Thursday, May 22, 2014

Achy knees

I mentioned in a previous entry that I bought some Joint Juice.  While it's supposed to take two or three weeks for it to start working, I felt miraculously better on the third day, and continued feeling less pain for a week.  And then things changed.  Last week I had the most incredible pain of my life, worse than anything after surgery or therapy.  I was on the verge of tears for two or three days.  Cliff would be the first to tell you that I have a high tolerance for pain.  But this was so horrific that I got scared, and I thought, "I can't live like this."

I've often mentioned how Cliff's partial deafness isolates him.  Well, last week I realized that severe pain isolates a person, too, because you can't really concentrate on much that is going on around you.  Honestly, I didn't care about anything anybody said or did.  

So I made an appointment with an orthopedist.  

You know how pain is... it's all you can think about when it's present, but once it's gone, you don't think much about it.  

Two days ago it occurred to me that I had very little pain.  Even now, after tilling and planting in the garden for two hours this morning, I don't hurt a fraction as badly as I did last week doing nothing at all, when I was ready to give up gardening.

Did the Joint Juice finally start working the way it's supposed to, now that two or three weeks have passed?  

I thought about canceling my appointment (it's this afternoon), but decided that would be silly.  Maybe this relief is only temporary.  And I do know from experience (mine and Cliff's) that with arthritis, you have good days and bad days.

So we'll see what the doctor says.  I probably won't buy any more Joint Juice:  I'll switch to the glucosamine/chondroitin tablets, which are cheaper and contain the same active ingredients.    

I'll keep you posted.  


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It would be interesting to see what the doctor has to say about the joint juice. If it works, I'd be tempted to try it. Maybe you had more pain because you were doing more than before since you were feeling better. I know the weather affects my knees for sure. We're to have drier weather for the next 5 days here and I think all that rain really got to me. I'll be looking forward to hearing what the doctor does say...Glad you are feeling better. I do know the pain...

Celeste Sanders said...

I give the dog and Pat the pills. Kept him from having shoulder surgery. And the dog can walk(he has bad hips at age 3)

Jon said...

Arthritis is a very strange affliction. It can flair up at unexpected times with unbearable pain, and then seemingly dissipate.
My mother had it in her knees at a relatively early age and it was agony. I have it in my fingers, but the more I play the piano the less it bothers me.
I really hope you find something that will alleviate the pain.

Paula said...

Wishing you the best however you get it.

Margaret said...

I hope you can find some answers and solutions. I hate it when the mind and heart are willing but the body misbehaves. :(


A similar thing happened to me a couple weeks ago. Pain was just unbearable. I put a brace on the one leg causing the problem and that took the edge off. I hope you the trouble you are having doesn't return with a vengeance. Fingers crossed.