Feeling deflated with knee osteoarthritis.
Hi everyone, my name is Dawn.Over the last 2 years I have been diagnosed with mild osteoarthritis in both of my hips, mild to moderate osteoarthritis in both hands. About 2 months ago I started to get a niggling pain in my left knee which soon became swollen and very very sore. I went to the physio at my local doctors and insisted on an x-ray which I got. The x-ray showed mild arthritis in my knee. I have not been able to sleep for the pain, I am finding it really hard to walk, rising up from a sitting position. The pain is consuming my life. The only pain killers I have been given by the doctors are paracetamol, amitriptyline 2 at night and two codeine at night. Nothing is touching the pain. Today I went to see the physio at our local hospital, he said that other than exercises there is nothing they can do as my arthritis is only classed as mild. I honestly cried as I said this just doesn't feel mild to me at all. He did sympathise with me and said that it will hurt but all they can do is help me to manage the pain plus speak to my doctor again about painkillers. I asked about the injection in my knee but he said that it would not work well in my circumstances. I came away so very deflated and I feel like I am a bit of a fraud as if the pain is in my head. Has anyone else felt like this ??
I should add I am my husband's carer and finding everything so difficult.
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