The thing I don't understand is that 90% of the time I can walk without any pain at all. Then suddenly I get a movement or clicking and popping "bump" in the knee on the extreme left side accompanied by sharp pain. I can feel something moving in there. Then it goes away and I'm back to normal. If I had a bone on bone issue, wouldn't I have pain all the time when I walked? Those of you who have had a bone on bone situation, what does it feel like?Well, I found out I had a small tear in my meniscus in addition to the arthritis. I’m like you - not a problem during the day but at night it’s another story at times. See about an MRI to see what’s actually wrong and if you do need surgery tell them when you’ll do it.
I've scheduled an appointment with my local doctor for tomorrow. I don't want to be a hard as* and try to tell the doctors how to do their job. But I just feel that the Ortho Doc wants the knee replacement surgery for financial reasons. I was seeing the Nurse Practitioner in the same office for 2 years. He never mentioned Knee replacement. He always said it was just a torn Meniscus, and that I should consider Laparoscopic surgery to repair it. However I chose injections for two years, which work great. But not so much lately.
I really appreciate all of the comments people have made here. My local Doctor and I are going to have a serious talk tomorrow about a second opinion and an MRI.