I have osteo-arthritis in my lower back and for about 6 years have had a lot of pain around the top of my left thigh, knee and sometimes lower leg. But I have always been able to walk reasonably well. But for the past week I have had really bad constant pain in the buttock, thigh and knee and have been unable to walk more than a few yards until really bad pain sets in. I am 66 years old and I'm getting more and more "down" - as in REALLY depressed now. Pain killers - tramodol, dihydrocodeine, ibroprufin don't work. They just "space me out" most of the next day if I take them at bedtime and that's a horrible feeling as the pain's still there but not touched by the strong painkillersand I don't feel with it at all. I honestly don't want to carry on living like this. If there was some pain relief it wouldn't be so bad but nothing works. I'm a young-in-outlook 66 and have always enjoyed a bit of retail therapy but now I can't get further than a few yards. This constant pain when walking has really happened quite suddenly - my GP has referred me to the pain management clinic at the hospital and my appointment's in May. I have had chronic pain in this thigh/hip region for years but I could "get about" reasonably well - certainly no pain in the first couple of minutes of walking like now. Could some nerves be trapped? Maybe I need an MRI but my doctor can't arrange this as it has to come from pain management at the hospital which isn't until May. Is this level of pain normal and does anyone else have no relief with pain killers? Thank you for reading all this. Any reply would be most welcome as I am really scared.