Suffering with knee pain...causing depression.

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HI,

I am 48 and a nurse, that depends on my knees. I have osteoarthritis in both knees with 70% loss of cartilage. PLUS I have a recent meniscus tear. I am overweight and know that if i lose some weight it will relieve some of my pain. My ortho dr won't perform a knee replacement because he says they last up to 15yrs and i might need another one. My quality of life is suffering in the mean time. Any thoughts?

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    Hi Jasmine45,

    Try PRP or as it's know plasma replacement therapy. I have been having it now for 5 years in my thumb joints and it works for me. They inject the plasma into the necessary area and it forms a barrier between the bones. Check it out. The downside is you probably have to repeat the procedure every 4 to 5 months but it will definitely give you relief.

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    will your doctor give you cortisone injections or drain your knees? or can they with the problems you're having?

    When it interferes with your life like this i would seek another doctor. Maybe another will perform a knee replacement. I'm thinking so what if it lasts only 15 years? But it could last longer. I have a sister-in-law who had both knees replaced and they have

    lasted longer then 15 years.

    Good luck.

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      I have has multiple cortisone injections and gel in both knees, it does help for a while (4 months) but its starting to work less and less as long.

      I went to another ortho dr and they said they wouldn't perform the surgery due to my weight. They said i would gain more weight after the surgery. So, I'm in the process of losing weight to see if it will alleviate some of the pain or make me more of a candidate for surgery.

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    HI jasmine im 39 and have grade 4 rapid onset osteoarthritis in both knees and have no cartilage left in right knee my advice as i too have been told no knee replacement as im too young is get on a exercise bike and keep muscle built up as much as possible to keep you moving, cortisone injection didnt work for me but could work for you it does for some i take co codamol for pain and daily voltarol rub, i had to stop work as i cannot stand or sit for too long so you need to take care of yourself especially n the job you do that can be a great strain on your limbs on your feet all day hope you find relief

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      Thank you. I want to start some aqua exercises. I know I gotta do something with my weight or the pain will just get worse. Thanks again for your input. I greatly appreciate it.

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    That is so sad! My sister-in-law was very over weight to. The only trouble they had with her was she wanted both done at the same time. After talking with her etc., they decided to do both. She was in her 50's. She is 83 now and last year she had to get one of them replaced. This was because her leg broke above the artificial knee. Its been a year and shes still struggling. And as one gal said they want her to rebuild the muscle around it.

    She had the surgery done on both knees years ago in Kansas City, MO. I am so sorry you all have to suffer so and its affecting your quality of life. The last cortisone injection I received was called Zilretta. This is the one that lasts longer then the regular cortisone.

    My best to all of you, wish I could come up with something better!

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    When my cousin was about 50 she had an ankle (maybe both?) replaced. She'd been discouraged from having the op because of her age, and an ankle can only be done once and only last ten years, but as she was basically needing to be in a wheelchair she decided to go ahead. She swims for exercise, restricts the amount of walking she does daily so as not to wear out the joint and is into her fifteenth year since the op. If you have to be on your feet for your job this will pose a problem, but there are usually accommodations that can and should be made.

    There's no point making a person still young enough to enjoy life remain in pain and disability wait to have an operation which will be of less use to them in ten years time.

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