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?I'll try to be as brief as possible. I had knee pain in both knees but worse in the left knee from 2013. After physio, cortisone injections (didn't work) x-rays, mri. Diagnosed with osteoarthritis.I was sent for an arthroscopy and micro-fracture in November 2014. This left me worse off. I was off work for 16 weeks - I need to be able to kneel, carry equipment and get up and down off the floor, also drive. Using the clutch in the car left me in tears. Every time I pressed the clutch down my knee would jolt and click through - hard to describe. In the meantime I had the same done to the right knee which was a success.
?Back into surgery for the left knee again. I had had further hyalorinic (??sp??) injections (no relief) This was in spring/summer 2015. The surgeon said the microfracture hadn't worked and he had taken out a flap or lump that was presumably causing the jolting/jamming effect in the knee. It did get marginally better but has since deteriorated significantly. I am in constant pain. I have been prescribed co-codamol for the day and amytriptyline, 10mg, for the nerve pain at night. These don't really get rid of the pain. I also use voltarol gel on occasions.
If I have my knee at right angles when sitting it hurts - at home I sit with it up on a stool. Bizarrely I can straighten my knee excellently. I can lift it and my mobility is good. I swam for many many years and the physio remarked that I have "swimmers legs" so I am quite strong. I have no swelling and never have done. I continue to do the exercises given to me after the first surgery.
?The pain is getting me down. I would like to sit in an upright chair without pain. I can no longer walk as much as I used to. Recently my knee has given way and I have fallen over twice in the last two weeks. I am nervous on stairs. My knee no longer feels safe.
?Is there a solution? I am 53. I understand the reluctance for replacement but really don't think this level of pain is realistic to manage for long term. I am a little overweight - I know this doesn't help.
Any ideas I can take to the GP?
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