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anyone have knee problems?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by AHappychick, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    Dec 16, 2008
    I do my right knee has been killing me for 4 months now and is only getting worse. I have seen the dr but he only gives me anti-inflametory meds and pain killers wich hurt my stomache and dont work anyway. I have tried a few braces and some other things but it is pretty bad. wondering if there are any suggestions out there. It hurts when I sleep too, causeing me to finally give up sleeping everymorning (before I would normally wake up) because i can no longer stand the pain and it is better once I stand up. I do sleep with a pillow between my legs for added support but not even that helps. I think I will go get an MRI of it soon but that is a whole production since I have to find a baby sitter and all that so I figured I would try my luck here.

  2. CATRAY44

    CATRAY44 Lard Cookin Chicken Woman

    I sympathize with you. One of my children has a very unstable knee and it is such a painful thing to have to live with. I would try to find a good orthopedic surgeon and see what they can determine for you. In the mean time, there is a lot of helpful information on this site...
  3. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Crowing

    Feb 15, 2007
    Austin area, Texas
    I have a bad knee with chronic IT Band Syndrome. After an x-ray and MRI, they found nothing else. I've been living with it for a long time now. It really depends on what the problem is for the type of treatment. Cartilage tears can be fixed, as can ligament damage; but I think most docters take a wait and see approach.

    I've lost slightly over 10 pounds, and have been exercising more, and for me it has helped my knee. If it doesn't continue to improve the next step is surgery, because the doctor does think the MRI could have missed something.
  4. cluckychick

    cluckychick Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
    My DH had knee surgery about 10 yrs. ago. The doc told him he removed cartilage that was hanging up. It didn't fix the problem just made it to where his knee didn't lock up on him so much. It does now again but he's living with it. The only option now is knee replacement. He has degenerative bone disease, which is Osteoporosis. He had Osgood-Schlatter Disease as a child but I don't know if that had anything to do with his adult knee problems.

    My dads best friend just had his other knee replaced 2 months ago. He had the 1st done about 5 yrs ago and wondered why he waited so long to have it done. Then he waited again when he really needed the other done as well. He's been in rehab and is now ready to go to the Indy 500 and climb the bleachers, which my dad and him do every year. My dad is 71 and suffers from chronic bronchitis and asthma but he hasn't missed an Indy but once in all the yrs. I've been alive.
  5. beak

    beak On vacation

    Dec 12, 2008
    Kiowa, Colorado
    My wife's Percheron kicked me in both knees at the same time. Hoof the size of a dinner plate. Tore the meniscus on both knees. Had surgery and it took about a year on each knee but they both are just fine now. I took Glucousamene for a long time but now I don't do that any more. On both surgeries it was outpatient. Had both done on Fridays and was back at work by the following Wednesday. Took pain meds for about a month on each one. My job requires a lot of walking and kneeling down. Get to a good ortho surgeon. Get the MRI and try to avoid the Cortizone shots. They don't work and are bad for you. The Chicken comb shots don't work either. The only thing that works is correcting the problem. My DW had a torn meniscus from a track accident when she was in HS. She twisted her knee one day and from then on she was basically non functional. She tried all the homeo pathic stuff, then the shots and finally got the thing fixed. She is still doing much better now.

    Get the MRI and find out what it is. There's no reason to go through all that pain if you don't have to.
  6. ChicksnPacas

    ChicksnPacas In the Brooder

    Apr 9, 2008
    Byron, IL
    Hi, I had both of my knees causing pain for a few years. I couldn't even bend down without pain and sleeping was also difficult at times. I started exercising more, not a super lot though, but I believe it helped strengthen the surrounding muscles.

    At the same time I started taking cinnamon pills. I know it sounds odd, but my dear mother read quite a bit about cinnamon, and it is supposed to be an anti-inflammatory. Best to take it naturally, but I couldn't fathom eating a couple of teaspoons of cinnamon a day. So I have been taking two cinnamon capsules daily (can be found in the vitamin section). Not sure how I got better, but this all I've changed.

    Might be something you can research or ask your doctor about. Most doctors do not go for natural remedies though. Hope you feel better!
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2009
  7. English Chick

    English Chick English Mum

    Jun 27, 2008
    Cheshire UK
    Quote:Ohhhh this is interesting, I have live with knees the size of watermelons for years, arthritis and ruptured cartlidge thingy... but they cant operate due to to other medical conditions, so i have lived with it. BUT it is so painful....so much so I would like to moveto a bungalow..... stairs are a real nightmare....but will look into the cinnamon...... thank you [​IMG]

  8. Chicken Rustler

    Chicken Rustler Grabs em n runs

    I had a knee injury years ago. I went to a very good ortho doc and he did surgery. He removed torn cartlidge and replaced the anterior cruciate ligiment (sp). My knee is much better than before surgery but will never be as good as before injury. That is the most important thing to keep in mind that no matter what they do, don't expect it to be "as good as new" the best you can hope for is relief from the pain you have now and if it gets better than that consider yourself lucky.
  9. Knight Hawk Ranch

    Knight Hawk Ranch Songster

    Oct 19, 2007
    Labelle, Florida
    I damaged my knee in high scool 20+ years ago. Tore everything all the way around the knee and broke the hook that holds your ligament in place (ie bone chip floating around).

    A couple of years ago it started hurting me so bad I went to Ortho for mri. This showed nothing that I didn't already know, well confirmed the bone chip floater.

    Doc told me I had 3 options:
    1: Micro surgery and remove chip but prob wouldn't do much for me.
    2: Full blown surgery and try to repair the damage but may come out worse than I went in.
    3: Live with it as long as possible and then have full knee replacement.

    Needless to say I voted for #3.
    Afterwards I went to my chiropractor and told him everything the Ortho said He saids let me check to see if it is 'in line'. Made adjustments that 'smarted' pretty good, but when I stood up, I was once again pain free.

    When my leg was orignally hurt, I never had anything done with it. The ligaments healed to long and if I take a misstep, the knee gets out of line.

    So now, if it bothers me, I have the chiro straighten it out. Luckily, that has not happen since the last adjustment 2 years ago.
  10. FrenchHen

    FrenchHen Chicken Ambassador

    Jan 26, 2009
    Bagshot Row
    I had a knee injury from kayaking. Something about repeatedly whatcking my knee against the boat messed up the kneecap.

    It turned out it was a muscular thing in my quad causing my kneecap to sag a bit out of place.

    Some PT to build up my inner quad muscles pulled it back up and the pain went away.

    Sometimes surgery isn't needed.

    I am facing surgery on my foot soon though...It's not fun to have pain!

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