Knee pain

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  1. Apr 17, 2007 #1

    JerseyGirl07093

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    Hi everyone!

    Lately I've been having a problem and I thought some of you here might be able to help.....
    My knees have been killing me!
    And I know it's probably because of my recent weight gain. For the record, I'm 5'8", pear shaped and probably close to around 400 lbs. (And, no, that is not a personal ad!) ;)
    I've noticed the pain especially when I've been gettin up and down from my seemingly very low couch and very low toilet seat (sorry if that is TMI) and when I'm bending my knees. This seemed to come on all of a sudden. Other than possibly losing some weight (for medical reasons), which would not happen overnight anyway, do you have any suggestions to help with this?
    Exercises? Creams? A higher toilet? :p
    Anyone have any experience with this?
    Thanks in advance for the help!
     
  2. Apr 17, 2007 #2

    QtPatooti

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    Jersey... It could be either weight or the deterioration of the cartilage in the knee joint. I am 45, and by now, I have pretty much lost all cartilage in my left knee, and have limited cartilage in the right knee. I can hear it poping and grinding. The noise, in addition to the pain, would be a clue. If you dont have any popping and grinding, maybe it is the weight. It is very painful. Celebrex helps. I have been taking glucosamine daily - though I am not sure that it helps. They suggest that glucosamine condroitin helps to rebuild some cartilage. But I am not convinced of that. The last two years I have had a series of shots of what is called Synvisc - which I believe mimics the synovial fluid in the joint, creating some cushioning. I have my doubts about that. I have also, on occasion had cortisone shots, which decreases inflamation and then as a result pain.

    The next step might be surgical replacement, but they say I am too young for that, because it supposedly is only good for 10 years. As you can see, there is no easy answer. Read up on the glusocamine condroitin - I avoided the condroitin because of the sodium, because it would make my hands and ankles swell. So read up on that and talk to your doctor about it.
     
  3. Apr 17, 2007 #3

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    Just to add to Qts post, constantly getting up and down from too low furniture exacerbates knee pain, so having higher furniture definitely helps. You can buy a seat that raises the height of your toilet, they are made for people with arthritic conditions. If it's possible to raise the height of your couch too, you will feel the benefit.

    The Glucosamine Chondroitin is worth a try. While some people feel no benefit from it, many do. Im not 100% sure if this IS the case but I read in an article that it only works if there is a certain amount of cartilage left in the joints, its no use if the cartilage is virtually gone. A good friend of mine who is ssbbw, had very painful knees and has been taking the Glucosamine/Chondroitin for over a year now and has virtually no knee pain any more. I think you'll just have to try it and see if it works for you.

    Good luck :)
     
  4. Apr 17, 2007 #4

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    I use sam-e which helps my joints but is terribly expensive ($40 for a month's supply). If you want to try it, you should find a high quality brand, one that is enteric coated and take it with a B-complex supplement as this helps the body process the sam-e.

    The second one sounds a bit kooky and I read it in a diet book (protein power) but I swear it helps a bit! They mentioned some chemical compoment in foods like red meat, wine, eggs (the chemical starts with an "ar' but don't have the book in front of me)that cause inflammation for people who suffer from osteroarthitis. Since eating more vegetarian meals and less red meats, I do have less knee flare ups.
     
  5. Apr 17, 2007 #5

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    All very good and helpful info. As someone who has had major knee issue for some time, I'll chime in on a few more things.

    It is definitely worth trying the glucosamine/chondroitin. For a minimal investment you may get some good relief. Be aware that it usually takes about a month for most people to begin to feel the effects. Be patient. I also recommend MSM as well. It is a sulfur that is a component in joint health. These are supplement type products that you can get at any grocery or health food store. I get mine at Costco in bulk. :)

    See your Doc and get a referral to a orthopedic specialist. You should have x rays to determine the degree of any damage that may be happening in the knee. There are many things that can be causing the knee pain. Some are easily fixable, some not. Do not let them tell you that losing weight will stop the pain. Insist that your pain be addressed immediately. It is likely that your weight is impacting the issue, but it needs to be addressed non-the-less. If they can do an open MRI on your knee, go for it. It gives the best information on everything going on in the knee.

