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Date: 05.11.2016
From: Suzanne Peters-Float

Subject: Sudden onset of arthritis

Having had pain in both legs/knees for years and assumed it was caused by previous ligament damage, i have now been diagnosed with arthritis in my right knee. The pain and stiffness came on almost overnight due to a virus and i am struggling to do normal everyday things. I cannot walk without a stick when i go out and need some moral support!! I am 60 next year and till now thought i was doing quite well!!
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Date: 06.11.2016
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: Sudden onset of arthritis

hi Suzanne , I am sorry you are having problems , did the say osteoarthritis , but there are other arthtitis that can cause it ,

there are things you can do , try some gel's like votarol from the chemist , physio would help as would trying cycling to build up the muscles around the joint , I need a total right Knee replacement & told to do cycling but have to wait until other health problems clear up before they will do the replacement
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Date: 07.11.2016
From: Gerry

Subject: Re: Sudden onset of arthritis

I now have osteoarthritis in both knees my job is heavy going because of the physical nature of shipbuilding I'm in a catch 22 situation too much pain to exercise and build up muscle Tec I walk 7_8miles in work but am just wondering is there anything else I can do I've been recommended knee injections for pain relief I've tried gels Tec and can't take oral painkillers
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Date: 07.11.2016
From: lucy

Subject: Re: Sudden onset of arthritis

I've had many steroids injections into my knees Gerry, they do help but are not a cure. Is it steroid injections that they have recommended? Have you tried knee supports, they can help a bit. You could ask for an appointment with a physio. Swimming is also easy on the joints.
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Date: 08.11.2016
From: Gerry

Subject: Re: Sudden onset of arthritis

Thanks for your input yes it's steroids I did ask about Synvic one which is a fluid injection into the knee which apparently replaces a natural occurring fluid but it's not a nhs procedure anything that helps control the pain I'd try bearing in mind I can't have painkillers and gels are no good
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