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I am 48 years old and have lived with knee pain to a certian degree, since I was 21 when I had a complete ACL tear and 2 flap tears in my meniscus. I had knee surgery and was able to return to activities which I was thankful for. I continued to be active, hike and be an active participant in my children's sports. At time went on my knee got worse and I had a few more surgeries to "clean things up". A few years ago, the pain became much worse and activity would cause it to flare up and swell. This lead me to stop exercising and put on weight which just made the knee problem that much worse. I went back to the doctor who told me not much he could do as I have very little cartilage left and now suffer from osteoarthritis. I have tried cortisone shots which did help and the synthetic knee fluid injections which were a waste of money and provided no relief. I am doing ok now, as I have lost most of the weight, found new ways to get exercise and seem to have a pez dispenser of Aleve. I guess my worry is what will the future be like? I know it is only going to get worse and I am not ready for the lifestyle change.
I have come here to read other's stories they share, find some advise and hopefuly share some of my own.