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Knee and Back Pain

I was recently diagnosed with arthritis in my Right knee.  I am 34 years old and was wondering if there is anything I can do for it and my back. A  Doctor I saw in PA said they will not do anything for my knee because I am to young.  I was told to just quit walking up or down hills and steps.(at the time I lived in the Mountains of PA in a Cape cod style house. So that was a little hard.  Plus I have 2 kids. 12 and 8.)  I have just moved to a 1 floor house in FL and the pain is worse sometimes.  Celebrex is not working.  Knee grinds.  Now the other one is doing it and my Lower back is killing me.  Has been for a while but with moving thought it was from all the lifting.  But husband reminded me it started before we loaded truck.  Also It hurts if walking more then 20 minutes, standing in one position and also sitting.  It gets so stiff and sore.  I can't barely move.  I have to take a very hot shower every night and then bend over fast to crack my back while in the shower just so I can sleep a little.  If anyone can please tell me ideas of what it might be.  Or should I just go to DR!!   Thank you for taking the time to read this and for any help you can offer.
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1245684 tn?1273127123
If your insurance will cover massage there is a type of massage specifically for arthritis. They will also be able to help lengthn the muscles around the joint that is affected to ensure that tight muscles aren't making the pain worse.
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I suffered with arth since I was 19 and it took dr. a while to get a handle on it.  Have you tried Sierra Sil? Google it.  I'm a nurse and know quite a few people that this has helped.
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I have tried the massages and my back feels no different after.  They tried touching my knee and I made them stop.  The Dr. showed me my MRI and my kneecap is deteriorating so it is bone on bone and hurts most of the time.  

As for the Sierra Sil.  I not sure about using something if dr didn't tell me to.  Cause I on some other meds and don't want to interfere with them.  The celebrex worked for about 1 month then It's like I not even taking it again.  

Thank you both for the info.  Maybe one more question.  If diagnosed arthritis in knee.  Was not told which type though.   Does one of them spread?
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very common to have more joints involved. From a nuring perspective it sounds like you need a knee replacement. which they are very hesistant in doing on young people. Sierra Sill is worth asking about.  Im onn Celebrex and methotrexate.  After adding the sierra sil after dr. okd I'm a whole new person
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1193998 tn?1265117597
When your knee hurts, it throws off the way you walk, stand, even sleep. So it's no wonder your back hurts as well.

What kind of arthritis were you dx'ed with? Osteo (injury or wear-and-tear related) or rheumatoid (an autoimmune disease)?

FWIW, I had a hip replacement at age 37, but I've had rheumtoid arthritis since age 5 so my case is a little different than yours.

Ask for a referral to an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in knees. There are non- or less-invasive treatments (physical therapy, pain management specialists, synvisc injections, custom knee braces) that could alleviate some of the pain and stave off the inevitable. You may be able to get relief with a partial knee replacement, if one side of your knee is significantly worse than the other.

Good luck!
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