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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 12/15/2006 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
hi im pam i have osteoarthritis in my left knee i had 1 cortisone injection oct 31 and another one the 13th of dec and i am taking celebrex 200mg per day.still have some pain when i walk,he says im to young for a knee replacemnt i will be 50 tomorrow..he says my knee is bone on bone,,i was wondering if they go in and clean it out would it help the pain any...i have to work i lost my husband 10 yrs ago at a young age and sometimes i feel like giving up that i have no quality of life anymore..hope someone has some insight  

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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 165
   Posted 12/15/2006 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
First Welcome to the forum.
I can’t give any advice on your knee but can on your mood.
And that is any life is better then NO life, even low quality of life.
Hang in there things will get better.
I would also suggest maybe a second option from Rheumatory or Orth

Jim, 53, BPH since 1996

Kidney  cyst  since 2002

Sclerotic lesions found on hip, Nov '06

Bone Scan Dec '06 Final, Abnormal Bone Scan

Increased activity noted in the skull or brain, NO abnormalites in hip. 

Prostate Biopsy 18Sept '06, 10 sample all negative, Prostate size 36.3 ml

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 12/15/2006 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pam,
Welcome to the board! I know it can be depressing when you hurt so much sad    I'm so sorry you are still having some pain.  How long have you been on your medication? mabe try something else? It is possible you have not found the right combination, or maybe you have rheumatoid arthritis, if it is in both knees??
My joint pain/swelling in my knees, hands, hips, and fingers started a little over a year ago, and it is a matter of finding what works and what doesn't.  I have pain in both of my knees and since I have to drive 45 minutes to/from to get my children to their schools, I spend a great deal of time in my car, and by the end of the day, I can hardly get up the stairs in my house.  I'm only 35, and I feel 70.
Big hugs to you, when you are in pain, its so hard to be positive, and sometimes those around you don't understand because on the outside you look just fine, or they don't understand what it means to have arthritis.  When you have to push yourself each day, it is tough.

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 12/15/2006 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
i was on mobic for 6 months but insurance stopped paying for it celebrex i have only been on it since mon so maybe it hasnt had time it doesnt hurt me all the time just when i walk im able to sleep and sit without pain i wasnt even sure if i took vicodan would help with the celebrex when i have to be up walking..he said some drs will do knee replacemnet at my age but he will not so im not sure what to do...and the holiday season isnt the best of times for me i miss my husband so much...

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   Posted 12/15/2006 4:34 PM (GMT -7)   
hi pam and welcome to healing well. i know the holidays are often tough on us thinking of our loved ones no longer with us. hang in there though he would want to you to remeber the happy times with a smile.

as far as the knee goes i myself have no experience with this personally but my mom did. she was in a lot of pain and the ortho wanted to go in and scrape it all clean so that the fragments wouldnt be areound floating, he did tell her though if he removed too much she would then need a knee replacement .... my guess is your doctor may already be able to tell by the MRI how bad the knee is. you are young but then again i say you need to look at quality of life. keep an open dialog with your doctor about the pain and insist on relief via meds etc...... i dont know about mixing up with the vicodan but always check first with md or pharm before you mix a cocktail.

i'll keep you in my prayers..... do you have a support network? of course ... u have us! :)

New Member

Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 12/15/2006 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   
yes i do have a supportive family i have 2 wonderful hoping the celebrex will kick in and the pain subsides and i will feel better all the way around

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 12/16/2006 6:14 AM (GMT -7)   
we hope so too! you take care of yourself and keep us posted on how you are doing.

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   Posted 12/16/2006 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Pam Hi and Welcome to the arthritis forum,i'm sorry that you are having problems with your left knee and I know what you are going through and it will keep you from doing alot of every day things.I have three crohns and three different types of arthritis and my left knee is shot and by the way Im 39 I have put off total knee replacment for personal reasons but I will have to have it done.I hope the mobic and it did nothing for me so I was taking off of it and put on another med.I'm not sure as to why your Rhemy told you your to young to have knee replacement but I would like to know what his reason is.I hope that you start to get some relief and any questions you have please feel free to ask because there is all ways some one that will be able to answer your questions.

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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 74
   Posted 12/17/2006 3:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pam!  I'm so sorry you are having so much trouble with your knees but let me try to add some support.  First, you are not too young to have a knee replacement.  I am sitting in the hospital right now recovering from my SECOND  knee replacement.  I finallly had it done last Thursday, Dec. 14th.  And I am 51.  By the time I had this left knee done, I had no cartilage left,  my menicus was shredded and my kneecap had fallen. 
I had my first knee replacement at 49, 2 1/2 years ago.  It does help when you have the knee cleaned out but you do get to a point where a knee replacement is the only option.  Try to get a rheumatologist and orthopedist to both assist you.  I was lucky in that both my rheumatologist and orthopedic surgeon worked together very closely to be sure the surgery was a success.  I've had six surgeries (including knee replacement) in my left knee and two (including replacement) in my right knee.  You can feel better.  Be sure you get x-rays and an MRI.  I know how hard it becomes when the pain becomes the focal point.  It is just flat hard to get through the day!!  Please know that I am praying that  you can locate excellent doctors to guide you through this process as easily as it can be.  I will also pray for you during the holidays, that you will be given strength and comfort to get through.  This forum is a great place for support!  There are so many caring people who will share their journeys and offer advice.  It has been a lifesaver for me!
Please continue to post and let us know how you are doing!  And hurrah - I just found out I'm getting out of the hospital tomorrow afternoon!!!!

Current DX:  psoriatic arthritis/rheumatoid arthritis/spondylitis/fibromyalgia, CD, carpal tunnel, degenerative disc disorder, nerve damage, high blood pressure
Current meds:  Remicade 400 mg. every 5-6 weeks, methotrexate 15 mg., celebrex, micardis/hct, folic acid,
flexeril, topamax, toprol XL, lortab 10-500, zoloft, and now nitroglycerine
Previous meds:  Enbrel, humira, bextra, vioxx

deb in indiana
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Date Joined Aug 2005
Total Posts : 387
   Posted 12/17/2006 6:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I was 48 when they told me i needed a k/r i was also told to young cause the life time of the k/r would be 10 years if i went back to work or most 15 if i didn't .But since i quit work and iam on celerbrex,viciden,and zanaflex iam not to bad at least iam not falling or the knee isn't buckling any more which is good iam waiting for my ssd to go threw.i just turned 50 also .Take care and iam saying a prayer for you DEb
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