Knee Pain & Orthopedist Appt.

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PattyLatty
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   Posted 8/30/2008 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   
My knees have been bothering me more and more to the point that many times I've wished I had a walker (though my self image wouldn't allow that thought to linger more than a half second) but getting up and down the stairs has become almost dangerous for me. If I've written about this before, please blame it on brain fog. I told my rheumy about it and she dismissed it and told me to talk to my PCP. She took xrays and said there was mild deterioration and suggested I go to an orthopedist. I saw him this week. When I told him about everyone passing the buck he shook his head. Anyway, the results were great, and pretty much what I suspected.

The deterioration is extremely mild so nothing has to be done there. I had told him I thought it was soft tissue inflammation (which is why I had first talked about this with my rheumy). He agreed and is sending me to a physical therapist to help me gain strength in my legs. He also wants me to take Celebrex. I know that having been pretty immobile for a couple of years, plus weight gain has been hard on my legs. Fortunately, I've lost 25 pounds and have been much more active, so the idea of physical therapy is wonderful.

Love,

Pat
Lupus, osteoarthritis, fibro, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision, migraines, costocondritis.
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okie
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   Posted 8/30/2008 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Patty, I'm glad the damage is mild and I hope the PT and celebrex helps. On the other hand you might want to use somthing to steady yourself just for awhile until you get some strength built up. If you fall you could really hurt yourself and set back any rehab by months. Don't let your ego get in the way. It's not permanent. Oh well I know you probably won't but I thought I'd give ya a little food for thought anyway. I feel the same way about the o2 on my face. I take it off for any picture taking. I've been having alot of pain in my knees and rotator cuffs in my shoulders lately I'm hoping it's just the weather.

Let us know how the PT works out for ya.

love ya carol


 
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PattyLatty
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   Posted 8/30/2008 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Carol. What is it about the weather and out joints. And the nice thing about the weather in Oklahoma is that it's so steady and predictable. The good thing is that I can tell so much difference in my knees with the weight loss. Once I lose the next 25 it will be even better. The doc told me that I'd need to use a cane if I went for a walk just to help steady me but not to depend on it for daily use. I couldn't agree more. What's with your rotator cuffs? Does physical therapy help that or does it require surgery?

I hope things are going well up your way.

Pat
Lupus, osteoarthritis, fibro, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision, migraines, costocondritis.
cellcept, neurontin, prednisone, plaquenil, synthroid, triamterene, tramadol, actonel, tri-est, imitrex, cymbalta, tricor, acifex, multivitamin, calcium w vit D, fish oil, aspirin


okie
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   Posted 8/30/2008 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Patty, I don't know it just recently started giving me problems. My mom had bone spurs in both your shoulders. She's one tough lady and she cried like crazy. Finally she had surgery to repair the damage. I hope this will just go away with time. It's probably just the weather.My ankles are probably the weight. Since I moved in with my bro I have gained alot of weight. I'm not used to eating so much. I have to get a handle on that. Congratulations on the weight loss. It sure would be nice if one of the side effects of being sick was weight loss instead of gain. shakehead

love ya carol


 
Possible scleroderma.  stage 4 COPD,  Osteoporosis,osteoarthritis
Prednisone,plaquanil400mg,azythromyacin,vicodin 4x5mg,Evista60mg, Effexor 150mg,Xanax 1.0 x3,Singular,nitro spray, spirivia,aciphex,lasix,inderal,pot.chlor.,B12 
 Did you ever know that your my hero?  Everytime you come here and share your pain,your hopes, and your support. I love and thank you all!
Carol
 
 


hippimom2
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   Posted 8/30/2008 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Pat, I'm glad you went to an otho doc so you could get his expertise. I'm glad to hear that right now the deterioration is just mild and I hope that PT helps a lot. There must be something in the water because my knees have been giving me more trouble than usual and I'm sure the weather is playing a part in it.

I hear you about the walker. There have been a few times I've felt like I've needed a wheelchair, but I can't get my head wrapped around that one. The cane isn't a bad idea though.

Congratulations on the 25 pounds!!!  yeah yeah yeah That's great - you can be an inspiration to all of us. I had lost 10lbs before going on vacation, but I'm worried I gained a lot of it back. It takes so long to lose it and no time at all to put it back on. It doesn't help that I am having major chocolate cravings devil

Let us know how PT goes. I know whenever my son has PT it has been helpful.

Love and hugs,
hippi


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