OA in both knees.

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Hello, I am knew to this forum. I am 54 and i was diagnosed this past January with OA in both of my knees. The right one is the worst. I had the Gel One injections in April and they have not helped at all. My doctor told me I could continue with conservative methods such as weight loss, medications, physical therapy, ice, cortisone shots every 3 months or a pain management center. The last resort is knee replacement. I am holding off on that. I have a good amount of weight to lose. I take naprosyn, tramadol, and the diclofenac cream. I was hoping the gel shots would work. Does anyone out there have any uplifting stories to share? I know they say to exercise but my right knee hurts so much after walking on a few steps. I need to get into some non-impact workouts such as water aerobics.

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    Hi , I'm Dennis aged 60 from Greater Manchester.

    ​Sorry to hear your suffering with diagnosed Osteoarthritis of both knees.

    I will give you valuable information regarding this condition but you will have to accept what you are told by your GP.

    I was 54 when my diagnosis was broken to me, at first It was just something that would probably not get any worse nor any better so I just continued as normal.

    ​I was a plasterer and was always on my knees, perhaps I never listened to my Father regarding knee pads etc. Gradually I got worse and tried the Viscose supplimentation injections I think they were called (Durolane) I had one in each knee but like yourself I noticed no difference. I went for all the scans etc and had a cartilage op a year later, he removed most of the cartillage in my right knee and that made me worse (I wished I had never undergone that) The surgeon told me I had a similar problem in my left knee  but I refused his request to operate. My left knee has remained the same for years but my right has gradually got worse.

    ​I lost the weight they asked me, I was almost 18 stone 114 kg but my weight now is down to 102 kg, again, I felt no difference. I tried the water therapy and swimming, it does ease and losens all the muscles needed to find ease of pain.I use the pool at my local gym 4 times a week, I also work out without high impact and the weight continues to fall off me. During this period i was also diagnosed with Diabetes which made me pack in drinking during the week  I now only drink at weekends.

    ​My righ knee have now got so bad I struggle to even walk a short distance, pain killers don't work nor does the rub in creams like volterol etc. I now have pains shooting down from my knee to my foot which prevents me from driving even short distances as my foot aches so bad. My GP told me that is what happens after time and it now needs that dreaded operation to replace my knee. This has to be done as I cannot put up with this any longer.

    ​Keep taking the tablets until your pain becomes too unbarable and leave the op until you cannot take anymore.

    ​Good luck and kind regards Denn.

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      Hi, Denn:  sorry to hear about your knees.  My deceased husband had the same issues even with the diabetis.  Sorry to say you should not drink even on weekends.  Your kidneys will suffer.I just learned that I have kidney failure stage two from using Celebrex a prescribed drug.  We can beat you up for not using knew pads but you know that.  My husband didn't use knee pads either.  In fact your story is exactly what happened to him. Get on a diabetic diet.   I think you should listen to your doctors suggestions and act upon the surgery.  It will take you down for awhile .  Depending on what country you live in, their are rehab facilities you can recuperate in after surgery.  You only get one body and we all need to take good care of it and follow the docs instructions.  Of course it does take dedication and follow through.  No one likes to out of commission.  Congratulate yourself for losing weight.  I cannot due to the medications I take. Jump in for surgery.  Hopefully you have a loving family who will be supportive.  Good luck my friend.  Jan
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