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I am nearly 52 and have had osteoarthritis in both knees for about ten years. I have been having steroid injections into both knees every six months for a few years by my GP. About eight years ago I had one MRI scan on my , then, worse right knee and I have had various x rays, but haven’t been seen by the hospital for several years. I had my last injections in june, so am not able to have more till December, but my knees have both been really painful since August, so I did not get much relief at all. They ache really badly. They stiffen up and sometimes give way. By the end of the day it feels like someone has hit my knees with a hammer and I have to put my hands on the stairs to get up to bed.
Can anyone give me an idea of when the ‘right time’ is to be offered knee replacement? The last time I went to the hospital I left feeling so upset and angry, when a doctor told me injections and pain killers were not the answer - weight reduction and exercise apparently were.
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