Im Jen, Im 44 and have had OA in my left knee for 4 years,lower back 3 years, diagnosed in right knee last year and diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis in both shoulders a couple of months ago, but still undergoing tests to determine if its RA.
To be honest I feel at my wits end at the moment, I feel bad feeling like this as compared to so many my problems are minor and I tell myself to pull myself together and get on with things but its hard at the moment.
I was discharged from the orthos 18 months ago regarding my left knee, I had had 3 minor surgeries on it, 1 to remove the damaged meniscus, next to shave the back of the patella and finally a lateral release in the hopes that my knee would be 'freer' to find a comfortable position away from bone on bone. After the lateral release, the OA was grade 3 with patches of grade 4. The next stage is a TKR but they want me to cope as long as possible before going down that route due to my age. I was assessed for a new kneecap but because the arthritis is bad in the main joint 2 it was deemed 'a waste of time'.
I was using crutches on and off for 2 years and the last 2 have walked with a stick.
Last year my right knee started hurting doing stairs and slopes and gradually got worse, I had an xray and the GP said there was moderate arthritis present but other than take pain killers there was nothing to be done.
In March I injured my knee getting out of the back of a car, saw my GP who sent me to A&E. I was x rayed, which showed a fragment of bone in the joint space, braced, told to use my crutches and seen 3 days later in the fracture clinic. The cons I saw said he couldn't see the fragment and thought it was just arthritis pain I was having - I could neither fully straighten or bend my knee or put any weight through it without it giving way, but to put my mind at ease he ordered an MRI scan. In the meantime, RICE and use the crutches when walking. I don't think I could get through to him just how much it hurt, it was as bad if not worse than when I tore my meniscus.
Last week I woke up in excrutiating pain from my original bad knee and couldn't walk very well even with both crutches. The GP was going to send me to A&E again as he wanted me to be seen by the orthos, he isn't sure if its just complaining about over use or if there is another injury, but due to the bank holiday I wouldn't have been seen until this week and I see the orthos tomorrow for the MRI results so he has faxed them requesting they look at this knee again when Im there.
Im having to shuffle with the crutches rather than walk due to the pain in both knees, Im getting worried about tomorrow, Im not sure what I want the outcome to be - I don't want more surgery but neither do I want to be sent away again with 'Learn to live with it' Does that make sense. The cons Im seeing is the knee specialist at our hospital but I find him very dismissive - he took over when my original cons retired, and is the one who said a PKR would be a waste of time and I had to live with it.
Has anyone any ideas how I can articulate how bad the pain is and how it is actually preventing me from getting out and about?
Sorry to moan and ramble on.