Has anyone considered trying Stem Cell therapy

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Hi Folks I've  just joined the forum and wondered if anyone had considered stem cell therapy which seems to help with inflammation help with joint pain.  I've had RA for over 6 years now and I'm on Methotraxate and Naxproxen. I don't have any pain elsewhere except my extremely painful knees.  I was was scheduled for a TKR surgery in March but as I am only 53 decided to try and put it off for a bit longer.  Initially it was only my right knee but over the past month the left knee feels like it is going the same way.  I don't understand why I have so much pain as I have been told that I have 4mm of cartilage in my knee so its not bone on bone, but the pain is excruciating.  The painkillers don't touch  it and now don't know which way to turn to get my life back and simply taking a step without pain.  I have been practicing Yoga which is amazing at the time, but an hour or so later, the stiffness sets in and I can barely bend my knees.  So fed up with this and will try anything that might relieve the pain so been looking into this stem cell therapy but its a bit of a minefield.  Any advice would be appreciated.  Lesley

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    Hi Lesley I'm about 14 years diagnosed, I have never used and drug to control mine and I use tumeric, hydrotherapy and when extremely bad I use hot wax or ice, it's working for me as I have an aversion to some of the Meds I have been offered

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      Hi Alexandria I'm using all the auyveeda remedies, so coriander water, not eating inflammation foods, turmeric, ginger, etc.  Trying it all just now.  They say it all stems from your digestion but there is no way I could function or walk without the meds even though I hate taking them. The icing helps  but it doesn't last as does the Yoga which was a bit of a turning point for me as it got me out of using crutches.  I'm glad you are getting some relief.  

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    Hello

    I have had RA for over 17 yrs and about 10 or 11 yrs ago i developed painful knees as well as all the other places it was already attacking. Are your knees swollen? Mine were so my doc drew fluid off over a period of time and i also had cortizone injections. Not ideal i know but any port in a storm eh. I hope you get sorted.

    Regards Gaz

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      Hi Gaz, it is just my knees that are sore.  I remember when I was first diagnosed that they said at that time I had wear and tear on my knee, so I don't know if it that was the start of the sore knee and the RA has made it worse over the 6 years.   The other knee has only started getting sore this last couple of months and they say that RA is symmetrical so you would have pain on both sides of the joints.   They do get pretty swollen and last week the Doc tried to take some fluid from it but couldn't get anything out and put in a cortisone injection at the same time.  It was the sorest injection I have ever had and to be honest it didn't really help.  I don't seem to respond to these injections apart from the very first one I got about 3 years ago.  The surgeon that was going to do my knee replacement said that it was a worry that I don't respond to them.  I just don't know what to do anymore.  Deep down I don't think a knee replacement is the answer and one other consultant said that it might not take away my pain so what's the point.  I'm just looking for other solutions now.

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    I would like to know about stem cell therapy too if anyone had tried. I hv RA for two and a half years and had been on MTX. Taking tumeric supplements abd vit D3 too. 
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