I'd like to make a suggestion.
When I was diagnosed with OA my doctor basically told me "you've got OA, do you want pain meds? Come back when you need surgery". This isn't unusual. We're on our own. That's the reality for most. In sheer terror we search the internet to find out more and come across sites like this.
Now, obviously most people who get better through their own actions or through chance get on with their lives. They don't frequent forums like this. So all we get to read are the worse case scenarios. This can send us into a spiral of pain and despair. I can't begin to explain to you how much damage it can do.
People that got a diagnosis a long time ago are often not up to date with regards to the latest info with regards to understanding of what OA is, it's prognosis, treatment and likelihood of complete cure. In good faith they share bad info. The latest guidelines were published in 2014.
Can I suggest a pinned link to the latest NICE guidelines so that people searching for information can go direct to the source to find out what guidelines their doctors are being given? I think people would find it hugely helpful and it would help them to separate fact from fiction.