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Hi I think I may have posted on this subject before. I can't honestly remember as I have been on so many different forums. I suffer from oa in the neck,spine and knees. My knees are the worst. I am 67 years of age and first started having trouble with my knees in my early 40's all be it mild. I have just come back from hospital orthpaedic clinic. This time I saw a different consultant he seemed to think everything was much worst then when I saw my usual consultant 3 months ago. He also thinks it is in my hips although nowhere near as bad as the knees. He said arthroscopy won't work and and will I need knee replacements. I don't think I am quite ready for surgery and also I have other health and family problems to deal with in the next few months. Is there any one in my position. How do you cope and what have you been told. He pointed out that unlike hip replacements that are generally successful. Knee replacements are not a cure and you can still get some pain and 1 in 10 don't work. He said medicine and technology have not advanced as much with knees as with hips. He has signed me off saying I should come back if
I find I can no longer cope with pain etc. He did mention that knee replacements are a really painful op so you need to find your quality of like is unacceptable and you will take the small risk of it not working. This does worry me for other reasons I cannot take painkillers apart from paracetamol. I am not very optimistic for the future. Thanks for reading this.
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