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?A brief history. I saw teh GP in 2012 for knee pain, had physio and then cortisone injections which didn't give a great deal of relief. Went to surgery for arthroscopy and microfracture in 2013 which was not a success - left me in a worse condition. Had the right knee done in 2014 for the same which has worked. Had more cortisone and hyaloronic (sp?) after for left knee then left knee re-done for arthroscopy and microfracture (surgeon said the first op hadn't worked when he looked) in Jan and was a bit better. I fel tthat I'd gone back to where I was before the first op. )The first op left me in bad pain and a terrible "graunching" when I applied pressure through it (like depressing the clutch in the car) it was also "catching" on something inside. He also cut out a fatty pad(?).
?So forward on to this year and it has deteriorated again. My knee constantly hurts. I take co-codamol which doesn't really do anything also norytryptyline at night to help with nerve ending pains. At night my knee feels like it is on fire and during the day it is a constant grinding ache. I also use Voltarol gel to get some topical relief.
?I went back to the GP who referred me to musculoskeletal clinic as he felt they might be able to offer some more conservative treatment. He felt if he referred me to a consultant they woudl just go for surgery.
?So I went to clinic, had xrays, the Dr there said I'd had a lot of work done already and there wasn't anything he could really do. I have osteoarthritis and he recommends a partial knee replacement. I'm off for MRI and he has referred me to consultant.
?Whilst I don't want a PKR I feel I have to do something to try to get rid of the pain. I'm 53. I have an active job that I need to be able to get up and down off the floor for (I work with disabled children in the community). I have to be able to carry equipment and drive.
?Is this really the only solution? Like I say I don't necessarily want it but I can't see the other options.
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