... don't need surgery right now because it is mild but I am in a lot of pain, my knees lock, pop, give out on me, get stuck and wake me up in the morning throbbing with pain. I can barely go up and downstairs. I can't even walk that far without pain and have to sit down. I use to walk bridges and walk around the block and now I can't do that. I also need to lose weight. How can I lose if I can't walk. I can't take a lot of medication because I had gastric bypass and can't take medication with aspirin in them. So I am limited. I need something for pain. Please help!
I'm sorry you're in so much pain and not being offered any help from your GP. I'm going to toss out a bunch of thoughts and hope at least one of them helps you. First, is find another doctor, preferably an orthopedics surgeon or a doctor who specializes in pain management. Ask your GP for a referral and maybe do some research on the Internet before asking so you can offer up a name if you wish. Second, consider buying or renting a stationary bike. You can get different types of bikes from recliners to standard height bikes. Before buying, I would go to a store specializing in exercising equipment to try out a bike or two to make sure mounting or dismounting isn't an issue. A bike, regardless of type, will allow you to get some exercise from roughly the waist down without putting your full weight on the pedals (much less painful than walking). Plus it will build up your strength and help with losing weight and help at least a bit with your walking.. Start out slow and gradually increase your time on the machine. Third, either of the referral doctors (incl. your current GP) should be able to offer pain medication relief. Again, an Internet search could be of help here. I personally went thru anti convulsants all the way up to a large dose of narcotics, Oxycontin and transdermal patches combined. The narcotics helped the most, but after many months on them and finding out I needed ever greater doses to get relief (or switch narcotics), not to mention the addiction problem, I decided to quit taking strong opiates - and it took quite a while to wean off of them. You could, however, get some relief from something like Tylenol plus codeine or just codeine alone. Yes, it's a narcotic, but it's fairly mild compared to the high strength types. It will take some of the worst pain away and it's relatively easy to quit. Last, you mentioned you have a weight problem. With that in mind, get some assurance from your doctor (current or new) that you don't get a pain drug that adds weight. Some do. Also, it would likely be a good idea to cut your calorie intake to reduce your body weight. Over my lifetime, I've tried many diets but the only one that has and still is working for me after many years is what I call a lifetime diet. In other words, determine what you want your body weight to be and adjust your food intake to a calorie level that's somewhere near what you'd need every day to maintain that weight if you were already there. Also, eat a mix of foods that comprise a balanced diet. If you go on a crash diet and drop pounds quickly, the odds are good that you won't stay on it or that you'll reach your goal, then begin to slip into your old eating habits - which will eventually put the weight right back on. Best wishes if you try any of these suggestions.
A physical therapist can teach you how to do exercises safe for your osteoarthritis and will help with weight loss (but diet is a very important component- low-carb low-sugar lots of probiotics and anti-inflammatory foods.) After you progress the therapist may change your exercises, but you should go and if you don't have a good feeling about the first, try another.
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