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Falling to bits......
#1
I posted on the 'Gone smart' thread that I thought I had twisted my knee.Well it looks like I might have Osteoarthritis Rolleyes 
I'm absolutely fine walking about,cycling or on the indoor bike but if i try to stand up after being sat for a while both knees are really stiff.Same when I first get out of bed.I can't get to see my GP so phoned NHS 111.After a very lengthy chat I was advised it could be arthritis and was told to have a one-to-one consultation with a Pharmacist.So went along today and after viewing all the evidence supplied from NHS 111 the Pharmacist said it's likely I'm in the early stages of Osteoarthritis.
The pharmacist can't prescribe anything so I've been advised to use Ibuprofen 10% Gel three times a day until I get get an appointment with my GP.
Apparently exercise and especially cycling can be good for Osteoarthritis so at least that's a plus Confused I'll just have to see what my GP suggests if and when i get an appointment!
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#2
Might be worth trying some glucosamine and other 'alternative' remedies (e.g. cod liver oil but that's just a guess).
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#3
(01-21-2021, 04:47 PM)OETKB-YENTC Wrote: Might be worth trying some glucosamine and other 'alternative' remedies (e.g. cod liver oil but that's just a guess).
That has been mentioned.
Can be hit and miss apparently but has to be worth a try!
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#4
Day 4 of the Ibuprofen 10% Gel and I'm happily surprised to say it appears to be working Cool
I can't use that indefinitely so as suggested here and elsewhere I'm going to try the Glucosamine and Chondroitin supplement.The consensus seems to be Glucosamine 1500mg and Chondroitin 400mg daily so I've ordered 3 months supply to trial this.I'll use both that and the Gel until the Gel runs out so hopefully the G&C will kick in.If no benefits are felt after 6 weeks then the G&C is not for me.
Wearing of knee warmers over Winter longs has also been suggested on really cold days.
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(01-25-2021, 11:04 AM)100%JR Wrote: Wearing of knee warmers over Winter longs has also been suggested on really cold days.

The downside is you will look like an Olivia Newton-John fitness video but, if you're happy with that, go right ahead .......

(01-21-2021, 04:47 PM)OETKB-YENTC Wrote: Might be worth trying some glucosamine and other 'alternative' remedies (e.g. cod liver oil but that's just a guess).

Works for me, the cod liver oil.  I started about twenty years ago when I noticed my shoulders getting stiff and painful and bingo, after a couple of weeks there was a definite improvement.  I still take 400mg every day and, whilst every other part of me is fraying around the edges, I don't get any significant joint pain.
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(01-25-2021, 05:23 PM)mike the bike Wrote:
(01-25-2021, 11:04 AM)100%JR Wrote: Wearing of knee warmers over Winter longs has also been suggested on really cold days.

The downside is you will look like an Olivia Newton-John fitness video but, if you're happy with that, go right ahead .......

Thankfully I have some black Lycra knee warmers that are invisible to all but the trained(cyclist) eye Big Grin Unfortunately wearing both Roubaix leggings and knee warmers is not the most comfortable solution Confused

I've been taking the 10% Gel and Glucosamine/Chondroitin combo for a week now and TBH my knees feel 100% better.I have about a weeks worth of the Gel left so I'll see what happens when it's just the Glu/Chon but early signs are promising.......
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#7
Good to hear. I doubt the gel does much, so you should be ok!
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#8
Knee X-Rays today.I won't find out the results but at least the ball is in motion now.
Spoke to my GP last week.She wanted to review an X-Ray before deciding on a course of action moving forward.Until then it's still the supplements/Ibuprofen Gel which although easing it never really takes the full pain away.
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#9
Fingers crossed
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#10
Had a telephone appointment with my GP today regarding my X-ray results.Osteoarthritis confirmed.Left knee is worse than right.They've now referred me to a specialist to asses the severity and decide on what's the best course of action.
So for now it's carry on with the Ibuprofen Gel/Supplements until I'm assessed.
At least I now know exactly what it is and not something more sinister.
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