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OA flare up?

Oct 18, 2014 7:24 PM

I had a good week, less pain and I was much more active, I was so happy thanks to my pain management Dr., but as of today my pain level & swelling returned despite my percocet & Gabapentin.
I'm totally new to OA, it's in my knee as a result of an injury earlier this year.
Anyone else have the flare ups with their OA? I know I need a new knee (I'm 53), but my surgeon & pain mgt. Dr's agree I should wait as long as I can. I agree as they don't last forever and the second time around is harder. It's hard to have a good week for once, and then it's a Saturday and I'm so miserable I can't do much.

Oct 18, 2014 7:52 PM

I found this, and this is me today:-( scary to know during these flare ups more cartilage is damaged.

A flare-up of osteoarthritis corresponds to inflammation of the joint.
It is during this flare-up that the destruction of cartilage increases.

Signs that suggest a flare-up are:
- a sudden increase in pain (acute painful episode);
- the inflammatory timeframe of the pain (with nocturnal awakenings);
- prolonged joint stiffness in the morning (morning stiffness);
- swelling of the joint (especially noticeable in the knee).
When possible, puncture of the joint relieves the patient and removes other causes (including infectious) of an acute flare-up.
A flare-up of osteoarthritis requires:
- resting the joint;
- radiographic control of the joint spaced apart from the acute episode to assess the impact of the flare-up on the cartilage (accentuation or not of joint space narrowing).

Oct 18, 2014 9:16 PM

Interesting! This is definitely something I'll be keeping an eye on.

Oct 18, 2014 11:32 PM

I had no idea a flare up causes more damage, makes sense but it's scary. I'm thinking its best to rest, walking = damage...sigh
and these 10/325 Percocets are cutting it today. I only take 4 a day

Oct 18, 2014 11:34 PM

I should add, the 4 I take per day is all I can take, and all I will per my pain management agreement with my Dr. So back to the ice wraps, they do help take a little edge of the pain off.

Nov 02, 2014 1:25 AM

Really? a good week? I can't remember one of those. my oa is exacerbated by genetics and I walk everywhere with a cane. I am 27. I envy you. take care so you don't get flare ups often and don't hyperextended your knees. put a pillow beneath them at night, sleep on back to protect shoulders, and never lock your knees or elbows.

Nov 03, 2014 10:30 PM

That one week I had was just that, since, I have OA flare ups now almost daily.
I do sleep with a pillow under & between my knees.

Thanks! I'll remember to not hyperextend my knees, elbows, and protect my shoulders! They do hurt

Nov 18, 2014 2:39 AM

I I sleep that way too! I also have flare ups. get breakthrough meds from the doctor, or use mmi if available where you live

Nov 23, 2014 3:31 AM

:(. I hope you have a good day soon!

Dec 11, 2014 7:08 PM

What is an mmi? Glad to try anything!

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