Hello, I am 34, and have osteoarthritis, for about the past 5 years. It has progressively gotten worse, I’ve tried these things... leg brace, since my alignment is off, I’ve done cortisone shot (didn’t work) I am now trying the gel shot.. praying that it gives me some relief. I have a four-year-old son, and I want to be able to enjoy life with him, but as you all know it isn’t fun with knee pain. I am avoiding the surgery because I am so young and I know I’ll have to get it done so many years down the road. I know I need to lose weight, but like you all know again, it’s hard when you don’t want to move. I’m looking into low impact/exercises I can try and change of diet. But my question is: should I get the surgery at this young age? I know I will eventually have to get it done. I am all over the board on this one. I’ll take some advice. Oh and yes I am taking some otc medications to help with pain. Thank you all for reading this.