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Fed up with my knees

As above really. It's been over a week now and my knees still hurt. Even if I do a quick ish walk they hurt infact they ache/ hurt most of the time. I want to run and feel fed up I can't. I'm go on holiday tomorrow so fingers crossed they will take my mind off not being able to run and will hopefully give that extra bit of time to get better.

Would it be an idea to get some knee supports for running or go should I go back and see the dr and see what she says?

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I probably already said I had my own knee troubles. This is what I did:

- saw GP, just told to rest for two weeks then try again and come back if it hurt again!

- so, carried on walking and working, but no running for 6 weeks

- when it stopped hurting after two or three weeks, I started doing exercises to strengthen that leg (I saw a physio who identified that leg was much weaker than the other)

- during the 6 weeks I followed the NHS strength and flex program so building strength and sticking to a regime

- restarted C25K from scratch (I hadn't got very far first time through) wearing a knee support for running only, and icing after each run as preventative measures

- finished C25K exactly 9 weeks later with no knee issues at all

Moral? patience and adjusting expectations were key. However, I have to laugh typing that because I have had thigh pains for about a month now. I keep resting a bit, then running again and it's bad all over again. I need to listen to myself and rest up properly. Patience. Patience. Patience (not my thing) :D :D :D

Make a firm deal with yourself not to even consider running until after your holiday. Fingers crossed that will give it time to recover fully. Have a great holiday :)

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I must admit I'm far from the most patient person when it comes to things I want to do. But I'll rest as much as I can next week. But we will be doing plenty of walking with the dogs. Then I think I'll try again and see I'll have a look at the strength and flex bit. I think I'll also get in to see the physio

With any much by this time next week things will be better will be much better 🤞🏼

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I would try glucosamine and chondroitin. Try for 2 weeks before deciding if it helps or not. You can buy over the counter including at supermarkets (get own brand as cheaper but same thing).

I am not keen on knee supports unless fitted properly as you can end up with more problems.

Also have a swim on holiday:)

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I have been wondering about glucosamine and chondroitin but wasn't sure whether they were effective or not. Hubbie has taken them for years. I often feel like my joints need oiling :) Maybe I will pinch a few as 2 weeks is a very reasonable timescale to see a difference. Thanks for that info.

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They help some people not others but by the end of two weeks you should know which group you are in. But you need to give it that long to be sure.

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I'll see if I can find some. Thanks

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Have a good restup on holiday, not worth worrying about having to do the runs, they can wait till pains completely gone, make sure your trainers are OK with good cushioning..have a great holiday..😊

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Hi Chris, sorry to hear your knees are so painful.

Looking back over your posts, I see you have been dealing with knee pain from week 7, maybe before that too. 😯

It would be good to get this sorted as you are pushing through, but finding the whole thing much harder than it should be.

Have a great holiday with walking, (swimming if possible) and no running. Try those tablets nikkiwabit suggests.

Linda's advice about resting and strengthening exercise is great, however, I wondered if you have had gait analysis done to check you are getting the correct support in your running shoes. A specialist running shop would help with this and may also help you decide wether a trip to the doctor is needed or just rest from running and strengthening exercise.

Have a great holiday, then get your knee problem sorted so that you can get back on track.😊x

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I had my gait done when I got new shoes back in week 2 or 3. I'll rest up this week and see how things go!

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Hi Chris

I'd go on your holiday, rest up with some gentle non-running exercise, and get the physio booked in for when you get back - it can't do any harm to see what they say.....

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Sue, that's exactly what I'm going to do 👍🏻👍🏻

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