I need a bit of advice about doctors. I have had Ataxia for a long time (i am in my 60s). I am still able to walk around quite well. Although i use a walking stick sometimes. I have a problem with my right knee which has been causing me increasing pain and affects my walking.
I have had the knee X rayed and i have been told the knee has marked arthritic changes. The only real solution to this is a join replacement. My Doctor does not really want to go down this road and prescribed injections (which i dont want) into the joint or anti-inflationary tablets/pain killers with all the side effects they bring. Either option is at best a temporary solution.
I get on quite well with my Doctor and i don't really want to go against her wishes but i do want to talk to a join specialist about my options. I asked the doctor to refaire me to a specialist but she does not want to. She said she want to try the other options first but i do wonder if its about cost.
I would be willing to pay to see a consultant if that's the only option. I don't want to spend years on high strength pain medicine.
My questions what should i do. And has anybody had a join replacement and what are the Pros and cons of that.. .