New Rheumatoid Arthritis Blog

Why don’t I tell you a little about myself so you can start to understand where I’m coming from. Joseph be thy name, I’m 22 years old and have lived with chronic pain for a large part of my life. Since I was very young, I can recall suffering from what we use to call ‘growing pains’ which at the time I didn’t particularly worry about, it never really occurred to me that I was the only one who suffered these ‘growing pains’ when playing with friends. We didn’t think much of it until I was 11, when one day my right knee became painful and both knees swelled. That year was one of the toughest years of my entire life so far, being thrown from one doctor to another without knowing what was going on with my body and seeing my friends outside playing football. One doctor informed me I had Lupus and another blatantly told me and my mother that he was ‘stumped’ and it left me angry.
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Grinding Knee

KneeYou know that abrasive scraping sound that a car’s brakes start to make when the pads are wearing thin? Well, I’ve begun to experience this feeling in my left knee. It started a little over a month ago, would come and go very irregularly, and would last for only short periods of time.

Now, this sensation is occurring much more frequently, for much longer periods of time. It does not seem to be inhibiting my ability to move my knee any more than my rheumatoid arthritis usually does, but it definitely dose have that “fingernails on a chalkboard” quality — I can stand it, but it certainly isn’t pleasant.

All of this is completely new to me, so I guess that I will have to visit my rheumatologist soon to discuss this latest development. I was assuming that I would only need to get an x-ray, but yesterday my physical therapist told me that I will probably need a CT scan.

My online research seems to indicate that there are two likely causes for this grinding sensation in the knee. One reason is that the cartilage in the knee is dry and tough, and that in most cases this can be temporarily relieved with a joint lubrication injection. Another reason would be that the cartilage has started to wear away completely, leaving one bone to grind against another. The solution in this case…well, I’m not exactly sure…but it certainly doesn’t seem to be as simple as a shot.

If anyone has experienced this grinding sensation in the knee as a result of rheumatoid arthritis, I’d really appreciate the opportunity to hear more about your experience. What diagnosis did you receive? How were you treated? I’m not trying to jump to conclusions, I’m only trying to educate myself as much as possible in preparation for my future visit with my doctor.

Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!

Gavin’s Story! Living With Juvenile Arthritis, Uveitis & Ulcerative Colitis!

300,000 children are clinically diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis in North America. Gavin is just one of them. He also has Uveitis (arthritis in the eyes) and Ulcerative Colitis.

Gavin’s Story! Living with Juvenile Arthritis…
Gavin was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis when he was 21 months old, Uveitis when he was 2 1/2 years old and Ulserative Colitis at 5 1/2 years old. He has had 3 eye surgeries and has to get his second cataract surgery soon. He is our living Angel!
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