Dang. I am in this same boat. Both my knees have been killing me the past several years, and I have just been ignoring it and carrying on, and basically taking over the counter pain killers, which haven’t done much good.
I’ve finally reached my breaking point. My job at work is being severely affected by the pain, as well as working around my home and property. Friday afternoon I went in to see an orthopedic knee and hip specialist. They took X-Rays from various angles of both my knees. I was horrified to hear what the doc had to say. For one thing I found out I have osteoarthritis in my knees, and my knee cartilage is all but used up.
He injected cortisone steroid into both my knees and said that should bring me some relief. He wants to see how I do on that, and also told me that a gel shot in the knees may also be an option if my pain persists.
But he basically told me my knee joints are shot, and there’s no bringing them back. He said the cortisone shots may be needed every 4 to 6 months, but that will be just “kicking the can down the road” for maybe 1 to 2 years, if even that long, and then knee replacements will be needed. I was really bumming on the way home from my appointment and actually started tearing up over it as well. I guess I’ve been rough on my knees over the years, used and abused.
I hope the cortisone steroid shots bring me some relief for now. I’m fixing to retire anyway from my full time job, looks like now my last day will be Friday October 15. If I can even last that long. Currently debating whether to give my boss a 2 week notice or a 1 month quitting notice. I have been having a beeotch of a time climbing ladders, walking on uneven terrain, walking on slanted roof tops, or carrying heavy objects which puts even more weight and stress on my knees. I’m afraid I’m going to have to tell my boss that I’m going to have to place some self imposed restrictions on myself going forward. Not good. Dam it all to h_ll. I am just sick over this.