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A few short weeks ago, I endured the surgery for a total knee replacement . If I am counting correctly, this was my ninth joint replacement surgery. No, I'm not bragging, this is simply a statement of the facts! I KNEW that I'd gone through many surgeries due to OA, but it was somewhat disconcerting when many of the operating room nurses recognized me from other operations. (In fact, they now call me a Frequent Flyer at that hospital - wonder how I could cash in some of the mileage credits ?)
Prior to surgery this time, I began to have severe cramping that I assumed was due to muscles knotting up in my low back due to my "impaired" walking. Although I'm definitely not a doctor, I assumed that when the knee was replaced, the hip problem would disappear. Much to my dismay, the cramping problem seemed to be far worse after the surgery. Neither my surgeon nor my internist could come up with suggestions to remedy this problem other than putting me on more pain pills, which...
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