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Offline Lizz

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 Can anyone relate to my situation and give me some advice on how to deal with this?  Iím at my wits end and decided to look for help on a chat-line.  I had an ACL on my right knee 13 years ago and for the first 11 years I had some back leg pain that felt somewhat like sciatica and some knee inflammation.  I started trying different therapies to treat it, acupuncture, chiropractors, PT, had negative x-ray results, negative blood tests for tumors and had no luck getting resolution.  The last year and a half Iíve been in misery with more intense pain starting in the early morning hours around 2:30 am that starts as throbbing/aching in the back and out-side of my ACL knee and when I try to stand on it the pain shoots up the back and side of my leg and gluteus maximus and into my mid-lumbar region to the point that it brings me to my knees sometimes.  Then I have to sit back down to take the pressure off or bend over or lie on my back and grab my knees to my chest.  The pain subsides almost immediately so I stand back up and it comes back again.  I go through this trying to get dressed for work for 20 minutes or so until it finally eases up on me.  Then I am fine and can get around normally with no problems including hiking, gardening, lifting things until the night comes again and then I go through it again.  Not every night fortunately but I never know.  Sometimes it happens when Iíve been sitting in a bad chair for too long but not as severe as the night-time episodes.  My CT scans show no bulging discs, no spinal problems, only mild-moderate arthritis in my hips and mild facet arthritis in lumbar.  Iíve started some Yoga and that might be helping.  Iím going for Massage Therapy with a therapist who specializes in injury massage soon, and have appointments with a Neurologist spinal  specialist, an Orthopedic knee specialist, PT and Rehab. Med. as well as PT to try a Tens Unit for Chronic pain. 

As I said the pain seems to start in the back and out-side of my right knee middle of the night and then creeps into my back.  Iíve been told it is tendonitis or sciatica but am skeptical.  The only thing that has helped me was a cortisone shot in the leg that lasted for one week and then the pain returned.  I canít get another shot for 6 more weeks (only once every 12 weeks for cortisone).  Ice paks and PT help to some degree but only temporarily.  Anyone out there know what Iím going through?  Thanks for any suggestions on what this is and what to do about it. 

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The thing that strikes me direct is do you have a proper bed to sleep in ?
Surgery 6 times left knee torn meniscus, RSDS,chondromalacia, nervdamage cause constant nervpain,chronic inflamm.
Spinaldamage wheeler 100%.
Right knee damaged aug-06, use brace surgery 4/9-07.LCL tear.