Arthritis

Yellow Fang

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I have had lots of knee problems with my left knee over the years. I think it used to be runners knee, but now I think it must be arthritis. I like cycling for getting about, but I prefer running for fitness because it's quicker. I might have to give up running, which depresses me. I've had lots of physio in the past, but that only fixes it temporarily. I've tried barefoot running shoes, motion control trainiers, and custom made othotics. None worked. I've tried seeing a chiropractors and podiatrists. I have not seen an osteopath yet. I've tried glucosamine and anti-inflamatories, didn't work neither.
 
Osteopathy and chiropractic are both from similar non-scientific principles. They do clearly have their value, but it might be time to consult a qualified doctor, at least for a diagnosis.
 
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Yellow Fang

Yellow Fang

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Go to the Drs as above and get them to do some Xrays, at least then you will be able to find out exactly whats wrong.
Also you can have knee replacements now, theres someone on this street whos had one at 91. Shes just come back from a week in Spain with friends!
I am not sure I'm ready for a knee replacement yet.
 

vickster

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See a speorts physician or expert knee physio if you're not ready for surgery. Probably need to go private. Might need an MRI and not just X-rays

Where's the pain? Do you stretch?

Knees are crazy complicated and very fickle, could be anything causing the pain
 
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caffeine

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If you can, get a referral to see a MKS (musculoskeletal) consultant. They will look all options not just surgical like an orthopedic surgeon will. From my own experience, a knee replacement doesn't always eliminate the pain/discomfort completely.
 

screenman

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My arthritis was first diagnosed 28 years ago, I did not want the knee operated on then and still have not had any surgery, some days are better than others.
 

Maenchi

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I overworked my knee using high gears in my 20, then in my 30s gave the back of my knee a mighty whack in a cycling accident, it seized up some time after that and I was told after an xray it was arthritis, the psoriasis type, hopped around with a crutch for 4 months, doctors, exercises, various potions, the only thing that seems to help is cycling because of taking the weight off, and an occasional ibuprofen, just the left knee, right ones fine
 

vickster

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Ask a Physio about patello femoral syndrome aka runners knee. What makes you think it’s arthritis? How old are you?
 
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Yellow Fang

Yellow Fang

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Ask a Physio about patello femoral syndrome aka runners knee. What makes you think it’s arthritis? How old are you?
Fifty. I used to get pattello femoral syndrome quite a lot when I was in my 30s and physio would sort it out, but then I could run about 30 miles a week and it would take several months. Now if I try run about ten miles a week for about a month, I get it. I just think repeated wear and tear on that knee has turned it arthritic.
 

vickster

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Fifty. I used to get pattello femoral syndrome quite a lot when I was in my 30s and physio would sort it out, but then I could run about 30 miles a week and it would take several months. Now if I try run about ten miles a week for about a month, I get it. I just think repeated wear and tear on that knee has turned it arthritic.
Go get it checked, if it’s arthritis, should show on an X-ray.
Typical symptoms are pain, swelling, stiffness, also at night, not necessarily related to exercise. Different to PFS if not just in kneecap

Once you know what it is, hopefully can be managed without major intervention :smile:

https://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/conditions/osteoarthritis-of-the-knee.aspx
 
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Yellow Fang

Yellow Fang

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It could be absolutely anything and they Dr will be able to advise you miles better than strangers on the internet.
Your knocking on now and its important to take health matters seriously and try to get issues sorted out asap.
Hope you get on alright.
My GP knows next to nothing about knee pain. He might refer me to a physio, who might help it go away for a while, but who would not fix it for good. My GP would only refer me to a specialist if I was crippled with it.
 
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