After 2 x-rays and 1 MRI, my left knee is in bad shape, and my right knee is not much better. Arthritis, gout, small tear in the meniscus, and the 'cushion' in the joint that keeps the bones from grinding together is not only worn thin, but has calcium deposits in the tissue. Yep, hot mess. Cause? Doc says "Laura, you've worked like a man all your life, 45-55 hours a week on your feet (with (2) 13 hour days in that week) you are wearing your parts out". Laura says "Doc, it's just me. there is no second income in the home" Doc says "You are looking at knee replacement if you don't stop". SO I have questions: 1. What can I do 'naturally' to combat arthritis? 2. What can I take to help the 'cushion' in my joints stay 'cushion-y"? 3. Along with ice and rest, what can I do to bring down the swelling? I will see my PT monday (2 bulging discs in my neck, because of work) and have her build me a plan to strengthen the muscles around my knees to protect the bones.