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I am age 84 and am suffering a lot of pain from severe osteoarthritis in both knees (walking bone on bone) I have had two lots of cortisone injections which worked like magic. However, I saw a consultant who has recommended TKR on each knee. He also wouldn't OK another lot of injections before my op' as there is a risk of infection. I can see the point of that but he then told me that his waiting time was eight months and it was much the same for all of his colleagues. I am now scarcely able to walk, get very little sleep and am in pain for most of the time. I have tried Co-codamol but it makes me sick, as does Tramadol and I can't take NSAIDs owing to stomach problems so I take Paracetamol, which does practically nothing. The thought of being like this for probably eight months is unbearable and all I can hope for is that someone will cancel and I can get treated earlier. It makes me wonder if I will still be around when they send for me.
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