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Offline lautro

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« on: November 12, 2005, 10:07:26 PM »
I am in need of some advice or help.  I am a 24 year old female suffering from severe knee pain.  NO doctors seem to know what's wrong with me.  Here's a little history on me.  And if anyone has advice or maybe suffers from the same problem, please can you respond.  Thank you  :)

Discomfort in my knee joints started when I was about 16, I found it hard to run and jump.  Over the years the pain slowly increased.    About a year ago the pain became very intense.  I am 5'9" and am of normal weight for my height (160lbs)

Today, I am suffering from incredible pain 24/7, (no exageration).  I cannot squat; bend down to pick something up; climbing stairs is a long painful ordeal; if I am sitting in a chair (legs bent) or if driving I have to stretch my legs out every 5 minutes or less because of the pain of having them bent; if I cross my legs while sitting it is painful after 1-2 minutes; sleep (?) whats that.

Basicallly what ever is wrong with my knees is ruining my life.  I am becoming very depressed.  I cannot exercise because of the pain.  Tylonel 3's don't work, anti-inflamatories don't work, heat helps to relieve some of the pain for about 10 minutes.  Doctors tell me to do leg strengthening exercises, but it's almost impossible, when I flex my quads the pain is very intense.

I have never had any sort of sports injury, and have never over exercised.  Nothing runs in the family either.  Every doctor I have been to just refers me to another doctor who knows nothing.  X-rays show there is nothing wrong with my bones.  Specialists don't want to do further testing because they tell me some people just get this.

I can't live like this.  I'm 24, not 80.  I cry all of the time.  No-one understand the amount of pain I am in.  I'll be a school teacher in a year and I don't know how I'll do it.  There's no way I can look after a classroom of kids when I have trouble walking.

Can someone help?  Please, I'm so desperate.

Thank you,
« Last Edit: November 12, 2005, 10:14:59 PM by lautro »

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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2005, 10:23:09 PM »

Hi, sounds like what you need is a good assessment from a knee specialist.  You might need to see someone that specializes in patellofemoral pain. 

Have they ever sent you to PT?  There are exercises that they can help you with & they also have treatments that might help with the pain like ultrasound.  Your GP can send you to PT sessions. 

What you really need right now is pain management - your GP can send you to a PM clinic & if one is not near you then your GP can give you pain pills to help you cope with the pain.

Hang in there,


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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2005, 02:22:44 PM »
Hey Laura,

I agree with Shade. You definitely need a referral to a pain management specialist. That aside, maybe some light physiotherapy would help, although you may fin dthis difficult until your pain is under control.
Doctors have a whole array of diagnostic and investigative techniques available to them - you've not said if you've been through all or any of these.
You may want to request x-rays, ultrasound and MRI scans within a short period of time. Then hopefully the combination of these 3 should show something up.

Hope this helps,

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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2005, 03:27:08 AM »
 I agree you need to get that pain undercontrol. If you can sit  or walk etc, then there is no way your going to be able to help it at all.  Go to your Gp and ask for a refearall to some one , mean while ask for pain meds. If they won't try the er. I have done that before when I dislocated my knee and they gave me meds and a referall to a speacialist. It sounds like to me you have pulled something and this is nothing to mess around with. Be very adamitt with all doctors involved. Try to stay off of it and if you can borrow a pair of crutches to get the weight off of it until you get some where with the DR's. Try some Tyelnol pm  for some rest at night until you can get something. It might be able to help get rest. We all know how it  feels not to get any. I take Ibuprofen for swelling, ice is important too.  I hope this helps in some ways and Please keep us informed. All the best. Bikersmurf

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