Review for Osteoarthritis

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 211 lbs
  • 4' 9"
  • Byesville ohio
  • Injury Status Recovering
  • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Horrible
  • Repeat injury? No
  • Doctor/Care Giver Dr Brauch
  • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
  • Number of Surgeries None
  • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? All the time
  • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? All the time
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • knee injury in an accident or fall No
  • Does your knee swell Yes a lot
  • knee pain going down the stairs Distressing
  • Knee pain going up the stairs Discomforting
  • Knee pain location Inside the knee (toward the other leg)
  • Pain extend below the knee to the calf or shin areas Discomforting
  • Knee pain while squatting Horrible
  • Knee give way, give out or feel unstable Quite a bit

Treatment Ratings

    TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Ice,
    Not Improved
    Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate, Weight loss, Supplements, Viscosupplementation Injection, Supportive Shoes, Chiropractor, Taping, Orthotics, Physical Therapy,

I rarely get out, and when I do I am sitting rest of day. I sometimes get so depressed. I am getting physical therapy, it helps some till I try to walk in a store. I get the 6 injections they seem to help for a couple of weeks. The steroids no longer help. I have lost 50 lbs, but see no difference, I am trying to lose 50 more as the Dr. said I needed to in order to get a replacement. I am afraid of having surgery as I never did well with anesthesia.

Update: This is still pretty much true. The pain did get better during a 24-day stretch then returned full force, using a treatment called Stivax. I had a Supartz shot in November but it numbed for 3 days only. The main help I have received is my depression is not as bad at this time and I force myself to go out more. I do not walk a lot but trying and forcing more steps and take Advil when I do. Taping does help but I am allergic to the adhesive, the brace will not stay on my leg. I do have a good support system with my doctors and therapist.

Update 02/19/2018 all above information continues to be the same. Winter has been very hard on joints and getting out rarely.

12/06/2018 I am now getting knee blocks on right leg, I received the second one today, by a Dr, Feldon at Aultman Pain Mgmt in Massillon, OH. the other approximately 2 months ago. I am hoping to get a treatment called Coolief radiation therapy. I have to ride a good distance and believe it has caused sciatica down both legs. I am back in PT and seeing my chiropractor and in severe pain with it. When getting out of recovery today I experienced a severe spasm the nurse was helping me get up and felt it happening. I screamed kind of loudly. This is the opposite leg. I have experienced bursitis in the left hip for the past 6 months as well. Dr. Huff tried an injection but did not help at all. My osteoarthritis has spread to left hand and shoulder. This Dr has me taking 1500mg of glucosamine and MSM as well as 1000 mg of turmeric. again I was not too bad until cold weather set in about 3 weeks ago.
01/01/2019 I have a very bad time during December 2018, I had spasms in sciatic and I was not very gracious when experiencing it. I have had 2 cortisone shots one in left upper hip and my family Dr gave at the left hip junction which has improved the pain somewhat but still running down calf and ankle. Will continue PT and hope it stays under control. my right knee is in more pain now probably compensating for the left leg.
1/16/2019 No improvement, spasms continue had to go to primary care she put me on the second round of prednisone plus 2 shots in different areas.

03/08/2019 I have had 2 epidurals for left side sciatica in the last 3 weeks. After 1st surgery pain had decreased by 60% but still had a few severe nights. So far I do not know how much it has helped since still have some numbing. I was able to go out for Dr appointment with less pain and walk better today, but now the right knee is showing more pain. Never ending.

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