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Offline Radiance

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Pattelo femerol pain syndrome
« on: May 05, 2006, 12:06:41 AM »
Hi I have a question concerning pattelo femoral pain syndrome. My daughter is 15 and has been diagnosed with this. This is the second time that she has been to the family doctor. He again has told us that she needs physio therapy and as well as an ultrasound and x-rays. What else should I be asking my family doctor to do. Physio helped temperarily last time and after she was done this flared up again. She is not very athletic but does walk a lot. They told me to give her advil or tylenol but what else can I give her for pain relief? What are my other options? Does she need to see a specialist to deal with this problem or just leave it up to the family doctor?Any information would be helpful . Thanks

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Re: Pattelo femerol pain syndrome
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2006, 12:14:52 AM »

Sorry to hear about your daughter. I'm 17 and in a similar situation, so I know how she feels. I don't know of any other medications you can give her without a prescription, but I would definitely suggest that she ice her knee whenever it bothers her, after exercise, etc. I would definitely take her to see a specialist if things don't improve. Other options to think about are bracing, taping, and orthotics. A PT or specialist would be able to help tell you which are appropriate.

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Re: Pattelo femerol pain syndrome
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2006, 12:24:18 AM »
Hi there,

i too am sorry to hear about your daughter going thru PFS.  i'm 18 and i started having troubles with my knees due to the exact thing around the same time as your daughter. it can be very very frustrating at times for sure!!  From personal experience, I would really suggest seeking out the opinion of an orthopedic surgeon (OS).  there are some OSes that specialize in knees and patello femoral problems.  your family doc is taking the right measures tho...a good set of xrays can REALLY help in seeing if she has any malalignment issues that need addressing. 

icing alot really does help with pain and swelling.  even though it sometimes can be a pain, it does actually work and is worth doing.  when the ice wasn't taking away most of the pain I would typically take a motrin or advil.  just be careful and not take them for along time because they can cause stomach issues. 

good luck to you and your daughter!!!
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Re: Pattelo femerol pain syndrome
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2006, 11:47:45 AM »
I've had patellofemoral pain since I was 8 (now I'm 25) and it's important for them to try and figure out exactly what's causing it.  In young girls they often say it's idiopathic and that she'll grow out of it.  That's what I was told though, and it's only ever gotten worse.

As far as painkillers go, I can understand what she's feeling. Tylenol and Advil are generally useless for things like that unless you're taking massive doses and at that point they'll just cause more trouble than they're worth.  My doctor started me on a drug called Tramadol last August, and it is a miracle pill!  It's a synthetic narcotic, like codeine without the side effects.  Most days I only need to take one pill about 11 AM and that can be enough to keep me going pretty comfortably all day.  On bad days I take a bit more, but try to keep it within limits.  Anyway, it's something to consider...

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