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   Posted 8/9/2010 1:00 AM (GMT -6)   
My knees sometimes hurt more, sometimes less. For the past two days, they've been hurting more, a lot more. Yesterday, I went with my bf to help him at work. He's building the stage and they moved the deadline so he suddenly had less time than he thought and I agreed to help on Saturday and Sunday. Yesterday morning, I woke up with the bad pain, but kind of forgot about it during the day since I was so busy painting stuff and just pulled myself together.
Last night, however, it was so bad I could hardly turn in bed. I woke up crying this morning and I'm supposed to go to the fitness studio later this morning for the first rehabilitation session, but the pain is so bad that just leaving the house and getting on and off busses seems like too much. Maybe I won't go. Have to work in the pub tonight as well and can only hope it's better by then.

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   Posted 8/9/2010 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
   Dear Athas,
     Good morning! *soft hug* I am so sorry your knee is so terribly inflamed. I wanted to say though... I think your should try to go to therapy anyway. I say this because it will help alot for your doctors / therapists to see what happens to your knee during a flare. It will help them to understand the true mechanics behind what your knee is doing during the inflammation.
     Also, I think you need to get a "therma care heat knee brace". They wrapp snigly around your knee and will provide constant heat around your entire knee for several hours. I would also suggest you try to find some "arnica gel". It is an herbal gel that does "sooth the pain" but it also help the "inflammation" aspect so that you can continue with your activities. I use it on my hipps. True enough, I have many pain medicines........  It is just that with the inflammation, the constant "rubbing and irritation" of the inflammed areas only makes it worse, in the end. In anycase, it is worth a try I think. I do hope you are able to get through tonight at the pub. You are in our hearts here!
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   Posted 8/9/2010 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear Athas,

I am so sorry your knees are hurting so much! I have to agree with Dani, on doing what you can to make it to your therapy! This is very important, if at all possible! I have tested extremely high twice on a blood test for RA, but the rheumy is waiting for me to go into a flare, so he can examine me during it before he decides if it is RA. In the meantime, I am on low dose steroids to keep me out of a flare until he returns from vacation! I seem to be having a lot of knee pain lately though....Almost like the steroids are just barely keeping me out of a flare! I do understand how miserable this type of pain can be, but still hoping you can make it can only help them to help you!!

Hang in there, and I will be sending healing thoughts your way!

Take care of you!
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   Posted 8/9/2010 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   

I am sorry that your knees are bothering you this badly. I agree with Dani and Beckey, flare ups can only help you in your therapy. If you go in though, tell them what hurts, how it hurts, and what might cause more pain. This can better help them taylor your therapy to what you need during a flare up as opposed to when the pain is less.

I hope that you begin to feel better soon and will be thinking positive thoughts for you!
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   Posted 8/9/2010 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for your answers. Can a knee get inflamated at all if the cartilage is damaged?
In the end, I didn't go. I wanted to, but I just didn't manage to even get out of the house. I have to admit it's also a bit of an embarassment thing. I'm 25 and look even younger and people are always so shocked to see someone so young limping so horribly. I feel like a freak then. This morning, I just couldn't handle that, plus I'm having issues when it comes to fitness studios so facing those wasn't anything I was up for today.
The only therapy I've been told to do is train the muscles as much as possible, but I'll try to find something like a therma care heat knee brace and see whether that works.
Didn't have to work much tonight and was able to cycle there and back, still painful, b ut the cycling was bearable.

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   Posted 8/9/2010 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Dani gave some good advice about the knee brace. They really do wonders. It was probably a big relief to your bf to have your help but I'm sure he didn't want you to overdo. Sometimes you have to step back and realize when your doing more harm to yourself than good..because ultimatily you are the one that pays. Ok enough of the
 mom-ness. I hope you can soak your knee or get the brace. I hope one of them helps you get some type of relief. Gentle Hugs, take care Heather
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   Posted 8/11/2010 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
The pain is still there, but not as bad as it was on Monday. I even went swordfencing today, but was careful. My teacher suggested I try gemstones which are said to have certain effects on the body. Staris are still difficult for me, sitting down and getting up again and sleeping is still a bit difficult too since it hurts to turn in bed if I'm not very careful. I hope it will still get better. My swordfencing teacher suggested I should cool my knees. He put his hands on them today and said they were feeling hot, so who knows what's going on in there. Didn't think anything in there could get inflamated, but maybe I was wrong.

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   Posted 8/11/2010 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Athas,

I just wanted to add my welcome to the group! As of late, I haven't been posting as often as I normally do, as I've been busy with work & grad school apps, as well as having a bit of a pain flare myself, so I missed welcoming you when you first joined.

I am sorry to hear that you have been going through such a bad pain flare lately! That's certainly no fun, to say the least!

I saw one of your other posts & was amazed at how much you do despite being in so much pain. You are truly amazing!

I see that you mentioned trying healing stones. I've actually tried them myself. A friend who practices animal communication & energy healing actually recommended them for one of my dogs (she is terrified of thunderstorms, and at the time we had had little luck in calming/treating her) & my mom ended up having the lady make a beautiful necklace and bracelet for me to try to help with my pain and depression. I wore them for many months, but never really noticed any change in my pain or depression.

A couple years later, I again tried medicine stones, but this time through my acupuncturist. Unfortunately, once again, there was no change. However, that's not to say that it wasn't worth trying & won't work for you. I am certainly a believer of alternative forms of medicine, and as long as it is safe & I can afford it, I am pretty much willing & eager to try anything and everything.

Just in case you are interested, this is where my necklace & bracelet came from: The lady really does do beautiful work.

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