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Old 07-29-2009, 07:24 PM   #61
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So, folks, I'm also a knee and hip pain person. Actually it was my knee pain that drove me--day in and day out--to never cheat these past six plus months to lose weight. I just couldn't take the pain anymore. I am a dedicated calorie counter and followed volumetrics faithfully.

For my knees, I examined it from a few points:
1) Identify source of pain
2) Identify strengthening and healing moves
3) Lose weight no matter what

My sources of pain were weight mostly but also my bike was not set for my height. I also think I wasn't doing the lunges right and I usually OVER EXERCISED. I'd jump rope for 1 1/2 hours or even 2 hours.

I did physical therapy, have a joint specialist watching me, dedicated to yoga (even had a yoga specialist prescription who examined my hip and knee problems and gave a miracle 3 move cure), stopped biking for six months, and reduced my exercise.

From January 09, I slowly started exercising. I dedicated myself to core and upper leg strengthening. I did yoga. I wasn't biking. I calorie counted. I carefully increased exercise slowly over these past months. I'm so powerfully strong now. I still have knee pain if I carry heavy bags (basically my knees think I'm heavy again if I carry something).

I had to take a week break last week from exercise on doctor's orders because of stiches on my back. I did nothing for seven days. I over did it starting immediately and now pay the price in a very painful hip. I'm looking for massage to help (it's done wonders on other parts of me). Can't stop the exercise and am just trying to work through and be very gentle when NOT working out.
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Old 08-08-2009, 03:31 PM   #62
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hello,
I was going thru here...i feel like i belong ;-)
It will be a year ago this month i had my acl surgery. Oh man it's been quite a year. For the most part i recovered remarkably fast...kind of shocked the doctor and my physical therapist...i'm about 330ish...you can imagine why :-)
What motivated me though is my bowling...i am an avid bowler... i still am struggling though, going down stairs...part of my leg is still numb which is normal. I just got back onto the fitness groove...kind of half to be...what is always in he back of my mind is my graft failing...i can feel it in my knee when i don't excercise. so i decided it's time to get addicted excercise...

Now i'm doing my excercise bike and wii active, hoping to purchase the wii golds gym.

I just wanna get to a point where i don't think about my knee though. I just can't believe how much i took my knees for granted. this has been quite a sobering expierence for me.

Here's to new motivation :-)

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Old 08-12-2009, 01:57 PM   #63
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OMG I have the same problems as you! I have carpeltunnel (the beg of) in my right wrist and my knees have just started hurting (at 31) though I will say with just 14 lb loss the pain is about 50% gone. My knees hurt so bad I couldn't carry my son upstairs to do a diaper change. That is actually what motivated me to lose weight this time> I don't want permament knee problems. The good news is, mine appears to be goign away with weight loss. Maybe the same willl happen for you?
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Old 08-12-2009, 07:21 PM   #64
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I know just losing the little bit of weight I have lost has helped my knees a lot! My problem now is some hip pain, but that's slowly getting better too since I started taking Glucosamine & Chondrotin.
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Old 09-01-2009, 03:21 PM   #65
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I'm also part of the bad knees club!
I'm only 23 years old but my right knee often doesn't feel right. Today when I was running it was sore for the first 5 minutes and then it felt better during the rest of my run. Afterwards it was popping and felt like it was grinding though.
I'm going to have to try the squatting exercise with the ball as well as the leg lifts.
I know I shouldn't run but I have to because I know if I stop running I won't exercise so I will have to concentrate on strengthing my leg muscles more.

Hopefully I won't one day be destined for a knee replacement like a few other family members :S
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Old 09-04-2009, 03:40 PM   #66
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Count me in...I started a post because I couldn't find a thread that dealt with my issues--I searched for patellofemoral syndrome and for Chondromalacia patella but didn't find either, so started a new post. Didn't notice the stickies! Oops!

Anyways, thought I'd post the two terms here so if someone else makes my mistake, they'll still find this thread.
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Old 09-04-2009, 03:49 PM   #67
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another one of the many!!
my right knee more so then left...but Wow..the pain of bending down to put something in a lower cabinet is excrutiating!! the treadmill doesnt seem to bother it too much,nor the eliptical, and I can handle yoga- but calethenics...like knee lifts etc...No way...cant do it!
my hips and knees really are stiff on Sunday mornings after gigs...I stand for 4 hours...pacing, and sometimes stomping my right foot (prby why the right is farther gone). Too much weight for too long for an old lady!!
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Old 09-05-2009, 10:50 PM   #68
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Okay a weird thing happened with my knees today. I was running, they were fine. Then I did my cooldown, still fine, maybe a teeny bit sore. While I was stretching I sat down on my exercise ball for a second and put my hands on my knees and I could feel something still moving around in there, like maybe fluid or something...even though I wasn't moving my knees at the time! To be honest it kinda freaked me out!

