Hi All! I found this site while I was viewing youtubes on TKR surgeries. What a perfect place this is. I just joined and can see all the support that is given to each other. I'm 56, 5'7", 253 lbs (yea I know .. yikes), bone on bone in both knees. I've been suffering for almost 5 years now. Two weeks ago I was walking and.. "bam"... sharp severe pain that made walking impossible. A visit to my GP said I sprained a ligament. This seems to happen on a fairly regular basis and walking over the past years is very frightening. I am now on crutches and released from work until the end of next week. I will probably have to quit. Five years ago my Orthopedist said I was too young and the new knee wouldn't last so he wanted me to wait. Well now it's 5 years later and my knees are horrible. I have put on weight due to inability to have much mobility. I made an appointment to see him last week to discuss my TKR and he denied the appointment, sending me back to my GP. I cried. At my GP appointment he said I HAVE to lose weight. My BMI has to be down to 25-30 (I'm currently at 39). Until then I'm denied. I am in so much pain. I know I'm overweight but the pain is very intense. I used to be a runner and feel all my running to stay fit has worn down my knees. I went on Optifast 2 years ago at the recommendation of Kaiser and lost 15 lbs. I have kept that off. I am now on Weight Watchers and doing what I can to lose weight but it's coming off so darn slow. I'm sure it's due to my lack of mobility. I take 2 ea. 325mg of Norco each morning along with Aleve to get me some relief. I repeat that in the afternoon. I basically can not walk. I'm at the point where I will probably be going on to long term disability as working is no longer an option. I can't walk without crutches on a rare occasion I use a cane but that generally isn't enough. I constantly hear popping and grinding in my knees. I don't know if I have a question but rather just need to vent. I'm not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel right now. I get encouragement by reading all the success stories on here and I thank all of you for that. In the meantime I'll just wait for my turn.