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I was diagnosef with OA of the knee when i was in my 40's and more recently found through an x-ray report it's now considered to be Stage4 severe, It has locked whilst walking or when standing after sitting and vice versa in the past, though i'm not in constant pain , but certain movements of the joint cause very sharp breif pain, the joint is worn and unstable, to add to this i also have OA in my oposite knee that isn't severe, and in my forefoot, and it's starting in my hands ,though not sufficient to show on an x-ray, but the hands can be painful sometimes resulting in me having to drop what i'm holding because of the pain
I don't wish to take NSAIDS due to the side effects , i have tried codine but it doesn't really help, Due to not being as active dur to my OA i have gained several stone in weight and this is having an impact on my general health IE High BP which has reached Stage2 levels, (no medication) as by a small change in diet i lost a small amount of wieght and BP reduced to Stage 1 levels
I have been out of work for some time in part due to my heath issues even getting to and from the work place everyday would become an issue at sme point , Due to my age i'm not keen on having surgery yet,as it's not something that i would wish to repeat , i have seen the MCAS ES physio , who's opinion was i need a Full knee replacement , which i rejected due to the above reasons, I may ask about the lubricating Acid type injections they unlike the steriod injections don't speed up the errosion of the caritlage , my solutuion would be this and a knee brace until such a time having surgery would outlive me
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