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Hi: so my patella is very worn and there is some area of bone contact. I 'may have spurs, etc. I have not had an MRI because my doctors don't think that it will reveal anything. I do pass all of the office tests well--i.e. they flex and twist my knee without my having pain. But steroid shots have stopped working. At the moment I can't bear weight for long (walking) without pain increasing significantly. I am about to begin taking a strong ibuprofen to attempt to help the so called arthritis, which I just discovered is a catch all term that covers just about everything. Doctors advise against any surgery, even arthoscopic, saying they aren't effective. The cynic in me wonders if this isn't a cost decision but I doubt that. I finally wrested a promise of getting an mri if after a month my pain doesn't subside. I'm in the states with Kaiser; which seem to have a hands off approach to things like a torn miniscus (sp,) which I think I experienced over a year ago when my troubles began. Just let it heal.
I've done physical therapy and will continue, but I'm very discouraged. I'm not overweight. I can't go for walks right now however.
I'm venting but also asking for any direction. I'm hoping the ibuprofen will help and I will at least be able to walk for forty minutes as a minimum.
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