How to manage pain

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I have had osteoarthritis for 2 years now in both knees.im taking painkillers and gel to rub in knees daily.pain is still had most days.what do others do for similar pain?thanks.valerie

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  • Brynmor
    Brynmor Member Posts: 1,755
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    Hi Valerie and welcome to the Online Community.

    I'm sorry to hear you have osteoarthritis in both knees which is causing you pain. This is a common place for osteoarthritis to affect and can be difficult to endure.

    We have a great page of information on our website that gives lots of detail about the condition, including options for treatment and sections on coping and managing the pain.

    There is lots of information here on the Community and many members have experienced your situation. Do join in and keep asking for help and any questions, you will be made most welcome.

    All best wishes

    Brymor

  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
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    Hello, it is miserable, isn't it? I have OA in numerous joints including my knees, both have been hurting constantly since 2003 so I am used to it but even so there are times when the challenge is too much. One of the 'better' bits of OA is I know when it will be aggravated so I can plan for it: rest more with my legs up (and supported under my knees) and do less in terms of chores and exercise. Yup, exercise, I know that seems counter-intuitive but it is important to keep the leg muscles strong and flexible so they better support our hurty joints. It is also good for the whole body and our mental health.

    Day-to-day I take minimum pain relief - any pain relief merely dulls rather than remove - and I distract my brain with reading, TV, doing puzzles of all kinds, card making and keeping in touch with friends. DD

    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • Babs55
    Babs55 Member Posts: 6
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    Hello Missy and Dreamdaisy, I have OA both knees for 10 years. I totally agree with you Ddaisy, I do all these things to distract my brain from the sometimes intolerable pain. Pre-covid I managed swimming twice a week, great weight bearing exercise, enjoyment and relief. Doctor prescribes me breakthrough Severadol ( morphine) along with ibrufen, gabapentin, zomorph and the latest, amitriptyline plus I have the massage rub. All of which only dull the pain. It feels great to be among those who know pain and dont just dismiss it. Take care.