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    I went to the ortho Dr. two weeks ago with lots of pain in my knee. He took x rays and told me because of my arthritis I have bone against bone. I needed to have three injections of orthovisc in my knee. It will cushion it. First shot....great I feel better. Second shot on last Monday....even better. Friday at work me knee started hurting in new places. Finished my 12 hour day and went home and sat down. When I got up there was a loud crack and now I can't straighten my leg and it hurts bad enough to wake me at night. I called this morning and I can see the DR on Monday. In the meantime I am taking large doses of ibuprofen and icing it. The knee is swollen and HURTS. Think of me on Monday. I hope it is something simple. Oh, and it's the leg I work my sewing machine foot petal with so I can't sew. Bummer.

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    sorry to hear littlehud ,i think you need something sronger for pain ,tell doctor to give you some thing on monday at less to beable to sleep contforable,i think it,s time for surgery so you don,t have suffer , i,ve been their had 3 surgerys already and still need one more :( just rest for now littlehud hope you,ll feel better after doctor,s visit

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    I'm so sorry you are in pain littlehud. Will keep you in my thoughts that Monday the doctor can do something to relieve your discomfort.


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    Bummer is right. I'm sorry you are hurting. Looks like you have to do hand work for a bit. Crunchy noises in the skeleton are never a good sign. Wishing you an easy solution.

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    Ooooooo, ouch! I am praying that you get what you need so you are not in pain! So sorry you can't sew right now! Do you have any hand work to do? :?

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    Sorry to hear that you're in so much pain! Will be thinking of you Monday!!


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    So sorry you are in so much pain. You will be in my prayers.

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    Don't sweat the sewing pedal!!! Use your other foot. It doesn't take much practice, and it can be done. I am right handed, and I learned to run my sewing machine with my left foot.

    Hope you feel better soon!!

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    little.... Ouch!!!
    I have osteo A in my feet and Rheumatoid A also, other joints. They are very different problems, but both hurt bad. I sure hope you can get relief soon.

    If it looks like this is going to be an ongoing chronic problem for you, you might consider getting a sewing machine like mine, with the option of using a foot pedal or a button on the machine that automatically makes it go at your selected speed. It's a great option that I switch around depending if it's my hands or feet bothering me more. It's my extra machine that I leave at my mom's, over an hour from me, ready without preplanning so if she needs me to mend something or I feel like a little quilting time, I have everything I need there, in a little armoir she devoted to me. If you want to know the exact model, I will have to call her. I think it is a Bernina.
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    Man I'm in the same boat.....once I hit 50 it's been a fast slippery ride.......I hurt all the time.....just try to keep my mind off the pain....:-(......now where did I put the back and body pain pills??????

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    I hope you get better soon!
    Right now I'm nursing some bruised knees.
    I decided to "miss" a few steps coming downstairs. Yup, landed right on my knees. OUCHY! I think I'm going to install some padding on the bottom of the stairs. This ceramic tile HURTS!!!

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    Hope you are resting comfortably, littlehud, and that the Dr's apt on Monday goes well.

    Quote Originally Posted by gcathie
    .....once I hit 50 it's been a fast slippery ride.......I hurt all the time.....
    gcathie is so correct - once I hit 50 it has been a rocky road. My list is too long, but most recent for me is knee issues as well - the Ortho guy told ME that my knees were older than I was (lol) :lol: :roll:

    Oh well - joking aside - best of luck - you will be in our prayers.


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    You will be in my thoughts and prayers!!! I hope that your doctor can find a way to help you get better soon!!! Maybe start out slowly learning to use your left foot instead of your right? Put your right foot up on a chair, to rest it... I have had to do that myself at times....it just takes some practice on scrap pieces :D :wink: :D

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    I'm going to try sewing using my left foot. It should be interesting.

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    littlehud.....would you believe I have a machine that you can use a button on the machine and it starts and stops it.....no foot pedal needed....now there is a machine for you.......:-)......Good luck....

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    Quote Originally Posted by gcathie
    littlehud.....would you believe I have a machine that you can use a button on the machine and it starts and stops it.....no foot pedal needed....now there is a machine for you.......:-)......Good luck....
    My machine will do that. All I do is disconnect the foot pedal and use the button on the machine.

