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This problem isn't mine it's my Daughter - in- law. She has a dodgy knee, well that's an understatement.
She's not a runner as such, but used to ride horses (and teach riding) as well as play hockey and was generally active. She developed a problem with her knee which was operated on in Belgium. She has been told that they messed up by taking away too much cartilage and she's not been pain free since.
Earlier this year, she went out on her bike and hobbled home in agony. This was an awful time for her, she was living miles from anywhere, she doesn't drive and my son was out in Bosnia which meant she was trying to cope with two young children and unable to walk.
But I'm waffling.
The latest is, that she has had an arthroscopy - the surgeon this week acknowledged that the knee is still very painful and swollen. He shrugged his shoulders and said 'well at least we tried'. He's advised her that a knee replacement is now her only option and as she is just 30 she'll have to wait quite some time unless she has the odd £8000 laying around.
Apparently, there's a degeneration of the inside of the knee. I'm not sure exactly what she means by inside. I know she has a thin cartilage and the knee cap is not working as it should.
In the grand scheme of things, a dodgy knee is not the worst thing that someone has to live with, but at the moment she feels that she is to face a long life of pain and very limited function.
Thanks for 'listening'