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Knee problems

Guess a few people on the forum have had some knee problems at one time or another and I have been lucky never to have been bothered in that way but following a fairly long walk the other day my knee came up like a balloon the same evening and It was b****y painful. Assume I must have strained a tendon or something, anyone else had this ?
Must admit it's easier (3 days later) following a few aspirin and applied ibuprofen gel to my knee but would be interested to hear from anyone who has had something similar. and in particular how long it took for the pain to cease.
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For me, it never eased and I had a 'half' knee replacement 2 years later. Mind you, the surgeon tried an arthroscopy first but that failed!  Cry
But, after stopping the painkillers it became evident that the other knee was knackered and that got a 'half' knee replacement a year later!
Six years on since the first job and everything is fantastic. Only thing I can't (don't) do is kneel any more.
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I left a fair bit of my knees embedded in the road following a motorbike accident 24 years ago.
I struggle a bit with pain when it gets cold and can't ride bikes any more but don't let it affect me - plenty of other things in life to worry about.
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I was a bit "luckier" as I only lost a chip off one kneecap when I came off my motorbike.
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Unfortunately, I have a matched pair of arthritic knees and need both replaced. I find myself however stuck between a rock and a hard place; disabled Mrs P has to be physically lifted several times a day <some lifting aids have been installed, but in certain circumstances there is no alternative to the manual lift> So, I need my knees fixed, but if I do I will no longer be able to lift my wife, result an unanswerable dilemma.
My GP is good enough to inject cortisone every 3 to 5 months (depending how severe the pain is) recognising that my case is difficult to deal with in any other way. At other times I find Ibuprofen tablets work very well, but I try not to take more than necessary to cover times when I need to be able to walk comfortably <bowls matches for instance> However the taking of ibuprofen needs to be carefully timed for best effect; anyone expecting "instant relief" is wasting their time, I find after much experimentation it can be up to eight hours before they kick-in effectively.
I have never found rub-in solutions work at all, I also tried a Ten's machine knee adaptor which was at best useless (and expensive) A number of knee straps have been tried, the most effective being the really tight neoprene type but, they become uncomfortable after prolonged use and sweat heavily inside. 
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Guess a few people on the forum have had some knee problems at one time or another and I have been lucky never to have been bothered in that way but following a fairly long walk the other day my knee came up like a balloon the same evening and It was b****y painful. Assume I must have strained a tendon or something, anyone else had this ?
Must admit it's easier (3 days later) following a few aspirin and applied ibuprofen gel to my knee but would be interested to hear from anyone who has had something similar. and in particular how long it took for the pain to cease.

Where did it hurt most? If it's on the outside of the knee joint it's probably a damaged meniscus between the lower leg bone and the knee platform. If it's anywhere else it could be arthritis. The former needs attention, the latter is advancing years, as they say.
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I had knee problems particularly after playing tennis.  I asked for an MRI which showed medial meniscus damage suggesting a tear. No problem with my cruciate and collateral ligaments.
At the time I had hip problems and had a new hip fitted last November.  This has eased the pain in my knee to the point that my surgeon and I agreed not to do anything on the knee at present.  I get little pain from it and despite the damage highlighted in the MRI a lot of the pain was referred from the hip. Tennis isn't causing any problems.
There are some new techniques now for knee surgery dependent on the problem. Arthritis in the knee can be cured but only with a replacement joint.  
Ask for an MRI in the first instance.
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... arthritis. ... is advancing years, as they say.

For some of us it's pretty much life-long. Where my hips are concerned, I've been arthritic since at least my teens, the severity of which has massively increased since hitting 40. As for my knees they've been painful since early childhood. Now I find that slowly, one by one, each of my joints is joining in the party as I gradually lose the use of my arms and hands and come to rely upon my walking stick even more - which is very difficult with my arms giving up. With the escalation that has occurred in the last two years I can only envisage being a complete cripple in a wheelchair, and all probably before I'm 50. Arthritis isn't just an old person's complaint.
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Indeed not. I have had (in fairness mild) arthritis in my fingers since my early to mid twenties. This only really made its mark on my guitar playing activities that ruined any hopes of becoming a good rather than average player. The playing of complex chord sequences could and did become a painful exercise with my fingers literally locking tight and having to prised apart.
The use of lighter gauge strings as they be came available did ease the problem to some extent with less pressure being needed. But its a problem that has dogged me for life now, reducing me to a bed-room player for short periods only. But I still try.
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Another one here..
Also used to suffer badly with my knees as a kid but that gradually eased off as I got older. Years of no trouble then in my twenties I got struck down with osteoarthritis in both of them at the same time. It made life very difficult expecially work wise and there were numerous rows about driving the company vehicles (clutch) etc. GP told me I was stuck with it for life after an x-ray confirmed knee damage, then another x-ray apparently showed nothing wrong, then two MRIs. Also had knee excercises given to me by the knee specialist that did absolutely nothing for me. I was usually in severe pain 4-5 days a week with my knees often glowing red. It honestly felt like the world was against me. Bosses making life hell and stressing me out, knees that were failing having many other knock on effects..
I don't want to say too much for personal reasons but one thing I will say, if anyone has any varocose veins, get them checked out. They can cause a lot of hassle and when mine were taken care of, my knees made a vast improvement. Obviously that won't apply to all but it may help some.
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@ Petlew: I sympathise with you totally and can imagine how you feel about that, about something so important on so many levels as being able to play your guitar.
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As I said earlier I had arthritis in both hips and it was painful.  I had both replaced and not looked back since.  Knees can also be replaced.  Unfortunately not all joints can but I'm sure this will be possible eventually.
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Arthritis is one of those area's where the medical professions have succeeded in increasing to lifespan of humans but failed to take into account that the human body steadfastly refuses to catch up with medical progress. A sixty year old may well expect to live another thirty years but will still have to endure the ravages of time at the same times in their lives.
In other words we're wearing out at the same rate, but having to put up with it longer (allowing for hip and knee replacements of course)
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In other words we're wearing out at the same rate, but having to put up with it longer (allowing for hip and knee replacements of course)

It's normally external influences that contribute to the wearing out, the human body is good for 100 years if not stressed and looked after.
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Knees can also be replaced.

Knees are a one operation only and the new joint have a limited life so these operations are not done until later in life. My father was told his knee was not bad enough affected and was to young being in his 70's
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It's normally external influences that contribute to the wearing out, the human body is good for 100 years if not stressed and looked after.

Prince Phillip is 92 and probably one of the most well looked after people on the planet. He's had his fair share of medical problems too and you don't see him galavanting around do you?
I'm with Petlew to be honest. Sure we're capable of living a longer time but then we also have to live with our bodies gradually failing too.
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