I have over 300 pounds to lose, so it's no wonder my knees ache. But about a month ago they started hurting so badly I could hardly walk. I know I overused them at work one day and then the pain gradually got worse. I can barely stand after sitting for even ten minutes. It hurts to stand for long periods. Basically the only relief I get is from sleeping on my stomach.
Being overweight causes so many problems but hopefully you are on a good weight loss program. Be sure your doctor checks for under-active thyroid as well as arthritis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis so he will know what may be causing some of your problems other than just your weight.
This is what my doctor recommended for shoulder pain but will help with any type of joint pain.
Do use "RICE." Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) is good for shoulder or knee pain caused by a minor injury or an arthritis flare. Give your knee some rest, apply ice to reduce swelling (20 minutes), wear a compression bandage or soft knee brace, and keep your knee elevated.
Also you may want to consider using corticosteroids, which can be used up to 2 or 3 times a year to relieve severe pain, and hyaluronic acid, which can help replenish lubricating substances in the knee. You would have to talk to your doctor about these treatments.
Now some people may laugh, but I found that horse liniment helped my pain more than any other medication or rub. Just be sure to choose a horse liniment labeled as safe for human use. Read the ingredients - NO DMSO as it is not for human use to treat muscle and joint pain, and it may be dangerous. I use Absorbine horse liniment as they make a human version.
Here is an excellent web site that has a lot of suggestions about knee pain:
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I want to buy knee pads that I can wear under my slacks at a regular store. Any ideas?
I don't mean to sound dumb, but what kind of knee pads?
If you are looking for something therapeutic, Walmart and the big drug stores carry padding for knees. I like the ones best from Rite Aid, the ones from CVS were too itchy.
If you are looking for something that you can use when you garden, try Harbor Freight. They have a nice selection of that kind of pad, as does Walmart in the spring (like they should be coming out soon in the garden shop).
I hope this is what you are asking.
It seems like you may be wanting these to wear when you are working?
That means you could be wearing pants of all different materials.
It's possible that any type of medical items will be more expensive but it would not hurt to check Walgreens or CVS just to see what they carry.
I have friends that use the dancers protective knee pads and these come in all sizes. Here is an example:
I think if you are looking in stores or online you will probably have to look for 'thin or slim' knee pads.