Quick message about my Osteoarthritis history. ( sorry if it is long )
Back in 1995 when i was 26 i started getting a painfull and inflamed left knee.
I was sent to a local specialist who told me i had Osteoarthritis.
The specialist drained my joint a number of times whilst i was on Diclofenac but it would keep getting worse.
Eventually i had two major operations where they cut away some of the Synovium from the front and then the back of the knee joint.
After that i had reduced movement of the knee joint and i had to have a manipulation under general anesthetic which gave me a bit back.
Had to give up sports and most normal activities.
Now at the age of 40 i can only bend my knee to about 95 degree's in my left leg and i have a torn cartilage in my right knee that was operated on 18 months ago but seems to be back.
I still take Diclofenac in reduced amounts which keeps any inflamation and pain away but i am so sick of not being able to kneel, crouch down or barely even cross my legs. God help me the day i have to jump from the upstairs window of a burning building cus im sure my knee's will snap into pieces.
Also it limits me to the type of work i can do. Currently my job means standing and walking all day and it can give me alot of pain but what choice do i have. Not many other jobs out there at the moment.
My question is that in this day and age why can't they operate on a knee like mine to give me full range back again.?
A new joint isn't an option as i am still too young.
When job hunting i always tell the jobcentre i don't have a dissability. But do i .?
Many thanks for any replies i might get. I probably should have looked up a place like this years ago to be honest.