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Posted by Shaw on August 21, 2000 at 01:18:11:

In Reply to: Re: Ooops... posted by chadbo on August 20, 2000 at 21:38:05:

: : : : : Hi,

: : : : : My girlfriend (25) has just been told by a private surgeon that she has osteoarthruitus in her right knee. 4 years ago she started having severe pain in her knee after a trip to India and several doctors told her that a reaction to a insect bite while abroad had stripped the cartilage from the joint. In those four years her joint has continued to deterirorate and it is only this week that Osteoarthrius has been suggested. Is it possible to have it at such a young age and only in one joint (her other knee has been taking strain for four years without any problems)?
: : : : : This private doctor claims to be able to carry out surgery to delay the knee being replaced, but it requires several months of work, ad doesn't come cheap.
: : : : : If anyone has any information or advice on this or possible treatments it would be very much appreciated.
: : : : : Thanks, Pete.

: : : : Hi pete,
: : : : Ask your friend to see a rheumatologist. He is trained in the rheumatic diseases and really the best qualified to help her decide whether or not surgery is appropriate. I don't think it is wise to let a surgeon decide whether or not one should have surgery---surgery is his line of work, and he must work. The rheumatologist will diagnose her condition, which may or may not be as she has been told, and if surgery is the appropriate "next move", he will recommend a surgeon..., beau

: : : Oops, beau! Rheumatoid arthritis is a different disease from Osteo-arthritis. I have been seeing an Orthopedic surgeon for osteo-arthritis for several years. I had similar loss of cartilage in my right knee, where bone was rubbing bone and causing intense pain. He performed a Coventry, where he removed a wedge of bone from the tibia. The bone was then bent 7 degrees, allowing the knee to operate on the remaining cartilage. It was like getting a new knee! There are many options for osteo-arthritis sufferers these days, no matter what your age.
: : : chadbo

: : I don't understand your point, chadbo. I reread my post and I stand by it. There are 171 kinds of arthritis and it is true that rheumatoid arthritis is one of them as is osteo arthritis. Rheumatology is the study of the rheumatic diseases, and a rheumatologist is the best qualified to treat all forms of arthritis, including yours. If surgery is an appropriate procedure, in a case of osteo or RA, the rheumatologist is the man to detect it..., beau

: Please don't take offense, beau. I was making the distinction based on the nature of the diseases - rheumatoid arthritis being an immune system disorder that causes the body to attack its own joints - and osteo-arthritis being a "wear and tear" disease, or degeneration of the cartilage in the joints. It makes no difference which specialist you see just so you get the proper care. Either way, there is no cure, but there is relief from suffering.
: chadbo

Pete, has your girl freind tried an over-the-counter medication called "Pain Free" Glucosime & Condroiton? I have osteoarthitis - not rheumatoid - in both hips and when my orthopedic surgeon diagnosed me over 5 years ago, he told me both hips were "worn out" and would need replacement within 5 years. In the meantime he prescribed a variety of anti-inflammatories to deal with the pain, which eventually gave me stomach ulcers. The only medication I could take with the ulcer condition was Tylenol, which was ineffective. A short time later I came across "Pain Free" - pretty amazing stuff. The pain is now manageble, I can sleep through the night, I can almost walk normally again and another surgeon has given me another 5 years with my "worn out" hips. If she has not tried "Pain Free" she should. Its sold at most pharmacies. Good Luck!

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