I am 57 year old male.I have OA in left and right knees....

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I am 57 year old male.I have OA in left and right knees.The left knee I am in constant pain.take numerous medication.Tramadol being the main pain tablet.Unfortunately the Tramadol only eases the pain slightly for up to a couple hours.Been told to give up work.Due to morgage etc just cannot, have to struggle on.Wont be considered for surgery till been off work at least 6 months and cant walk more thasn 100 yards.This means I will be in constant pain till god knows when!I know there must be thousands of us but why can I not have an op? At least it would get me thro' the rest of my working years.At times I just wish I was dead.It is causing friction at home, I have stopped talking about it.Sorry for the moaning but had to get off my chest.

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    Please take a look at the following link http://www.ossur.com/bracesandsupports/kneebraces/osteoarthritiskneebraces

    I work in R/D for Ossur and have myself witnessed incredible results with these devices. Osteoarthritis is most commonly a mechanical disease because the loading on one side of your knee is abnormal so bracing is an excellent non invasive treatment option that is alot less expensive than surgery. A brace is also a mechanical solution because it changes the loading pattern in your knee and gives you pain relief at the same time. I´m real sorry to hear about your condition, please give this a look.

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    I now exactly how you feel. I have osteo in both knees and an in pain 24/7 and there doesn't seem to be a way of stopping the pain. The Dr I saw is proposing me for a new type of joint called journey deuce as, according to the Dr it is better for the younger patients.. those under 60 :wink:
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    Hi, I agree with all said on this post regarding reluctance to operate on Arthrtic hips, joints etc and I have heard all the 'reasons' given. I read if a Painkiller or Painkillers DO give you positive relief the op: can be put off till the day the Painkillers no longer work or you cannot walk. Seems reasonable.

    I attended an appointment wth a surgeon with BUPA, average cost of a hip op: was £8,000- £11,000 but could not operate in my case because of where the Arthritis was on the spine. The hip, they wanted to do certain x-rays etc. So the difference, regarding me, on the Private side of medical tratment was with the illness of the patient, much much more important than The National Health. But again, that was MY perception. I was told a lot without me asking about my illness and of course was surprised with some of what was explained to me considering I had had osteoarthritis for over 30 years.

    Good luck to you both.

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