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Merry Christmas everybody!! Got a question for about the last 3 weeks, off and on I have been having problems with my left knee. It a times hurts, but mostly it just feels stiff. This week since I've been off I have walked outside 1.5-3 miles plus about an hour of cardio in my gym, with no problems. My biggest issue is when I have been "resting" the leg, getting up out of a recliner/couch. Any thoughts? Is it arthritis? I don't understand how it can be no problem when I'm active but resting it stiffens up.
 

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Ain't geezerdom wonderful! And so it starts. Your doc may order a scope on that knee to see what's up if it gets worse.....or you may be on your way to total knee replacement. I've had both of mine done this year and they are fantastic. Good luck and don't be afraid to get done whatever is necessary. Living with pain ain't fun.

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Strange thing.........I had a right knee like that.

Took up biking in the summer and lo and behold, the knee problem went away and never came back. That was about 4 years ago.

I never would have guessed that exercise would take care of it.

Mine especially hurt when I went up any kind of stairs.

Apparently pedaling a bike either made it stronger or something.

Not saying it would work for you, just relating my thoughts.

Good luck on your knee. Hopefully you'll get some relief somehow.

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I suffered with a bad knee for over 20 years, and last August went into the Mayo Clinic here and had a total knee replacement. I couldn't be happier...absolutely NO pain. Go see a specialist and let them determine exactly what is wrong. May be nothing, but don't live with pain.
 

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Arthritis is one of the more common causes of knee pain and stiffness. Arthritis is NOT the ONLY cause. A visit to a decent surgeon that does knee surgery can help determine the cause. A simple X-Ray can tell if the cartilage is badly worn and deteriorated like it would be in the case of Osteoarthritis. If it is a recurring problem and lasts for more than a few weeks, it's time to check it out.

If the cartilage is gone, arthroscopic surgery is usually a waste of time and just makes a little extra money for the surgeon. In rare cases, it can alleviate a problem, but if the space between the joint is missing a major amount of cartilage, just how is the scope going to get in and make anything better? Bone on bone just does not work well, no matter what you are told.

Physical therapy and exercise can sometimes help. If the basic joint is still intact, it might be a viable option.

There are steroid injections that can help and also synthetic viscous fluid injections that can sometimes help. That usually just puts off the replacement surgery anyway. If you are in good health and able to withstand replacement surgery, you might want to consider it, since that good health can change overnight. If the surgeon recommends surgery, it might be the way to go.

There can be soft tissue damage and other issues besides osteoarthritis. That should be evaluated by a good surgeon. Many of those issues can be repaired arthroscopically.
 

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What Quack says. Always get a good Dr.s opinion. Keep hydrated and if there isn't any type of operation to fix it try some cherry extract a couple of table spoons at a time. My wife found some cherry extract pill form online and she can wear her pinky ring on a finger that has arthritis and will swell and not be able to bend at times. Since she has been taking the cherry extract it works fine and she has no swelling.
People who weight train say "no pain no gain" I say "no pain---good" Dan
 

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I have a Baker's Cyst in my left knee. It is where the fluid goes to the back of the knee, and bulges out. Irritating, and a pain at times. Anyone have experience with this? I've been told that it is form of arthritis, and there is nothing they can do.
 
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