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Hello all. I'm a 53-year-old obese female (252 5'2". I have diabetes, controlled high blood pressure, diverticulosis, and bilaterial knee osteoarthritis. I've been treated with steroid shots in one knee. It made my diabetes skyrocket and I only had relief for one day. I take all kinds of homeopathic pain relievers as well as Aleve. I have to rotate these because one will tend to stop working after a while, so I go on to the next one. Sometimes I have to use a cane.
I've been on a low-carb diet for two weeks and have only lost one pound. I am so discouraged. Today I threw in the towel and ate a hamburger. Now I really feel guilty. I'm trying to stay away from sugar and bread. I'm in a panic now because my vacation is coming up at the end of September and I can barely walk. I went shopping today and had to cut it short when my knees started "catching" and the pain was too much.
I'm wondering if I should get a brace. I have very large legs. From the ones I see on Amazon, I'll have to get a size 6X. What kind should I get? An offloader? Not sure. My pain is on the inside medial part of each knee. Probably from years of pronation or supination? I just bought a really good pair of shoes with orthotics in them but sometimes it's just not enough.
Any advise would be appreciated. I know I need to exercise but it sure hurts. I have been to physical therapy but the relief didn't last very long. Probably should still be doing the exercises. I will at least start that. Thanks all!
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