What a bummer. Arthritis in the old knee now. I was hoping it was just a strain (that was leaving it's fibro mark) or a bit of trapped cartilage, but due to an old operation on the a medial meniscus tear around 20 years ago, I am left with uneven gait and finally the old big "A" .
I have read about splints which "unload" the pressure of various bits of the knee (in my case the inside (medial) aspect. They are quite expensive, though, and will need a physio to prescribe me the right type, so before I shell out on anything, I thought I would see if any of you have used one, for how long, and if it helped.
I do a lot of walking at work (3 days a week) - in excess of a couple of miles on some days, and bend at the knees a fair bit when working at a patient's bedside (medical photographer), the only alternatives in our hospital will be to downgrade to an unqualified post with pay protection for a couple of years, which I do not want to do after 23 years of being where I am and enjoying it. Besides it is well known that if you allow yourself to slow down too much with fibro, it can get worse, so I don't want that either. My work is my exercise. I have just spent a couple of hours standing at the sink cleaning some old 7 inch sigles I have bought from a car boot to use in the 80s dicso I am setting up, so now the knee is throbbing a bit Of course standing at the record decks is going to be painfull if I don't sort it out.
It's a shame because I am managing the fibro really well at the moment. I have had a lot of stress over this last year, and have been in a bit of a state at times (we have just privately adopted my 13 year old niece and also brought my 85 year old father-in-law up from Swansea), and now I think I will get on top of it fatigue and stress wise, this happens!!
However this weather is finally getting better and I am out in the garden more - doesn't it half make you feel better when the sun shines! I have had a good dose of vit D thrown at me by the doctors, though, so hoping that will kick in soon :-).
It would be great to hear if anyone has had experience of these splints, as I certainly don't fancy the alternative knock-on effect of back trouble and false knees!