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I had a nuclear bone scan on my leg in April last year following an undiagnosed issue with my shin. The shin issue turned out to be a stress fracture which I think has long ago healed (flares up now and then but I just take time to cut back and it goes away, I haven't had to stop running as a result.) The scan picked up cartilidge damage in both knees and the doctor/specialist said I needed to stop running, never run again and said that "some of us just aren't built for running".
I took it all as stuff to bear in mind but as I had no pain and as a result of the last comment (wtf?!) I kept on running, just cut back by about 30-50%.
Now I am starting to get pains in my knees, mainly after sitting down for longer periods of time and after things like climbing stairs and riding a bike, running does have an effect but not as much as the previous.
I have in the past seen a physio who just seemed to have little to say to help, just "don't run" was the only thing, infact all the physios (second opinions) say the same thing as they all seem to work in a very single minded group (if you have the same experience as me you'd understand why I say this) I cannot afford to look privatly. They seemed to think cycling and swimming were my only options which is daft as cycling hurts way more then running does!
I know if I ask my GP for help they will refer me right back to the same group of physios who will not offer me any help, not if I say I still run even though I have cut down and watch what I do now -even saying I ran last time had them with looks on their faces that said "here we go again" followed by silent sighs and a recommendation to join their piltaes classes. I'm now feeling pain but not sure what I do or where I go or if there is any point, I was told surgery was 50-50 at the best of times and not recommended as I am not 50 (I'm 30). Do I wait for this to get worse or is there anything I can do?