Hi everyone, I found this forum on Thursday, finding myself googling knee replacement surgery. I am a 40yr old stay at home mom of 3 girls (soon 17, 12 and 7) along with a wonderful husband of 17 years. I was diagnosed at 20 with arthritis in my knees, have always had issues and the older I get the more they hurt. I have tried and tried over the last 10-15 years to find a doctor who would listen to me about my knees and the pain, I always got the "lose some weight, it'll help" talk. So anyway in 2014 I took control of my health, lost 80lbs over a year and half, yay, but guess what the pain did not go away. Imagine that. Sure my legs ached less but the knee pain, still there. My husband and I were up to walking an average of 3 miles per day, but ultimately I had to quit because the pain was too much and I would get sharp shooting pains down my legs and in near tears. My daily quality of life sucks, when the weather is bad, too much rain, too cold, I hurt, I can barely hobble by the end of the day. I can't get on the floor easily nor get up without a lot of prayer and usually pain. Fast forward to this week, I finally got an appointment to see a orthopedist and get x-rays done. As soon as he saw them, he said, WOW, your knees are eaten up with arthritis and you have bone spurs in both. At first I was kind of defeated. I mean I have known I had arthritis for 20 years now, otc meds do not work, mobic does nothing, heck even when I take actual pain meds (hydrocodone) it does not really help. He told me, there is no cure, just treatment and basically I could try injections for awhile to see if it helped or have knee replacement surgery. The injections would only be a short term fix, and surgery would still be needed. I chose to try the injections, to give myself some time to talk to my husband, to do research etc, plus we have super busy weeks for the next 3 weeks, including a trip to Chicago (yay walking?....) that is already planned/paid for. So I got my one in the left knee and during the process almost passed out. Apparently this is pretty common reaction to them. I declined the second one because I felt horrible already as it was. I go back to him in August to assess how the injection worked in my left knee and to discuss surgery options. I almost was immediately against bilateral but after reading here, maybe it would be better. I just have so many commitments already for the beginning of the school year that I am worried. I am supposed to be coaching rec volleyball (2 teams), I home school my youngest, have commitments of volunteer hours (required) for the home school co-op on Fridays, and just life in general. My oldest graduates in May 2018, we're supposed to go to Disney for her grad trip in late May and early June, but now I am worried that will be compromised as well. I mean is that even a feasibility after having surgery? I thought maybe I could wait until after volleyball season which ends first week of Nov, but not sure that's enough recovery time to make such a trip. Sorry for the long intro novel, I am just so unsure about everything right now, but know my quality of life would be so much better once I had the surgery done. I am tired of living with daily pain. I want my life back, I want to exercise and lose weight again, I want to enjoy going out shopping, dancing, light sports and my family. Thanks for reading, any advice is very much appreciated.