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So i'm pretty hard on my knees because my work; a whole lot of bending, lifting, and crawling around. It hasn't been a problem until the last few days when they've started to really ache, even when i'm sitting or laying down.

I was wondering if any one else has knee pain and if there's anything I can do to alleviate some of the pain? I've been taking Aleve and Ibuprofen as well as smoking weed but it just covers up the pain, I want to be rid of it.

Any and all advice is appreciated.
 
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I had a pretty bad knee flare-up a decade ago—to the point of a visible limp—but I only did the most basic shit to remedy it: ice, aspirin, and keeping my leg elevated during downtime.

But if you're constantly abusing your knees for work, I'm not sure there's much you can do (besides quit). Maybe look into compression braces...?
 

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im not doctor, but yeah, maybe braces? or knee pads? i'm sure you wouldn't be the first agricultural worker to use them. is it the knee bone or the muscles around the knee? if it's the latter, you could try doing squat exercises, that's helped me quite a bit.
 
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It's not bones or the muscle but the joint, bending is painful so squat exercises might be counter productive.
 

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So just from basic research and talking with friends who've had knee replacements...

One of the big contributors to degeneration around joints is deterioration of cartilage. I don't know what can be done to retard this degeneration; and the gist of what I've heard is degeneration (esp around load bearing joints) is inevitable and slow to repair. The cartilage (among it's many functions) prevents bone from rubbing bone and associated pain.

Cartilage is largely composed of collagen. The body requires vitamin C to synthesize collagen. So make sure you are eating lots of fresh produce to maintain your vitamin C intake. Consider taking vit C suppliments.

Fresh produce will also supply magnesium. One of magnesium's roles is to help move calcium into the bones so it does not settle in soft tissue (like cartilage) where is causes pain. It is often found to be deficient in people with arthritis, in case that may be begining to develop.

I hope this info provides a starting point for your research. Good luck.
 
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@BelleBottoms ya it's definitely a cartilage issue.

I'm trying out this once a day supplement called Glucosamine Chondroitin which helps joint problems. I'll post if it works or not once it starts to be noticeably affective... or not lol
 

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Did your knee pain come on suddenly or develop gradually? Any outward symptoms - swelling, pressure sensitiviy - or do you experience pain in your normal range of motion? Knees are complex. You appear younger than 30. I know the exact moment I injured mine - and had a devil of a time finding relief; if you're hustling to keep employed, it's difficult to maintain common sense body-mechanics protocols. I work with guys who are always pounding shit into place with the heel of their fists - that's a common one. I've never found satisfactory kneepads except maybe hockey goalie or baseball catcher-type kneepads. Last Thursday, I managed to whack my knee with a 12k rpm exploding grinder wheel cutting a sewer under a house (SAFETY, people!). Anyway, it takes a major shift in consciousness to prioritize your own well-being in employment situations.
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@palmazon its been gradual this time, getting worse as the weeks go by and acting up real bad on the more active days.

The first time I fucked them up was a few years ago when I attempted to bike tour and ended up pushing myself way too hard. I had to stay in bed for a few days and had issues walking for a lil bit but it eventually got better. When that one happened it was definitely sudden.

So it's probably a mix of the two.
 
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Also DAAAAAAAMN that looks like it hurt like hell. My pain is all internal; stepping, bending, crouching all give me a stinging pain like they've been bending way too much. Very much in the joint without any swelling
 

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I could offer you some worthless advice - Be careful or Take it easy - but pain relief is a difficult realm to master. I rely mostly on whatever intoxicants are at hand - plus aspirin, sometimes ibuprofen. My sister's an RN, habitual cannabinoid - I've asked her if there's anything stronger than Fentanyl, but she's now handing out the 'Opioid prescriptions are hard to get' line.
 
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Do you feel it's more of a repetitive motion injury?
Hmmm, yeah I think so. I haven't banged them or fallen down or anything so I feel like repetitive motion injury makes sense.

Those are common in joggers and tennis players right?
 

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You appear reaasonably fit - any major joint issues in your immediate family?
Actually yes, my mom has weak knees and my grandmother had all sorts of arthritis and bone issues beginning at a reasonably young age. I believe it started to onset when she was around 40 or 50, but she was also a battle axe latina momma so it could've started at 30 and she just worked through it for all I know haha.

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