I'm recently diagnosed with OA of the knee, having had almost 2 years of doctors /physios and different advice. It's been quite a shock to find that there is no real treatment - though I have been offered a few more sessions of Physiotherapy - I've said yes, but it didn't help at all last year - but this will be a different physio, so possibly it will this time.
I've been a keen hill walker for most of my life, increasing pain while doing it was what led me to the GP in the first place. Now I'm told just to do short walks on the flat -this is SO frustrating and feels like a big loss. A loss to my sense of myself, too.
My husband tries, but isn't very patient with my misery about it. And as others have noted here, there's been a lot of the "that's not so bad" sort of responses from friends. It feels quite a lonely place to be in. I feel I shouldn't mind as much as I do, but I DO mind!
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