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Osteoarthrits in knees -Severe age 36

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Old 04-15-2017, 02:17 PM   #1
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Osteoarthrits in knees -Severe age 36

Hi I am going to try and keep this brief. My niece is mentally disabled, 36 years old and has osteoarthritis in both knees. It has become severe, to the point where she cannot even walk without the knee feeling like it will give, and the pain is bad. She was born with knock knee, she has also dislocated the knee caps multiple times.

We have seen 4 surgeons and none of them want to do the surgery right now, but all say the severity is incredible for someone at her age. Her left knee is now "locking" anytime she bends it.. we found out it is the inflammation causing this. Yes we do ice, heat etc etc believe me... we have done everything we were told. She was given a cortisone shot, her knee felt great and didnt "lock" for 3 days, but now it seems even worse. She cannot bend the knee to get in and out of the shower and requires help. She is using a walker, she cannot sleep in her bed. She rolls, and anytime she does, her knee gets stuck. She is on the couch and has been for almost 9 months.

I am growing tired of this and want to ask for a prescription for a real pain reliever, not this ibuprofen 600 that she has been on forever. But I do not know how to go about it. With the opiod abuse, and docs not wanting to prescribe.. I dont know how to ask for it. My friends with severe osteoarthritis (you know, people over 50) have a prescription but have had it for years. Any suggestions are welcomed and appreciated.

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Re: Osteoarthrits in knees -Severe age 36

Have they tried other meds like Celebrex or Diclofenac? They are prescription anti inflammatories and not opiods. I highly recommend them before going on to stronger things. Once she's 50, knee replacements are pretty normal.

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Old 06-04-2017, 10:56 PM   #3
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Your niece needs to go to Rhemuologist first and try certain Anti-inflammatory meds before surgery. The reason they will not operate is that she needs to be referred to surgery by a specialist first. Please find her one and ask questions for her. Help her learn to be proactive in her health issues. I have had the same problem in my knees a number of years back. No surgery, just kept up with the issues. I may need surgery in the future, but not now. Good luck in finding a Rheum. Doctor and ask questions for her, with her in the room. Hugs for you both.

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Old 06-08-2017, 08:50 PM   #4
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Try topical creams, Physical Therapy, and if possible, the recommended initial form of treatment for young people with osteoarthritis is exercise.

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