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post #31 of 41
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Sending along some good luck vibes for whatever you choose to do.
Have you thought about swimming and water exercise as an alternative. It would be much easier then an exercise bike. You will get the resistance you need to strengthen the muscles, plus you are a lot less likely to cause anymore damage.

Also if you have access to a whirlpool or hot tub they go a long way in helping to relieve the pain associated with osteoarthritis. Also keep in mind that the cortisone not only relieves the pain but also the stiffness so your less likely to cause more damage.

I have cortisone in both my knees about every ten months..and it has been a god sent for me..
I have thought about swimming wishing it were an option, but the only place I know of would take a hefty yearly membership fee, and that's not happening right now.

I don't have access to a hot tub either but with our newly remodeled bathroom, will soon have a bathtub that works again as more than a place to stand while showering and I plan some glorious bubble bath soaks

If you don't mind my asking, are the cortisone shots painful? Per my PT, and his patients, they are. If they are, I'm likely not to get one unless I can't sleep/move around etc.
post #32 of 41
Oh man Pat! So, did I read that right in the fact that it will be less than 5 years from now when you'll be haivng a knee replacement?
post #33 of 41
Oh goodness! Lots of feel better vibes headed your way hon!
post #34 of 41
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Oh man Pat! So, did I read that right in the fact that it will be less than 5 years from now when you'll be haivng a knee replacement?
Yes. And it's likely the other knee will develop the same way so I won't be surprised if that one has to be done eventually too.

Lovely..I'll be having a new knee before I'm 55...
post #35 of 41
the shots are painful ... I had them in my caudal space in my back many yrs ago .... once in my knee felt great later and not much pain from the shot ( thou needle could cause ya some umm ) but mine was done in 95 ish so
post #36 of 41
Cortisone injections are not as bad as people say they are - I think they were trying to wind me up. You can expect to have pain for a couple of days after the shots, but that is normal. I wish you all the best.
post #37 of 41
I've had a cortisone shot in my elbow (for tennis elbow caused by holding abdominal retractors at work) and two (several months apart) in the heel of my foot (for plantar fasciitis.) The elbow one was completely painless and my elbow felt great almost immediately. The ones in my heel were....um....less than enjoyable. The doctor froze my heel with an aerosol type of freezing agent and did the injection, which wasn't too bad, but the space where the medicine goes into is so tight that it was kind of painful. I think that's why knees and elbows aren't as painful, because the joint space where the medicine goes is quite large. For all of my injections, the cortisone was mixed with a local anesthetic (xylocaine) which numbs the area for a while and usually brings instant pain relief. My first heel injection was nearly ineffective, but the second one brought lasting relief...it's been over 18 months and my heel still feels good. Of course, I still do my exercises and wear my shoe orthotics, which help.

Don't be afraid to have the cortisone injection if you need it. A couple seconds of discomfort (not pain) is definitely worth the pain relief that you will get from it. My mother had a cortisone injection in her knee and got several (5+ perhaps) years of relief from it. She did need a knee scope last year about this time, for a torn meniscus. You might be able to delay the need for the total knee arthroplasty for quite some time with the injections.

Good luck!
post #38 of 41
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix View Post
I have thought about swimming wishing it were an option, but the only place I know of would take a hefty yearly membership fee, and that's not happening right now.

I don't have access to a hot tub either but with our newly remodeled bathroom, will soon have a bathtub that works again as more than a place to stand while showering and I plan some glorious bubble bath soaks

If you don't mind my asking, are the cortisone shots painful? Per my PT, and his patients, they are. If they are, I'm likely not to get one unless I can't sleep/move around etc.
The ones I have had in my knees aren't all that bad, you do feel a sting from the needle at first and there is some pressure when they are putting the cortisone in. I was really nervous just before I had my first one done, now I don't even think about it. And the results are well worth it. As I said it's not even just the pain relief, it is the issue of stiffness. I am always concerned that I am going to hurt my knees when they are stiff.
I also had one in my thumb this past April, now that hurt a bit more then my knees but think it was because it was a smaller joint.
Hope that answers your questions a bit.
post #39 of 41
I hear that the smaller the joint, the more the cortisone shot will hurt. Of course, that's what my hip doctor said, LOL. My hip shot didn't really hurt that much, but was a little painful the next day. I've also had one in my foot between the foot bones, and, well, I cried.
post #40 of 41
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Thank you everyone for sharing your experiences with cortisone shots. I can't say I'm eager to get one, but I'm more relaxed about it now
post #41 of 41
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Thank you everyone for sharing your experiences with cortisone shots. I can't say I'm eager to get one, but I'm more relaxed about it now
LOL - just don't get one in your foot! I knew I was in for trouble when the nurse brought me a pillow, and told me to squeeze it.
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