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  • #18917

    Doris69
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    Husband suffered with it for months. I gave him a nightly foot and ankle massage which he said gave him much relief, bought him Solomon walking boots and supportive insoles. He also started cycling the 2 miles to work, instead of walking. Cycling, which uses different muscles in the foot seemed to help. He’s been back to normal for a year now.

  • #17953

    Doris69
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    Its a classic sign of B12 deficiency. I know if I need to up my dose when if it starts.

  • #17760

    Doris69
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    My OH was in the same position kneewise. He didn’t want to be on endless painkillers, doctor useless etc etc. We read lots and tried lots and now he has gone from being really crippled a year ago to pretty supple in his knees, walking much better and for a lot longer. Our solutions have been cherry active a supplement from H & B. If you google cherries and knee pain etc you will find articles on it. I got some as I expected it to be another expensive failure but it was a pretty instant success. It also helps sleeping. Cost is £30 a month. Got to be the right cherry supplement not a cheap one from Tesco.
    Secondly, when he really really could hardly move I got him a pedal exerciser. That is pedals that you sit on a chair and pedal. Cheap ones are around £20. To start with about a minute was a struggle. His knees were really painful and locked up. Fast forward a year to now and he has the real thing ie a bike and we do 20 mile rides. The key for that was strengthening the muscles supporting the knees. He went along with all this as he was really unhappy at things like knee operations, replacements etc or drugs and ibuprofen was the thing that worked best but not at the amount he was taking. but he was becoming very stuck in his knees otherwise.

  • #17614

    Doris69
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    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.

    • This reply was modified 1 year ago by  shoewawa.
  • #17522

    Doris69
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    Very interested! I think I have one too and after seeing a friend have surgery I’m not keen on that!
    Mines, not a problem yet other than some of my nice shoes are a bit too tight on that foot but I’ve seen these advertised and been tempted myself.

    • This reply was modified 1 year ago by  Doris69.
  • #17511

    Doris69
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    Thank you for all your comments and suggestions. I really think I need to go back to the drawing board. I was never offered any physio from the NHS and all my physio was self funded. He was very good, but limited in the facilities at the local practice and to return, I doubt I’d get the space that I need to walk correctly. I have been walking “heel toe” as I had it drummed in to me from my previous fracture. I’ve had hydrotherapy and I was fine walking in the water. Confess I’ve been remiss in doing my exercises on a daily basis as I found the heat of late, very oppressive. I think that you’re right…..I need to get my bad leg much stronger, as I found today walking around town for an hour. *note to self – do exercises EVERY day, despite the heat!* I think I might look for another physio with better facilities!

  • #17941

    Doris69
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    This current issue appears to be more suited to a GP visit, so get yourself booked in at the practice. She wasn’t dismissing you as a timewaster, but she needed time to do a proper examination and decide what to do next, whether to refer you on and who to etc.

    I also have some foot and leg numbness issues following 4 slipped discs 10 years ago, so I have a lot of sympathy with what you’re doing through.

  • #17939

    Doris69
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    Exactly this.

    I’m not sure what the out of hours hospital clinic that you refer to is. Is that not for folk who are taken ill out of hours? It sounds to me like you would be better to see your GP again.

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