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Title: Knee pain for 4 months
Post by: joegoodman85 on April 07, 2008, 10:23:28 AM
Hi, I am a 23 year old male,
and maybe somebody can help me.
It all started about 4 months ago, i started getting bad pains in my achilles tendons and also my upper calfs. at the time i was running on a treadmill for about 15 mins 4-5 days a week and had been doing so for about 3 years. after a while a noticed pain in both my knees.
this prompted me to stop all training for a while and consult a doctor; unfortunatly he couldnt identify my problem, he gave me painkillers and told me to rest.
after stopping training the calf pain and tendon pain went away, however the knee pain got worse to the point where i cant walk for 3 mins without being in a lot of pain, the pain is around the patella, sometimes the pain is worse at the top of the patella, sometimes the sides or even the bottom.
also i started to feel griding and clicking on my kneecap when bending and straightening my leg.
this really concerned me. There is no swelling on my knee, just alot of pain which is increased through any activity, mornings are usually ok for me. i returned to my doctor as i was concerned about the possibility of osteoarthiritis, he refered me to a physiotherapist who said i have "tight quadriceps" which are pulling my patella down and causing friction, she gave me stretching exercises to do for a month, however these had no effect. After this the Physio refered me to a podiaty clinic as i have flat feet, they didnt know too much about my problem and just gave me some orthotic insoles to correct my walk, which have had no affect over 4 a week period.
this is starting to worry me as no one can give me a proper diagnosis and it has been affecting me badly for 4 months now, does anyone have any clues as to what this could be?

Many thanks,

Title: Re: Knee pain for 4 months
Post by: jathib on April 07, 2008, 01:28:16 PM
It's not that no one can give you a diagnosis, it's just that you haven't seen the right doctor. It's time for a referral to an orthopedic surgeon so they can order an MRI.
Title: Re: Knee pain for 4 months
Post by: joegoodman85 on April 07, 2008, 02:03:43 PM
An OS would be great, my doctor doesn't seem to take it seriously that i can't actually walk for 5 mins without having to sit down and refused to send me to one, he did however refer me for an X-ray which according to what i've read doesn't actually help much in diagnosing cartledge issues (if that's what the problem is), looks like i may have to push him a bit harder for that MRI...

Thanks for the advice!
Title: Re: Knee pain for 4 months
Post by: eaglemom on April 07, 2008, 02:26:13 PM
Yes you need an MRI.  You might try calling and speaking with a nurse - they carry alot of weight in doctors offices.  Just tell her your concern and "would it be possible" to have an mri scheduled?  She'll chat with the os can call you back with a yes or no.  That might work instead of another appointment.  Good luck.
Title: Re: Knee pain for 4 months
Post by: joegoodman85 on April 07, 2008, 02:39:57 PM
Thanks for your advice, much appreciated.
Fingers crossed its not osteoartheritis which wouldn't be very nice at my age...