First, no, you don't tell your doctor you're fine. Tell him exactly how you're feeling. Why would you tell him anything else? Sometimes things don't work out as planned and it's nobody's fault.
I had a partial replacement on the lateral side of my knee when I was 49. It worked perfectly and my knee felt great. Unfortunately, 3.5 years later I fell up my stairs and tore up the other side of my knee. I ended up needing a total replacement. My knee is good but not great. That was the 8th surgery I had on that knee since I was a teenager so I wasn't expecting miracles. My surgeon said the surgery was difficult. It still feels better than it did before surgery but there are certain times when I still have pain.View Thread
I never wore a brace. And braces are meant to do different things so don't wear one without running it by your doctor first. You could make things worse. The only reason I know of to wear one for a torn meniscus is when you have a tear on only one side of your knee. Then your doctor might recommend an unloader brace which is designed to take the weight off the bad side of your knee and move it to the good side. But these are special braces that must be custom fit and adjusted by a professional.
In general though, you're better off without a brace. It will force you to use your muscles. The last thing you want to do is let the muscles in your leg get mushy. Keep them strong no matter what you do.View Thread
Unfortunately, with meniscus tears, you're damned if you do an damned if you don't. Leaving a tear in your knee can cause more irritation and make your knee worse. Removing it means taking away some of the cushion in your knee and causing more irritation. Arthritis just happens and there's little you can do to stop the progression no matter what you do. In my experience, I had several scopes to remove bits of torn meniscus. After each surgery I felt better for a couple years or so before I tore my meniscus again. If I had to do it over again I would. Arthroscopic surgery wasn't a big deal for me. A week or two of downtime and that was it. I eventually had a total knee replacement which ended the cycle.
The Baker's Cyst is a symptom of something wrong in your knee. There's probably no way to know what's causing it but it doesn't really matter. It will go away when whatever is causing it gets fixed. Mine went away with the TKR.
Hate to say it, but you're probably heading for a total replacement. You can opt for some temporary relief now or wait. The only thing you know for sure is that if you do nothing you will only get worse.View Thread
Having a whole list of problems is not reason enough to get SSI. Things like high blood pressure and diabetes should not be disabling. Same with arthritis. Millions of people have those conditions and still work. What are you doing to manage your chronic conditions? Are you seeing a pain management doctor for your pain? And a rheumatologist for your RA?. Have you looked into having knee replacements? The people I know that are truly disabled have one thing wrong that prevents them from working, they don't need a whole list.
In general, to get SSI you need to get a lawyer. Everyone gets turned down the first couple of times they try. It's not easy to get and it shouldn't be in my opinion.View Thread
Check out the Knee and Hip Replacement Board here on WebMD. There's lots of opinions and experiences there. Dr. Raj has put in many posts about why having both knees done at once is a bad idea. I had one done and that was enough for me to know that I would never, ever do both at the same time.View Thread
The injections were worthless for me long before I had bone on bone. The worse your knee is, the worse your chances of having it work. However, you won't know the answer to that unless you try. My doctor won't even consider them if there's bone on bone.
You can have a knee replacement with a spinal but I wouldn't recommend it and most doctors won't do it that way anyway. So what if it takes you a long time to come out of anesthesia? You won't be going anywhere.View Thread
First off, 58 is not too young for a replacement. I had mine done when I was 52. The knee my doctor used is supposed to last 30 years, although they haven't been around long enough to know whether that will be the case or not. Either way, the technology they use today is must better than in the past and knees last much longer than 10 or even 20 years. So the question remains do you want to spend your life suffering or do you want to get on with it? Do check the Joint Replacement board for opinions and experiences doing both knees at once though. Not a good idea.
Second, swimming is great exercise and easy on the knees. No excuses, just find a pool and get moving.View Thread
The first thing you need to do is find out what you're dealing with. Then you can worry about how to treat it. Go see your doctor and have some tests run. At that point he may or may not send you to a specialist.View Thread
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