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I have osteoarthritis and it is gradually getting worse. To start with my GP gave me diclofenac which really helped, but then I had to come off them as they were affecting my kidneys.
I am in a lot of pain, especially in my hips and knees. The only pain killer my doctor can give me is co-dydramol, which helps a little, but not enough for me to lead a full and happy life.
Someone gave me a few of her diclofenac a month ago, and I took them, but within three days my ankles got very swollen, and I knew that was a sign of kidney disease, so I stopped them.
Has anyone got any advice? Are there medications that really help but don't damage the kidneys?
Should I go to my GP and ask for a referral for hip and knee replacements?
Thanks for any replies.
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