<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by jodann:
I've been agonizing about this for more years than I care to admit. Had been injured (job related)in 2 separate incidents, leaving me, as diagnosed by ortho surgeon, w/torn medial meniscus, both knees. This was at least 20 years ago & I elected not to have surgery. Dr's final words were "You'll be back!"
His words now ring true. I have been taking Chondroitin-Glucosamine for years now, with a great deal of success.
Not any more! Now, despite being extremely active in my life & approaching the ripe old age of 66 I've pretty much become a 'couch potato'. I cannot walk for any length of time. I just have to sit down & rest the old knees. They keep me awake at night. I'm certain I could take my pulse from the throbbing sensation they cause me.
I live in a 55+ community & I see the 'old-timers' tooling around in their battery powered scooters & I can't imagine me joining their group.
Any success stories out there? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Sounds like it is time. Mine are busted up pretty badly from a ladder accident 20 years ago. Fell 20 feet and landed on the back of the heels folding the left knee backwards. After a 15 minute exploritory and cleanup that lasted 9 hours and took two surgeons they gave up.
They told me to hold off on the replacement until I could not stand it any longer as the way the degenerative bone disease was setting in I had a higher then usual chance of rejecting the replacement which would then leave me in a wheel chair. One asked how old my daughters were and recommended trying to make it until my daughters were both married so I could walk them down the isle and advised me to behave in the meantime. The other told me that getting out of New England and to an area with more barometric stability would help get me off the daily codine pills and extend my time before replacement would become absolutely needed. They also offered that every year they are making improvements in the implants and drugs used for the proceedure and recovery so the longer I held out the better the replacements would be. Also a replacment was designed to last about 10 to 15 years and at the time most people could only have it done twice on the same joint so at 76 I would have been at the max and with few options.
I took their advise and so far so good.
Double and triple check the current options and make the best choice of what works for you.
Wishing you well,
2001 Winnebago Adventurer WFG35U