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I have osteoarthritis in both knnes and right hip confirmed by xray. I think I have OA in my left hand and possibly my neck but haven't bothered to mention these to my GP. I had knee xrays about 8 months ago and again last week. I went to my doctors this morning to discuss the results. Unfortunately my GP died in November last year and since then I've seen four different doctors.. I also have polymyalgia and fibromyalgia. Today my doctor confirmed that both knees have deteriorated since my xrays last year. I am only 56 but am in such horrible pain and can only walk a very short distance that I asked to be referred to a specialist. She refused and said there was no point due to my age. I pointed out that I can't manage like this for another 10 or 20 years. Her response is that she will refer me for physio. I can't see how physio can stop bone on bone pain. Am I wrong? Is there any point in paying to see a specialist privately? I know that they don't want to replace knees too early as they don't last for ever but surely I should be helped to live a normal life for my age!!! I don't find painkillers any use except to help me sleep. The only thing that took all the pain away was the steroids for my polymyalgia but they cause more problems. Advice anyone please. Deb
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