I am new around here and new to Osteoarthritis.
It all started last July when my right knee felt a bit creaky but after 4 or 5 steps it was ok. One day it didnt stop aching and while walking from one building to another something popped in the back of my knee :shock: I went to A&E and was diagnosed with arthritis and given some pain killers and told if it didn't go away to see my own Dr's - well it didn't so off I went. She thought I had a ruptured crutiate and sent me to see the knee specialist. He has just confirmed Acute Osteoarthritis!
The popping in my knee was a bakers cyst bursting hence the pain and inability to walk. Seems this has been coming on for about 10 years - I am still a bit confused why I didn't know about it :?: I have always lead an active life and loved to walk on coastal pathways.
It has all come as a bit of a shock to me and making the adjustments to my lifestyle is hard. The realisation that this is as good as it will get was a real downer.
I did try to research Acute Osteoarthritis on the net but not much came up - seems it isn't as common as I thought!
Going from able bodied to limping and in constant pain and being unable to walk very far or very quickly is the worst. My knee is unstable and I have fallen - skinned me ruddy good knee! - but now walking much slower and concentrate on what I am walking on I feel a bit more in control of that area. Oh yes! I have a varicose vein on my bad knee and falling onto that caused phlebitis!! Now that is painful
Looking forward to finding out what is what and coping strategies. I have an appointment with my GP tomorrow so will start the round of whatevers from there.
Thanks for staying with me - see you round the boards. :roll: