitamins/supplements do u take each day? I have differing dosage on rhe shelf at CVS
Anthony, I take 3 500Mg capsules of Turmeric Curcumin, and 2 750mg tablets of Glucosamine that also contains 600mgs of Chondroitin. It is one tablet that contain both supliments. The instruction say to take 2 of the tablets per day with a meal. I take one of those in the morning and one at night.
 

Grandpa Don

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Sep 5, 2018
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Southern California
Well, I finally got to see another doctor about my knee. Some of you may be interested in my current condition. First, the new Doctor wants to see some new X-Rays, which I had done the same day. I go back to him next week for the results.

Now for my current condition. I am very confused about what is going on with the knee. The fact is that for the last month and a half I have not had any problems with it other than if I twist it a certain way. It feels perfectly normal when I'm walking. At this point there isn't even any discomfort at all. It's almost like it never existed! I can't figure it out. These things can't heal... can they?

The only thing I'm doing different is that I'm taking these over-the-counter supliments every day. They are 3 500Mg capsules of Turmeric Curcumin, and 2 750mg tablets of Glucosamine that also contains 600mgs of Chondroitin. Can that stufff reallly be the answer instead of Total Knee replacement? The first Doctor said that the injection he gave me last December would only last 3 to 4 months. Well this is the 6th month and it seems to be getting better and better every week. I don't understand it.
 

NLB

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Some patients, and some medical professionals say the meds you are taking help. Others claim that it’s not possible. Still others believe that a patient can obtain relief with a placebo (sugar pill), if the patient believes it is helping.
When my hips produced minor pain I went for X-rays that were inconclusive so an MRI was scheduled. You still haven’t had an MRI? Or did I miss it in the thread?
Anyway, the Ortho told me that femurs were dying and surgery was the solution. My pain was moderate, intermittent and so I asked him “when will I have to have the surgeries “? His response floored me. He said “you will know when it’s time”. He was right. I took many OTC meds, graduated to 120mg of OxyContin daily as the bone on bone pain increased and sleep became impossible.
It was time.
When your lifestyle is disrupted you will know it is time. Meanwhile, take the OTC meds, demand an MRI, enjoy the pain free moments and days.
Pain is the body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. How much pain you can tolerate is perhaps different than another person. And the body will try and compensate by changing your gait or posture. Loosing a few pounds will help as will different shoes. But in the end, your body will tell you, It Is Time.
 

Grandpa Don

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Some patients, and some medical professionals say the meds you are taking help. Others claim that it’s not possible. Still others believe that a patient can obtain relief with a placebo (sugar pill), if the patient believes it is helping.
When my hips produced minor pain I went for X-rays that were inconclusive so an MRI was scheduled. You still haven’t had an MRI? Or did I miss it in the thread?
Anyway, the Ortho told me that femurs were dying and surgery was the solution. My pain was moderate, intermittent and so I asked him “when will I have to have the surgeries “? His response floored me. He said “you will know when it’s time”. He was right. I took many OTC meds, graduated to 120mg of OxyContin daily as the bone on bone pain increased and sleep became impossible.
It was time.
When your lifestyle is disrupted you will know it is time. Meanwhile, take the OTC meds, demand an MRI, enjoy the pain free moments and days.
Pain is the body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. How much pain you can tolerate is perhaps different than another person. And the body will try and compensate by changing your gait or posture. Loosing a few pounds will help as will different shoes. But in the end, your body will tell you, It Is Time.
I honestly don't remember if I had a CT or MRI scan or not. But I think I did at some point in the last 2 years. I know that I have had 2 in the past for a Kidney stone, I just don't remember if the knee was done. I'm going to ask the Doc about that next week when I see him.
 

Sjm9911

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May 31, 2018
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See my post #11 don. Maybe its just the meniscus, and when it feels better its just lined up corectly. Mine hurts for like 3 weeks of the year, and when I convince myself I need surgery it goes away. And I forget about it untill the next year when it hurts.
 

Oldspurs

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Jan 2, 2022
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Central Texas
Don, I am glad you are having it looked at. If the OTC meds are working, keep it up Brother. I saw a Ortho two weeks ago. X-rays done, both knees bone on bone. My Ortho does professional, college, high school, pro rodeo, and Campers, (especially old ones like me). We started with lubricity injections, every thirty days for 6 months. We will revisit the pain level, and motion at that point. If replacement is required we will use " big boy replacements". I am 6' 4" and 240 lbs, was a weight lifter for 35 years, and we have always been runners. If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of the knees. lol We old guys got to hang together. Keep us posted on your progress. See you on the trail.
 
