I developed osteoarthritis very suddenly after a long run a year ago. I was in the best physical condition of my life and a very healthy weight when it happened. I was winning races one day and the next day I had severe swelling which turned out to be caused by osteoarthritis.
I have steadily declined since the first day of swelling. My quad muscle has atrophied and I am now unable to walk any distance and can not put any weight on my bad knee in a bent position. I can only take stairs one at a time and only very carefully. I have a constant bad limp.
I have almost completed my 3rd attempt at physical therapy, have had a surgery to clean up the cartilage, a lateral release, cortisone injections, and used various NSAIDs. Through all of it I just continue to get worse.
It seems like there are no other options to treat me. I can't imagine at age 38 I am just done with all physical activity and will be in pain forever. I have noticed my other knee is really starting to bother me and my hip on the bad leg is often hurting. I assume this is because they are being overworked due to the injury.
I keep hearing other people with osteoarthritis telling me they have it and you just have to toughen up and stay active. It seems like people just think I'm lazy. The pain isn't the kind of pain you can just work through. It's very frustrating. When I put weight on the bad knee is just collapses from the pain but some people are telling me they have lost all cartilage and are running daily and playing hockey. I really think they believe I'm capable of that too if I just suck it up.
I keep getting invites to join fitness bootcamps from friends and invited to zumba or hiking and told oh you can do it.. I am beyond frustrated. This is the hardest thing I've ever been through and I'm terrified it's just going to keep getting worse. This means I will lose my job and everything I enjoy in life .. except eating I suppose.. although the NSAIDs are doing a pretty good job of screwing with that too. I am still managing to stay a very healthy weight which I'm told is a good thing with this condition but it doesn't seem to be doing me much good. I am also trying to find hobbies that aren't physical in nature but it's hard. I've always been a very active person and that is where I have always found happiness.
I will ask my doctor about synvisc. He had told me it wasn't a good option for me because it was a small area of severe damage and not overall loss of cartilage but maybe now that my condition has deteriorated and other treatments have failed I could try it.View Thread
You absolutely do lose your job if you are required to maintain a certain level of fitness as part of that job. Some examples of that type of job are police, fire, and military. I will find a new career but its unfortunate that I will have to.
I am sorry if it seems like I am dwelling and feeling sorry for myself. It is rather new and shocking info that there might not be anything else that can be done to help me. I was hoping for some feedback from others that have been through it.
I am trying to find things I can do that I still enjoy. I am not able to ride a bike or swim or walk any distance. I am sure I will find things but its a difficult adjustment.View Thread