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Hi, I'm a 64 yr old female, new to this forum and looking to tap into your knowledge of living with arthritis.
?I have had arthritis in R knee on and off for about 5 yrs but have managed with rest and painkillers over a couple of days each time. I was walking approx. 2 miles daily however over last 12 weeks I have had increasing pain in L Knee which has prevented me continuing.
?GP says "it's arthritis and you need to lose weight" - I was overweight before this but inactivity has made problem worse. GP also said I should try and go as long as possible before being referred. I am doing daily exercises at home (static bike / stretching / stairs etc.) But have gone from being quite active (although overweight) to having to force myself to do anything because it's so painful. I've tried Ibuprofen tablets and gel, Diclofenac gel, Paracetamol, heat pads, cool pads. I get very little relief and walking outdoors is a nightmare - my knee feels like it's pushing against something in the wrong position and shockwaves of pain make me pull up short all the time.
?Now the question I'm finally asking you is, is it common to have this level of immobility after such a short time? I'd be grateful for any info. - thanks.
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