Originally Posted by nana b
barb, can I ask what kind of problems you are having with TKR...since I know that it is down the road for me, I would just like to hear good and bad.
Do you know how many cortisone shots you can have in a year??
I hope you are doing better, too.
I had one in 2008 from the first doc I saw and then felt I needed another opinion and that doc gave me one which was about eight monts later. I then decided since this was not going to get better I would have the TKR by this second doc who is extremely well known in his field. I had so much PT it is unreal. My Internist sent me to another doc because he feels something is still not right in there. I also had a full body bone scan from my Internist. The second doc sent me to water therapy and it did nothing. So I went back to my PT and also joined a fitness club so I could ride the bike every day inbetween seeing the PT. My life has been spent at doctors. I felt the second knee was beginning to have a problem so on my own called my Internist and told him I wanted an MRI on the other leg. Took that to the second doc who gave me a shot and said I would need TKR one day. Now I am going to see a third doc this coming Friday who is supposed to be able to deal with these kinds of problems. I have my doubts.
I even moved out of my large home because I was unable to care for the yard and do all the gardening and things I was used to doing. This new place has many amenities and one is an exercise room with much equipment like a Nu Step bike that I like plus a PT there five days a week. I must admit that I have been here just two weeks and have been in that room only two times because I am so disgusted that nothing helps. I need to get settled first and after being in a fairly large home for 49 years this apartment living is very different even though it is a nice size of 1542 square feet and a lot of storage space. But nothing compared to what I had.
I would tell you to get the shot and hope it lasts a long time. So far this last one I had has helped, but for how long I don't know. I think one can have two a year, but that is something your doc can tell you.
Wishing you well and hold off as long as you can. I now know and have met many people with TKR -- seems to be the "in thing" these days, but no one having the problems I am having.