I agree that many Americans want the quick fix and as of lately I want an AX! howeverI am not 1 of those Americans. I have for many years done my best to not go for the quick fix. Infact at 1 point I hald off a scope for about 10 years as I felt it was a quick fix that would only deteriate my knee more. I am again holding off and trying othere avenues before I have any type of metal or plastic in my knee. Knee injury at 15, 10 years later witha defect and know I am 38 with some awful OA pain. I feel I have done anything but jump at fixes. Exercise and stenght have been my main fix as keeping my weight down and good quad stenght are very important with knee injurys. But I'm past just that now.
I am alergic to asprin which can be fatal if I take some meds that say "may contain". Also I had liver and kidney failure while i was pregnent with my daughter so meds that say may cause damage to those organs kinda make me nervous. Thankfully my liver and kidney issue was better a month after delivery but I am still wary.
I was never big into advil/aleve probably because of the asprin alergy but I have to say I have given in in the last few years due to some serious pain. I am a very active person. I am on my feet for 6 to 7 hours with preschoolers, I coaching soccer (and I'm not just a sideline coach), I also set up the fields every Saturday moving goals to locations (I am 1 of the VP's of the league and this is a duty of mine), I was an avid hiker but have recently stopped and am biking 5 to 6 days a weekinstead as well as strenght training 4x a week. I prefer not to stop any of these activites! I will do my best to fight through this but I'm sorry to say that I need some help.
As far as dietery changes I am a very healthy eater I prefer to eat founds rich in vitamins rather than take them so I eat. I have had a form of acupunture and not sure why but I had no benifit at all and very costly as I had to pay out of pocket.
I do apprecitate your post and your thougths. I have searched for more info but have found nothing exept what you have posted here. I am going to speak to my doc about this and I thank you for the heads up. I hope you understand this is not new to me. I don't know why the OA is affecting me so badly right now, ok well I do but I dont' know why I can't tolerate it. I have endured much more than this. I think it is the constent all day pain that is making me very wary and unable to deal anymore. I am sure my life style does not help, but to give it up totaly would be to give up on who I am.
I am sure many of us can say that OA does more than just killing knees.