Has that ever happened to anyone else?
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Old 10-05-2009, 12:48 PM   #69
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kimminy, is your knee okay? I haven't had that happen, but it sounds like it's bad.
Anyway, I will join the sore knee club, too. I tore my meniscus in college doing step aerobics. I loved step aerobics, too. Anyone else here anymore? I don't have a gym membership. What do you all do from home?
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Old 04-23-2010, 09:07 PM   #70
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Hope it's okay if I re-open this thread discussion...

I'm 47, been heavy for a few years, and it was my knees that also gave me the real warning that the weight wasn't going with me into my 50's.

Good discussions here - and more motivation to get the weight off - but to be careful of my poor knees.
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Old 08-02-2010, 07:22 PM   #71
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Default Exercising with painful joints and knees...

For people with joint and back problems, aqua-workouts are ideal - the water acts as a giant cushion for the joints, protecting them from the kind of stress and impact they experience when exercising out of the water. Even people who can't swim can workout in the pool.

I have a temporary disability (knees) that keeps me from effective exercise on land, but with aquacise, I get a good workout with minimal pain. I'm not a good swimmer, so I wear a flotation belt and "swim" laps, jog, do stretching exercises, leg raises, ab crunches, knee flexing, upperbody workout, and so much more.
Most exercises can be done in the shallow end of the pool if you prefer.
You can increase resistance by wearing ankle/wrist weights.

Here are some free videos on basic aqua-fitness pool workouts.


Note: Always check with your doctor or physical therapist to see which exercises are best for you.

You might find some more information in this thread.
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Where do you but it online? I love biofreeze, my neck especially loves biofreeze.
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So it's impact activities that are hurting your knees? Me too (I have arthritis) so I don't do any kind of exercise involving walking, running, or jumping (anything that you're lifting your feet off the ground). Every pound that you're carrying exerts four pounds of pressure on your knees, hips, and feet according to my knee doc. If you're 200 pounds, that's 800 pounds of pressure on your knees! So when you jump or run, you're putting a ton of extra weight on your joints and they're screaming TOO MUCH! I can even feel a big difference in my knees when I carry a 14 pound box of kitty litter up the stairs, so imagine what 50 or so extra pounds can do.

But don't despair, that still leaves a lot of kinds of exercise! Elliptical trainers (my favorite ), exercise bikes (I like recumbent), and swimming are all awesome cardio exercise and there's NO impact involved.

And the more you strengthen the muscles that support your knees, the less pressure there is on the joint itself. The muscle acts as an internal knee brace. Do you belong to a gym? Do you have any exercise equipment at home, like an exercise ball or dumbbells?
I have arthritis in both my knees and I'm going to get a shot in one of them in a week. I'm also having problems with my feet. Plantar Facitious so they hurt. This summer has been a total bust. I was doing so well with my Wii Fit plus then I hurt my foot. it was downhill from there. My foot is just now starting to feel better.It's been sore or 5 months. It was the pain like a heel spur so I couldn't even walk on my treadmill. I did walk the other day around the track at the high school and that just killed my knees.

This may sound crazy but every single day I say I'm going to join the Y which is 8 minutes from my house. Then I say well what am I going to do there because of the pain. I really want to go swim which I know is the best for me.
Oh well enough of my pity party
I'm going to to and do my dance dvd
MADONNA GRIMES ----AFRICAN BEAT LATIN HEAT....... if you like zumba you would like this.
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2feelbetter - getting in the water is an awesome way to avoid the knee/foot issues. There's water aerobics - if touching the bottom hurts the feet, you can do Deep Water classes - you get a noodle or flotation device and you work out in the deep end - NO impact at all!

I have osteo-arthritis in both knees.....up until May, I was able to Spin. Then I hurt my ankle, and it's still bothering me to pedal. Stinks, because I sure ATE like I took Spin, if you know what I mean....
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but Wow..the pain of bending down to put something in a lower cabinet is excrutiating!!
I can relate to that. I pull a chair up to the lower cabinets and to my refrigerator when I'm cleaning it out.


I was at a hotel a few years ago and the toilet was not near anything I could hold onto. I had to try and reach the tub just to brace myself. Very awkward situation. That's when I realized how I ALWAYS hold onto something when using the bathroom even if it's just the walls.
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