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I have severe pain in one knee and discomfort in the other.

Posted by @ronnie3716, Mar 30, 2016

I have severe pain in one knee and discomfort in the other. I’d like to be in a group that addresses knee replacement and personal experiences. What group would be good for this subject?

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Hi @ronnie3716. Welcome to Connect! That’s a great question. I went ahead and moved your inquiry to the Bones, Joints & Muscles group since it’s a place where we’ve had more discussion about knee replacements. I’m also tagging @torycat, @leh09, @pjedwards, @joancoles, @amaze02, @beatricefay, @oldnana, @nancyn, @smargelz and @sadiegirl who have all posted about this topic in the past and i’m sure would love to join the conversation.

Hi @ronnie3716, I am 10 weeks post op from a partial knee replacement. I tried several types of injections, but all were unsuccessful. I’m so very happy with my new knee! The recovery was much easier than I had anticipated. My other knee is still good but I won’t hesitate a second to have it replaced. I recommend taking pain meds prior to physical therapy and keeping lots of ice in your freezer as ice is your best friend. Use real ice or clay packs only, the gel doesn’t stay cold long enough. For me the only down side was I developed plantar fasciitis in the same leg as the new knee. The plantar fasciitis was far worse than the knee replacement! What other questions do you have?

Hi, I am calling from Dublin. Thought the webinar on stem cell approach to arthritis was very encouraging. Have had a total replacement of my left knee 10 years ago (very successful). However my right knee is now giving up on me – extremely painful and stiff. Are any of our clinics here in Ireland enthusiastic about these new research and developments? I am 80 yrs old and don’t think I could face full replacement surgery again. Regards, Helen

@leh09

Hi @ronnie3716, I am 10 weeks post op from a partial knee replacement. I tried several types of injections, but all were unsuccessful. I’m so very happy with my new knee! The recovery was much easier than I had anticipated. My other knee is still good but I won’t hesitate a second to have it replaced. I recommend taking pain meds prior to physical therapy and keeping lots of ice in your freezer as ice is your best friend. Use real ice or clay packs only, the gel doesn’t stay cold long enough. For me the only down side was I developed plantar fasciitis in the same leg as the new knee. The plantar fasciitis was far worse than the knee replacement! What other questions do you have?

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I saw my orthopedic surgeon on Thursday. He is a great guy, from NY, like me. He spends time and explains. After reviewing just taken X-rays, he determined I need a full knee replacement surgery in June.
The other knee, the right, was “cleaned up” in Nov 2015 by him. Relief came until the left knee started to radically cause pain. Both knees were SO swollen, He gave me a shot of predisone?? in each knee…sweekt relief (I lost 5 lbs in 5 days from the swelling disappearing). But the left knee was injured in a fall some 12 years ago. My time seems to be up. What can I expect. I’m concerned that those I’ve spoken to never say “I’m so glad I got a knee replacement”. Dr says 85% say the pain is much less or gone after surgery. He has studied the stem cell procedure and said it’s just not ready to be used. Darn. Anybody tried it yet. Seems to be more prevalent in Europe.

@helen80

Hi, I am calling from Dublin. Thought the webinar on stem cell approach to arthritis was very encouraging. Have had a total replacement of my left knee 10 years ago (very successful). However my right knee is now giving up on me – extremely painful and stiff. Are any of our clinics here in Ireland enthusiastic about these new research and developments? I am 80 yrs old and don’t think I could face full replacement surgery again. Regards, Helen

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Hi @helen80, welcome to Connect.
I’m afraid I don’t have information about clinics in Ireland. However @ronnie3716 just posted that stem cell procedures appear to be more prevalent in Europe.

I found this article in the Irish Times from 2014 http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/stem-cell-trials-on-tackling-osteoarthritis-may-lead-to-treatment-in-five-years-1.1738023 The opening paragraph states “Researchers in Galway predict that stem cells could be used to treat osteoarthritis within five years, following successful initial clinical trials.”

It may be worth questioning your doctor about it or calling the NHS.

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