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I have had severe painin my right knee on and off for about15 years. When it first started my gp said it was a torn ligament although I hhadn't felt it snap. There have been times when I've needed to use a stick and then I've not. Last year I was diagnosed with polymyalgia and started on steroids. Very quickly I felt tons better and my knee pain went away completely, I was able to walk up and down hills and stairs, it was wonderfully. I then had to start decreasing my dose and gradualy the pain returned and my knee was more painful than ever. I now can't walk without a stick and within five minutes of walking I'm in awful pain. I saw an orthopaedic consultant who after looking at extensive xrays said I had moderate OA in my right knee and severe OA in my left which also had a lot of rubbish in it. He wanted me to have an mri scan of my right knee as sometimes steroids can cause problems within joints. The mri came back clear with only minor changes present. I was hoping that the mri might show something else which was causing the pain but apparently not. I am now waiting for an appointment to see the consultant to see what he thinks now. When I originally saw him he pretty much said that he will replace the knee but whether that will still be the case with the new information is yet to be seen. My question is has anyone been in the same position? I feel that I want the knee replacement as I can't bear this pain any longer but what if the replacement doesn't take away the pain. I appreciate that non of us are doctors but we all experience knee pain so hopefully you might have some suggestions. I know that sometimes the joint is much more damaged when they go in to operate than the xrays suggested. Any advice would be much appreciated. Debbie
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