Too young for knee replacement at 52!
I’ve been battling with arthritis for 3 years and my consultant acknowledges I need a replacement knee but refuses to carry out due to my age, I’m 52.
it’s so bad I struggle with stairs, can’t get in a bath, I’ve had to take a loan out to get an automatic car (it’s my left knee thankfully) and I’ve been repositioned within my company as I can’t do my job as in going out to clients homes etc. I haven’t walked my own dogs for over 2 years and the strain on my relationship is now showing. Friends hardly invite me out as much as I can’t do the things I used too and even just going shopping with girlfriends is out as I can’t walk that far and when I do go out use an aid.
ive had an injection which crystallised and put me on crutches until they gave me an arthroscopy 12m ago and since they I’ve had pain management and intensive physio all of which has done nothing good.
the pain wakes me at night, taking Gabapentin but zones me out so can’t drive and struggling to function at work but this is the last drug they can give me as tried all the others.
im at breaking point, probably ridiculous to some, but while I’ve comes to terms with not being as active as I was, half marathons, rock climbing etc I just want to walk my dogs, be as pain free as possible and anything else is a bonus.
ive now being told I will be referred for further pain management and intensive physio, all of which I’ve done before and then get referred back to my consultant as the physio even admits enough is enough, she needs a replacement.
im new to this site but would greatly appreciate any advice as I’m heading to a dark place and don’t feel I have anywhere to turn.
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