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    Cool beans.....:-)......my machine was bought on line at all brands and I got a really good deal.....My sister liked it so much she bought one too....A White Style Maker 3000 Computerized..... Betsy has needle up/down...needle threader......backstitch.....3 speed.... revearse stitching....and oddles of fancy stiches.....my only complaint is the lighting.... I got this for $199.00 about 3 years ago......seen it for $499.00 at JoAnn Fabrics...mine was refurbished....geuss that is why I got it for a good price..........Gotta love the new techknowledgie.....:-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gcathie
    littlehud.....would you believe I have a machine that you can use a button on the machine and it starts and stops it.....no foot pedal needed....now there is a machine for you.......:-)......Good luck....
    Wow, what will they think of next. Think it was invented by someone with a bad knee. Tee Hee

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    sorry to hear that you are in such a lot of pain..you never realise how lucky you are until you have to experience chronic pain..i am 46 and am just waiting for blood test results to see if the arthritis in my spine has flared up as i have been in such pain 24 hours a day for the last month and popping pills like there is no tomorrow anything to get some sleep. It sounds like a lot of people on this board suffer lucky someone invented quilting to keep our mind off the pain..hope your drs appointment goes well and that you get some relief!

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    I'm so sorry to hear that. Hope you knees heals quickly. You might want to get some hand-sewing together while you're healing so you don't have withdrawals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gcathie
    Cool beans.....:-)......my machine was bought on line at all brands and I got a really good deal.....My sister liked it so much she bought one too....A White Style Maker 3000 Computerized..... Betsy has needle up/down...needle threader......backstitch.....3 speed.... revearse stitching....and oddles of fancy stiches.....my only complaint is the lighting.... I got this for $199.00 about 3 years ago......seen it for $499.00 at JoAnn Fabrics...mine was refurbished....geuss that is why I got it for a good price..........Gotta love the new techknowledgie.....:-)

    They now sell a sewing machine light that attaches to your machine with an adhesive pad. It is pricey @ about $50, but I have one machine that needs it and it is wonderful.

    http://www.bendablebrightlight.com/

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    Isn't that the truth ... after you hit fifty the aches and pains turn into cronic conditions. :evil: That is the pits that you can't even sew. :cry: I would be in sad shape if I couldn't even express myself with sewing. I have trouble executing the stairs sometimes in my home. I have thought that it won't be too long before I will have to get a one story. I hate the thought of that. But, if you have to you have to. You know what I mean?

    I am wondering why this happened? Do you suppose that the injections put too much strain on the old bones? I take that gluclosamine clortriton (sp??) stuff sometimes and it seems to help. My doctor said my vitamin D level was so low he put me onto a high dosage one you take once a week! I have to take the daily suppliments now. I guess it is very common these days to be low in the D. I wonder why? Our foods must be not what it used to be .... pestacides and such.

    Soak a wash cloth in some witch hazel and let it sit there for about a half an hour. I know it will bring the swelling down and the redness. That stuff is amazing!

    Gee Littlehud .... I sure hope you can find a solution soon. And I am very sorry that you are feeling so bad. And I hope the doctor's visit is productive.

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    I may be falling apart, but it's not going to get the best of me!!! Just do what you have to to get it fixed..a buddy of mine kept putting off knee replacement because he was only 50 afraid it would have to be done again when he was 75, but at 51 he couldn't stand it any longer and now can't believe how great he feels!! I kept telling him, look a bus could take you out tomorrow, do what you have to to enjoy life today!! Best of luck to you, we'll all say a little prayer :D :D

    Mary

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGarnet222
    Isn't that the truth ... after you hit fifty the aches and pains turn into cronic conditions. :evil: That is the pits that you can't even sew. :cry: I would be in sad shape if I couldn't even express myself with sewing. I have trouble executing the stairs sometimes in my home. I have thought that it won't be too long before I will have to get a one story. I hate the thought of that. But, if you have to you have to. You know what I mean?

    I am wondering why this happened? Do you suppose that the injections put too much strain on the old bones? I take that gluclosamine clortriton (sp??) stuff sometimes and it seems to help. My doctor said my vitamin D level was so low he put me onto a high dosage one you take once a week! I have to take the daily suppliments now. I guess it is very common these days to be low in the D. I wonder why? Our foods must be not what it used to be .... pestacides and such.

    Soak a wash cloth in some witch hazel and let it sit there for about a half an hour. I know it will bring the swelling down and the redness. That stuff is amazing!

    Gee Littlehud .... I sure hope you can find a solution soon. And I am very sorry that you are feeling so bad. And I hope the doctor's visit is productive.
    Thanks for the hint. My daughter (who works in surgery with the ortho Drs ) thinks the injections may have worked loose some bone chips that were caught between the bones. I won't know til Monday, but that would be easiest to fix. Guess it's wait and see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommaB
    I may be falling apart, but it's not going to get the best of me!!! Just do what you have to to get it fixed..a buddy of mine kept putting off knee replacement because he was only 50 afraid it would have to be done again when he was 75, but at 51 he couldn't stand it any longer and now can't believe how great he feels!! I kept telling him, look a bus could take you out tomorrow, do what you have to to enjoy life today!! Best of luck to you, we'll all say a little prayer :D :D

    Mary
    When the Dr mentioned knee replacement I said no!!!! After this weekend I may reconsider.

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