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I'm 45 and have been dealing with OA for about 25/30 years...yes it started when I was about 15 because of osteochondritis dissecans. After years of degrading knees, I'm finally at the point where I have not slept through the night in 3 weeks. I can deal with the pain during the day and during exercise but the nigh time pain and sleeplessness are starting to take its toll.
I wake up several times at night with shooting nerve pain from my knee down to my ankle. After trying many different approaches (OTC sleep aids, NSAIDs, Alcohol, etc) I finally figure out that the only relief is getting up and walking around. After I get out of bed and walk around the room for a few minutes and lay back down, the shooting pain goes away and I get back to sleep. IT works but getting up and walking around 4 or 5 times a night will start to take it's toll after a while.
Has anyone else experienced this? Is there any other way to deal with it?