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1. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 8y

I have noticed that one of my knees starts to feel swollen and a little sore after a lot of walking. Does anyone else have this problem and what do you do about it? Wear a knee support bandage? take some kind of medicine? I don't know if it's bad enough to go to the doctor for. I just don't want my upcoming trip to be dampened by a sore knee.

2. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 8y

hi Laurim,
Had the same problem (again) after a longer walk,going up was not the problem but going down from the steep part.
I use Voltaren Gel and a soft knee suporter for a few days,plus avoid to much walking in up and down aereas.

3. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 8y

It might be just osteoarthritis - degeneration of the cartilages in the knee which occurs normally with ageing. Some people have weight imbalance where they tend to put their body weight on one side of their body more than the other which may explain why you get in only in one knee. Glucosamine supplements are indicated for this to help in rebuilding cartilage, but it has to be taken for a few months before you'll see effect. In the meantime using an NSAID (e.g. Voltaren gek or Ketotop plaster) would help with the pain and swelling.

4. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 8y

Besides my being 43, I also injured both my knees doing too many legs presses (every day for weeks) to lose weight before my vacation a few years ago. Took about a year for them to stop hurting and now only the left knee hurts after extended walking. I have 3 months so maybe I can start taking the glucosamine and look into getting some anti-inflammatory medication to take with me. Thanks!

5. Posted by angenaline (Budding Member 44 posts) 8y

I have chronic knee pain from stretched ligaments that never healed properly. Advil is my saviour.

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

I have the same thing. My left knee went funny on me just before a trip years ago, and ever since it gets achy whenever I walk too much. Usually that's on a trip, were you end up walking 8 hours a day--hiking makes it even worse! Like someone here aid, it's the going down thats a killer. Ice packs help a lot, plus resting for a day. I haven't tried Advil, but I'm sure that would work, too. A little rest always works wonders, though.

7. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 8y

Personally, I like glucosamine chondrotin w/ gelatin. My next-door neighbor growing up swears by gelatin for joints, esp. knees and he's 95 or so. Doctors sometimes advise doing exercises to strengthen your quads, as it will ease the strain on your knees. Sit on the edge of a chair or such and lift your leg parallel to the floor. Hold for ten seconds while keeping your back straight. Also I do love BioFreeze. If you can find it the stuff rocks

8. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 8y

Blew out the left knee four years ago in an accident in Hawaii and had to learn how to walk all over again--so I do know the problem well.

It's important not only to take the glucosomine and chondroitin, but also take the MSM supplements...

Wonkerer is correct that the glucosomine and chondroitin take a long time to help repair the knee, but the pain persists--unless you take the MSM, that is. This stuff is like a miracle-drug, seriously. I've recommended this stuff to others before and everyone I recommend it to thanks me profusely. The good thing is that this stuff will ease the pain within about 2 days--with no pain killers. It's all natural stuff and easily available over the counter anywhere--and it costs much less than the glucosomine does. (Note--you have to take both, one doesn't replace the other).

About 500-750 mg per day does the trick--and I haven't had any pain for the last four years--except when I forget to take the pills in the morning.

Enjoy--and hope this works for you.

9. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 8y

It took me three months before I could walk again--and I still can't run or ski--but I can do essentially everything else and I have "zero" cartilege in my left knee and the only thing holding it together is the 10 screws they put in.

So if this stuff (MSM) works for me, it should work for you. (And it's made by lots of companies--so it's not some scam thing that you can only get from one place and costs a fortune).

Anyway--had to add that comment, since I was told originally I would be in a wheelchair the rest of my life and probably be in pain no matter what. Instead, I golf, go sailing, travel extensively and do other non-impact type of sports easily (and cheaply) thanks to my surgeon and today's modern medicines.

Hope you can too.

10. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 8y

There're combination products with glucosamine+chondroitin+MSM so it saves you from taking many pills but they may cost abit more.