I was recently diagnosed with mild to moderate arthritis in both knees. This pain came on suddenly. I now taking Mobic, but I constantly hurt on the inside of both knees, which then makes shins, thighs, etc. hurt too. It's worse after I sit and wakes me up at night. The orthopedic specialist just says we can try different medications, but I wonder if this is more than arthritis? Does this sound like what others with arthritis feel? Thanks.
Take a "scroll" on down to the Knee and Hip board and I'm pretty sure you'll find out that what you are experiencing is pretty normal. Was for me. NSAIDs, knee braces, PT, fluid injections, cortisone injections, multiple arthoscopic surgery to clean them out, finally started to use a cane by age 40, 2 canes by age 45 and then had both replaced at 47.
Ironically, they did clinical trials on a drug that literally stopped knee pain from OA. They thought they had a real winner...until all the participants started to have their knees fall apart so fast they had to have replacements years earlier than they thought they should have. OOPS. The drug killed the pain and the cartilage.
So we end up back at where you are.....learning to live with chronic knee pain. But you have tons of company.
Sorry to welcome you to the group of knee sufferers.
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Swelling, severe pain, stiffness, early knees surgeries at age 20 due to OA... lucky if you can walk at all on many days!
Welcome to OA club, as sad as this is, but unfortunately this is realities of our lives. They have drugs to help with pain and inflammation, shots, PT... Swimming and walking in warm water swimming pools are excellent for your knees, stretches, walking.
Best of luck to you dear
Hi Afraid it does, you don't say how diagnosed, but the symptoms especially the pain at night, or when been sitting certainly sound familiar to me. Suffered years of constant dull ache, initially improving with activity, then pay back afterwards if over done. Sharp Pain on stairs, or knee feeling like going to give away usually also give a away sign. The main thing I found is to remain as active as pain allows, do stretches to ease stiffness and keep range of motion, and exercise to try and keep muscles strong. Physiotherapy won't cure but can massively help, and good muscle tone can slow down process/damage as progresses. Also try and stay ahead of pain with medication, when needed, otherwise becomes vicious circle. Listen to the pain, don't be afraid to give when needed. It is usually slow progressing, so can take years before can have major impact on daily living. Maintaining a healthy weight is also very important, as can become harder to do especially as mobility decreases. Hope mediation brings you some relief.
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