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Posted by Pete on August 17, 2000 at 05:48:03:

Hi,

My girlfriend (25) has just been told by a private surgeon that she has osteoarthruitus in her right knee. 4 years ago she started having severe pain in her knee after a trip to India and several doctors told her that a reaction to a insect bite while abroad had stripped the cartilage from the joint. In those four years her joint has continued to deterirorate and it is only this week that Osteoarthrius has been suggested. Is it possible to have it at such a young age and only in one joint (her other knee has been taking strain for four years without any problems)?
This private doctor claims to be able to carry out surgery to delay the knee being replaced, but it requires several months of work, ad doesn't come cheap.
If anyone has any information or advice on this or possible treatments it would be very much appreciated.
Thanks, Pete.

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