• 3 months ago

    Osteoarthritis

    I am 52 years old and I have and was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both knees. I hate to complain but it has been very difficult. I am over weight so I cannot have knee replacement until I lose some of my weight. I take medication but it really does not take away the pain. Does anyone have any suggestions to help the pain until I can lose the weight?

Responses

  • 3 months ago

    RE: Osteoarthritis

    Hello.

    I am sorry you are going through this and fully understand. Click on my user name to read my biography. I had both hips replaced in 2015 - my right in June and my left in November. I know hips and knee replacements are different.

    The orthopedic surgeon I originally chose said he would do my hips but wanted me to lose weight. My BMI was 42. I worked at the weight loss while going through pre-operative appointments and then the pre-operative testing at the hospital. I had gotten my BMI down to 40. Two days before my scheduled surgery the doctor decided I had not lost enough weight and cancelled the surgery. I decided to try a different orthopedic surgeon and he agreed to do the surgery. It was a total success and I am thrilled with the results.

    Have you considered getting the opinion of at least one other orthopedic surgeon? It may be worth your while.

    I pray you find answers and relief soon.

    Blessings,
    -Dave
  • 3 months ago

    RE: Osteoarthritis

    Have you tried physical therapy. That can help build up the muscles around the knee and helps reduce some of the load on them.

    Also try water exercises. They reduce the load on the knees while helping to build up the leg muscles and also to help lose weight.
      • 3 months ago
        I agree, building up the muscles, particularly in water, and having a knowledgeable physical therapist suggest exercises plus stretch and position the joints around the knee is very helpful. I also use a orthopedic knee brace which is prescribed by a doctor. It is fitted to you. It distributes the weight and relieves a lot of the pain. I wear it about 3 hours a day. I am reluctant to have knee surgery because it is complicated and not always successful. My PT suggested injections by an orthopedist who does not believe in surgery first.
        I am in the process of getting that started. Hope this helps.
  • 3 months ago

    RE: Osteoarthritis

    use a walker it will help, this way you can walk easier and longer. Also I found baths with epson salts helped ease the pain
    Stephen
      • 3 months ago
        I use voltaren and just rub it around the knee area. There are numerous rubs you can try. Hope somethings works for you.
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Osteoarthritis

    I have the same exact problem and I'm only 40 ... So if you find out something that works for you please let me know
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Osteoarthritis

    I have Osteoarthritis and have been overweight most of my life. I finally decided to have a gastric bypass because I could see myself in a wheelchair since it was so painful. The operation was a success and helped a lot.

    However, it also means that most pain medication is not possible because I have a delicate stomach (especially after the operation). So the doctor prescribed tramadol which is not so bad. I don't take it all the time (cause it makes me drowsy) and instead take mostly tylenol. She also prescribed Nortriptylin which is an anti-depressant. She said she heard that it sometimes works to block the pain before it gets started. Well it seems to help.

    Nothing is guaranteed to work, but if you keep looking you should find something that at least helps you to live with the rest.