Questions about osteoarthritis.

Posted by ssbionicknee @ssbionicknee, Aug 24, 2018

I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in 2009. I have a high tolerance for pain and waited until I was bone on bone and my leg was locking up before going back to the doctor. By the time I went to the doctor a TKR on my right knee was my only option.I have been out of work since April 29 and my surgery was May 14. I was put to the head of the line because my knee was a mess. This is my question about osteoarthritis. I have OA in my left knee as well. In fact it is slowing down the healing in my right knee because it is now hurting from being the weight bearing leg. The plan is to get the 3 injections in my left knee to help my right knee improve, but I know I am close to needing that one replaced as well.The surgeon said it was borderline. I also have osteoarthritis in my neck, spine, and shoulder and I have a herniated disc in my neck. I am 52 and I have a job that is physically demanding. Heavy lifting and on my feet all day. Because of this I am often in pain, which I tend to ignore, but am realizing I need to be listening to my body a little more. I do not think that I can do my active job anymore. I also can't sit at a desk for long periods of time. That hurts my lower back and sciatic nerve. I am at a crossroad here.At what point does it become a disability? I have the left knee that is going quickly downhill followed by my right shoulder. Has anyone had to make this decision and how did you know it was time?

@grandmar

@lioness
Good Morning!!
First off, please 'call' me Ronnie. Thank you!
It's funny because when I actually got the Shingles, my hubby and I were waiting for the doctor to get the shot in. It came in during all this and gave it to us then.
Our doctor informed us that there is a new Shingles shot for us to take. It is a two parter. You get one part, wait a few weeks and then get the other part.
We got the first part. We went back, when we were told to, for the second.
Would you believe that they haven't gotten it?
Apparently, they are making something like a million dosages in a clip and distributing using a lottery.
No one around here (Central Florida) has the part 2 dose!
The second part has to be given within 4-6 months and it's already been 1 month.
Isn't that interesting?????
Oh well, it is what it is!

Have a wonderful and pain free day!
Ronnie

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Hi Ronnie I didn't know about the newest shot. I did have to get the newest pneumonia shot I,ll have to check with Dr.about that.have a good day If my grammar is off its this Kindle that cant spell !lol

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Hi @hopeful33250, @grandmar, @lioness and everyone else. My doctor told me about the new shingles vaccine earlier this year. I had the old one a few years ago but he recommended getting the new one also which is a two shot series like you mentioned. I found out I could get it at my local Sam's Club Pharmacy and that's where I found out it wasn't covered by Medicare or my Minnesota UCare plan. I'm still on the fence on getting the shot but I know how painful shingles is from relatives and friends so I will probably get it this year. Here's some info that may be helpful:

Mayo Clinic Q and A: New shingles vaccine recommended for most adults over age 50
https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-q-and-a-new-shingles-vaccine-recommended-for-most-adults-over-age-50/

What are my options for the shingles vaccine? If I've already had shingles, should I get the vaccine so that I don't get shingles again?
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/shingles/expert-answers/shingles-vaccine/faq-20057859

John

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@hopeful33250

@grandmar

Good morning Ronnie,

I was also thinking about the newest Shingles vaccine however, I found that my insurance didn't cover very much of it and my portion was going to be nearly $200. Is it the same price in Florida? My insurance, Medicare Part F, usually covers everything.

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My insurance company told me they would not cover the shot if I got it at a clinic or hospital. They would cover it if I got it at a pharmacy outside of a clinic or hospital but I would still pay about $85.

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@johnbishop

Hi @hopeful33250, @grandmar, @lioness and everyone else. My doctor told me about the new shingles vaccine earlier this year. I had the old one a few years ago but he recommended getting the new one also which is a two shot series like you mentioned. I found out I could get it at my local Sam's Club Pharmacy and that's where I found out it wasn't covered by Medicare or my Minnesota UCare plan. I'm still on the fence on getting the shot but I know how painful shingles is from relatives and friends so I will probably get it this year. Here's some info that may be helpful:

Mayo Clinic Q and A: New shingles vaccine recommended for most adults over age 50
https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-q-and-a-new-shingles-vaccine-recommended-for-most-adults-over-age-50/

What are my options for the shingles vaccine? If I've already had shingles, should I get the vaccine so that I don't get shingles again?
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/shingles/expert-answers/shingles-vaccine/faq-20057859

John

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Thanks for that info, John. We don't have a Sam's Club nearby, most have closed. However, I'll call Costco and see what they are charging.

