Knee pain is no fun- I know from personal experience, having had several major knee surgeries on both of my knees. And anytime you have knee or foot/ankle pain, it can make you walk just differently enough that next thing you have hip & back pain. I'm glad you found a medication that helps- its an anti-imflammatory so it will help with both the pain & the swelling...it doesn't take a lot of swelling the knee to throw things off. Hopefully your ortho can make some non-surgical recomendations that will get you back on track. Physical therapy might be a big help, not only to rehab the knee but to also make sure you aren't developing any bad body mechanics from the pain.
When you are ready to start thinking about exercising, you might want to look into Nortic Track like skiers. Along with water aerobics, its one of the few things my doctors will let me do...even exercise bikes are out, other then for easy peddleing for warm up/cool downs. I can also use some eliptical trainers, but I have to be careful that I don't put any pressure on my kneecaps since they dislocate so easily.
Good luck to both you and GardenWife with your upcomming appts.
Christine Restarting all over....again...but at least I'm trying
Taking little steps~ 10- 15 pound steps to be exact
1st Step~12/20/05 ~~~ 2nd Step~1/31/06
~~~2/21/06 I've released 10% of my body weight!!!~~~
Now onto Step #3 of 10- Releasing another 15 pounds~
One for each 5 pounds released