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Hello. I am a female aged 70. I have o a in knees spine and neck and possibly hips. Around 6 years,ago I suffered awful knee pain but the worst pain was going down the leg to the ankle and foot it was unbearable (no back pain then although I do have severe varicose veins) I was due to have a knee wash out in the September having seen the ortho doctor in July. The pain kept me housebound but never bothered when asleep. To cut a long story short by the time the surgery came up the pain has disappeared and the consultant said looks like nature had done the job and better not to upset it with surgery.
Fast forward to now having had a stressful couple of years due to other health problems a house move of 200 miles and anxiety problems I now am having the same pain. This time it started lower back just above buttock and knee hurting more than usual and this excruciating pain in ankle and foot. Due to gastritis I cannot take nsaids only paracetamol in desperation. I used some ibuprofen gel this morning although probably not a good idea. Because of diverticualar and ibs am really careful about what pain killer I take as I can't risk constipation. By chance I have a gp Appointment tomorrow. I was under the impression that knee oa does not refer pain to feet but that it does from the back. I dread having to once again spend weeks in doors but there is no way I can walk when it is bad. Would be grateful for any suggestions on pain relief and anyones experiences of this type of referrred pain. I am feeling so down. My husband also has health problems so he can't do everything in the house. Doctors don't seem to worry too much just saying it's Arthritis . I was advised by a,consultant orthopaedic doctor not to have knee replacement until really necessary saying that they do not work as well as hip replacement and it is a very painful surgery.
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