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Knee Pain

GreyEagleGGreyEagle Posts: 350
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:35 AM in Arthritis, Osteoarthritis
I've been experiencing knee pain for several years. I'm 57 years old. Several years ago I had an MRI of my left knee. The doctor said I do have osteoarthiritis (oh gawd, I know I'm spelling this wrong, lol). At that time the doctor said knew replacement was in my future, but a ways off.

This year my knee pain has gotten quite a bit worse. Every time I get up especially my knees hurt like crazy! I am going to make an appointment with a Rheumatologist because I believe I have Fibromyalgia. Would a Rheumatologist also be the specialist who would make a determination regarding knee replacement? Or is there a different specialist for that?

Just wondering,

Ken GreyEagle


  • sorry the knee is so bad. regarding replacement. best you leave the decision on surgery to the guy thats been inside and knows the construction...a surgeon who specializes on the knee
  • You want to look for an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in joint replacement, or who just specializes in knees, better yet!!
  • Thanks everyone! I should have thought of that...orthopedic who specializes in knee replacement. I'm going to let my primary care doctor refer me to a good one.

    For the Fibromyalgia I'll see a Rheumatologist.

    Thanks again!

    Ken GreyEagle
  • Good luck, Ken. Let us know if you found some help. Most of us dealing with osteoarthritis will have to deal with this problem sooner or later. The funny thing is that I had three-level lumbar fusion little over a year ago, and when my friends ask me how is my back, I have to tell them, "my back has been fixed, it is fine, but the rest of my body is falling apart" and that is the truth, my fingers hurt, my shoulder hurts, my hip hurts, and now my knee really hurts. So what is one to do, have surgery on every part of our body? A whole body replacement, perhaps? After 72 years, it may not be such a bad idea.

    Hope you will find relief soon. Tell us how if you do.

  • Hi Kin!

    You summed it up! Whole body replacement sounds good to me! I'm only 57! My knees hurt, my neck hurts, my shoulders, etc etc. LOL.


    p.s. I was born and raised in San Jose, Calif. I do know the part of the State you live in. Years and years ago I did truck deliveries on the East Bay area: Alameda, Richmond, etc.
  • Good to meet you Ken. I live just a bit north of San Jose, at the Peninsula, but I graduated from San Jose Stat. I never thought that Californians have arthritis and rheumatism, but we do. Maybe ours is not so weather relater like those who live in colder climates, but we suffer all year around. Great!

    Where do you live now?

    Best to you,

  • I live about an hour NW of Seattle, Washington now. We've been here about 12 years now I think. Previous to this we lived in Orange County, Calif for 17 years.

    I moved away from San Jose the first time when I went to college in Fresno in 1970. I only went home to San Jose in the summers. Then I married in 1974. From then on we lived in Fresno one last year, Riverside, Calif 2 years, San Jose 3 years, Orange County 17 years, and now Washington.

    It does get cold enough here for these Arthritic issues, lol Last Winter we had 3 feet of snow. That was more than we usually get. No telling what we will have this year. It is a gorgeous area. We are in the foothills of the Washington Cascade mountains. We bought our house 5 years ago, surrounded by forest.

  • I live in Southern California and I get aches and pains without the snow so I really sympathize with you. They call these the golden years, but I think that they got the color right but the name wrong they should be called the rusty years!

    I too have knee problems and I just had surgery four weeks ago on my left knee for a torn meniscus and I will need another on my right knee soon. The orthopedist who did the surgery told me that I have arthritis in the left knee and to expect to have replacement at some time in the future. I will say that the hardware that I have heard about recently sounds better than ever and a friend of mine just had it done and has walked out of the hospital in Los Angeles with very little pain. Quite amazing. Also for the bone on bone people I am given to understand that they now have the ability to replace the whole meniscus which could be a wonderful alternative for some. I know that we are supposed to be about spineys here but some of us spineys are Golden or Rusty Oldies too!

    Take care John B
  • Exercises like daily stretching and strengthening your surrounding muscles can help you alleviate some of the pain that you experience.It can also be helpful to do some mild stretching exercises and ice the knee both before and after your ride, to help keep the muscles loose. Make sure you keep your legs warm if it's cold, too.

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