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.
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).
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.