Bixa - THANKS!! I haven't opened it yet so will pass it on to my daughter-in-law who is bringing home my new grandson today. (He has had meningitis caught in the hospital, poor baby.) She IS breastfeeding Now to try the health food shops.....
Thanks Bix, very interesting. Having a blood disease like mine means absolutely no pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory medication. I am going to ask my doctor if this would be helpful for me as he constantly looks for something for me for inflamations. He has resorted to corizone shots in my shoulder but we do not want to continue that for very long.
I have always had pain in my knees since being young - I think its genetic as my Dad and my niece had the same. About 10 years ago (or maybe longer) I had an MRI as my right knee was getting more painful, probably due to an additional sports injury. Unfortunately I was diagnosed with OA and told that the prognosis could not be predicted but most likely I would need a joint replacement in the future, but I was told to try to avoid this as long as possible given my relatively young age. I did all the usual things , took supplements, tried to strengthen quads etc. About 18 months ago I fell off my horse and landed on it . Since then its been very painful and deteriorated quickly. I have put up with it and managed it best as I could. Finally I gave in ( after a lot of encouragement from my sister) and went to my GP a few weeks ago. So, after x-rays etc I have been referred to an orthopaedic surgeon. It seems that surgery, probably replacement, may be now required as the OA is advanced and my whole leg is becoming deformed . Working for the NHS has helped as I have been able to work my way through the stats etc for surgeons success rates and the minefield of hospital acquired infection rates etc and as we now have NHS Choice have been able to get a referral to my preferred hospital and consultant. I am hoping that he will say its not as bad as I suspect yet but be able to do something to reduce the pain.
Anyway researching has made me realise that I should not have waited so long to get further advice as potential treatment has advanced so much in the last 10 years. So ... don't wait too long K2.
My Canadian brother-in-law had both knees replaced. One about 10 years ago and the other last year. There was a huge difference in treatment and follow-up in that time and he recovered much more quickly the second time. It's also true that the second time he went to a competent physiotherapist for the post-surgical treatment instead of to his daughter-in-law's brother-in-law!
My right leg badly swollen between knee and ankle. Doc says cellulitis, so now starting second course of antibiotics. That had better work, previos quack just scratched head and antibiotics. Don't believe in being ill so this is annoying.
Man is not lost, only temporarily uncertain of his position
Sorry to hear about this Mossie. You are not alone as my right leg is also in the wars. I hurt it badly on the shin - right near the ankle and it came up in a large hard bruise. Now, after 2 weeks, it is still got a lump and the skin around it is a bit red but not as bad as my legs get when walking an entire day in Paris. Just read this on Google: Antibiotics are the mainstay in cellulitis treatment. Patients usually respond to treatment within a few days. Also recommends keeping the skin very clean and moisturising well to prevent skin cracking. Have you been diagnosed as diabetic?
Leg seems to be very slowly improving. Quack not happy yesterday and sent me for a scan, looking for clots without realising the biggest one was sat right opposite her. Had scan today, clotfree as I had expected. Now have to wait and see what response quack has to hospital report, when it filters through. Hopefully it will have cured itself in a few days.
Man is not lost, only temporarily uncertain of his position
Glad to read you are both on the mend Mossie and Tod. I had my out patient appointment a couple weeks ago and as I thought my knee is officially f*****. So knee replacement for me likely March 17, although I will not know if its partial or full until the op. But I plan to stay awake ( ie no general anesthetic) so will I will have a say throughout the op. and can keep an eye on what's happening
I have been observing my right knee for several years. It torments me going downstairs for a two-day period maybe 4 or 5 times a year. I think the onset is weather related, but I am not completely sure. In any case, it does not yet seem serious enough to mention to a doctor, because the whole medical process (specialist, xrays, surgery suggestions...) far outweighs any inconvenience that I might feel from time to time.
kerouac - just admit that you're afraid to go to the doctor - which will cost you next-to-nothing with a carte vitale and a mutuelle. X-Rays don't hurt, IRMs don't hurt, and you are probably suffering from either tendinitis or a little arthritis - both of which do hurt - but can be managed with analgesics and a good kiné.
Kerouac - most definitely arthritis is one factor as I am led to believe that our bodies begin to acquire this nuisance at the age of 18! I suppose that is when we officially stop growing and start the aging process.. One should not stop using an affected limb - using it helps but I am a bit sceptical when the knee is inflamed. A anti-inflamatory used over 5 days helps the healing and quicker use without pain. I am a huge fan of Cortisone injected directly into / behind the knee cap. It lasts for at least a year. Of course the doctor will kill you with pain unless he or she first sucks up the Cortisone into the syringe, then continues with a local anaesthetic. This pain killer will then go in first numbing the knee and you don't feel a thing. My doctor is the best with this procedure but has retired so I will have to train someone else
tod - now you've done it! Kerouac is probably heading for the hills, right now...
My knees have virtually no meniscus left, due to injuries and arthritis. My US doctor had tried cortisone, but it didn't work for more than a day. It's not recommended to do more on a regular basis, since it makes arthritis much worse. Nobody wants to risk a knee operation, especially me.
My French doctor has given me an injection of a synthetic gel plus anesthetic once a year, which is supposed to help ease the bone-on-bone pain in my worst knee. The first two times, it worked well, but the last time, nothing happened. It costs 200 EU for the gel, 125 EU for the X-Rays and 125 EU for the rheumatologist - a little too expensive, since I don't qualify for reimbursement until I reach my ridiculously high deductible.
Now, I use those stick on patches with an analgesic. They smell, but not as bad as the roll-on essential oil things do. Using them for 3 to 5 days seems to do the trick. Going to the kine and swimming also help a lot.
Thanks for letting us suffers know what you are using Chexbres - it can be of great help when someone needs medication. When I took myself off to hospital in Paris they did what they could but only gave me pain tablets - 500mg paracetamol. My doctor tried twice giving me Cortisone intravenously - did only help for a day. I only have the knee-cap way once a year just before heading for Paris. I hope it will still work next year!
Yes indeed - it is called MYPRODOL and used to be handed over willy nilly but now the pharmacist has to get it out from his dispensary. But I have better than that in the form of Cerebrex. I don't take them unless my knee is very sore and at night I can also take quite a strong pain tablet which is only available on prescription. The name escapes me for the moment. I see I still have the Profenid 100mg the doctor at the hospital must have given me. Much the same thing as Cerebrex.