Happy New Year to you all.
Just wondering if anyone can help me please (well my Mum). My Mum has had sero positive RA (which I have now been diagnosed with) for the last 28 years. Her left knee is badly affected with osteoarthritis to the point where the two bones are rubbing together. She is in a great deal of pain and unable to put any weight on her knee hence has very limited mobility. She has tried various pain killers and splints but none to any effect so far. The only solution is a knee replacement but unfortunately she was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in April 2014 and unable to have any invasive surgery due to the risk of not being to handle the anaesthesia and infection. The Orthopedic Team were also talking about a steroid injection but said because the gap between the two bones is virtually non existent they don't know if they will be able to inject in the correct place and even if they do they don't know if it will be effective or not, last two days or 6 weeks with the additional risk of infection. Does anyone have any experience of how best to make Mum more comfortable please? Any splints they know of which may help? She is a petite, frail lady and was recently provided with a heavier splint (with metal on each side) to even out the pressure of the two bones equally. She finds this too heavy.
Thank you so much.