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julz777

Do you have chronic hip, knee, shoulder or other joint pain? You may have avascular necrosis.

Posted by @julz777 in Bones, Joints & Muscles, Jul 21, 2011

What treatments have you received and have they been effective? There are treatment options available other than joint replacements. I am curious as to what treatments others have tried and how well they worked. Thanks for taking the time to share.
AVN is much more common than is what is widely believed and some experts believe it is actually AVN that is the primary cause of osteoarthritis. See below for general AVN disease information.

Avascular Necrosis (AVN)
Also known as osteonecrosis, this is a disorder where the blood supply to the bone is compromised, causing weakness and potential bone collapse. AVN usually occurs in people in the third to fifth decade of life, with an average age of 38. Common risk factors include corticosteroid use, excessive alcohol use, joint injury, and medical conditions such as cancer, lupus, blood disorders such as HIV infection, sickle cell disease, Gaucher’s disease, Caisson disease, gout, vasculitis, osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis.

What are the Symptoms of AVN?
In the early stages of avascular necrosis, patients may not have any symptoms. As the disease progresses, however, most patients experience joint pain—at first, only when putting weight on the affected joint, and then even when resting. Pain usually develops gradually and may be mild or severe. If avascular necrosis progresses and the bone and surrounding joint surface collapse, pain may develop or increase dramatically. Pain may be severe enough to limit the patient’s range of motion in the affected joint. In some cases, particularly those involving the hip, disabling osteoarthritis may develop. The period of time between the first symptoms and loss of joint function is different for each patient, ranging from several months to more than a year.

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lanacavassa

Posted by @lanacavassa, Jul 21, 2011

I'm not sure if you have been diagnosed with AVN or you are looking at that as a possibility. I have had a lot of knee and back pain with various joint ailments. First I got on a weight bearing exercise regime and then started on herbs that would reduce inflammation. Omega 3 has been great. I also take turmeric, aloe vera juice and propolis (made by bees). I got an infared sauna and try to sit in there 4 days a week for an hour each time. This helps to push the toxins out of my body. I feel great!

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pam1234

Posted by @pam1234, Aug 12, 2011

Lana - do your joints crack too? All mine seem to be failing at once

lanacavassa

Posted by @lanacavassa, Aug 12, 2011

Yes my knees sound like "snap, crackle & pop" when I walk up or down stairs! I have no pain when I take the Omega 3. I do zumba 3 times a week and after that workout my knees really seem to make noises. I subscribe to "Life Extension" which is a non-profit out of Florida that does a lot of research on herbal supplements. They sell pharmaceutical grade supplements and that's where I get most of mine. I'm almost 48 and I feel great; with my supplements. If I don't take them, I can tell a big difference!

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akb

Posted by @akb, Sep 7, 2011

I had AVN due to a hip fracture not healing correctly. I think the best option once diagnosed is to see the level of AVN, depending on the severity, your doctor may or may not be able to intervene. Mine was too far progressed to do any treatment so I ended up with a hip replacement due to the limitations it was creating in my life.

I encourage people to get help as soon as possible and not ignore the pain.

hazael

Posted by @hazael, Nov 12, 2012

I have recently been diagnosed with advanced AVN. I have it in both hips and both arms. Waiting to see a specialist. I don't think or see how I can work anymore. I'm really upset and have never talked to anyone that has this disease. HELP
What can I expect? How did the hip replacement. Was it a horrible surgery? I'm 58, how old are you?

Posted by @alisaharringtonyahoocom, Jul 26, 2012

I have recently been diagnosed with avn it effects my wrists, my left is permanently damaged and the right is progressing very quickly, the pain is unbearable nothing seems to help, i have taken strong doses of prednisone to reduce the inflammation quickly, but once i stop taking it comes right back and not to mention the awful side affects from steroids. Not sure what to do. I dont think im gonna be able to work anymore and am very upset and worried about my financial future, im only 40 years old and its been goin on for about 9 years. Has anyone went the surgical route, i would do it if i knew that it would stop the pain.

hazael

Posted by @hazael, Nov 12, 2012

I have recently been diagnosed with advanced AVN. I have it in both hips and both arms. Waiting to see a specialist. I don't think or see how I can work anymore. I'm really upset and have never talked to anyone that has this disease. HELP
What can I expect?

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