    If it is osteoarthritis, ask about cortisone injections or synvisc. Cortisone is a steroid that can bring tremendous relief for 3 to 6 months. I had the injections for 7 years, and they were blessed relief. Synvisc is synthetic viscose material that is infected into the knee to provide some cushion where yours has eroded. My Doc would not recommend it for me. Some have a great experience with Synvisc, some do not. It is a series of injections that are supposed to give about 6 months to a year of relief.

    All that said, it is also beneficial to do stretching exercises, and strengthening of the quad muscles to help support the knees. Also, very well cushioned and supportive athletic shoes are quite helpful. Once the knees start to deteriorate you need to do everything you can to keep what you have left. Feel free to PM me if you have any other questions.
     
  6. Apr 17, 2007 #6

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    I have had good luck diminishing my knee pain by building up the muscles in my legs and knees. I have done this by doing specific exercises that were recommended by trainers & physical therapists. You should get someone who knows about such things to show you what to do. It will really help. The concept is that stronger muscles will help take the load off overworked joints.

    I worked out on land initially (using leg weights), but now most of the time in water. My knee pain is almost gone except for rare occasions. It did not happen overnight, but most feel better within a couple of weeks. I try and work out at least an hour three times a week - but I have been doing this for a couple of years now. I weigh a little over 300 pounds, so working out in water is essential for me. But, you could also do leg & knee exercises from a chair if you need to.

    For pain control, the following products may help:
    - Over the counter cream called Mobisyl. It is available from selected drugstores or by special order.
    - Doctor prescribed pain relief patches. Some people in my exercises classes recommended the use of these.
    - Ice down knees (or knee) if it starts to bother you. Put you knee up and create a little bend in it and put the ice bag on it. I have sat at my desk at work and even driven my car with ice bags on my knee.
    - As usual, tylenol or ibuprofen may also help.

    Good luck & I hope this helps.

    :rolleyes:
     
  7. Apr 17, 2007 #7

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    I bought knee braces for both knees.. they are light weight were only around 30 bucks each and will fit even 400 pound pear shaped legs. I will look up where I got them if you like but they are comfortable and keep my knees in order. I did so much damage to my knees in my early 20s that no matter what weight I am.. They hurt.
    If you would like the info just let me know.. be happy to provide you with it.
    Wombat
     
  8. Apr 17, 2007 #8

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    I'm no doc, but my knee arthritis was more or less sudden onset as you describe. The only way to be sure is with x-rays. I have the same problems getting up from low seats as you describe...to the point that my cane is no help and I need one or more folks help. The raised toilet seats help. No reason the same would not work for the couch. If it's going to be just me sitting on the couch, I just grab the other cushion and double up...works quite well. On the glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM supplements, my doc way back when told me to try them for 3 months, then stop...if I noticed an increase in pain when I stopped , go back on them...if not, no point in wasting money. For me they do noticeably help a little...but even a little is worth it for me.
     
  9. Apr 17, 2007 #9

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    This thread has been so informative! Thank you! I have had pain in my left knee for a while now and it makes me sad because I love going for walks and riding bikes, both causing flare-ups. I'll be looking into the suggestions here! :)
     
  10. Apr 17, 2007 #10

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    I'm going to second what moore2me said. I had surgery on my knees and had tons of damage cartilege removed maybe ten or so years ago and they haven't been right since. I blew off physical therapy for years but finally broke down and started doing muscle strengthening exercises a few months ago. HUGE difference. Pain is GONE, no kidding.

    I can't take Glucosamine Chondroitin because I am allergic to shellfish so I started taking shark cartilege pills. Between that and the exercises it's like I'm a new person.

    Also I would suggest going to the doctor. I blew off going to the doctor for years but finally broke down and went. Turned out I had to have arthriscopic surgery on my knees which on the surface sounds like a sucky deal. Had I not had the surgery then though, down the road the problem would have escalated to where i would have had to have my knees replaced and they are NOT good to the fatties that need knee replacement from what I've heard. Do what you can but go to the doctor.


     
  11. Apr 17, 2007 #11

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    my mother's voice is coming to me, even though she hasn't read this thread. Bear with me while I channel her, please:

    Be careful not to take something like Tylenol too frequently. Recent studies have shown that frequent use of [and I'm not totally sure what it is, but any google search should clarify, and/or someone here can remind us all] is really, really bad for the ole tum.

