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Judith L. Patient Expert

San Luis Obispo, California
I am a mother of two, grandmother of one (and foster-grandmother of another!), who has had arthritis since my 30s or earlier. For several years I worked on ways to minimize the pain and increase my mobility, by exercise and diet particularly.  I know that I contributed to my own disability... Full Bio
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I am a mother of two, grandmother of one (and foster-grandmother of another!), who has had arthritis since my 30s or earlier. For several years I worked on ways to minimize the pain and increase my mobility, by exercise and diet particularly.  I know that I contributed to my own disability by carrying a lot of weight around for most of my life, although I will also note that my extra weight is not a symptom of a moral failure. I found some ways to help myself without relying on expensive, often ineffective and often dangerous drugs.

However, when I turned 65 in Jan. 2011 I went to see a doctor, who referred me to a surgeon, and I headed for a total knee replacement of my left knee. I expect to have the other knee replaced as well, probably in Oct. 2011.  The damage to my knees was too advanced for me to find significant improvement through my six days a week at the gym or by eating the right foods.  

I am back at the gym as well as at the physical therapist's office. I am learning how to walk better than I have in many years and am very hopeful about the years ahead of me.