Welcome Redwing, I had back surgery last May and it was the best thing I could have done for a numb left hip and leg. I went to a rehab place for three weeks and they got my life back for me.
I have bone on bone in my left knee and had it repaired in 2004 and now it is back to pain. I had the Synvisc-One shot (a gel) and it has saved me from a knee replacement. It keeps the pain away and I can walk and ride a bike and swim and enjoy life. I am 69. My good knee has taken a beating since I trust it more and I have to be careful I don't hurt it and cause a surgery or repair there.
Get different opinions if you need them........all of us here have done something different or alike but things work differently. I use Tylenol Arthritis for pain daily. Swimming helps me the most for exercise and no joint pain. My dr. sent me to a hot, salt water therapy pool for 4 weeks and that really strengthened my quad muscles and helped my knees.
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Fitness Minutes: (9,844) Posts: 1,237 4/28/11 10:56 A
The best thing for arthritis is to lose any excess weight. This is particularly true for the knees. Every 1 pound lost results in 4 pounds less pressure on the knee.
Strength training to increase muscle strength in your leg will also support your knee. The muscles actually gently pull the joints apart - who knew? - and thus reduce the amount of wear in the joint.
Activity is also vital to keep healthy and keep the joint mobile. The rule of thumb from the PT is that any pain/discomfort following the activity is not a problem UNLESS it lasts for longer than one hour.
The lubricant injection works for knees but not for hips unfortunately. How long it lasts is variable. Medication does help especially the time release Tylenol Arthritis not the regular Tylenol.
Unless the MDs are CERTAIN they can delay surgery so that you will not require a subsequent surgery, I would never recommend high strength medications that leave you in a fog. In my case, they never managed the pain and left me in a complete fog. I refer to this time as the lost years. Quality of life is very, very important. I understand that they want to delay it as long as possible to avoid a second surgery, however, they should have realized this was not possible in my case. I was on a lot of heavy duty medication before 2 hip replacements.
This may not be anything new to you, but regular, consistent use of glucosamine sulfate (preferably with MSM) will help relieve your symptoms and pain -- but it will take up to 4 months of use before you will see results- it helps me a lot, and I take it regularly. If you slack off and forget to take it regularly for a few days/weeks, you will start to feel worse again, so its really important to keep on it. I haven't tried any other treatment. This just works, and its something your body produces naturally anyways, so it cannot hurt. Also, keep those joints moving, or they'll get stiff.
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I know where you are coming from. I have it in both knees and hips. Arthroscopic surgery helped my one knee but failed on the other. Then I tried the Synvisc One treatment on that knee and it helped a lot. Still looking into relief for the hips. Good Luck!
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I'm a 58 year old women and I was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis in my right knee in September of 2010. I wanted to join so I could get feedback from other members and maybe some tips to improve my quality of life. I will be seeing my doctor for the first time in a couple of weeks for medication and therapy options. As my mother use to say "Gee my knee"!!
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