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Has anyone had painful Arthritis under the knee cap? I have that diagnosis in my right knee, along with a cyst on the femur. I plan to discuss this knee with my surgeon in a few weeks when I have my 6 week post op appointment for my LTKR. I was just curious about any treatment options for this, if any of you have had this corrected. TIA
 

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You'll notice that I have merged your two threads together as we prefer that members in recovery only have one thread.

This is for three reasons:
1. if you keep starting new threads, you miss the posts others have left you in the old threads
2. it often ends up that information is unnecessarily repeated
3. it's best if we can keep all your recovery story in one place so it's easily accessed if we need to advise you.

Please keep all your questions and updates on this thread. If you would like a new thread title just post what you would like it to be and we'll change it for you
 
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Sorry about that. I wasn’t getting any responses on my question about Arthritis under the knee cap and figured it was because it was on my recovery thread. This is a problem with my other knee, not the one that had surgery on Jan 28. I was hoping to get some help from others that may have gone through this and resolved this problem.
 

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Yes, you can get arthritis under the kneecap among the other places on the knee joint.
 
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When I had my surgery, I was prepared mentally for tough going for weeks possibly months. I elevated and iced with the Breg Ice Machine ALL the time (24/7) - except for bathroom trips and gentle exercises for the first 2 months. My husband did the cooking and shopping. I was pleasantly surprised by how well my recovery went. I’m pretty much doing what I want at this point, but if I do start with pain, I plan to immediately go back to the elevating and icing. I am the type of person that makes lists and has a plan - it keeps me grounded. So give yourself time to heal - ice and elevate! Take care of yourself and stay safe in these days of COVID19.
 

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@_Annie_, I moved your thread from MickieMac's thread. Your post pertains to your recovery and should be in your thread so you can have a record of it.

Your gentle recovery has worked very well for you! I was addicted to my ice machine. I couldn't wait to get back to it after being up!
 
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I don’t like taking pain meds, but I am taking 7.5 mg of Meloxicam morning and evening. I take them with food and so far haven’t noticed anything unusual. I am scheduled for right TKR in August. And after that surgery, I am hoping to totally get off pain meds. I am not willing to endure pain and limping around until August. After I had the left TKR in January, I was given a prescription for a months of Meloxicam. I noticed after I ran out of them, how painful my right knee was. Getting my TKR in January was one of the best decisions I have made and am looking forward to getting the right one done too.

I had submitted a question about taking anti- inflammatory pills long term to the Joint Replacement Awareness Seminar last Saturday, but ended up having to cancel. So I missed it, if they covered that. I noticed on another thread that one of the moderators said it could cause stomach bleeding or could cause heart problems. Will last Saturday’s sessions be posted sometime? I did watch the 2019 sessions. They were awesome!
 

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When I broke my foot and ankle, my OS told me to go off of the NSAIDs because they also slow down bone healing. I don't know if this is true or not, research is not 100% either way, but I went off of them. Now, when I can't stand the pain anymore, I'll take one maybe twice a week. Be sure you never take one without food on your stomach. Something with protein would be best because protein takes longer to digest.
 

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