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6/18/18 10:21 A

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@KLSTAR I hope your surgery went well. Looking forward to an update once your back online.
I'm glad to see this thread get some activity. So many of us out there struggling with our weight and the havoc it wreaks on our bodies. I've never had anything major health-wise to deal with and I'm not very keen on starting now.
I wish everyone well and know that your struggles are shared by many.
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I have overused my body by carrying too much weight for too many years. I have lost some weight and my body appreciates it very much. I hope as I lose more, my body can recover more and the pain will decrease.

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6/17/18 10:54 A

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Lots of good discussion here. I'm 65, with bad joints and back that can't be fixed and I'm in a wheelchair. I've lost 50 lbs so far with Trim Healthy Mama, keeping a food journal, logging in here, and doing chair exercises on You Tube. I'm terrible at exercise because it ALWAYS increases pain. I have to portion out energy for everything, like a bank account. But I'm doing it. I've been in a months long stall, and I need to re-evaluate what worked and what I need to change again. I think my body has become used to things at this point. My doc says losing weight is good, but my joints are gone, so I'm happy to have my wheelchair and a decent quality of life!

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6/15/18 12:15 P

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Hi all,
I'm Leslie/Altomama and I'm returing after 11 years emoticon . I have a bad right knee which needs to be replaced however I have to lose weight to do so. I'm 61 and am really limited of what I can do. Any exercise you could recommend would be appreciated
Thanks and remember to drink you h2O!
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6/15/18 7:25 A

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Good luck Jeri1994, hope your appointment goes well.



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6/14/18 12:45 P

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I hope you get the relief you seek. My knee pain has compromised the quality of my life. My appointment with the surgeon is 6/21. I hope I won't be getting a total knee replacement, but I'm open to that.

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6/14/18 11:18 A

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I am going to have knee surgery tomorrow. I am scared but I want to be able to do things again, work in my yard, clean my house etc, without pain and without a cane.
Please wish me luck.



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6/9/18 10:44 P

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I also have painful knees. that is why I started Sparks again. I lost 5.4 lbs this week but can't exercise yet. I would like to start walking once my knee heals up. emoticon



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5/31/18 10:16 A

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Thanks for the detailed account of your anti-inflammatory diet. Not sure I could do that. Right now, surgery can't come soon enough. I have no cartilage left and the bone spurs on my knee caps are excruciating. I agree that modifying your diet like you have done can definitely help with the inflammation and I applaud you for doing what you have done. Cheers.

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5/28/18 5:40 P

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So far to date. No grains, no sugar, no fruits, low carb, trying to stay under 20, trying to stay with above ground vegetables, exception onions and garlic and will probably faze them out too. I am still using Stevia and since reading some articles on the brain's reactions (sweet is sweet) I may have to drop any sweeteners. As you see I am adapting as I go. Let me add I am in "warrior" mode with IF which has been a Godsend for me. That has lightened my load so much. I'm not sure if I have benefited more from the no grains or from the no sugar but my joint pain and knee pain has almost disappeared. My activity level was non- existant, I was just sitting and doing what I had to do. It wasn't much of a life. The improvement is real.

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5/23/18 9:18 A

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@INACAR What changes did you make to your diet?

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5/22/18 7:41 P

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Yes, losing weight has helped me and my change of diet has reduced inflammation which also helps. Do as much as you can to change what you can and see if you improve your pain level.
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5/22/18 10:53 A

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Jeri, thanks for sharing. The pain level is definitely affecting the quality of my life....what life lol.
Ronnie, you are right. If surgery will take care of the pain, it's a no-brainer. I see that now.

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5/22/18 7:13 A

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Sassy, I was in too much pain to be afraid of the surgery. Anything had to be better than what I was going through.

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5/21/18 6:28 P

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I'm not looking forward to surgery. I had the MRI's done. There is damage to the left knee and more damage to the right knee. The pain is bad and constant. I don't/won't take narcotics. I think that the pain in my knees have affected the quality of my life. That is what's motivating me to seek treatment.

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5/21/18 9:31 A

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Wow, a lot of surgeries between the last two posters. I got cold feet and cancelled my scheduled 6/12 TKR. However, the pain is so excruciating that I must do something. I think fear was the major factor in cancelling for me. Now, I just have to face my fears and do it. I'm scheduled for a recheck with the surgeon on Friday and then will schedule as soon as I can get in. Painkillers barely work anymore. Was anyone else scared to have the surgery?

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5/19/18 6:30 A

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I've had 11 knee surgeries and now have osteoarthritis in both knees. I used to get cortisone shots in both knees until I read about how it damages the tendons and stopped the injections. I have found losing weight helps somewhat. What helps more is strengthening the quadriceps and PT.

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13 knee surgeries



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5/14/18 9:32 A

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Yes. The PT has definitely helped.

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5/12/18 10:49 P

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My doctor wanted me to do PT to get me ready for the surgery, the more you can straighten your leg and bend the knee the better the surgery will go. If you have increased your muscle tone etc. that will help with recovery.



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5/7/18 9:16 A

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I've decided to postpone my scheduled knee replacement surgery. I'm working on losing weight and continue PT. This week I start aqua therapy. My decision is based on the fact that I'm just not emotionally ready for such a big surgery. I'll do it when I know I absolutely must. I'm not at that point yet.

