Well, I couldn't be content just with back and neck pain, I had to get my knee into the picture, lol. Just got home from seeing an orthopedic knee specialist who did an xray and showed me the bone-on-bone arthritis in my right knee. It was injured about 15 years ago and have had 2 arthroscopies in ensuing years but was doing fine until about 3 weeks ago. Got up one morning and my knee was stiff, couldn't bend it past 90 degrees, etc, and it has been hurting and stiff ever since. Some days are better than others but it always hurts. I thought I just had a piece of cartilage floating around in there that could be removed and I'd be good as new--wrong! When I asked how bad the arthritis is, he said it doesn't get any worse. My only real option is a total knee replacement but I'm going to give anti-inflammatories and rooster comb injections a try first. They will give me 6 months to a year, if they work.
I know that Paulgla tried Synvisc before having both knees replace. Anybody else try the rooster comb injections? and how did they work for you? I am 62 y/o and apparently that is a good age from several aspects to have a knee replacement but since I don't know where I'm going with my back I'm thinking I better put that surgery off. Have been having severe shinbone and foot pain in the same leg at nights and thought it was from my knee but he said no, that sounds more like neurogenic pain from my back. Ahhhh...the joys of aging!
2009 Foraminotomy C6-72010 PLIF L4-S1Multi RFA's, cervical inj, lumbar injLaminectomy L3-4 and fusion w/internal fixation T10-L4 July 17Fusion C2-C5 yet to be scheduled