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Do you have arthritis in your knees? Perhaps you’ll be able to help Lynn out with her question.

“I’m 61 and have pretty severe arthritis in both knees, 1 more so than the other. I know I’m going to need knee replacements. It’s been suggested that I have both done at the same time. Can others who have a experienced similar thing please let me know what they think. Any hints, ideas, experiences will be much appreciated”.

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  1. Nope. Watched my mother and mother in law as well as friends have the ops. Not good. Agony and still cripled them. Me too,so you have my sympathy. Just cope with heaps of oils and healthy foods fruits & veges,tumeric tea. Anything to ease the pain.

  2. I have just experienced my first knee pain, on my right knee, had an xray the result, degeneration!! So I suppose this is arthritis and I will have to live with it. Any ideas to help this would appreciated.

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    • Marise i took glucosamine and chondroiton for 15 years and am positive that this kept me from having to have operation long ago. 🙂

    • All of what Shirley said, plus fish oil and Elmore Oil if you’re in Australia. Oh, and I find aspirin more beneficial than paracetamol

    • I am tryihg raw honey and cinnamon in a cup of hot water first thing in the morning also take tumeric and aspirin when it aches at night, oh and keep walking as much as you can.

  3. I’m having a complete knee replacement on my right leg in a few months. The surgeon says the left one will need doing in around 18 to 24 months. So I guess I will find out what it’s like then.
    I have been told that the recovery exercises and physio are worse than the operation.

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    • That is correct Ruth. If you can do exercises to strengthen the muscles it will be of benefit to you before the operation.

    • Ruth I have had both of mine done and I would have to disagree with that. I spent 9 days each time in rehab and it was because of that I came home on just 1 crutch and could walk really well. It comes down to your willingness to put the effort in to get the best results.

    • So Trish are you saying that you had one knee replaced, stayed in hospital for 9 days then had the other one done? How long were you in hospital altogether?

    • youyyou need to be prepared. I was for my second TKR and it was much better than the first. I went to physio before the op and built up the muscles around the knee, this makes the physio after the op much easier. Yes there will be pain and swelling you will need to ice your knee for weeks and you will wonder if it will ever end. Yes it does. My ist Knee replacement was 13 1/2 years ago and it is wearing out so I’ll probably be having revision surgery this year. Not looking forward to it but I know it will be worth it.

    • Lyn McKenzie, I had them done 7 months apart as my surgeon advised me that it was the best way to do it because each surgery is definitely different, and they certainly have been. I recovered so quick from both surgeries however the second one is causing problems for me because it keeps getting fluid in it, the full recovery time is actually 12 months so I still have 5 months to go, hopefully it will be as good as the first surgery by then.

    • Trish Daley
      I’m having them done through the public system so not sure thst will include inhouse rehab as well.
      I have to lose at least 20kgs before it’s done and more if I can. I have already lost a few kgs and will get back to the dieting on 2 January.

    • Ruth, I think weight will be an issue for me too. I know it hasn’t helped at all with the arthritis pain and has probably contributed to the severity of it. I’m with you, dieting again asap.

    • Ruth i had a complete knee replacement Start the exercises and now if you can start to build your muscles up. Would make it easierafter the opening.Yes it is very painful for a few daysgood do go to rehab and continue doing exercises I still have to do them 5 months down the track other wise my knee stiffens.Good luck.

    • Ruth, Lyn, good luck to both of you, you can do it don’t let anyone put you off. Like I said it comes down to the effort your willing to put in and believe me it is well worth the effort for the difference it will make to your lives.

    • Hi Ruth .. I had a TKR last July. Nobody ever told me how painful it would be after the operation but in my case, now months later, I’m walking like I did 20 years ago, so in reality it was well worth it! My main problem now is the knee stiffens quite a bit when I don’t move, but compared to the pain I had prior to the op, it’s nothing I can’t live with. The stiffening of the knee when I sleep has also been a big problem for me, but it’s gradually improving. I went into hospital via the public health system & the surgeon I had, & the nurses were wonderful. I strongly suggest you put your heart into doing all the rehab physio exercises after the op & get yourself moving as early as possible. Very painful, but very necessary & it will help you to become as mobile as you possibly can be. At first I thought I’d never be able to move properly again, but thank goodnessI persevered. It does hurt like hell but push yourself & keep doing them. Exercising in a pool is also a fantastic way to get movement back & you can move your leg a whole lot easier in the water than out. Would I do it again, as now my other knee is mucking up? NOOO .. not if I can prevent it, I’m still traumatised after the first operation!! Seriously though, IF & only IF, my knee became really bad, would I have it done again, but I’m doing my utmost to keep it in good working order.. Don’t forget though that everyone is different & you may sail through the whole experience, which I hope you do. Just keep reminding yourself that when the op is over, & you’re working really hard on your exercising, you will reap the rewards by actually walking again with no pain. To be able to do that is in itself so wonderful and worthwhile. Fifty years ago we would be in a wheelchair .. we are so lucky!! Good luck & keep positive.

  4. before you jump into a knee replacement , try pain away sprays and the cream together ,i had my knee replacement 12 months ago , as of that i have restrictions , i cant get down on the floor anymore , i cant knell down i do not have full bend of the knee anymore ,as i was on the waiting list (4 years)I took panadol osti along with the pain away spray and cream , it helped

  5. Have a friend that had it done last year, after a couple of yrs limping around & pain before it, it’s fantastic to see her back to normal now & enjoying her life again, she said she wishes she’d had it done much sooner, recovery time wasn’t that long & she was back to work, she’s having the other one done this year.

