Hi, due to my osteoarthritis & nerve pain spreading and getting ever more painful I went to see my doctor. he sent me for x rays on my knees and as a result of that he is getting me an appointment at the hospital as he says my knee is bone to bone and the other one nearly the same, he says I need a knee replacement. I said to him about my feet as they are often so painful I can hardly bare to walk on them especially if I have been on my feet for more than about 20 minutes. It feels like all the bones inside are breaking up and that I have been walking barefoot on stones. He says there is only medication and has given me naproxen 500mg twice daily and told me as time goes on I would eventually have to go onto opiates. I explained to him that a previous doctor had given me patches which made me quite ill and that I had persevered for nearly 2 weeks with the patches and the previous doctor had taken me off of them and that I could not even take co-codamol more than one at a time or I was completely out of it and very sick and dizzy and that taking them one at a time did not begin to help with the pain but he said I would have to get used to them. I am also on blood pressure tablets and also almost 70 years of age, on looking on the internet it says that if you have blood pressure you should be regularly monitored especially if you are over 65 years of age I get seen once per year. Is there anyone else out there near my age taking gabapentin, ramipril, avastorin co-codamol and naproxen? I should like to hear how you are checked and whether you have any side effects as I am in such pain but afraid to take the naproxen
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