Hi, It's Nonnie, Avascular Necrosis actually is in a way related to the Lupus, but only through the steriod therapy. I found out in 1992 when I had the first bone graft, that it can come from the steriods. Each time I had a bone graft done I was on crutches for 1 yr. each time. First time they took a bone from my hip and used it in my right knee,and then the second bone graft in 2001 they used bone from a bone bank to do the grafting it is very painful. But it is true what doesn't kill ya , definetly makes ya stronger. I was just wondering if any of the other members have avascular necrosis,glad to hear from you all.
Glad to hear from you Lois, yeah it seems like when it rains it pours. I have not yet had the total knee replacements,they were worried that because the knees were so bad that the bone would not hold the total knee replacements,so I guess it's kinda like a guessing game, but all and all it's fine. I'm with you though the physical therapy is a must,cause it's just hard for a person to inflict that kinda pain on yourself. Nice hearing from you. Thanks,