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interesting bone scan results

so for 3 years ive been suffering severe pain in my right knee so 2 weeks ago i was sent for a full body bone scan, which is a special kind of x ray where they inject a radioactive tracer thats absorbed into the bones after a few hours then they take photos. the tracer glows or is not absorbed if theres a problem.



NOTHING wrong bone wise with right knee
says i have sprained ligament from smashing it 3 years ago
however i have planters fasciitis in my right foot, which is the root of my knee pain

and i have osteoarthritis in my hips, left knee and left shoulder

knee ligament sprain should heal in time however im stuck with the rest

im only 20 years old



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Hm! Heel spurs! That would definitely explain the knee pain. It will get worse as you age and if you gain weight, but plantar fasciitis is controllable. If you start getting pain in the arch and heel of your foot, there are a lot of stretching exercises you can do that help. I've also found that rolling my arch on a frozen water bottle helps the pain.

It's hereditary mostly, so age doesn't matter. Hope you feel better, though!
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ive already gained so the doctor did say to lose some

(my problem with food is i crave sweets. so now when i do i chew gum lol not to mention healthier eating. more fruits and veggies instead of cookies )

i will definately try that exercise



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Ouch, all those big words sound painful themselves!

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osteoarthritis is a progressive form of arthritis



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Aw you are so young to have to go through all this. Did you try any of those special inserts? It may help a little but Im not sure.

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i have dr scholls shoes with orthopedics in them theyre soooo comfy

theyre my work shoes



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lol I wasnt to far off then.

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Casey, here are a few links to exercises I use. I find that if I stretch in the morning BEFORE I walk, or if I stretch before I get up if I've been sitting a long time, the pain is much less severe. The inserts don't do jack for me, honestly. I have P.F. in both feet and eventually it will get pretty bad, even if I lose weight (my mom has heel spurs so it's definitely hereditary for me) so the stretching is all I can really do. Did the doc explain what P.F. actually is? It helped me to know what it was so I could adjust my exercises to do the best pain management. That frozen water bottle thing is a lifesaver if your heels and arches kill after a lot of walking/standing, too.

The stair-stretch really works for me, also -- putting the ball of your foot on a step and pushing the heel down. You'll feel the overly tight tendon that causes the pain/P.F. stretch, it hurts a little but it's good pain.

http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00149

Hope that helps. It's a really annoying condition, but it could be worse. The major negative is that the surgery doesn't really work so it's all about pain management. But for me, since I don't walk much, it's not bad. I'm used to the pain and barely even notice it anymore.
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I'm sorry to hear this. I hope Erin's suggestions help.

I'm 52 - so lots older, but I was diagnosed with rhuematoid (sp?) arthritis at age 22. It really hasn't progressed to cause the issues it might have caused, so I'm very blessed there. It does cause some issues. It didn't help at all that I then broke my back at age 24. Arthritis loves to settle into formerly broken bones.

I would like to suggest one thing, although this may only help with rhuematoid arthritis, and I know that isn't the kind you have. Do try glucosamine. It REALLY helps me tremendously. I didn't try it until just a couple of years ago. I used nsaids, and that probably really exacerbated the condition, or caused other problems. I had to stop taking the nsaids because of side-effects, but then I found that I had arthritis in joints I didn't even realize I had. I started taking the glucosamine, and now I feel almost as good as I felt on the nsaids.

I also take some other herbal anti-inflamatories and the like - boswellia, quercetin - actually I take a combo called COX 2 support. It is found in health food stores. Each store has its own label on it, but if you look at the ingredients, I think it is one product sold under all those different labels.

When I over-exert, or for some other reason if the pain gets beyond what the COX 2 support and glucosamine handle, I will take White Willow bark. That is what they make aspirin from, so it is actually in the nsaid family, but it doesn't give me the side effects of the actual nsaid drugs, and I only take it when the pain is worse than normal.

Rhuematoid arthritis is an auto-immune issue, so allergies often play a big role there. I have no idea if that is true with osteoarthritis or not. If your arthritis is exacerbated or caused at least in part by an allergic reaction, finding out what you are allergic to will really help you.

Again, I'm sorry you got this news.

Why is the ligament still a mess after three years? Have they given you some suggestions for helping the heal?


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the ligament is a mess due to the foot problem

chain reaction: i injured knee but because i walk funny because of the foot problem my knee took the brunt of it not letting it heal

so deal with the foot and my knee should get better

id rather do herbal remedies as theyre better in my opinion so thanks so much for those tips

osteo is different.
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http://www.medicinenet.com/osteoarthritis/article.htm

and popcorn thanks

its funny as i realiize i HAVE been feeling the arthritis especially the hips but i thought it was normal, usually after sitting for awhile and it is hard going up stairs... my worst enemy
i AM already losing weight
im not obese just a tad over weight

this was me setting up a tent this summer, and ive lost a bit of weight since then



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It doesn't seem to be related to allergies, so that is good. Glucosamine helps me so much because I am allergic to gluten, and glucosamine binds to gluten and take is out of my system. I'm certain it does a lot of other things, but I know it does that, too. I think there are other things besides glucosamine that help with cartlidge, which, if I'm remembering from the article you linked to, is the probelm with the osteo. I don't know what condroitin and msm do, but lots of people take combinations of those. I don't, because I tried glucosamine alone, with each of those two, and with all three, and got the best pain control from the glucosamine alone - most likely because of my gluten allergy.

I am glad you know what to do for your knee now. That should help.


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yeah thanks for the advice i will look into it when the pain gets worse



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From that picture I certainly wouldn't say you were overweight at all!

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i am for my height im roughly 30-40 lbs overweiight. im 5' tall and 168 lbs so a tad overweight
i want to get down to 135 lbs at least



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You poor thing. I hate when young people get things like this. I'm in my 40's and I swear I wake up with a different ache or pain every day. I hope you find the magic combo of exercise, meds, etc., to get some relief.
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i got some arthritis specific orthotics and my knees already feel the relief



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I have knee issues too - one of my ligaments is messed up from an injury which causes my patella to track improperly. I've been doing yoga lately and it's really helping - they do pretty much the same exercises as I did in 3 weeks of physical therapy, but it's whole body. It's really helped with my neck, back, knee, and overall joint pain



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