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Hello I have already posted on the general arthritis forum. Only found this one by chance. Quick story I am 67 female and have had knee OA for well over 20 years. I also have OA in the spine and neck and according to my latest hospital visit in the hips but not so bad at the moment. My knees are the worst though. The consultant said I have OA all over which I already knew and I will need TNR both knees. He seemed to be putting me off by saying that it is a really painful op and that I should only consider it if I find my quality of life is unacceptable (not quite there yet). He also said 1 in 10 surgeries don't work and they are not as successful as hips and you can sitll get some pain in the long term. I wondered what everyone thinks about this. How did you decide when to go ahead with surgery. I also wonder whether he thought that I would not cope with the surgery because of my other arthritic problems. I also have a few other health problems and am on various medication. I
can't tolerate most painkillers just paracetamol. On the other forum members have suggested femopam and gaberpentin. (hope I've spelt them right).
I am going to ask my gp. My other question is about referred and radiating pain. As I understand it oa in knee causes knee pain. Yes I do have alot of knee pain, but what gets me down is pain outer side of leg a few inches each side of the left knee, low back pain and pain down below knee to ankle. As said I can ony take paracetamol and also pernaton cream to rub on. I have trouble working out what is causing what pain. Anyone else have this problem. I am overweight and have lost 1 stone but still a couple to go. I find that often the pain starts when lying in bed if on my left side seems beter on the right. Thanks for reading this.
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