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Mippy
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   Posted 7/28/2016 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Knee pain
I have looked at the forums and most seem to refer to RA. My doc says I have bone on bone arthritis in my knee. I always thought arthritis pain was a constant, throbbing or aching pain. Mine are very sharp, lingering pains that actually feel better if I can stand up. Sitting in or driving a car is difficult as I am often having severe sharp knee pains after a time. They occur in different areas of my knee. Just wanting to know is this typical? Road trips are horrendous and I wonder if anyone has successfully used any analgesic rub, spray etc that helps with these type of pains. I have used voltaren and it does ntot seem to help ,much in the short term. Had an arthroscopy for torn meniscus last year and these pains are worse since then.
Thanks for any insight.
Mippy

MarleneF
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   Posted 7/28/2016 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I have never heard of "bone" arthritis. Does he mean osteoarthritis? That is not what this forum is about, although I am sure most people have OA secondary to the RA.

To me, a sharp pain implies some kind of damage - like a torn meniscus or tendon. I have a lot of knee issues, partly because of RA and OA, but also because I have had some bad falls off my bicycle, and have damaged them.

If he has not given you any medication, I would advise you to get physiotherapy. It has helped me get going again more than once. Last year I had sharp knee pains, and the PT really fixed it up. Plus it sounds like you can't exercise and that its the most important thing you can do for you knees or any joint - keep the muscles strong and stretched around the joint. Or you might need a knee replacement.

Which brings me to my final point - RA is a systemic disease, not resulting from wear and tear or injury, that attacks not just many joints (up to 100 at a time!) but also the heart, lungs, kidneys and brain. So we use drugs that target the whole autoimmune system. Since you are not complaining about other joints, I doubt you have RA. But OA can be bad, for sure.

I hope you can find the help you need in getting this knee pain under control.
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Mippy
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   Posted 7/28/2016 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your response. I am exercising daily to maintain muscles and am taking naproxen as well.

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   Posted 7/29/2016 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mippy,

I've developed knee pain in the last 6-8 months or so and understand how painful it can be. One thing you can try is Biofreeze - it comes in a tube - I bought it at my physical therapist's office and it does help. You just rub it on your knees. Like you I found no relief from Voltaren. I try not to take celebrex as I also have ulcerative colitis but sometimes I have to and that helps a lot too. If the naproxen isn't doing a good job of relieving your pain maybe you can ask your doctor for a prescription of celebrex (I'd recommend 200 mg). Good luck - I hope you find some relief soon.
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Mippy
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   Posted 7/30/2016 12:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you!

BadDay
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   Posted 7/30/2016 1:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mippy Welcome to the Forum
MarleneF was incorrect - Be Sure This Forum IS open to You and All Types of Arthritis "Bone" or otherwise

it is Never up to us to tell you if you Have or have not got Any Disease, That is up to your Doctor We are NOT Permitted to give that sort of advice here

By what you describe and having already had a surgery done to your Knee I would advise you contact the Doctor involved to check that it has had no complications , sometimes there can be a small tear or scar tissue etc.
and as your Doctor said Bone on Bone Arthritis he is correct that is what some sorts of Osteoarthritis is as it wears away the cartilage protecting the bone and then you end up with just that bone against bone with no buffer to cushion it
my Best Advice is to Contact Both Your Local Doctor and the Surgeon that did your Knee Arthroscopy (if you are able to )
he may be able to give you some anti inflamitories to help with any fluid build up and you could ask for a blood work up to check for things like RA and inflammation
Please feel free to join in this site When ever you feel like it the people hare are very friendly and happy to offer any support we can to you
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   Posted 7/30/2016 11:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi mippy and welcome to HW.
It sounds to me like your knee is getting progressively worse and you may have to get a new MRI done to see what's next. Most people I've talked to say that they get immediate relief from pain after meniscus surgery, and that was the case with me as well when I had that done.
I hope you can get back in to see your doc soon. Keep us posted.
Beth
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