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Hi , I have damaged cartilage on Patela and femoral bone. I can manage my pain at rest but stops me doing thinks like picking thinks from the floor, Can’t do the stairs as it always trigger more pain , even slow pedáloch on bicykle triggers scratching .
Pain is getting unmanageable when I am at work on 12 hrs shift and I keep getting off sick. It is affecting my income, mental Health and I am worried I am going to loose my job.
I had private MRI and private orthopaedic surgeon advised for arthroscopy and washout maybe some shaving if needed. I am having pain from April and it’s definitely not getting better. I brought my MRI to GP (UK) , but only got referred to sport medicine (2 months waiting time) - the doctor there told me basically I need to possibly decrease my working h ours (discuss this at work with occupational health) Adjust my life.
They told me they don’t advise me to have arthroscopy as people can feel worse after having them done.
I said I read studies from America and Uk that washout and arthroscopy can help. But dr. Told me the problem is -in America everyone wants to do something and I should not believe those studies. He told me to read studies from Australia or New Zealand.
Anyway it seems like I can’t get referred to orthopaedic surgeon through NHS as this sport medicine doctor thinks there is not another option as to live with what I have got. I have no private insurance and I don’t know what to do?
Has anyone had arthroscopy for patella femoral pain, washout or shaving of cartilage ?
Did the surgery help?
Should I borrow money for arthroscopy or it’s waste of money and it’s realy not going to get better???
I feel so hopeless, not sure what and who to believe.
Please if you have some experience let me know.
Thank you all.
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