Hi I’ve just been diagnosed with OA Of the knee after severe acute pain and a trip to a&e. I was given pain killers and a fact sheet with exercises etc but the pain is not subsiding and I can’t bend my knee still. I wondered how long it might be before it will settle down so the pain goes and I can walk properly again. I’m trying to rest but have a 6 year old. I’ve ordered glucosamine chondrites today and am using voltarel gel along side the painkillers
any tips or help in what to do next would be helpful. I’ve got a call with my go tmw.
PeterJ Administrator Posts: 676
Hello @GailTZ and welcome to the forum. We are a friendly and supportive bunch and I hope that you enjoy your time here as well as get information and support.
I understand that you have been diagnosed with OA of the knee and are still in pain. We have a lot od useful information on our website and I would recommend having a look around it and use the search function as well. To help I've put a couple of links below which might be of use.
Please do keep posting and let us know how you get on and I am sure others will connect with you to share their experiences and support.
With very best wishes
Thank you for posting on the forum.
I am sorry to hear about the pain you are experiencing in your knee, it sounds as if you have got your work cut out trying to rest and manage a 6-year-old.
I can see you have had a reply from Peter which I hope you will find useful, the links should give you quite a lot of information on how to manage your knee. OA is largely self-managed with healthy eating, keeping weight down and keeping moving. You may also be interested to know there is a drug-free, effective, and very well-tolerated painkiller called capsaicin, available on prescription for osteoarthritis. Capsaicin is a herbal medicine made from the pepper plant (capsicum), which works mainly by reducing a pain transmitter in the nerves. You could talk to your GP about this, as well as a referral to a physiotherapist, who could give you a programme of exercise for your knee.
For more responses to your post, you might like to repost on the living with arthritis forum.
It might be helpful for you to give us a call on our freephone helpline: 0800 5200 520 (weekdays 9am – 8pm) here we can take our time to talk about your arthritis informally and in confidence.
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