- Updated July 7, 2017
“17, 18 19…” I happily counted off each step as I bounded up the suspended steel and concrete stairs. At the top of the first flight there was a breathtaking view of the ocean I considered a reward for my efforts, so I paused briefly to gaze out at the Pacific, then turned around and flew up the final 40 steps up to our vacation condo.
We’d stayed at this same condo a year ago, while on vacation in Costa Rica. At that time, the expedition up and down the 60+ steps, multiple times a day, was daunting and incredibly painful.
The reward of relaxing on the beach, or meals out motivated me, as I struggled up the jungle gym of a staircase. I used a combination of double-stepping and leaning my full weight onto the metal railing as I tried to lessen the impact of each excruciating step.
Here’s a photo my kids snapped of me last year:
A few years earlier, doctors told me both of my knees were “bone-on-bone” and needed replacing. They said it was my only hope of any restored function and pain relief.
What a difference a year makes!
This year, I kept up with our three children, had no clicking, aching or shooting pain and looked forward to the daily treks. I experienced a of sense euphoria as I confidently strode up and down the stairway!
The reason I’m not agile and pain free, is not because I had my knees replaced. I had (adipose) stem cell treatment in of my both knees a year ago. Learn more about my experience here.
Unfortunately, this treatment is currently not covered by insurance, but the amount I spent was far less than my out-of-pocket expenses would have been for a single knee replacement surgery.
I honestly didn’t know how, or if, the treatment would work, so I waited a while after having the procedure, before sharing the news of what I’d had done. Three months after my single day treatment, I had no pain as I walked, sat or slept, so I enthusiastically finally made an announcement on my Facebook page.
My friends and family were happy for me, but they remained dubious and want to see how I’m doing a year or so down the road.
The truth is, I don’t know how I’ll be doing a few years from now, but my condition has improved so drastically I’m just reveling in the moment!
It’s been a year since my treatment, and I am still amazed! The creaking, squeaking, grabbing, and shooting pain in both knees is a thing of the past. They can get stiff if I’ve been sedentary for any length of time, but once I get up and start moving, I feel like a kid again!
I’m also trying to lose a few pounds which will make things even better, but everything in it’s time.
I’ve got a number of friends who’ve had knee replacements this year and the majority of them aren’t doing great. Unfortunately, now that they’ve had their knee replaced with a device, they’re at the mercy of a man-made piece of equipment implanted in their body, that may, or may not hold up for the rest of their lives.
I also had the doctor inject some of my stem cells into the base of my thumbs, where I’d been experiencing constant pain due to age-related osteoarthritis, and that pain is COMPLETELY GONE!
I don’t know how my knees and hands will be doing in the future, but for now I’m back to doing yoga, going on hikes, keyboarding, gardening, and grateful beyond measure. I would absolutely have this procedure done again if I ever need to, and by that time, hopefully insurance will be covering this amazing treatment.
Find out more here: Stem Cell Treatment In My Knees And Hands Eliminated My Pain
Pura vida, Penny