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@bonnieh218

My insurance company told me they would not cover the shot if I got it at a clinic or hospital. They would cover it if I got it at a pharmacy outside of a clinic or hospital but I would still pay about $85.

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Bonnie, Was this your prescription plan that said that or your Medicare supplement insurance?

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@hopeful33250

Bonnie, Was this your prescription plan that said that or your Medicare supplement insurance?

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This was my supplemental insurance plan. I live in MN and have Blue Cross. I have the Blue Plus policy which is a MN policy.
I didn’t think of my prescription plan. I am going to call them next week and see what they say. Thanks.

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@bonnieh218

My insurance company told me they would not cover the shot if I got it at a clinic or hospital. They would cover it if I got it at a pharmacy outside of a clinic or hospital but I would still pay about $85.

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@bonnieh218
Hi!
I know we had to pay something, but not $85.
I have Medicare and BC/BS.
My hubby and I decided to get the shot with the hope that I won't get Shingles, again.
Ronnie

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@lioness

Hi Ronnie I didn't know about the newest shot. I did have to get the newest pneumonia shot I,ll have to check with Dr.about that.have a good day If my grammar is off its this Kindle that cant spell !lol

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@lioness
Hi!
I didn't know about it either until my hubby had a check up.
It can't hurt to talk to your doctor about it.
You know, the older we get, the more important it is to get whatever injections we can in the hopes of not getting the illness.
Ronnie

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@hopeful33250

@grandmar

Ronnie, I never knew that Shingles could be so difficult to diagnose. Your case was really unusual. I appreciate your sharing that story. It might help someone down the road.

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@hopeful33250
Hi!
Shingles is not usually difficult to diagnose.
You get that horrible rash that is very painful.
It is usually a large rash with heads on the rash.
Mine was VERY unusual because it did not present itself like it usually does.
I just had the 2 little pimples.
Actually, I am glad I didn't get the rash in my eyes, too.
That, is VERY painful!!
Ronnie

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@hopeful33250

@grandmar

Good morning Ronnie,

I was also thinking about the newest Shingles vaccine however, I found that my insurance didn't cover very much of it and my portion was going to be nearly $200. Is it the same price in Florida? My insurance, Medicare Part F, usually covers everything.

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@hopeful33250
Teresa,
I have Medicare and BC/BS.
I know we paid something, but I a not sure how much.
I do know, however, it was no where near $200.
My aunt, rest her soul, told me that she had to pay $200 and so did my sister-in-law.
I think it may have more to do with the insurance than where you live.
ronnie

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@johnbishop

Hi @hopeful33250, @grandmar, @lioness and everyone else. My doctor told me about the new shingles vaccine earlier this year. I had the old one a few years ago but he recommended getting the new one also which is a two shot series like you mentioned. I found out I could get it at my local Sam's Club Pharmacy and that's where I found out it wasn't covered by Medicare or my Minnesota UCare plan. I'm still on the fence on getting the shot but I know how painful shingles is from relatives and friends so I will probably get it this year. Here's some info that may be helpful:

Mayo Clinic Q and A: New shingles vaccine recommended for most adults over age 50
https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-q-and-a-new-shingles-vaccine-recommended-for-most-adults-over-age-50/

What are my options for the shingles vaccine? If I've already had shingles, should I get the vaccine so that I don't get shingles again?
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/shingles/expert-answers/shingles-vaccine/faq-20057859

John

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Thank you John I didn't even no that there was a new shingles vaccine…..Beryl

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@grandmar

@lioness
Good Morning!!
First off, please 'call' me Ronnie. Thank you!
It's funny because when I actually got the Shingles, my hubby and I were waiting for the doctor to get the shot in. It came in during all this and gave it to us then.
Our doctor informed us that there is a new Shingles shot for us to take. It is a two parter. You get one part, wait a few weeks and then get the other part.
We got the first part. We went back, when we were told to, for the second.
Would you believe that they haven't gotten it?
Apparently, they are making something like a million dosages in a clip and distributing using a lottery.
No one around here (Central Florida) has the part 2 dose!
The second part has to be given within 4-6 months and it's already been 1 month.
Isn't that interesting?????
Oh well, it is what it is!

Have a wonderful and pain free day!
Ronnie

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You really had a rough time with shingles. What bothers me out the shot is that i got the old shot and right after, they announced that their was a new shot that you had to get. It seems silly for them to have not told me to wait for the new shot. I was told to wait until my knee healed before getting the new shot. They way things are going with my knees, I may never have a chance to get them.

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