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The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: bthizle1 on November 15, 2008, 04:15:15 AM

Title: Is there any hope?
Post by: bthizle1 on November 15, 2008, 04:15:15 AM
Well, I'm only 19 and I've just about given up all hope on being able to use my knees for what I want to do in life.

I suppose I'll just explain my situation:

When I was in 8th grade (14?) I tore my left ACL, had to wait 2 years for my growth plates to close in order to have surgery. I had an ACLr autograph done, in which they took from my hamstring. Anyways, I recovered ok from it, played lacrosse and soccer on it and then when I was 18 the graft gave out. So, I had to have another ACLr, only this time it was a cadaver patellar tendon. I'm around 6 months post op, and a month ago my doc said I was ok to leave..Long story short, I moved to Philly (from the west coast) and lived on a sailboat my friend owns there....After 2-3 weeks both my knees were horrible, and I could barely walk. I rested and iced, but it did little to nothing, so I had to move back...here I am with no health insurance trying to solve this. The doc said I most likely have pattelar femoral syndrome. He had me take a blood test for Lymes disease and rheumatoid arthritis, take anti-noninflammatory pills and I'm in the process of getting custom orthotics as I have no arch what so ever.

This has been going on for nearly a month now, I can barely walk both my knees are shot, and I'm sitting here wondering if I have any chance at being able to do what I want in life. That being backpack the world....I backpacked Europe and Canada last year, but I just can't see myself getting my legs in good enough health to be able to do it again. I guess what I'm asking is has anyone been in a similar situation or have any recommendations? Any success stories to provide even the slightest bit of encouragement...as all of this has really gotten me down..I'm only 19 and I've been dealing with bad knee problems since I was 14. It wouldn't bother me as much if I didn't absolutely need my legs to travel how I do.