The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: magda on September 21, 2005, 02:54:46 PM

Title: What could be wrong with my knees??? please help!!!!
Post by: magda on September 21, 2005, 02:54:46 PM
Hi, im new here. I've had knee pain/problems for about 2years now!!! I've been to a few doctors but no luck on diagnostics....

My knees are the same since the day they started hurting. Nothing has changed. I dont recal the injury, i was doing an intence PT and after my knee started buggin me, it was swollen, had bruising on the sides, my shines also had brusing, and everything was tender to the touch. A couple weeks after, the same thing happend to my other knee!

So now, two years later, im restricted to all activities. The pain is always there, it just gets worse some days-especially when agrivated by running, walking lots, standing long time, and basically anything involving putting strain on my knees. I have keept it easy the last year, i use knee braces when they get bad, i've tried pysio, riding a bike, swimming, but all it does is aggrivate my knees and then im in a lot of pain for about a week after, which sucks and when i do agrivate my knees, they still get bruisings and swelling up!

So please, someone out there, help with suggestions of what this could be???? I've had MRI, shows all normal. Had a CT scan but all it showed was my knees where inflamed! Doctors cant figure out what is wrong. PLEASE PLEASE help me find out what this could be............
Title: Re: What could be wrong with my knees??? please help!!!!
Post by: Nettan on September 21, 2005, 06:44:05 PM
Hey !!

Have other docs then OS looked at you ? I'm thinking of if they have taken bloodtests like for RA or other jointdiseases ? Have you ever had problems with other joints ? Have you a history of joint diseases in your family ?
Have they run tests if you have had a tick biten you ? Have you had any temperature lately ?
There a lot of things you need to sorten out if not this have been done yet.

Title: Re: What could be wrong with my knees??? please help!!!!
Post by: blackbeltgirl on September 21, 2005, 06:54:59 PM
I agree with nettan.  You should probably be tested for diabetes too. 

Good luck - I hope you find a doctor who can help you soon.
Title: Re: What could be wrong with my knees??? please help!!!!
Post by: maria1985 on September 21, 2005, 07:37:29 PM
if you are in so much and have been suffering for 2 years PLEASE don't give up if mri scans aren't showing anything then insist on another test as there is obviously something wrong.
even if you have to see another doctor but trust me this has to be sorted.
mri scans don't always show anything mine definatly hasn't and i still haven't had a diagnosis and i've been suffering for about 10 years thats half my life.
so PLEASE PLEASE don't just except what the doctors are saying and just insist on having more tests done.

let us know how you getting on
chin up
Title: Re: What could be wrong with my knees??? please help!!!!
Post by: magda on September 22, 2005, 04:28:19 AM
Wow, thanks so much for the replies.

As for joint disease! Dont think there is any in my family. I havent had any problems with joints before. The only other thing ive had is a lower back ache.

Im only 21 too, have always been in pretty good health and athletic (until my knees went bad). I have not had any tests done like that. Only MRI which showed nothing and a CT i believe which showed one of my knees to be inflamed-cause unknown. Also was told dont have arthritis.

What does a tick have to do with knees??? or diabetes?? thats interesting. If you could tell me more about that that would be great. I will get that tested though, for joints and diagetes! Let you know when i get results back.

To be more descriptive, the pain is on the sides of my knees (thats where the bruises show up too) also when aggrivated, then tender on the shines and bruising there as well. The pain is 24/7, sometimes its a 1/10, sometimes its a 8/10 but always there-sitting, standing- always there!. Also, my knees feel fatigued, dont know if that makes sense to anyone. But it just feel like they are too weak to do anything. Going up stairs is the worst i think. They crack a lot and sometimes lock and/or buckle. Also, last time i really pushed them ( which was a light hike- about 10 min and was also going up stairs) my knees got muscle spasms. Also, kinda feels like i was hit with a hammer on the inside of my knees when the pain gets worse! Dont know if that tell you anything.

Thanks a bunch and keep you posted...
Title: Re: What could be wrong with my knees??? please help!!!!
Post by: blackbeltgirl on September 22, 2005, 01:47:43 PM
Magda -

There are a lot of diseases that can impact our joints.  A tick could cause lyme disease.  One symptom of lyme disease is bruising and aching joints.  Your body actually reacts a bit like rheumatoid arthritis, and it can be debilitating.  It can also be cured.  Diabetes is different - it affects your blood flow, etc.  One of the early signs of juvenile diabetes is extensive bruising.  It's probably not the cause of your trouble, but since a simple blood test could rule it out, it's worth exploring.  A rheumatologist can probably test you for both of those diseases, plus rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

Sometimes joint problems aren't actually caused by the joint.  Since you've seen a number of orthopedists, it's worth checking out other specialties.  Maybe even a hemotologist, if the bruising is constant.  If that path doesn't work, you can always resume/continue banging down the doors of orthopdeic knee specialists.

Good luck!