Early Arthritis...

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cats2rise

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I am 21 and injured my knee when I was younger and had to give up Basketball and Footy as it became too painful throughout the week and couldnt chase my mates at lunch time etc etc... Ya know, the young kids stuff.

For the past few years in the middle of winter my knee has been aching and went back to my specialist who said I had early signs of arthritis probably related to the injury. However, this winter its been absolutely painful.

The weight of my body when I am just standing up normally is hurting my knee with a dull ache and my knee has been clicking, cracking and aching for the past two weeks more than what it ever has. Even now sitting ont he couch with my legs up on a small table i can feel pressure building up in my knee and I know when I stand up it will crack and will feel the arthritis when I walk around the room.

I am on glucosamine tablets to help strengthen the joint, but was wondering if any of you out there have any other tips or hints I could try for comfort? Would strapping it up help? I used to wear a brace but that didnt seem to help. Heat packs on it on cold nights...? Or does that just make it worse for when I dont have a heat pack on it?

21 and I am already an old man... :(
 

mockingbeat

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I am pretty much in the same boat, have torn my lateral meniscus twice in last few years and have an early onset of arthritis. Always remember RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Icepacks are great after any day of physical activity and knee braces can help a bit. I use a magnetic brace and its quite light and doesn't bother me too much. Focusing on strengthening your quads and hamstrings will help also.
 

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r dub 19

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I've had 3 ops on my knee apparently I was born with an abnormal meniscus. I can't really run without my knee getting sore, just give me some stem cells to put in this biatch.
 

Soul Food

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Don't know if it will help, but thought to mention. You might try adding fish oil and vitamin D3 to your diet. Both have anti-inflamatory properties to them, it appears. I play tennis. And after so many years my knees had become worn down to the point that I could no longer hit more than once or twice a week. It sucked. After taking 2000mgs of EPA/DHA from fish oil, and 6000ius of D3, a day in my case, the knee pain has all but gone away. The knees still become sore after hard tennis play, but nothing like before.

D3 is a vitamin/hormone that can be a bit tricky to take correctly. here's an article by a cardiologist I follow that explains how to take it properly.

http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/getting-vitamin-d-right.html
 

Hawk Dork

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Move to Qld,
I hurt less in the warmth
15 minutes of Sun a day gives you the vitamin D
Got a mate up here, who is an expert on Vitamin D
According to him the cure to everything.
 

hamG

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See a podiatrist. If your feet natural mechanics are wrong it will cause a lot of s**t, hopefully orthotics can help. I've had a string knee and foot problems but orthotics has fixed them pretty well (twice actually). My feet are so flat I am an inch taller when they are in my shoes. The only thing supporting you are feet, the smallest problem can **** up anything above.
 

cats2rise

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Was sent to a podiatrist and nothing much wrong there. Had some orthotics for awhile but wasnt anything serious at all. Although after typing this I might go back and check again.
 

aussiefooty

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I get that from my broken elbow.
I broke my elbow in late june 2015whilst umpiring.
i now get arthritis from it
 

Mootsy

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Move to Qld,
I hurt less in the warmth
15 minutes of Sun a day gives you the vitamin D
Got a mate up here, who is an expert on Vitamin D
According to him the cure to everything.

Isn't salt-water supposed to be good for arthritis as well?? I know it helps for skin conditions..
Anyway, all good advice..
 

aussiefooty

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Sorry for you, man. I always give a call to CanadaDrugs if i need a professional advice on some health issues or treatments for it. They are all the time very friendly and trying their best to help every single customer.
Thanks but i am actually good with it.
I use a combination of painkillers and heat rubs and pain away arthritis to keep me going. Does work for me.
 

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juss

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I injured my thumb in April last year with a sprain of the radial collateral ligament., never any issues prior, but since then, regular pain around the joints, that is persistant and flares more with use. Things like golf, playing playstation, excessive typing, etc.

It's now got signs of it, including the classic clicky grinding when worked by the physio. Don't ask me how, but even minor sprains can trigger it.

It sucks, am trying to get as many years as I can from it before I probably will need some sort of surgical approach.

Cortisone injection is the next thing I'll try.
 

aussiefooty

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Feeling it today though. Colder weather and my arm feels it.
 

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