4 Years after a Knee Stem Cell Injection for Arthritis and Still Improving
4 years after a knee stem cell injection for arthritis, and still improving… We’ve been using stem cells to treat our patients for a long time, so many of our patients are now years out from their treatments. NH is one such patient who received the Regenexx-C stem cell procedure for her arthritic knee in 2008. Though not everyone’s experience will be the same, it’s likely best for her to tell her own story, so here’s an e-mail she recently sent to Dr. Schultz about her stem cell knee experience.
“When I first came to Dr Centeno’s clinic in 2008 I was the product of a left knee surgery gone awfully wrong which I had in May of 2006. After knee repair to correct what looked like shredded cartilage my pain and inability to function increased beyond my worse nightmare. Before knee surgery I could at least walk, although when I got in and out of vehicles I had to be very careful because I could get excruciating knee pain. It also happened when I danced, not right away but “from out of the blue.” The pain was so intensive it made me as white as a sheet. But I still could walk and live a normal life. In my job I was walking about 9 miles per day before this left knee surgery. And I could stand up (bear weight on my knee) without wishing I could sit down. In fact I was not impacted by weight bearing. I never gave it a second thought. After knee surgery my cartilage in my left knee decreased fairly rapidly to zero where I could not walk more than a few hundred feet per day max and every step was extremely painful. I would step out of the car and try to figure out how many feet I had to walk, and could I manage it. And I had to quit my job. After less than one year after left knee surgery, even walking a few hundred feet was very painful and that is all of the walking I felt I could do in a day. I was almost measuring these few hundred feet and saving them so I could walk from the curb to the grocery store, then use the electric cart to do my shopping or just get some chores done around the house. I tried injections of synovial fluid. It did not help my left knee although I had significant improvement in my right knee. Then the physician gave me cortizone injections in the left knee and it caused me to gain about 15 pounds within 3 weeks and I had real trouble reducing these increased pounds and realized a couple of years later that this induced insulin resistance. I am convinced of it. In 2008 I learned of Dr. Centeno’s clinic and I had stem cell treatment. My total recovery was slow. Provided I don’t climb up and down stairs and don’t step up on too many curbs per day, and don’t carry two much I could walk without a wheel chair. I didn’t walk too far. I came to measure my walking abilities by how many times I could walk around stores the size of Costco. At first it was one store once or twice a week and normal walking around the house and office (but not excessive walking). That was a great achievement for me. Gradually it became about 3 stores by 2009, and now in 2012 I can step up over occasional curbs – still avoiding the steps so I don’t have to curtail my walking. I went with my step daughters to Alligator Land in Oct of 2012 and walked from 2 to 5 in the afternoon barely stopping at a normal walking pace. After that it took my knee 3 weeks to recover back to normal. Although now I didn’t curb my activities, just experienced more pain while doing those activities. What is normal? I can take a break every hour and walk about 100 yards each time at least 6 times per day. I can walk the equivalent of 6 to 7 stores the size of Costco several times per week. I walk through xxx Mall and back to the car once or twice. Walk from the parking garage to my car – another 300 yards. I can also greet customers at the front door a few times per day. Probably walking another 1,000 feet each time. And I can visit a bunch of smaller stores and restaurants. When I travel by air, I no longer need the wheel chair. I haven’t used the wheel chair for travel since July of 2012. I take small strolls here and there – not to far, maybe a couple of thousand feet. However, I believe that at 61 years old in just a few days, that I am still consistently improving. For one year now I I have been following a mostly vegan lifestyle to reduce my cholesterol (dropping the fish and dairy so I can lose weight), taking hemp and flax seeds, eating soy and lots of beans. I believe that for the most part I am reducing the cortisol that increased from receiving the cortizone shots and slowly my body is losing those pounds.) I do hope your clinic can continue to give patients the “gift” of their own stem cells implanted as this has proven such a blessing to me. I am overwhelmed at the continued increments of improvement that I am continuing to experience. At first you think it is not much, but it continues to improve. I am almost observing that when I “overdo” my walking sometimes, that eventually I can increase my walking over time although this could be me imagining things. I cannot run and dance – at least not yet, and may never be able to again – but I am leaving a lifestyle that is unhindered because I am able to walk without thinking about whether or not I can do it. I can walk fast, even out walk my husband for small spurts. For the last several months I have added carrying a back pack around instead of using a purse. This way I can carry more stuff. I estimate that I can carry about 10 pounds and I am now increasing my aerobic activity because I wear it anytime I leave the office or house. At first I noticed I was breathing heavier but now my breathing is normal. That is my latest improvement. I am now able to bear more weight. I can stand up for longer periods of time, especially if I move a little. I cannot add the computer to my backpack yet as it’s too heavy and it impacts my knee. I can also carry n the lighter grocery bags which I couldn’t do before without impacting my knee. When my knee is impacted it takes me longer to walk within a more comfortable zone. When it is impacted the pain on walking is increased but I can still do it if I want to bear the pain. Most of the time I am so busy at work I don’t feel my the pain.
Please use this testimony for any reason to promote your good work.”
NOTE: Any case reports or patient results presented on this web-site are not indicative of all patient results. Like any medical procedure, all Regenexx procedures have a success and failure rate.