Hi, I'm almost 47 years old and have a BMI of 38. I have chronic osteoarthritis in my right knee with significant deterioration of cartilage resulting in bone on bone grinding. I was told 5 years ago that the only option would be for me to have a total knee replacement but I was far too young so would not be considered. 5 years down the line the pain is unbearable. It is ruining my life. I can only walk short distances, it interferes with my sleep and my job and my social life is non-existent. I have been told by the CCG that I am too overweight to have the operation and have to lose weight, no help offered. My doctor applied for individual funding which was turned down immediately without any consultation with me. Please help! I am so frustrated.