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Offline atomicraven

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Swollen Knee
« on: August 26, 2010, 11:17:53 PM »

About 4 years ago my knee started aching peridoically, and was a tiny bit tender.  Then one day I woke up and it was swollen.  the next day it was more swollen, and on the 3rd day I could barely walk.  My knee was 'locked' into a straight position, and when I tried to bend it it was excruciating.

This lasted for about 5 weeks.  I was misdiagnosed with a bruised kneecap, and then thankfully my knee swelling went away, and I once again could walk.

About 2 months later this happened again, but not as bad, and then again about 3 months after that.  Each successive time was less swelling, less pain, and it didn't last as long.  Since that time 4 years ago, I have had this recur about once a year.

On each of these occasions, my knee-cap is extremely tender, and my whole knee is very painful.  I wake up frequntely at night as it 'locks' into a position, and I have to straighten or bend it to another position to get relief. It's ok for a bit until I have to re-adjust it again.

I have been diagnosed after multiple X-Rays, MRI's and ultra sounds with:

1) Congenital Bi-Partite Patella OR
2) Dislocated kneecap.

I was fine for the last year up until about 3 days ago.  I'm in agony again.  I was referred to a knee surgeon for both the last 2 times this happen, but he said the risk of more damage from the surgery is too high for Bi-Partite Patella, and so I should wait another ten years until I can't walk...I'm 39.

I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas as to what this is.  I've seen a sports specialist, my family doctor and a knee surgeon, and all of them have different diagnoses.  None can explain the periodic swelling or the fact that it comes out of no where - no prior or recent trauma.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.