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Osteoarthritis Patient Stories *

Owen Cooke, 61 years, Osteoarthritis and Foot Damage

At age about 25 years, I crashed a hang glider and smashed my right ankle. The main damage was to the talus, which was shattered. I also damaged my back. Initially, I had the talus put together with 3 screws but pain was severe when walking. So five years later, I had the upper ankle joints fused using some bone from my hip...

Malcolm Pasley, Osteoarthritis (Knee)

At the beginning of 2010 I met some people at Nelson airport who told me about their son getting stem cell treatment in Germany for his legs to help him walk which was an almost too good to be true story and made me think about my knee. I then decided to see an Orthopaedic doctor early in 2010 who after seeing xrays of both knees said I had Osteoarthritis especially where the cartilage had been removed...

Robert Da Prato, 64 years, Osteoarthritis - Knees

Sorry I did not get back to you earlier, and also sorry that I did not catch up with you back in town. You wanted to know how the stem cell treatment affected me? Well, this is my experience. I arrived at the clinic on a Monday in mid-February, 2010 where they explained all the legal procedures and took blood samples. Then, they extracted the bone marrow from my hip...

Wendy Funston, 57 years, Arthritis in Hands, Knees, Feet, Elbows

I am 57 and South African by birth. I have lived in Seychelles, Paris and now in Cyprus since 14 years where I do interior design. I started with osteoarthritis about ten years ago. My ther suffered with osteoarthritis from about the age of 50 for the rest of her life. My osteoarthritis started mainly in my hands and then spread to my elbows and knees following the use of exercise machines. It started later in my feet...

Vassilis Ferentouros, 49 years, Knee Arthritis

I have been an active athlete all my life and frequently enjoyed water skiing, tennis, alpine skiing and jogging. I have suffered from recurring knees problems for the past 10 years. The first problem in my left knee appeared in 1998 with a knee-locking syndrome. An arthroscopy showed that my femur's condyle cartilage was damaged, so the treating physician proceeded with debridement and some Pridie drilling. I was fine and free of pain for the next 5 years and I was able to maintain my pre-treatment activity levels...

John Robson, 61 years, Osteoarthritis

I'm a 61-year-old entrepreneur with my own plumbing and heating engineering business; which employs a number of people. Since about my 50th birthday, I started to get pains in my ankles and was soon diagnosed with osteoarthritis. Now combine this with my work, wherein I kneel and squat down a lot, during long working days, and you'll understand that my ankles have a lot to endure...

Helga Borgers, 75 years, Osteomyelitis

I was diagnosed with rheumatism many years ago and more than 18 years ago, my right ankle had to be fused surgically. Since then I have had an ulcerated ankle with severe pain. Throughout the many years, 6 bone splitters broke out of the affected leg; the bone splitters poked painfully into the ulcerous tissue and my foot was constantly inflamed. No real diagnosis was ever made...

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