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    I am ready to give up on my knee. I had three injections of orthovisc in my knee. It is supposed to replace the cushion in my knee that I have lost. First two were great but after the last one my knee locked up. Wow did that hurt. Now the pain just keeps getting worse. My dr. says it may be cartilage floating around in my knee. Ick. I now have a MRI scheduled for Friday and that will tell them if they just need to do surgery to clean out the bad cartilage or if they need to do a knee replacement. I'm hoping for the lesser surgery. I'm to young for a knee replacement, but I can't continue to take three or four Ibuprofen at a time. Send good thought my way.

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    I have known two people now who have had their knees replaced. Both around age 55. They say it was the best thing they ever did!! One of them had the other one done too because they were so happy with the results. She also has had her shoulder done, and one hip. I think she is like 40% titanium now!!! She had some serious injuries when she was young due to an accident so now that she is getting older she has required these surgery to fix these failing areas.

    I remember when I was young that my great-grandma had her knee replaced but it still caused her nothing but trouble. I think the way they do it, and the products they use now days must really be something.

    I don't know how old you are, but I don't think you can be too young to have a surgery if you need it!! You recover much faster, and the risks involved are much less the younger you are. However, what do I know??? I am no doctor!!

    I do hope that you require the lesser surgery, or no surgery at all!!!! And I hope they can get rid of your pain for you!!! Best wishes to you!!!!

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    I hope things improve and they can help you quick...quick...quick :wink:

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    Have to agree with Leona, my DH John had a total knee replacement aged 55 and it was the BEST thing he ever did, he plays golf and can do anything he wants to now. Technology has improved such a lot over the last decade or so. Plus the sooner you have it done the less stress on your muscles and ligaments which support the knee so you get a quicker recovery. Good luck!! :D

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    Praying that you get the best treatment, with outstanding results! :lol:

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    So sorry you are having knee problems, I know how painful that can be.



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    Thanks you so much for the answers. Here I thought 56 was way to young for this and I find out there are others who have had it even younger. Thanks for your support.

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    I hope that the lesser surgery will do the trick for you. I too know people who had this done and after the inital recovery time, they are more active than ever!!!

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    By the way....Keep us posted!!!

    Best of luck to you!

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    my hubby had shots in his knees two years ago, well three and it helped him a lot. they only last about one year. he went back for another shot and they told him to get his knees replaced. now he's 84 yrs old and really needed that. he got one replaced in March and will get the other one done soon. good luck.

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    Sending good thoughts your way, but I know many people who have had knee replacements after putting them off for a long time. All say IT'S THE BEST THING THEY'VE DONE. No more pain. The important thing is to really work hard on the rehab. I still hope you don't have to do it, but if you do, don't put it off!

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    Sending good vibes your way........praying for the best for you!.....:-)

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    Oooo ouch ouch ouch poor you! Fingers crossed they can help you out. Let us know the outcome of the MRI.

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    Oh poor you, littlehud! Sending good thoughts and hugs your way!

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    I hope they can fix the problem without surgery, but if you need surgery, then you should have it, at least that way you're not in constant pain.

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    Sending all the good thoughts I can muster your way! Hope you find out soon something that will eliminate all the pain!

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    Good luck. I know it is not a fun thing.

    I have had trouble with my knee since I broke my tibia right under my knee, over a year ago. I may have to have the shots starting next week. Not looking forward to it, afraid of needles. Wierd since I am a hand quilter and stick myself all the time.

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    One of my friends, when she had her first knee replacement, her ortho Dr called knee replacement an "orthopedic face lift"! LOL It was too - after years of pain, she felt so much better that she walked "taller" & the pinched stress look on her face disappeared & the skin on her face even looked smoother! :D

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    Thoughts and prayers going your way!! Sure hope you find fast relief for the pain!

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    Thanks for all the good thoughts. Went to the Dr on Friday and I will not have to have my knee replaced. They are going to do surgery and remove the damaged cartilage in my knee. The MRI showed it is tattered and torn. They will trim away the torn parts that are floating around and getting lodged where they don't belong and causing pain. The best news is I won't be off four months (like with a knee replacement ) but just two weeks. Still don't like having surgery, but at least this will have a faster recovery rate. Thanks for all your great thought and prayer. My surgery is on June 18th. Thinks of me then.

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    Littlehud,

    Good luck with your surgery. I had the same thing done a while back. Since I'm a nurse, I decided I wanted the anesthesiologist I worked with every day to do my anesthesia. He wanted to do a nerve block (in addition to the regular anesthesia). My orthopedic surgeon didn't do blocks, he uses pain balls. Well, I told them to suck it up and work together 'cause I wanted BOTH! So they did, and it worked out great!

    Good luck to you!!!

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    Glad to hear the good news littlehud!

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    That is great news. When is your surgery going to be? The sooner you get relief, the better. Keep us posted.

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    June 18th sounds like a good day! Glad it's not a knee replacement, hope it heals quick!

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    So glad you can go the route "other" than full knee replacement. I'll certainly be thinking of you on 6-18....

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