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Title: IIts been 3 years, what could it be...
Post by: Ateyx on February 05, 2014, 10:00:53 AM
Hello everybody of KneeGuru,

First off, I wasn't quite sure where to post this, so I followed the boards suggestion and posted here! To start off, I've been suffering from what I can only describe as a knee injury for the past 3 years. Here is my story.

I'm a 20 year old male and I've been running for 4 years. From ages 15-17 I skateboarded as well as ran. In the summer of 2011 I started to get this mild discomfort in my left knee. Really hard to describe, not really pain but still a mild discomfort. I ignored it. It got worse over the summer, and eventually by September I had stopped skateboarding entirely and just ran instead, as skateboarding just brought about way to much of the discomfort. The range of feelings of the discomfort from then till now has not changed, and here is a list I have compiled over the years to describe the symptoms. Most of these symptoms occur below the kneecap/patella and the area surrounding the lower region.

1) Mild stiffness. My knee feels sort of stiff from time to time, but it still has full range of motion.
2) A "pinching" feeling. Almost as if someone is pinching very lightly below my knee cap, its really just a mild discomfort, but it still causes me to move in my seat.
3) Foreign touch/amplification of sensation. This one gets weird, but I'll try my best to describe it. Ever have a object just brush against you? Well, imagine having that feeling "amplified" is the best way I can describe it.  When I wear any type of pants that cover my knee, it feels like something is touching my knee ALL the time, and the sensation is really discomforting. Even while writing this, I still have the constant feeling!
4) Small electrical shocks that come and go across different parts of my knee. Not that painful. Almost like a voltage is being discharge across the lower region. I played basketball today, and oh boy did I ever get a lot of these when I sat down!
5) Weakness feeling. This is also a constant one. All the time it feels like my left knee is "weaker" than my right. It feels as if at any point my knee could give way. This even sometimes leads to me limping or waddling, as I get the feeling that my knee is "injured" so as instinct I try not to walk on it. Its most prevalent in the morning though, and I generally limp for 5-10 minutes in the morning before my joints warm up. After that its a really small instinctual feeling, but I've learned to ignore it.

So those are the symptoms, and with them come some anomalies that make the diagnosis of this injury a little tougher.

1) Little to no pain. All the symptoms I have come with little to no pain, just a large amount of discomfort. It was funny when the doctor examined my knee, and every test he performed was perfectly fine with me. No pain.
2) The knee is physically fine. Like I said, I've been running for 4 years, I don't let it stop me. I've tried taking time off to let it heal and I took a total of 3 months off at one point, didn't change a thing. Although, throughout this entire period of time, my knee has been physically fine. It still bends, rotates, and supports my weight just fine. I can even do 1 legged squats perfectly. The knee itself is physically fit.

As far as my medical history goes, I have had an X-ray as well as an MRI, both came back fine. I still remember getting my MRI results back from the doctor and him telling me to try and strength train it. That was 2 years ago. I've tried strength training and stretching. No results. The best guess I have at this point is its nerve damage, as that is the only thing that really makes sense considering the MRI checked out, but I still really don't know.

So that would be my tale. I am open for anything really, suggestions, advice, possible diagnosis's, anything that may help my situation. Last but not least, Thank you for reading, I really appreciate it.
Title: Re: IIts been 3 years, what could it be...
Post by: rbfd19 on February 05, 2014, 05:14:11 PM
Do you have a foam roller?  Google foam rolling for IT Band stretching.  See if that helps.