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Has anyone tried putting a thick quilt on top off there mattress it really is comfortable and I get a great sleep and at the minute I really need it about a month ago my right knee swelled up and I went to A & E where they x-rayed it said that I am going to need a knee replacement but think I am going to have to suffer for awhile as I don't think they do it at my age 55 my brother had to go private when he had his done as he was to young. Anybody else had the same experience.

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Hi....Shall have to try the thick quilt......You are 55 and you think too old for a knee op!!!! sister has just had one done and she is in her seventies. As far as I am concerned 55 is middle age!!! he he!!

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My step-mum is 81 had knee replacement in may this year and going for 2nd one in January she's sorry she waited so long best thing she's done she said good luck xx

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Hi 9661

I had my first knee replacement when I was 48 and the second at 56. In between I had one hip replaced. This was done at a younger age because I have other conditions like Lupus. I would speak to your GP and get a referral to an Orthopaedic Surgeon and see what they come up with.

You will probably be offered an arthroscopy to scrape under the knee cap, don't worry you will have a general anaesthetic. Then it will be physio and then eventually it will be a knee replacement. If you start the process now you may be "lucky" enough to only need a partial replacement which is less invasive and gives a better result.

This is the argument you put forward to your GP and your surgeon when they say you are too young. The other thing is that knee replacement surgery has come on in leaps and bounds and new knees are lasting much longer than the 15 years they used to be.

Do your research and find information to back this up.

The whole process from referral to replacement op will probably take about 3 years.

At night put a pillow between your knees if you sleep on your side or underneath the knee if you sleep on your back.

Hope this helps



Hi 9661

I am so genuinely sorry to read that you need a knee replacement and I sincerely hope that you are not in too much pain my friend. I have never tried a quilt underneath before? Will give it a go if I get too much pain one night. Thanks for sharing your tip.

All my hopes and dreams for you



Yes I have two on my mattress as any lump I wake up with chronic pain in my back ...I slept on my daughters bed which is new and memory foam and could hardly walk thought memory foam was good !! As for your knee I too have suffered since 2005 after a fall I had an arthroscope down on one knee and said I have arthritis there they were going to do the other one but didn't as the one they operated on hasn't healed so swelling and pain since but I changed drs twice and both are blaming fibromyalgia ....

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Hi peeps 😜 I often sleep with a quilt on top of mattress to try stop my bones from aching it dos help a lot 👍🏼

That's so bad they are not giving you a replacement 😡 I would go back and annoy them until they agree.

Can any one describe what kind of pains they suffer from and where they get them? I'm still trying to figure out if I actually have this. I am wide awake and it's 01.07 I can't sleep for they pains all over me 😢

Would be grateful of any other hints and tips to ease these horrible pains xx



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