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Offline Florry

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Surely I'm not imagining this is a problem?
« on: August 14, 2008, 12:31:57 PM »
I feel better off with my knees having read a lot of these posts though I would appreciate some advice with my far lesser problems.
In brief - now aged 34 I had a diagnosis at age 13 of condramalacia patella and saw a bone specialist, had x-rays and some physiotherapy. (luckily I was covered privately under my fathers healthcare cover) and had some kind of ultra sound? memory fails me..this all stopped when I was about 14.  Lived with frequent swellings and pain in both knees since.  I have developed good leg muscles, taken care of diet etc.
I recently saw a GP after several weeks of more pronounced pain in one knee after an unusual and searing pain upon going up some stairs, now have an intermittant and painful click (it has clicked and crunched for years - this new click is quite different), no swelling. GP said some ligament weakness. X-ray showed no abnormalities.  Also have noticed slight change to shape of the non x-ray'd knee.  I have lived with continual aches, pains and limitations for 21 years now and the recently increased pain would make sense to me if there were any kind of explanation, in fact the GP said I had no discernable knee condition. I have always been active, if gentle on the knees, but they hurt if I rest them and they hurt if I use them. Is this worth pursuing? Are  knee specialists accessible if I have 'no discernable knee condition'? Fair enough to live with aches and pains to varying degrees (from background dull ache to weeping at the sight of stairs)- but reading some posts about problems not showing up on x-ray (even MRI) I would want to rule out all further courses of action before giving up on any treatment possibilities and I don't know what options I have..  Any ideas?

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Re: Surely I'm not imagining this is a problem?
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2008, 01:10:48 PM »
You have not made any mention of having consulted an Orthopaedic Consultant - if not, then I think it is about time you did.. A gp does not have the required specialised knowledge.


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Re: Surely I'm not imagining this is a problem?
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2008, 01:21:35 PM »
I was diagnosed with condramalacia patella at the age of 14. Over the years i have put up with increasing pain in both of my knees. went to a new OS and he did the x-ray and the MRI on the right knee (which has gotten to the point of being intorable) and it showed nothing significant. he decided to go in and scope the knee to see what was going on and found out that my entire patella is effected with severe arthritis. even he was surprised to see the amount of damage that was there.
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Re: Surely I'm not imagining this is a problem?
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2008, 04:06:35 PM »
Constant pain is not something one should "just live with".  You should see an orthopedic doc.  Lots of things don't show up on x-rays or MRIs.  I had also been diagnosed with chondromalacia when I was 13.  I had two lateral releases that helped for a little while.  The last 3-4 years have been ungodly with pain and other issues.  It may take a scope to really see what is happening in your knees right now.

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Re: Surely I'm not imagining this is a problem?
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2008, 10:38:13 AM »
Any pain you experience in your knee is a symptom that somethings wrong. Your knees dont just hurt for nothing. Time to see an OS I'm afraid. try to get to one asap, I think youll find theres a cause for your discomfort.
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Re: Surely I'm not imagining this is a problem?
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2008, 06:24:15 PM »
I'm so thankful for all the encouragement - and validation. After receiving the responses to my post I went back to GP and pushed a somewhat resistant doctor for referral to knee clinic and finally got to see a specialist consultant. i'm currently awaiting physiotherapy since the consultant diagnosed a problem with alignment since childhood (so much for the consultant I saw when I was a child). I will throw myself fully into the physio since there was mention of realignment surgery and that doesnt sound appealing. I simply would not have pursued this without the helpfulness I have found on this site, so a huge thank you to all - this course of action will change my quality of life.

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Re: Surely I'm not imagining this is a problem?
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2008, 07:52:18 PM »
Hi Florry,

I am glad that you will be seeing an OS finallly and can tell you that the knee problems you are getting are not in your mind. I was told by family and work mates my knee problems was in my head because I have asperger syndrome. I saw a PT and said I have maltraking in both knees and MRI scan showed up an inflammed fat pad in my right knee. I see you also have traking problems and the OS might offer lateral release depending how well or not so well your kneecap positioned.

Keep us posted on how the appointment goes with the OS.

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Re: Surely I'm not imagining this is a problem?
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2008, 02:08:26 PM »
Hey Florry,

Glad you pushed to see an OS.  Constant pain means something is not right.  Definately give the PT a good attempt.  I did pretty well with it and a LR for each knee for several years.  If the PT works, you will likely need to keep doing it at home.  Hope it helps you and you won't need surgery.  Got both fingers crossed.

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'89 rt knee LR (6 mos. after left)
'05 rt knee scope (clean up)
7/5/07 - scope, LR left, right clean
3/19/08 - LR failed, Supartz failed
http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=47974.0
8/21/08 - new OS apt
8/5/09 - TTT, LR, PFJR sched.