Osteoarthritis stage 4

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at 26 years old stage 4 osteoarthritis in my right knee no doctor says they can help cuz of my age.. I can't work barely walk and in extreme pain... I need advice ;(

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    hi,i have a condition that causes the same problems.what medication are you on?.i am 44 but have suffered since the age of 36.i have had one op on the right knee to clear the joint.the pain and knee has got worse since my op again which was in 2008.since then i have been on loads of meds and now have to have the op repeated soon.this will go on untill you can be lucky enough to get a new knee when you are 60.thats what they have told me,due to cost and they only last 10yrs until that needs replacing.see if you can get a referal to a pain management clinic at your hospital they will have some alternative procedures etc.
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    Hi there, thank you for replying wink

    I have had 3 arthroscopic surgeries and this last one left me basically disabled and so sleep deprived I can babarely function as a happy human being... I am prescribed around the clock perks but I try so hard to only take them as needed but my body knows when the 4-6 hour timeframe has reached... Have u heard of the new

    Resurfacing knee surgey available? It helps people like us to get the help we need at a younger age until we can actually be given the full knee replacement... With our technology and advancements this is truly the "quality of life doctors are satisfied leaving us with"? I was a happy girl who rarely cried I do not know if its lack of sleep that makes me so emotional but I have spent many days crying and can't believe we cannot be helped... This is something I wish no one to ever experience but at stage 4 we cannot turn back or fix any damage and it's for life..what meds are you taking to help ease this agony?

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    well because mine has been caused by heamachromatosis(too much iron storeage in the blood) is has damaged many of my organs and also my joints and spine now.so its quite complex.both have caused me great depression over the years and pain.i had to give up a good job and have faced many personal problems.i am on over 200 tablets a week and morphine patches and unfortunatley sleeping pills (zolpidem).my knee now has a tumor,so i am just awaiting surgery.apart from anti depressants and diazipam all the other tablets are for pain relief.its just bad luck.but i found the pain clinic very good.to manage pain,get hydrotherapy and specialist physio.its shame yours has come up so young.what has caused your problem and is it isolated to one area?.i would not recommend sleeping tablets from the doctor,but you can try some less addictive ones ,short term like 50mg one a night sleep aid first.i found lloyds own brand better and cheaper than nytoll.
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    My first surgery I was 16 years old and minor fractures were augmented and my knee would lock up on me... This last one march 31 told me I was in for a long haul... I work in the nursing field I cannot continue, I moved home with my parents as I can't take care of my two dogs alone anymore and stairs are complicated for me...I cannot believe that I've never heard of a low iron deficiency as a cause of this ever? I truly feel for you as you are not much older and this is how they have left u! It's truly terrible this... I have learned about it in school and they never once touched how life changing or debilitating it can be.. Although all I hear lately from people is oh I have it ( I guess the earlier stages you prevent it from the 4th stage I think and many people that know before should)... They don't know why this has happened to me... I'm active well I was a figure skater and soccer player for 14 years... But no one has looked further no MRI done, only X-ray and athroscopy to tell me my damages.. But there is no incident that I can think of

    Severe enough that would have caused trauma... I was looking for people to talk to about this also I think we may be in very different locations as well,.. I live in Canada... Pain meds are a struggle

    To get I showed up after 3 weeks of no sleep to my doctors office basically saying how inhumane he was for giving me Tylenol 3 as a pain killer cuz he was worried about addiction

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    god,it does sound all bad ..its too much iron that caused my condition.google heamachromatosis for symptoms,i am in the uk,but you should had have at least an mri before any op.something must had caused it.it sounds like you have been sort of fobbed off and grin and bare it.sorry i thought this was a uk forum thing,i just discovered it this morning and its the first time i have done this sort of thing.but its good to talk about things.i think your case deserves a replacement now due to your age so you can live a better,fuller life.why is everything down to money.you are right though,i am now dependant on painkillers and sleeping tabs now.the doctors here dish them out.just keep your chin up,you seem very positive and you have support from your mum and dad.x
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    I googled it t is definitely terrible... Ya I thought it was a UK site but I couldn't find much for Canada and I came across this and thought I'd give it a shot to find more info... From what we hear in Canada is the UK does replacements much younger? Guess that's all people chat again! And my last MRI was 11 years ago . I asked for one and they put me on a waiting list and were very insulted that I requested that after he said he basically did the MRI with a camera .. Ya that's promising.. But no family history, no trauma and every doctor keeps asking what happened and is mad at me for not knowing... I've been in search of a doc willing to help and left a very knowledgeable hospital in tears as they were rude and treated me like this is how I must live... A 26, soon to be 27, should not have had to quit there job, and be left to suffer ... I will continue to search for help it has to exist atleast a partial replacement would help a bit and allow to maintain the life I had and not impede on my poor parents
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    Oops yes my knee locked so they operated that night on me as I had a history of looking and then went in thinking it was a normal meniscus damage repair and to only discover it was the bone catching...
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