I'll try to keep it short I've had various hip, back and leg issues (lower back injury/strain, plantar fasciitis, hip bursitis, shinsplints, runners knee) over the years. A variety of stretches and exercises, both recommended by physios or from books/websites, have helped treat those issues. The 'runners knee' remains a problem. Its in the right knee, could be caused by a weak left hip, and feels very much weaker than the left knee atm. I've started some specific knee exercises, finding what I call 'old ladies exercises' (basically beginners exercises for arthritic or injured knees) seem work the best. Sofar so good, I can walk up and down stairs, do housework, do my job etc. Except walking. Anything over 2 miles. Walking a decent pace (3m p/h) really aggravates it (hence I often walk the dog alone as the OH finds it hard to walk slow) so I take it easy. But after one mile there's a slight niggle, after two its pain. The knee also becomes very stiff. As soon as I'm back in the car it eases. The other big issue is sleep...or lack of. It aches at night, with pillows or without, pillows between knees or under knees, on my side, on my back... I take ibuprofen at bed time which gives me 5 hours or so of sleep, then I wake up to knee ache and toss n turn till I've had enough and get up. I guess should take another dose of ibuprofen instead of fighting it. So no walking, little sleep...not happy OH suggested contacting a private sports therapist, which I'll probably do, and I will try and see a gp again ( which can be hit and miss). Other than that, maybe just rest and heal? I don't know anymore. Another thing that probably impacts on this are hormonal changes (menopause). I've using some estrogen patches which help a little with some of the symptoms. I'm also 10kgs overweight so really got to make the effort and lose it (3 days and no junkfood sofar). Just needed a moan, but any help suggestions/ideas/ insights very much appreciated.