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I don't know what it is, Evesmama, but I've got it as well. I find it really difficult to get up from a crouching position now. I assume it's some kind of rheumatism but you're probably not nearly as old as me!
Suedonim, do you have arthritus in the family?? my mam has osteo arthritus and am concerned about that, plus my hands/wrists are really achy and sore recently(that prob is don to mumsnet!!)
my mam thinks its linked to weight as i have several stones too lose, but its not as if im putting any pressure on my knees? quite the opposite???
Evesmama, my mum has arthritis, though not too badly. She is very overweight, which can't help her knees. Her hands flare up from time to time, as well. I've had two or three episodes over the years where all my joints ached. Nothing showed on tests so a specialist said it was 'mechanical arthritis' whatever that is. But my knee problms are different to that. Anyway, I'm not so concerned about my knees atm - I did quite a lot of gardening yesterday and my back is killing me today!!
i am susseptable to tendonitus and had to have my right arm/hand in cast previously to keep it still it was so pain ful..but he's prob just gunna say its my weight (err..duhhh doc! yes im fat!)and tell me to lose some which im finding hard right now
i have something similar. knees hurt all the time. and occasionally give way. has steadily been getting worse since i was 21. also have two sprained ankles, and occasionally bad lower back. from slipped disc ten years ago.
i am falling to bits at the age of 32. sorry no help at all am i?
will get rsi soon as well, unless i get of the computer...