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Title: Advice on pain management for arthritic knees PLEASE
Post by: heretolisten on January 31, 2014, 02:42:56 PM
I am a 62 year old male and I really need some advice.

Over the last 20 years, I have had 3 arthroscopies in my right knee and one in my left. The last surgery was 6 years ago bilateral. The arthritis is now getting worse and the next step is probably replacement but I want to avoid this for as long as possible. We have 2 big holidays planned in the next 6 months so I don't want to go to my doctor as this will mess with my holiday insurance.

I am really asking for advice on the best way to manage the pain. I am a little overweight so I know that losing some would help and I am trying.  I also have a cross trainer which I use every day and I'm sure this helps. What surprises me is that I can have a fairly rigorous 20 minute workout on the trainer and be relatively comfortable afterwards yet I really struggle after about 10 minutes walking around the shopping centre. Also, for the last few months, the pain which is now not just confined to my knees but also in other parts of my leg and hips, is staring to wake me up at night.

I did used to have a steroid shot before I went skiing but the relief barely lasted for more than a few days and the adrenalin would take me through the rest of the week. One of my holidays is in a ski resort but I now use a snow bike which has very little pressure on my knees but it's the walking that worries me.

Any pain management advice would be really appreciated.