    A med. I'm on has given me bad body aches, and I was taking over the counter stuff a lot, but I've realized how hurtful that can be. So don't do it!

    Also, make your bed, and don't smoke! --oh, that was mom again! sorry.
     
  12. Apr 17, 2007 #12

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    no.. tylenol is a liver toxen.. it will kill you. It is acetaminophen and if you understand how your liver works you will never take it. I hold an active Pharm D and know what the hell I am talking about... go with advil and let anything acetaminophen be as far away from your life as you can. If you are a fat girl you already have liver damage so please.. please stay away from anything acetaminophen related.. that means tylenol.
    just my two cents.
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  13. Apr 17, 2007 #13

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    I have the same problem with shellfish allergies. Fortunately, some wonderful scientists have come up with vegetarian supplements that essentially do the same thing. I get mine from Vitamin Shoppe.

    It's not like my knee pain totally went away, but it certainly felt better overall.
     
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    OK, you just dropped me dead in my tracks, cause I've long used acetimenophen not quite like candy, but with kind of a 'when in doubt, if I think I have a touch of fever, an ache, the start of a headache, some sinus pain, whatever, have one and it probably makes life better.' attitude. I'd never heard anything bad about it before.

    Can anyone point me towards more info on this subject?

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  15. Apr 17, 2007 #15

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    Any time my weight goes up and I start getting pain ANYWHERE in my legs i.e. heals, ankles and even hips and lower back, I find that switching to good jogging type shoes and adding some Dr. Scholls Gel Inserts truly help to alleviate all the problems I have had in the past. Cheap easy fix- you just have to be religious about wearing those shoes and inserts......
     
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    Tylenol can build up in the liver with heavy usage. It also ioncreases the effects of alcohol on the liver, so you shouldn't take it if you drink alot.

    that said, most pain relievers have some negative side effects. Use them prudently.
     
  17. Apr 18, 2007 #17

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    Just adding to what others have posted...

    1.I was able to recover from knee surgery 'torn cartilage' from wrestling; but, when doing any leg strengthing exercises ;ie, squats, leg extensions, leg curls etc. do not lock the knees - this just aggravates things. Consult with your Physician and Physical Thearpist regarding the best course of action.

    2. You could apply an ordorless muscle rub like tiger balm Or any rub that is 'aspirin' free...

    3. You could also apply other pain management techniques such as : massage therapy, heat and cold therapy, accupuncture or accupressure but again consult and see what works best for you...
     
  18. Apr 18, 2007 #18

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    Would have to agree for the most part. Also, with advil (ibuprofen) and other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) caution should be used in those with diabetes as these drugs are eliminated through the kidneys. In diabetes the kidneys come under strain, so NSAIDs further strain the kidneys and in advanced cases of diabetes can increase the risk of kidney failure and need for dialysis. And Jes, NSAIDs (Advil, Aleve, Motrin, etc) are the pain relievers that can be harsh on one's stomach. Wouldn't you agree Wombat?

    With this, I totally agree with crazygrad that most pain relievers have some sort of negative side effects. They should be used for acute pain. Pain meds used chronically are often associated with many problems.

    As far as what's causing the pain, it could be a one or more of a myriad of the injuries one can sustain to the knee including a tear in the meniscus, osteoarthritis, patellofemoral pain syndrome, patellar tendonitis, PLICA syndromes, injury to various ligaments, etc etc. I agree with everyone else - your best bet is to get to a good orthopaedic practitioner (preferably one who won't brush off a heavier female as just another potential problem patient) to figure out what exactly is going on and what specifically you can do for it.

    I hope you're able to get to the bottom of this! Please keep us all updated.

    Take care and best of luck.
     
  19. Apr 18, 2007 #19

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    Wombat, I would love to know where you got your knee braces :)

    thanks

    (edit) Ohh forgot to add, definitely be careful about what you take and how much - talk to your doctor. I take celebrex, withing my doctors prescription, it is a necessary evil. I saw someone mention ice here, it is good for short term relieve of nerve pain, it will take the edge off of some bad pain.
     
  20. Apr 18, 2007 #20

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    Here is what I found on Glucosamine. this Canadian study concluded that there is no long term improvement for patients taking Glucosamine for joint pain.

    More here about the study: http://arthritis.about.com/od/glucosamine/a/glucosamineoa.htm
     

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