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Old 07-31-2006, 09:19 AM   #1
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Pain in knees

I've been having awful pain in my knees. I take Tramadol(Ultram) which of course lessens the sharpness but the dull acheness is still there and it just plain out hurts. Any suggestions? I've tried rubbing them but sometimes they hurt to the touch. I wake up with them like this and it can last from all day to a few days. Ouch!

 
Old 07-31-2006, 04:39 PM   #2
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Re: Pain in knees

hi nataliesmom,
have you tried alternating heat and ice? simple solutions are often the easiest and work the best. i have knee issues so pain there is an old, old friend with a new twist, fibromyalgia.
pills don't really help. make me loopy enough i don't care but since surgery that really is a temporary solution. it is the heat and ice i come back to after i pull my head out of my fanny, again!
hang in there. it will pass. there are always little breaks to insure our sanity stays intact. blessings come.
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Old 07-31-2006, 05:11 PM   #3
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Re: Pain in knees

Hello Nataliesmom, I also have knee pain. When I work in the yard
or do heavy housework,my knees throb with pain and nothing helps. If I go to Walmarts and then to the grocery store I pay
"big time" for a couple of days. I still do things I know will cause extra pain, but I just can't seem to pace myself.(At my age I should know better.)
I take Norco 5mg twice daily. I've never increased the dosage and it helps me stay active in spite of the pain. Pain medication
is not for everyone ,but for me it keeps me moving and I know the importance of being active.
I know this won't help much, but let you know you're not alone
with knee pain.As Blue said, there will be little breaks in the
pain level and for these days I thank the Lord!!
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Old 08-03-2006, 08:40 AM   #4
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Re: Pain in knees

Thanks Blue. Nope I've not tried the ice/warm method. I will give that a try though. I didn't know you could get surgery in your knees to releive the pain, wow. They hurt so bad that some nights they wake me up. I also have alot of pain in my inner elbows that wake me up too. Maybe I'll try the ice/warm on them too. Thanks so much.

Thank you too Bilij. I've never heard of that medicine. I take Ultram and then I take Zanaflex at night to help with the pain and help me sleep, which lately hasn't been helping. Maybe I'll mention that to my GP next time I go because the Ultram helps take the stabbing, throbbing, killing pain and kind of dulls it but you know that the pain is still there and will be back in a few hours. Thanks for the info.

 
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Re: Pain in knees

Hi Natalie's Mom,

I have arthritis in my knees, which is a bit of a separate problem from the fibro. I say "bit of separate" because our pain perception can be a bit skewed. I was a surgical candidate for knee replacement 10 yrs. ago & have held off waiting for better technology. So I know about at least one kind of knee pain.

Anyone who: a) was athletic in the past b) had a knee/leg/hip injury from any cause c) engages in work or hobbies that stress the knees d) has a family history of arthritis e) is overweight -- any one of the above, can predispose you to arthritic problems in the knee. It's MUCH more common than fibro -- and can occur along with fibro.

Fibro itself is not generally considered to be an inflammatory disease, so the meds for fibro are not always helpful for arthritic pain. Have you tried an OTC anti-inflam NSAID like Aleve or Motrin? If those help your knees, it may not be 'just fibro.'

If you are of a more alternative med bent, supplements like fish oil, MSM, and glucosamine can be quite helpful if it's an arthritis problem.

Of course, I don't know the source of your knee pain. But arthritic degeneration is so common -- it can start in the 20s or 30s -- and IMO is worth considering whether you might have this issue complicating your fibro.

Best wishes.

 
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Re: Pain in knees

I also have bad knee pain that also goes down to my shins. Tramadol and Vicodin does help a little but thye still hurt. the best i can describe it as feeling like a dull toothache. Nothing I have tried seems to work.

 
Old 08-03-2006, 01:27 PM   #7
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Re: Pain in knees

Hi elmhar. My doc doesn't seem to think it's arthritis. I do have that running in my family rumey and othio both. He did a ton of blood test on me and ruled out a ton of stuff. I'm about 10 pounds over my ideal weight. I wasn't much of a sporty type person when I was younger (geez I feel old now).

I have MS and it's not MS pain, I know it's different. My doc dx me with Fibro because everything else I have I'm being treated for and it's under control. I always have pain with my MS, but believe me it's a totally different pain sensation.

The pain in on the inside of my knees, where he showed me my fibro knot is and about sent me through the roof when he pushed on it. It comes and goes, but it has come and boy is it painful. The Ultram just isn't helping and I really don't like the goofey loopey feeling meds because I've got a little girl to take care of until her Daddy gets home. So I was just wondering if there were any tricks of the trade on this board.

Thank you so much for your great advice. Take care and have a pain-free day!

 
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Re: Pain in knees

hello
well my name is amy, im 30 yrs old and i have 3 kids. i didnt find out i had fibro til a month after i had my last son which was in january. i was fine, never had any symptoms. now i can barely make it out of bed. its sooo hard for me to walk around now, my knees hurt sooo bad, its unbearable. i have lil ones to take care of and i barely can. my hubbys at work during day and my daughters here til school starts back, shes been great help, but when she goes back i dont know what i will do. it dont help that im overweight, which im trying to go get weightloss surgery, but i just wanted to let you know, your not alone!!!! i felt like i was the only one with severe knee pain. i know people who have fibro and dont have the knee pain like i do. how come some people have it and some dont? i pray at church, and ive claimed in jesus name that hes healed me, but thats all in his time. i dont know what to tell ya about relieving the pain, cause ive tried almost everything, and nothing has helped me. im going to get my thyroid and hormones checked next week. well take care and ill be praying for ya!!! your fellow fibro friend-amy

 
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Re: Pain in knees

Oh, yes, my knees were the first things to start hurting me real bad in the 7th grade. It was sort of a first sign. I used ice and heat and, at that time, ibuprofen. Granted, it didn't help much but nothing else seemed to help. It was so bad I had to sit out of gym class pretty much the whole year.
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Old 08-09-2006, 05:18 AM   #10
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Re: Pain in knees

rstarre-It sucks, I know. And the thing is, we need our knees. We use them more than any other part. So why is it that THEY have to be the bad kids and act up on us??? Shame on them, heh. Funny that even if we got knee replacement, it wouldn't go away. EEE

Amy-I am at home with my kids too. My 12 year old is going to doing online schooling this year, so he will be here to help out with my 3 year old. I had the weight-loss surgery back in 2001. I lost 140 pounds, it is a great weight-loss tool to help you loose weight. You'll notice a big difference in how your knees and back feel just after loosing the first 50 to 60 pounds. Your knees may still hurt because of the fibro, but not nearly as bad as they do now.

Good luck with your surgery. I hope your knees start to feel better soon. I'm still popping my Ultram. I'm putting off going to a pain doctor as long as I can. Take Care

Godsgirl4ever-I know what you're saying too. I've tried the heat and ice thing as well. Someone suggested that earlier in this thread and I gave it a shot and it just didn't help, my knees still ache. My hubby has even tried to massage them until he hit a spot that almost sent me through the ceiling and I had to make him quit. Poor guy, he was just trying to help me out. OH well. Like I said, I'm putting of that pain specialist as long as I can. I hope your kness get to feeling better too!!!

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