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5/3/18 11:26 P

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I have Osteoarthritis in both knees, only 1 is causing pain. Surgery is planned for June 15th. I wish there was another way, but the pain has been to bad for too long, Ready to get my life back. Tired of not being able to do things.



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4/24/18 10:13 A

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Holy moly - 13 surgeries! You sound very upbeat though.

My LTKR is scheduled for 6/12/18. i just can't stop going back and forth, sometimes several times a day, on whether I'm doing the right thing. I know the cartilage isn't going to grow back but can intense PT help me strengthen the surrounding tissue and muscle so that my brain learns how to send the signals to those muscles and decrease the knee pain? My PT seems to think so. I do know that I can't live anymore with the agony I'm currently experiencing.

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Total of 13 knee surges. 4 on left and 9 on right. This includes des 3 knee replacements s and I onl have 2 knees. Last surgery was 4-4-2018 and I feel better than I have in yea s. So much scar tissue was removed. Started back exercising today



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4/10/18 10:37 A

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I've made my appointment with the orthopedic surgeon. Keep your fingers crossed. I'm on my way to the gym to do upper body work. First time since knee injury.

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4/10/18 9:35 A

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@JERI1994 Meniscus tears are no fun either. I pulled mine many years ago but no tear. It seems you have had your share! Every day I go back and forth on whether to go for the surgery or not. As they say.....some days are better than others. Today is one of the not-so-great days as far as pain goes. There! I'm whining with you. emoticon

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4/9/18 5:57 P

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I had torn meniscus in both knees and both repaired. The right knee has been painful since surgery 3 years ago. The left knee also has pain, but I considered it my better knee. Now my "good" knee is my "bad" knee, after tearing meniscus again about 2 weeks ago. I was dieting to get weight off my knees and get ready for possible knee replacement. I have put on about 10 pounds since Jan. Wrong direction. It helps to whine a little. :)

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@RADIOBOY That's encouraging news. I start physical therapy tomorrow - not sure how much good that's going to do. The cortisone shots I had last week seem to be wearing off already. Is that normal? I know it's different for everyone.

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3/27/18 12:37 P

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I had the second one replaced last October and can run again if I want to. Course at 73 I don't much. I walk as well as I ever could. Really glad I had them done - no pain any more.

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3/23/18 9:05 A

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Thank you! Sorry to hear about your back pain Tbryan. Chronic pain makes life hard.

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3/21/18 6:36 P

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I had both replaced. Now I wish they could replace my lumbar spine as I have DJD.

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"I work full time and can't retire yet. I really don't know what to do."
No need to retire, you just need to do what the doctor recommended... get those knees replaced!

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Hi all,
Found this thread about bad knees. I'm gathering up my research and hoping to hear from others. I was diagnosed on Monday (a real surprise to me) with severe osteoarthritis (bone on bone) in both knees and total knee replacement was recommended for both knees. My knees haven't worked right since Jan and I waited and waited to see a doctor. I'm only 57 but am very overweight. I've lost a large amount of weight about 20 years ago. I start physical therapy next week and am just really contemplating what to do. I work full time and can't retire yet. I really don't know what to do. Any advice or comments welcome. TYIA! Bonnie

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I recently went out and bought a good pair of walking shoes and have noticed the pain in my knees are better but not gone. And I am learning to walk with a better stride and trying to remember heel toe, not flat footed. Does anyone find that shoes are a factor for your knee pain?



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I spoke too soon! Just the other day, I was reading about someone and their knee problems. I thought I am really surprised my knees are fine considering my extra weight and age. Well....yesterday I was crawling under the sink to start to replace a faucet and I felt an ouch! This morning both of my knee joints ache. It isn't that bad, but still not fun. :-(

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Hello, I am new to this board and just saw your posting. Yes, I too have problems even with weight loss with pain, but I find that drinking plenty of water and eating certain foods and not eating certain foods help. I read up on foods that can cause inflammation and foods and spices that help it seems to work.



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3 knee replacements and I only have 2 knees.



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I think the bottom line is that losing weight is going to help your joints and your back. You know this. Even if you have arthritis or other problems, carrying less weight will put less stress on your knees and your back. You can do that with diet alone, too. I still have back problems but they flare up less now that I lost some weight.

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I lost 60 pounds and kept it off for 3 years while I was still healthy. Then arthritis struck in multiple joints and got to the point where I've had or by the summer will have had 5 surgeries including two knee replacements. Once I couldn't exercise and depression settled in, I gained it all back. But here I am again trying to take it off. I think it will help immensely



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Got a new knee two new hips I know I have to keep moving

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I was 40 pounds... DH was at least 60.

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How much weight did you and your hubby lose, if you don’t mind me asking?

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Ah... I know about arthritic knees (and several other joints!).

Losing weight did not help my husband nor I.
The only thing that helped him was a total knee replacement. His second will be done this spring.
Mine aren't bad enough yet for surgery.

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Has anyone had any success after losing weight with the pain in their knees and back? I really need encouragement that this is possible. I’ve got arthritis really bad in my left knee and my L5 and S1 is degenerative disc disease. I’ve heard losing weight helps with both. I weigh 289 right now.

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