Newly Diagnosed / Confused
I am 34 and woke up 5 weeks ago, the day after after a long walk, unable to walk and my knee buckling. I had no idea what was going on.
I finally saw an orthopaedic doctor last week and was told I had arthritis in the knee and it was such a shock, I didn't really get to ask all the questions I had and wasn't offered much support.
I am on week 6 and still struggling to walk without a stick, feel stiff and swollen after previously no symptoms at all. My doctor advised I work form home for the next 4 weeks and that was that, no follow-up appointment booked or anything.
I'm just so confused about what is next, will I ever be able to walk unaided again, I've been in so much pain and I don't know what I'm supposed to do - should I be resting or attempting to exercise (even though movement is difficult) - is this just bad flare up, how long will it continue, is this just how things will be forever now.
I haven't been offered any treatment other than just rest but also keep it moving. I just feel so lost and worried and don't know what to do!
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