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    • It’s the recovery time that’s my biggest worry right now Lyn. I work full time and don’t want to take more time off than I need too. Thanks for your info.

    • Lynn if you work you obviously have superannuation and should have an income protection policy built into that in order for you to claim if you are off work for a long period. If you do make sure you have enough units to cover your monthly wage. You can up income protection units at any time. Goodluck….

  6. I have had a few friends that have had knee replacement operations and they all say its most important to do the physio. If you are not taking a high dose of omega start now better late than not at all and stay on them – I take 5 or 6 every day.

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    • Check with doctor first, omega can cause increase in bleeding, most surgeons say to stop at least 2 weeks before surgery, again check with your surgeon before taking them before surgery.

    • The doctor would of course advise you what vitamins or anything else you would have to stop taking before surgery. I don’t need knee surgery but have had a double hip replacement. My suggestion re taking Omega was just that a suggestion, I have been taking it for some years now and it have found it good for general well being, the one I take is a combination of flaxseed, evening primrose oil and fish oils. The omegas are also good for healthy skin, heart and nervous system as well as joint inflammation and pain.

  7. I have tried magnets, knee support bandages, heat, cold, every single rub and spray on the chemist’s shelf. The only thing that works for me is Panadol Osteo and I just learned through SAS that the bloody price is going up! Not wanting a knee replacement until I have to have it. Good luck Lynn and others.

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    • Janice, panadol osteo only works for me as a top-up to stronger prescription painkillers. National pharmacies do their own brand (paracetamol osteo) exactly the same chemical make up at a cheaper price. That will probably end up going up in price too.

    • Try Amazing Oils – Organic Magnesium Products I use this product as I have an arthritic knee and a complex tear to the meniscus. I have been scheduled for an arthroscopy to remove the meniscus but divine intervention has occurred both times that I have been scheduled. Done lots of research and have been told that an athroscope will more than likely not be successful. I have good and bad days but it is not bad enough for a knee replacement and am just getting over two total hip replacements. Try the magnesium oil it does work but you should use it each day.

  8. I had a total knee replacement in 2012 because of severe degenerative arthritis in my left knee. Whilst in hospital you are kept pretty well drugged up. The pain starts when you do the physiotherapy (although not bad) to get the bend in your knee again. I don’t regret it now but it was a long and tedious process. My advice would be to do exercises to strengthen the muscles in your legs, if you can, prior to surgery. I found hydrotherapy very beneficial to help getting the bend in the knee, as well as seeing a physiotherapist once a week and doing all the exercises that were given to me. Exercising after surgery is most important. If you decide to have the op, I wish you good luck. My cousin had both knees done pretty much at the same time. She had one done one week and the other one done the following week and had very good success.

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    • I am pretty sure she did. I live in Perth and she lives in SA, so I can’t be absolutely certain on that but could find out if you would like me to.

    • That would be great Helen – I’m also in SA. I’m seeing the orthopedic specialist on 4th March. I’d love to know which hospital etc that she went to.

    • Lynn McKenzie I have just finished talking to my cousin. She went to Sports Med on Payneham Road, Stepney and said it was excellent. She had one knee done, stayed in hospital for 5-6 days, went home one day and back to hospital the following day to have the other one done. She said hydrotherapy is excellent and you must do your exercises to get yourself right again. She had rheumatoid arthritis and was crippled. I wish you all the very best. Let us know how you get on.

    • Thanks for all that info Helen. I’ll let you know how I get on, just got to push through the pain till I see the specialist in March.

    • Helen, I’m on some pretty heavy duty pain relief (MS Contin) and I top up with panadol osteo during the day. I think they take the edge off, still in a huge amount of pain though, I’d hate to think what it would be like if I came off the meds for a day or two.

    • That is heavy stuff. You definitely need the knee replacement. You won’t know yourself. I had a catheter, a drain coming out of the side of my knee and other drips after surgery. Your leg will be quite swollen. They will use ice packs. Take whatever they offer you for pain, especially before doing exercises. Don’t be a martyr. Good luck. Just remember, No pain, no gain.

  9. Try Difflam Gel. It works for me. Just rub it in and the inflammation subsides, thus reducing the pain.

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    • That’s great until all the cartilage has gone and it is bone on bone, then there is only one thing that works and that is surgery, believe me I have had both replaced and it has made a world of difference.

    • I know just how debilitating that is Lynn, the surgery changes all of that plus a little hard work from you but it sure is worth the effort.

    • Thanks Trish. I’m definitely leaning towards the surgery. It’s a case of when and how. I also have some floating bone fragments 🙁

  10. Lyn I have had 2 complete knee replacements within the past 15 months which were done just 7 months apart, I had them done by an amazing surgeon in the private system. The recovery for my first knee was amazing with no problems along the way, however the 2nd one was going great guns as well until the hot weather started and now I keep getting fluid in it. I took my surgeons advice NOT to have both knees done together because both operations will heal differently and they sure do, so give yourself time to get over the first one before you have the 2nd one done. That’s just my opinion, the other thing I would recommend is to go to rehab because I believe that is why I had such a great recovery each time. Good luck!

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    • It is fantastic because you have to go twice a day and do all the exercises they give you, and they like to see you walking around as much as possible, which quite frankly you wouldn’t do if you went straight home, that said they give you pain killers about a half hour before you have to go which certainly helps with pain.

    • No Lyn I was in a private hospital then I was transferred by ambulance to the rehab which was about a 15 min drive.

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