KNEE PROBLEM

Hi all, I am a newbie :) I am 51 and quite active,mainly swimming and cycling. however the past month did extra short sprints and a few 21 mile bike rides (3 in the space of 3 wks) to mainly get on a health kick due to a planned 10K run with the surgery staff but slide off and return to it with avengance. So quite an erratic pattern to exercise. My knee has been playing up on and off for a good month, I work in a dr's surgery who had a brief look at it and suggested Bakers cyst might be the cause as the back of my knee had swollen and was difficult to stretch out. I went to my own GP who referred me to physio which I went to today. She said looks like it is degenerative wear and tear and to do a few exercises before my nxt visit to assess me again. I feel a bit lost as am usually quite active and she said it's arthritic which I haven't been diagnosed with so feel really down about her guessing at what it may be. I asked what/should I do take glucosamine for future prevention/ help she said some say yes some disagree???? Found her unhelpful.Can anybody recommend anything please? Thanks in advance. Caroline.

6 Replies

oldestnewest
  • Glucosimine can take up to several months to have an effect but it doesn't work for everyone. The only way to properly diagnose arthritis if it's osteoarthritis is with an x-ray which will show wear and tear. Its not likely that your GP will suggest that if your problems came on suddenly and it can't be told whether it will continue.

    You might not like it but rest might be the answer. Your erratic exercising could well have led to injury . I've never heard of Bakers cyst. What is it and what's the treatment ?

    Dee

  • Thank you so much for your advice, I went to A&E yesterday to cut out the middleman as the locking is unbearable now; they said they are referring me to a knee specialist within a week. However, I did insist on an X Ray meanwhile (which am having Thursday), still feel negative incase somehow nothing shows up but it must as in chronic pain. So grateful for your reply.

    Reply

  • Thanks for your advice and apologies for late response, (had some technical issues). Thank you so much for your advice, I went to A&E yesterday to cut out the middleman as the locking is unbearable now; they said they are referring me to a knee specialist within a week. However, I did insist on an X Ray meanwhile (which am having Thursday), still feel negative incase somehow nothing shows up but it must as in chronic pain. So grateful for your reply, delighted you are getting there also. :)

    Reply

  • Thank you so much for your advice, I went to A&E yesterday to cut out the middleman as the locking is unbearable now; they said they are referring me to a knee specialist within a week. However, I did insist on an X Ray meanwhile (which am having Thursday), still feel negative incase somehow nothing shows up but it must as in chronic pain. So grateful for your reply, delighted you are getting there also. :)

    Reply

  • Hi this may help.i was 65 and having knee problems, the doctor put me off for many years having anything done,your problem is down to wear and tear,and I have arthritis.

    I insisted on something being done , he sent me to have an X-ray after that I went to see trauma & orthopaedics and after the examination told me he could not recommend me for a knee replacement, and then told me about lifestyle modifications,not thanks I wish to see a consultant.

    My appointment made at the local hospital, and along I hopped,after 2 X-rays I was told I need both knees replaced, I have had one done this month and well on the way to recovery,stand your ground insist on an X-Ray ,just need to push a bit. Good luck

  • Thank you so much for your advice, I went to A&E yesterday to cut out the middleman as the locking is unbearable now; they said they are referring me to a knee specialist within a week. However, I did insist on an X Ray meanwhile (which am having Thursday), still feel negative incase somehow nothing shows up but it must as in chronic pain. So grateful for your reply, delighted you are getting there also. :)

You may also like...