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konoctiguyPerson was signed in when posted
01:13 PM ET (US)
I have heard of people who waited so long with this knee problem that when the steroids stopped working and all of the anti-inflammatories stopped working they just had to simply wait it out for the three or four months before they could get the knee replaced. Could you imagine not being able to sleep for four months?
82% RetiredPerson was signed in when posted
06:41 AM ET (US)
IMO what ever you do, do it soon. Why live in pain. It will not get better on it's own.
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konoctiguyPerson was signed in when posted
01:42 AM ET (US)
Wow great information… All of you thank you.
RIKSNY... If the pain is just starting now and you’re in the early stage there are lots of options that work for a while. The steroid shots worked great for me for a couple years and then the interval of time became shorter and shorter. Now it’s at the point where I just got a shot in the middle of June and I feel like I did before the shot right now. When you wait too long it’s a bummer because you have to wait 3 or 4 months to do knee surgery after steroids.
Rushmore... Hey… I might as well give that a shot!
RushmorePerson was signed in when posted
05:24 PM ET (US)
Collagen Peptides works good for knee pain. When I retired 7 years ago, I had bad knee pain, had steroid, lube shots and microsurgery. Helped for awhile, but then no longer worked anymore. Did not want knee replacement at all. Had to start using a cane all the time. Pain walking, pain standing, pain waking me up at night. Then I came across an article about collagen and decided to try it, not expecting much to be honest. Within a few days of starting it, I felt a huge difference. It comes in powder form and you add it to your morning coffee, there's no taste or smell.

I read up on collagen and found out everyone has collagen in their body when you are born, and as you age it becomes less and less. So when you take it everyday, you are replacing the missing collagen from your younger days. Of course, you will never be same as you were when you were young, but it makes all the difference in how you feel now. Before I took collagen I could barely walk, so I was ordering groceries on line and having them delivered. I avoided anything and everything where I had to walk. Now I buy my own groceries and even take my mom to the store and the doctor, dentist, wherever. I don't use my cane at home anymore, but I do take it with me places just in case my leg gets tired. I also use aspercreme on my knees in the morning and at night. I sleep so much better than before.

I use Sports Research Collagen Peptides Type I & III unflavored. You can find it at amazon.com and walmart.com. There are many different types and brands and flavors. It's a natural product, no drugs either. I know this all sounds like an advertisement/commercial but it is not. I'm a retired carrier and I read these forms almost everyday.
RIKSNYPerson was signed in when posted
04:35 PM ET (US)
/m4628 Mine just started doing that about a week ago.
LCTPerson was signed in when posted
03:20 PM ET (US)
konoctiguy- had two friends that had lube shots, seems like 6-9 months later they needed it again. I had total knee surgery in November on my left knee. Best thing that ever happened to me. I’m now walking 40 minutes a day with no pain. Will be 73 in August. My other knee is bone on bone, but no pain yet. Once it starts hurting I would have no problem getting an operation again.
konoctiguyPerson was signed in when posted
03:49 AM ET (US)
I may just pay for this lube shot out of pocket if it worked for you and your back. There are several brands out there including generics which are cheaper of course… I know there are also options getting Canadian product. Yes… Eventually it does stop working these steroid shots and surgery is the only option I guess. They wanted to do it three years ago. Bone on bone and now throbbing any time I have to try to sleep
Boss BasherPerson was signed in when posted
05:50 PM ET (US)
I never had Knee trouble, so this may not apply - but I have had significant Back trouble. I had shots of (something) which included a lube, a steroid and a painkiller in my lower back (severely damaged/flattened disks). It was intended to provide relief for up to 90 days. It lasted me over two years, and was wildly successful. I need to get around to having it done again. After that doesn't work (and you do reach that point), doctor told me Surgery is the only remaining option.

konoctiguyPerson was signed in when posted
05:32 PM ET (US)
Sorry to hear about the cancer… It seems to be very common these days.

I had a question for anyone that might have an answer… I am at wits end getting Cortizone shots in my knee and I’t’s
not working anymore. I think I’ve had 13. I was looking at that lubrication shot to try it. Blue Cross Blue Shield won’t cover it and I’m not at Medicare age quite yet. Is there ANY Fehp choices that cover it? Has it worked for anybody here?
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janinawolfzPerson was signed in when posted
04:59 AM ET (US)
Very interesting blog. Many blogs I see these days do not really provide anything that attract others, AO Hure definitely interested in this one.
Will MunnyPerson was signed in when posted
07:49 AM ET (US)
BB: co-pays etc. I found out a century ago, you give medical people money they are not entitled to, you are NEVER going to see it again. And their trying to get itn is their m/o, pure and simple.
     Also, was hoping at a minimum The Angry Old Mailman would watch this guy @VicDiBitetto.net go off insane-like on the filthy money grubbers who have put the whole human race on home stretch of the greatest financial catastrophe in human history. Sure would have liked to see Vic in Congress go off on that slinking pile of dog-doo Fuld from Lehman back in 2008.
82% RetiredPerson was signed in when posted
06:31 AM ET (US)
I did not have to make a copay. No problem there. I was just surprised to get that from BCBS. I used to get them once a year asking if I had other insurance that could pay. Oh well.
Boss BasherPerson was signed in when posted
10:38 PM ET (US)

Must be an Age Thing...
Boss BasherPerson was signed in when posted
10:34 PM ET (US)
Everyone who has both Medicare and FEHBP Blue Cross must be pretty Pro-Active, and tell everyone under the Sun what coverage you have. Never take it for granted, that they know...even if you told them once before. When I show up anywhere, I leave my checkbook at home and just "verify": "No copay, right? Medicare A&B Primary, Blue Cross Basic secondary, right?". I do this every time. Only once did I run into the New Guy up front who puffed himself up and demanded a $40 copay. A Back & Forth ensued, with him repeatedly (and loudly) declaring "SIR...."

I just walked away from him, and out the door. Left him standing there, yelling after me. Never heard anything about it. Many doctors' front offices are full of Temps and have a high turnover rate. Sometimes, I never saw the same receptionist twice. But this is why I say: Always Be Assertive. Make damned sure everyone knows your coverage. Be redundant. Otherwise, shame on you. You'll be reaching for that credit card. Tsk Tsk Tsk.
RivkahPerson was signed in when posted
08:19 PM ET (US)
I won't be able to take advantage of the rebate for 2 more years, when my husband turns 65. I'm keeping the standard plan until then.
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