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Post by Caryll on Wed Apr 08, 2015 11:41 am

Well, I had my appointment with the specialist last week & it's worse than I thought - the only thing that can be done is a knee replacement. sad

Not looking forward to it, but I can't see any other viable choice - the cartilage is gone & there is severe arthritis as a result. It's either get it done now, or wait a couple of years until I can't walk any more. crying

Lynda - thank you so much for your support and info; very much appreciated! love

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Re: Knee Replacement

Post by Shisa on Wed Apr 08, 2015 12:37 pm

Ouch! but I'd also get it done.
Good luck.
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Re: Knee Replacement

Post by Lorraine on Wed Apr 08, 2015 12:53 pm

Thinking of you - have you any idea on the length of the waiting list?
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Re: Knee Replacement

Post by Eleanor on Wed Apr 08, 2015 1:08 pm

hug

On the plus side, it'll be a lot easier to cope with now that we're in the new house! Walk-in shower, downstairs living area, etc.. And you'll have me and dad to help! happy
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Re: Knee Replacement

Post by Caryll on Wed Apr 08, 2015 2:19 pm

Not sure about the waiting times, but apparently not hugely long.

I'll know more at the next appointment.

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Re: Knee Replacement

Post by tracyp on Wed Apr 08, 2015 3:32 pm

Caryll wrote:Not sure about the waiting times, but apparently not hugely long.

I'll know more at the next appointment.

My mums 90yr friend has had both knees & a hip done. My step dad a knee, soon to be two knees....Mums friend wants the other hip done. It is painful but the relief after seems amazing if you stick religiously to the therapy.
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Re: Knee Replacement

Post by LyndaW on Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:26 pm

You're right about cartilage; once it's gone it's gone. We are so lucky in this day and age that our clever doctors have knee replacements available, and I am so glad that I had mine done. It's not a 20 year-old's knee but SO much better than it was before.

I'm most happy to help, Caryll, and you know where I am if you ever want to discuss anything. empathy

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Re: Knee Replacement

Post by Caryll on Thu Apr 09, 2015 2:49 pm

Thanks, Lynda.

At the moment I'm trying a new cream called (I think) Flexisec. It's drug free and apparently 'binds' itself to the bone creating a temporary cushion. It doesn't kill pain, but increases mobility a little.

It appears to have a little benefit, but it's very expensive!

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Re: Knee Replacement

Post by LyndaW on Thu Apr 09, 2015 7:29 pm

I've never heard of it so looked it up on the internet. And yes it is expensive! Very slightly cheaper through Amazon.

I'll be very interested to learn how you get on with it as I am tempted, despite the cost. My main problems are stairs and getting off chairs (yes, even with my new knee sad ), leverage basically, so if it helps with that I'd be interested in trying it.

oh, it's Flexiseq, btw.

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Re: Knee Replacement

Post by Caryll on Thu Apr 09, 2015 8:02 pm

I've only been using it for 2 days & I missed one application! However, although they pain/discomfort is still there, the knee is slightly less stiff, if you see what I mean.

Could be psychosomatic? I don't know - I'll reserve judgement for a week or so.

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