Ow, ow, ow that sounds completely horrible. Can I contribute my knee problem, not nearly as bad as yours?
I had over the years a very painful knee, one or the other but it always got better for 3/4 days rest and a bandage. Last August my knee was very painful, tender, but not the kneecap and it didn’t go away so I went to GP and had an X ray (almost immediate as my surgery uses the private hospital next door) which showed some wear and tear, but not enough to cause the pain, the GP thought. I was told to do exercises to strengthen the joint. Fast forward. Pain didn’t go away, went back to GP, do more exercises, pain didn’t go away. Went privately to knee clinic where physio thought it probably was arthritis – do more exercises (although I skipped out of that visit quite sound!) Did more exercises. By February I could scarcely walk. On strong painkiller I could take the dog for a short walk and stable duties were bare minimum.
Also some days were worse than others.
So I booked another appointment with the GP and had to wait 2 weeks to see him. I wondered what would happen if I stopped doing the exercises – couldn’t get worse that’s for sure. Well – the pain got better, a lot better. GP dished out stronger painkillers and booked MRI scan.
So out of desperation (not being able to be active and limping around NOT a good look) I visited a Bowen lady in the village. I really had no hopes but was ready to try anything. And – miracle. Since then it has got better and better. She said that there are so many connections around the knee that if something is damaged then it sets up a chain reaction and the whole knee becomes swollen and painful. I have to massage the knee to keep it loose and bath in Epsom salts and rub in some magnesium lotion.
Well, it has worked. I wouldn’t go on a walking holiday and the worst thing is standing around for hours, like a long cooking session, but I can generally say that my knee is mostly OK, thank goodness, such a relief.