I was a frequent visitor to these boards 12-18 months ago, when I was in a lot of pain from Grade IV arthritis of the patella (diagmosed age 27). Like many of you, I was having a very rough time of it.
Surgery hadn't helped (LR & arthscopy), the NSAIDS didn't have much affect other than making me feel sick, and I was horribly depressed. I felt like my life was over, I had had to give up my beloved sport (triathlon -or swim-bike-run) & even everdyay life was difficult & painful. Some days I couldn't walk round the block and stairs were a nightmare. My social life crumbled as I couldn't bear to be around the friends happily chatting about the hiking trip that I knew I had to miss out on - nor could I stand up for very long in the busy bars that had few seats.
But somehow, I got through it, and now I am back to being happy again. This is my first visit to KneeGeeks in over 6 months, because things are alright again now. I wanted to come back & put a positive post on here, so give some hope to anyone who was like me a year ago, and also share some of the strategies I found. Although the arthritis will never go away, I have learn to manage it, without being dependent on drugs.
What has helped me: