knee osteoarthritis

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Hi everyone again,

I was diagnosed with moderate/ severe ostearthritis in my left knee about a month ago and mild in left in 2014. I have found since being diagnosed my other knee feels worse,not all the time but quite regular and my left hip feels strange not really painful but as if it needs  moved to feel comfortable.

I was wondering if other people feel they have other joint issues after been diagnosed. Could be im just more aware now since my left knee got extremely painful 3/4 months ago.

Thanks

Annette. x

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    I was treated for hip problems for 8 years then changed consultants wh said new knees needed even though nothing showed on x-ray He was right TKR and crooked joint straightened with cement moderate knee problems gone AND hip pain no more 😁😁😁

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      Hi Joan

      Thanks for your comments. My goodness it goes to show you that getting the right consultant is so important! So glad for you that you no longer have pain anymore it must be  a wonderful feeling.

      Thankyou again.

      Annette. x

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    YES YES YES!  I even wondered if I had RA rather than Osteoarthritis because at the time my knees flared up badly so did both wrists and both thumbs (and it was both knees at the same time too)  but everything showed it was osteoarthritis.  I just wonder if it's all low threshold until inflammation hits in big time and then it goes to all the weak spots.  I do get hip problems from time to time but it tends to be ligaments rather than the hip bone, I THINK!  It sorts itself out gradually and tends to be after I've done more exercise.  But just walking differently because of pain in knee will affect hips and spine!

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      Hi Chris thanks for your comments. Yeah the inflammation is the worst, i get it most days but am trying to control pain through ibuprofen gel that you rub into knees.I didnt think about how i am walking different, i now walk with a limp, that could be the cause! 

      I was only diagnosed a month ago but have had symptoms since 2014, started in other right knee first. My doctor wants to try and get some pain management first, hope thats possible, and will review me in the Autumn. Can go and see him as when i need to though. Trying not to take painkillers because as he said it can lead to stomach problems if used long term so as i said im using ibuprofen gel, which only helps a little so sometimes take paracetmol.

      Thanks again for help and i will mention my hip when i see doctor next.

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      Annette, when I was struggling to live with arthritis for so long and didn't want to keep taking painkillers, the only product I found that worked for me was flexiseq.  I noticed if I put it on the arthritic knees twice a day for a couple of days then the element of relief would kick in and it definitely took the edge off for a few days, so I didn't need to use it all the time.  As soon as it started to get really bad again, then I'd use it for a few days again.  It kept me going.  Good luck with it all though!

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      Thanks Chris

      Yeah ive seen this been talked about on here, it has great reviews everywhere ive looked at so im going to give it a try. I would give anything a go at the moment.

      Thanks again.

      Annette. x

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    Hi Annette,

    It could be osteoarthritis in your hip but gait from knee problems effect your hip. I know when listed for tkr my hips were also xrayed and showed early osteoarthritis but for me hips only joints don't give me a problem.

    Chris has suggested she wondered reguarding RA. If you are worried about that then it usually presents bilaterally in smaller joints but not always. You would need bloods and further x rays and referral to rheumatologist to rule out as treatment needs to be started early. But it could just be the osteoarthritis. With RA you can feel ill in yourself too.

    One thing I would say is do exercises to keep your muscle tone up as it's important for both sorts of arthritis and in preparation for surgery such as tkr.Also keep weight down.

    One .bit of advise you have to push to get investigated in this present NHS climate but you have to do it!!!

    All the best Jan x

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      Hi Jan thanks for your advice,

      I had blood tests for R/A they were negative and xrays have showed O/A. Yeah your right i know you have to push  to get anything with regards to all this which i have been, i think my doctor knows exactly who i am now,LOL.

      I am doing daily exercises for muscle tone up, could do with losing some more weight (ive lost two and half stone), my doctor said this would help even with regards to needing surgery in the future.

      Thanks again.

      Annette.x

       

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    I like you have osteoporosis, i thought it was my back /hip but it was my knees causing the problem. Had a knee replacement 12 week ago.and need the other one doing. Oh happy days. Take care.
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      Hi Susan

      Hope your recovery is going well and you get the other one done asap. I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in 2014 in my right knee and moderate to severe in left about a month ago, my doctor is trying to get my pain management under control first, if thats possible! He reckons that the ortho surgeons wont look at me at the moment because of my age( im 43) but wants to see how i get on the next few months before reviewing everything again. So i will just have to see how i get on for now.

      Thanks for your comments.

      Annette. x

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    I much have the same thing as you do.I have been using walker or canes to get around everywhere not easy to say least been walking on egg shells only thing is I try to find shoes that help out that have inner memory foam to help out my knee.has almost been year hoping & praying you recover soon..God bless.

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      Thanks for your kind words

      I am struggling to get out and about but am pushing myself, im 43 and have 2 teenagers and a great husband who is very supportive. I am very lucky! I wear trainers when out the only footwear thats comfortable for me.

      Hope you also feel better soon

      Annette.x

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    People don't understand that when you have knee pain, you change your gait...unconsciously and sometimes very subtly...to compensate for the other knee.  This can affect your other leg, hip and spine alignment, SI joints and more.  If you just have some mild discomfort, consider yourself lucky.  Many of us end up with severe sciatica.

    I would recommend a chiropractor who will take an x-ray and probably find some minor misalignments that can be solved within a few weeks.  It really doesn't sound like you're dealing with locked SI joints or sciatica (shooting pain down one leg requiring more manipulation or surgery) or stenosis (shooting pain down both legs definitely requiring surgery).

    Gait problems causing a change in spinal and/or hip alignment is very common.  Someone with great knees but who carries a heavy backpack over ONE shoulder can throw out their alignment in a matter of days.  Easy fix.

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      Your so right Chico i do feel lucky to be honest, especially after reading all you have been through.

      I think it is the case that im walking different now, with a limp.I will mention to my doctor next time i see him but to be honest my knee pain is more extreme than the hip.

      Many thanks for your wise words again, you should be paid for your great advice to everyone!

      Annette. x

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