I have been suffering with Chronic Knee pain for 15 years now and I am still at a loss as to best deal with it. I have recently gone back to my doctor as I had noticed a significant change in concentration when I took the tramodol (despitet this being on a prn basis) I am now on 30/500 Cocodomol 4 times a day and 10mg Amytryptiline once at night. This also seems not to be working and my eyes feel heavy the vast majority of the time. I have tried physio, accupuncture, cortozone injections all to no avail...tens I found helpful if worn all day though with my line of work it is impractical and dangerous.
I am concerned over riding my motorcycle while on this medication however this is my only mode of transport and I need to get to work each shift. I can not afford to miss work and have no other transport available to me. I am also concerned over not being able to do my work effectively due to loss of concentration and the fact my knees seems to be getting worse...I am in pain each day and it slows me down significantly and prevents me walking any real distance; as a support worker if the individual wishes to go out I am to join them. As a "non driver" this is becoming increasingly difficult, especially as the nicer weather is coming in, they are wanting to go out more and walk more.
Can anyone reccomend any good painkillers or "miracle cures" worth trying? Or other ways around my impeding issue with work? I can't drive due to my knees not liking to be in a bent position so hand controls are pretty much the only option however I can not afford lessons or controls (never mind the car!) on my wage.
Any advice muchly appreciated. Hugs to you all.