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Sweetred
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   Posted 8/17/2017 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys, for the past couple of month I've been experiencing leg cramps and aches. Mild arthritis in my left knee. Out of no where these terrible knee pains happen. An ultrasond been done, xrays and now MRI. Im 5ft 2in and a soild 214lbs. Everyone says its my weight and all my results are negative. Its muscle twiches and stiff knees with leg pain. Does this sound familiar to anyone? (Ik there are no Dr here, just trying to calm my anxiety of the constant thinking of blood clots)

Abilene
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   Posted 8/17/2017 11:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Sweetred,

I'm sorry you are having pain AND anxiety about that pain. You have been to your doctor and had testing done. Did you ask about blood clots? Was blood work done? It seems you have been checked out. So if nothing has been found, perhaps you could start doing some gentle exercises for your knees. I've recently had knee replacement surgery. While waiting to have that my doctor gave me some exercises to do that helped the stiffness and pain I was having, at least a little. It was nothing very strenuous, just strengthening the area around the knee. If interested, I think you could find some examples on line or ask your doctor if he approves of anything like this. Also you could start working on the other issue that you know is causing stress on your knees. I wish I could remember what I've read about how much less pressure there is after even a 10 lb weight loss. It's not easy but I think you can do some things to help your knees and maybe that would also ease your anxiety. I certainly hope so. Please stay in touch and let us know how you are doing.
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Sweetred
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   Posted 8/18/2017 12:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you and yes they have done every test possible to check for clots and I have an MRI on monday. They mentioned patellofemoral arthritis but all they did was touch my knee and it felt sqeaky. But the hypochondria in me is like what if the missed something. So i was hospital hopping and still nothing. I also have muscle twiches all day in my legs. But no redness, swelling,fever, or and signs besides cramps.

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   Posted 8/18/2017 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Based on the tests you have had you can take much comfort in knowing you do not have a blood clot. Arthritis can be a tough one for causing pain, but very much treatable even with over the counter products. Drug stores including Walmart sells analgesic that have a Lidocaine which is effective. You can get either patches or a gel type rub. Try using some heat & ice. You can also try something like Aleve, it is an NSAID. It is very important with arthritis to keep moving the joint that is afflicted. I am 64 yrs old & have arthritis in all of my large joints. The MRI will tell the dr where & how much arthritis you have in your knee. You already know from the drs that the weight is compounding the problem. Do what you can to work on that.

Take care.
Susie
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Abilene
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   Posted 8/18/2017 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
The reason I asked about blood work was because low magnesium can cause muscle pain...not sure if that includes twitches. So you might add some magnesium to your diet and see if that will help. Massage your legs, heat, ice, what Susie mentioned...that's all the things I would be doing.

Keep trying what we have said, plus whatever else you find and you will find something that helps. Let us know.
Posterior C3 - C7 laminectomy and fusion 2 rods and 10 screws, local bone graft from surgery site-lamina and other bony tissue 12/17/2013; Hyperthyroidism; Sleep Apnea-update-it's gone after a 25 lb weight loss; Total Knee Replacement 2012 and 2017.
Thankful for my husband of over 40 years

straydog
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   Posted 8/18/2017 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Abilene brought up a great point about magnesium. I was having horrible charlie horses in my thighs, calf muscles & feet. My dr did labs, my potassium was fine. He told me to buy some magnesium & that stuff does work.

Take care.
Susie
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   Posted 8/19/2017 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Sweetrd:
I am sorry that you are experiencing severe knee pain and muscle twitching. Each of those symptoms alone and both together can be distressing.

Excessive body weight does contribute to the onset arthritis and to the worsening of arthritis once established.

For every pound of excess weight shed there is a 4 pound reduction in the stress and load forces borne on the knees.

A person who is 10 pounds overweight has the effect of 40 additional pounds of load bearing stress placed on the knees. A person who is 100
poinds overweight has 400 added pounds of load bearing stress bearing down on their knees.

Even 5-10 pounds of weight loss will reap a positive benefit in bettering the articulating surfaces of your knees and reduce your pain and stiffness. Bone is a living tissue with embedded sensory nerves that communicate pain. A mild loss of weight will bring you more comfort by lowering the load bearing stress that is activating the sensory pain receptors in your knees.

Start slow. Ideas: Put on a pair of quality athletic walking shoes and start walking. Walk 1/2 way around the block. Eat smaller portion sizes. Make a concerted effort to eat smaller amounts. Use salad plates instead of dinner sized plates. Forgo fast food at McDonalds. Find a buddy who also wants to lose weight. Support one another in the endeavor, walk together.

I ageee with supplemental magnesium as suggested to quiet muscle twitching. Magnesium is an essential electrolyte in muscle function.
Low magnesium often equals aching muscles, muscle spasms, and twitching (called fascicullations).
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Sweetred
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   Posted 10/5/2017 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys sorry its been months. I have osteoarthritis and degenerative mild spondaloysis(sc) they also found a couple bulging disc in my lower back which was causing the knee and leg pains.
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