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10/10/11 6:37 P

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Both of my knees are bone on bone. About a year ago my GP sent me to Sports Medicine, and they injected Euflexxa, a gel like substance that creates cushioning and can regenerate cartilage (if you have any), into both my knees. The shots were relatively painless and I was as near to pain free as I had been in years by the end of the two week course of three shots. The shots last from 6 months to 2 years, then have to be redone. My 1st round lasted 11 months, just finished my 2nd round last week, back to almost completely pain free, including while exercising. I'd definitely talk to your doc about the possibility of these injections; for me they were miracle workers!! Good luck, let us know how you are doing. emoticon

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10/10/11 4:28 P

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I agree with the others you need to talk to your doctor and Physical Therapist. Water walking and water exercises are great. As for the pain I would see a pain specialist who can teach you non drug type ways to cope with the pain. Such as meditation, hypnosis, etc.
Hope you feel better soon.

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10/10/11 2:07 P

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First off, sorry about all this! You need to talk to your rheumatologist and ask for their suggestions. I love water aerobics/water walking. There are gentle knee exercises on the internet that you can do sitting in a chair. Good luck lady!

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10/9/11 11:14 P

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I suggest that you speak with your Phsyiotherapist, and explain what is going on. The muscle spasms are often caused because those muscles aren't getting the appropriate exercise. He/she is far more qualified than any of us to give you suggestions. When I was going to one regularly, a couple of the exercises turned out to be not suitable for me, so they gave me alternative ones which achieved the same results.

It MAY be that until you have this sorted, pool walking would be pretty much the best bet. Also, ask about what chair exercises are good for you so that you can exercise the rest of you without causing more problems with our knees.

I get the bulk of my exercises in by putting my laundry and groceries away one at a time. The beauty of this is that I can stop - without having to walk any where special - if I need to sit down. I do this if I am suffering from fatigue, too! The other form of exercise I do is Pilates. A qualified, practicing Pilates Instructor/Physiotherapist takes the class, and it is really good. The small class means that we get good hands-on from her. She can reposition us and even one inch can make the difference between doing harm, doing nothing and doing good! It was the Pilates exercises that helped my muscle spasms BIG time!

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10/9/11 9:53 P

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Hi there mine is worse too
I have been on arthrotec and voltaren gel for pain and it is much better.
I have stomach probs too and it doesnt bother me

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10/9/11 9:36 P

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I am really not sure what is going on with me. I have Fibromyalgia and Arthritis and for the past month I seem to be getting progressively worse. I went in to the Orthopedic doctor and he took xrays of my knees and said that my arthritis is now severe and my right knee is bone on bone. I am having muscle spasms too. I can barely get up. I have to break this pain but because of stomach issues I am limited to what pain killers I can use. Anyone have a good exercise for my knees to strengthen them. I am trying to do my stretches that the rehab specialists gave me to do but it really hurts.I really want to start walking again (I used to walk 3 miles a day) but there is no way with this pain. Thanks for listening.

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