Swank, thank you for the positive feedback, and the hope you've given me. I was just told by my surgeon that both my knees have severe degenerative arthritis, and that I could have steroid injections for the pain, but it would only last for about 3 months, then I'd have to get more injections -- meanwhile the knees don't heal, they just continue to get worse. I'm 65 now and had a meniscus cartilage removed from my left knee when I was in high school. The arthritis is probably from that. Knowing that there are a lot more people NOT having big problems with knee replacement surgery, but that they're not posting on here, helps me to be confident for the future.
I had herniated disks in my back that used to cause extreme pain and caused me to quit a full-time teaching job 7 years ago. But, I followed the physical therapist's exercises religiously, and kept my back straight when doing household chores, and the surgeon reports that they have healed. So, I know if I follow all the exercises and doctor's orders, I'll have a good chance of doing things I haven't been able to do for years, like just tending my flowers and mowing the lawn.View Thread