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Fed up, any chance of running ever again?

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Oct 2012
5:11pm, 5 Oct 2012
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I am fed up! Can anyone offer a glimmer of hope?

After not running for several months due to a painful knee, I hoped on Wednesday that I would be on the road to recovery as I had an arthroscopy on my left knee which I thought would repair a meniscal tear. However the arthroscopy showed I had no tear but grade 3 arthritis on the surface of my femur, with grade 2 in other places and also I have a very soft cartilage so all they did was take samples of the effusions and seal it up. I haven't had a full consultant follow up yet but the registrar did say that basically running is a no no for ever and I should take up cycling!

I like cycling BUT I want to run! Does anyone else have arthritis and still run?
Oct 2012
5:17pm, 5 Oct 2012
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i have had 4 knee surgeries.3 were for torn cartilage, 2 kneecap scrapes and my knee membrane removed.Then i tore my achilles upwards and and was out for 2 years...worse time of my life.Was told time and time again i would never run again.Then i took advice on here from CT, IanM and i went to have 1 to 1 session with SharonD.I learnt how to run differently and i haven't looked back.It may not be the same for you but never ever give up those dreams.
Oct 2012
5:35pm, 5 Oct 2012
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I would wait and see what the opinion of the boss is. And make it clear to him/her that running is important, not just something you like.

There will be options.
You probably also should look at the efficient running threads. Learn to take the strain off your knees.
Oct 2012
5:39pm, 5 Oct 2012
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there is more evidence now that remaining active is the best possible thing for arthritis - speak to the consultant and don't be scared to ask for a second opinion
Oct 2012
6:31pm, 5 Oct 2012
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DP I had pretty much the same diagnosis 4 years ago after an having an MRI scan to look for a suspected meniscal tear. Since then I've run well over 10,000 miles and done my Bob Graham Round (hills were definitely out even if I carried on running apparently! lol!). What I did do was spend a lot of time in the following two years doing pilates/core type exercises to help rebalance my body and help my running form. I wouldn't say I'd changed the way I run per se but I've definitely improved my ability t to hold my form when I'm tired and stopped an age related slide in my general form. My knee does niggle occasionally but no worse than any other part of me after 30 years of running and a life time of sport. So don't give up, if you want to run you can almost certainly find a way to. Talk to the Doctor, find a good physio who can advise you on rehabilitation and in general seek out people who want to help you run and you'll find a way forward. Good luck.
Oct 2012
9:44pm, 5 Oct 2012
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Thank you everyone. Great advice as always and your comments have made me feel more positive and ready to be proactive to run again whilst knowing it will be hard work from me and may take some time and some help from physics etc it is possible. Thank you
Oct 2012
10:00pm, 5 Oct 2012
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DP I have osteoarthritis in my knees and hips and still run but would say core work essential, I have had moments too when I thought I never would run again and I have so dont give up:)

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