I have just heard back from the surgeon at the Institute of Bone and Joint Research, University of Sydney, Department of Rheumatology. He is in charge of the study I volunteered for. He has examined the X-rays taken at Katanning Hospital last week and confirms I have osteo-arthritis in both knees. Surprise. Irish folk will understand when I say I am very glad to hear this, because if I did not have arthritis, what the hell is causing the pain?
So, now I am part of a “Study of risk factors for Pain exacerbation in osteoarthritis of the Knee” (SPARK-Web). The study is designed to identify risk factors (physical activity, foot-wear, knee injury, medication use, weather factors, psychological factors) of knee pain and assess their magnitude of effect in those with knee osteoarthritis.
Sounds like fun. I have been doing my own personal study for some time, and I have already ascertained – to my own satisfaction – that tomatoes are not a factor (thankfully) but cold is, and so are shoes with worn heels. As a result I have two pairs of perfectly good McKinlays that need resoling before I can wear them again. I have also satisfied myself that Lyprinol has not been any help. At least not by itself. So I am going back to the pain medications, Osteo-Panadol and Diclofenac, which I had dropped in an effort to protect my liver while I tried alternatives. The last week has not been pleasant as a result, and the strain shows in my face.
Roll on the warmer weather.