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Arthritis, plates, screws, constant pain

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  • Posted By: mrsrjg_08
  • October 28, 2008
  • 09:44 PM

Hello all, I was diagnosed at the age of 14 with juvenile onset arthritis in both of my knees. In 03 I was in a very serious car accident. I had many many things wrong with me. All in in all I was in the hospital for 1.5 months. My right femur went through my knee, or so I was told. I now have 2 titanium plates, a numerous amount of screws, and had to have a bone graph to replace my knee. I started bearing full weight on it approximately three months after the accident per my doctor's orders. At the time of the accident I weighed 95lbs, but due to the accident got down to 75lbs and was not released until I was back up to my normal weight. I was pregnant at the time and eventually got up to 175lbs. Could all of the rapid weight gain/loss affected the healing? I have had a few x-rays since the accident and according to the doctors everything is fine and has settled well. I have only seen one x-ray myself so I have to take their word on it. I have since had another child and gained roughly the same amount of weight with that child but since then am only 10lbs. heavier than I ever was.

I am in constant pain but am not able to take medication. I manage the best I can but working is almost out of the question as I cannot be on my feet for long periods of time nor can I remain seated for too long either. I have done tons of research and all I can find as forms of relief is either dress in layers-which helps minimally, or be on a drug regimen. Does anyone know any other ways to manage? I have spoken to various doctors and they have been of no help as according to them everything is fine. If anyone can give me any ideas by all means please do I welcome all opinions and possible insights. Thank you.

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