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Who ever was going to start that new thread on running with a new replacement is a genius and I look forward to watching that thread.
About a year ago I had stem cell treatment and it's really helped with my arthritis/lack of cartilage. I still get the hyaluronic acid injections twice a year, but I don't think I'll need them when I'm due next.
I think the best proof I have for my knees betting better is that I can squat and stand up without pain. I can almost bend my knees far enough to sit on my heels, before the stem cell I couldn't bend my knees to an angle less than 90 degrees with out a lot of pain. I also don't have to go down steps one at a time and I can step up and off stools/chairs without having to grab hold of something a pull myself up/lower myself down...I usually hold something for stability, but I don't have to. I'm not jumping up and down on them without thinking about it but...
My last round of xrays and MRI show my knees are not nearly as arthritic as they were. there are still some days where they hurt, mostly when it is very humid, before it rains or when it's very cold. There is still a little pain in the morning and if I have been sitting with my knees bent for over and hour (saw Hamilton the other day....the end of Act 1 was okay, the end of Act 2 they hurt...but walking after was fine and the pain/stiffness lessened over the next hour).
Let me know if you have any other questions.