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Grandpa Don

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Yes, we old guys have to stick together! You know, it's funny that when I met the new Ortho Doctor he asked me how old I was. I told him that I was 75. He said "No!", and then looked at the chart I had prepared to verify my birth date. He said that I certainly don't look like I'm 75. I said, "Well I am, and I'm starting to feel it."
 

Grandpa Don

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Okay, this will likely be the last message I post on this thread and on this subject. Yesterday I was able to see another Otho Doctor to review the X-rays and get a second opinion. The diagnosis was basically the same. Even though I am not currently having any pain or discomfort in the knee, the bottom line is that at some point I will need to have my knee replaced. He didn't seem to think it was necessary to have it done anytime soon. He said that when my mobility is affected and the pain returns to give him a call and we'll just do it. He said the knee will let me know when it's time. I was advised to not wait too long though. He said the older I get, I'm 75 now, the more chances of complications and a possible longer recovery time.

I left his office feeling much better about the whole idea. Especially after he raised up both of his pant legs and showed me his two vertical scares from when he had both knees replaced at the same time 5 years ago. He said it was the best decision he ever made. He said that after working all day in the office he would go home in pain. Being a Doctor, he was able to inject his knee with medication which helped for a while. He was in his early 50s at the time and had both knee done at the same time. He needed to get it done and over with so he could get back to work in his office. He was back in the office in 3 months. He also said that he did not recommend anyone over the age of 50 having both knees done at the same time like he did. He finished the conversation by doing a deep knee bend in front of me.

Even though the diagnosis was bacially the same, I very much liked this Doctor over the other younger one I was seeing. The other doctor only knew how to talk "doctor". He had no personality and just insised that I get the procedure done right away. The new Doctor was able to have a good give-and-take conversation with me.

So, I think I'll take his advice and have the procedure done next winter. Maybe around December or January after camping season. That is unless my knee "talks" to me sooner! Right now I have no pain and no discomfort at all. I only hope it stays that way until the end of the year. I would rather have this Doctor do it because he has "been there and done that".

Thank you to everybody who read my long story and posted comments here. Now I'm going to go play some golf.
 

Oldspurs

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Jan 2, 2022
114
Central Texas
Okay, this will likely be the last message I post on this thread and on this subject. Yesterday I was able to see another Otho Doctor to review the X-rays and get a second opinion. The diagnosis was basically the same. Even though I am not currently having any pain or discomfort in the knee, the bottom line is that at some point I will need to have my knee replaced. He didn't seem to think it was necessary to have it done anytime soon. He said that when my mobility is affected and the pain returns to give him a call and we'll just do it. He said the knee will let me know when it's time. I was advised to not wait too long though. He said the older I get, I'm 75 now, the more chances of complications and a possible longer recovery time.

I left his office feeling much better about the whole idea. Especially after he raised up both of his pant legs and showed me his two vertical scares from when he had both knees replaced at the same time 5 years ago. He said it was the best decision he ever made. He said that after working all day in the office he would go home in pain. Being a Doctor, he was able to inject his knee with medication which helped for a while. He was in his early 50s at the time and had both knee done at the same time. He needed to get it done and over with so he could get back to work in his office. He was back in the office in 3 months. He also said that he did not recommend anyone over the age of 50 having both knees done at the same time like he did. He finished the conversation by doing a deep knee bend in front of me.

Even though the diagnosis was bacially the same, I very much liked this Doctor over the other younger one I was seeing. The other doctor only knew how to talk "doctor". He had no personality and just insised that I get the procedure done right away. The new Doctor was able to have a good give-and-take conversation with me.

So, I think I'll take his advice and have the procedure done next winter. Maybe around December or January after camping season. That is unless my knee "talks" to me sooner! Right now I have no pain and no discomfort at all. I only hope it stays that way until the end of the year. I would rather have this Doctor do it because he has "been there and done that".

Thank you to everybody who read my long story and posted comments here. Now I'm going to go play some golf.
Don, I am glad to hear that you have found a Dr. that you feel comfortable with. Best of luck my Friend. Stay healthy. See you on the trail.
 




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