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