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Offline Phantom_cw

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New and scared. (Chondromalacia?)
« on: November 14, 2010, 01:31:06 AM »
Hey guys,
I'm sorry if this is posted in the wrong section but I read through different sections and hoped this was the right place. I'll try not to waffle either.  I've recently (5 weeks ago) had to go to the GP's about my knees which have now developed a second type of pain (took ALOT of psyching up to do). My GP told me I have chondromalacia patella and to come back if the pain had not eased with rest and ice packs. I went back to the GP's this week and ended up seeing a different doctor who is sending me for x rays on my knees and possibly physio. Whilst I am encouraged by having a x ray his tone of voice and hurried demeanor leave me feeling disheartened. In a weird way I am scared my x ray will show nothing and that my knee pain will be dismissed again ( was brushed off 6 years ago by two different GPs).

I am dreading being brushed off again as the pain is so bad right now it's stopping  me from sleeping and has become so severe it is making me cry often now.  I am currently taking ibuprofen which isn't working and was not prescribed anything. I'm not goin to rattle off a long list of symptoms I was just wondering if others had experianced this kind of anxiety, nervous of the x ray, anxious about physio and feel very pessimistic in general about my knee. I'm trying very hard to keep my chin up at work as I can't afford to go on  sick pay. 

Again I'm sorry if this is posted in the wrong section   ???
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Re: New and scared. (Chondromalacia?)
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2010, 03:10:39 AM »
I am dreading being brushed off again as the pain is so bad right now it's stopping  me from sleeping and has become so severe it is making me cry often now.  I am currently taking ibuprofen which isn't working and was not prescribed anything. I'm not goin to rattle off a long list of symptoms I was just wondering if others had experianced this kind of anxiety, nervous of the x ray, anxious about physio and feel very pessimistic in general about my knee. I'm trying very hard to keep my chin up at work as I can't afford to go on  sick pay. 

Short answer: Yes! I've often wished I had something broken or torn that would show up on an X-ray and the doctor could point to it and say that is what is wrong and this is how I will fix it. But that isn't how knees like ours are, unfortunately. I hate that feeling of "rejection" that you get when the doctor either says there isn't anything wrong or there isn't anything he can do about it. You know that the pain is there and it is probably a lot worse than what they can fathom based on the exam and x-rays. Dealing with the anxiety and trying to be optimistic is definitely a challenge and some days are easier than others.

Ice will probably help your pain as much or more than anything else. I can't take Ibuprofin very often, so I make-do with ice. I've also found that on nights when the pain is keeping me awake, taking something like Advil PM is helpful. Also, look at how you're sleeping. You probably notice that sitting with a bent leg for any period of time is painful? Well, sleeping with it bent can make for a painful day the next day, so if this is a problem for you, try to sleep with it straight.

Ultimately, it would be nice to have stronger NSAIDs to take if you can tolerate them, so you might want to ask your doctor. I can't take them, but my current OS has started me with Voltaren in a gel form that I seem to be able to tolerate better because you rub it on the knee instead of taking the pills. I'm still waiting to see how effective this is going to be for me, but I am getting some positive results. Also, you might find it helpful to read through the patella section in the information hub so you will have a good understanding of the knee anatomy and how things are supposed to work in there. Read up on the kinds of x-rays that should be done so you can be sure to get the right ones that will be helpful in your diagnosis. You especially need to try to get the merchant or sunrise view if you are having patella pain.

Welcome to Knee Geeks. I hope you are able to find support here and maybe get some answers. If all else fails, know that we understand...
patella pain began early teens
'94 TTT/LR/VMO adv.
'94 MUA
'10 tried PT again
1/11 scope/hardware removal
4/11 (Finally!) dx medial instability due to LR
5/9/11 LPFL reconstruction scheduled

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Re: New and scared. (Chondromalacia?)
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2010, 04:51:15 PM »
Hey,

I can totally understand the anxiety.  I had difficulties getting a diagnosis of my knee problems, the GP brushed me off after testing me for arthritis which I didn't have.  The thing is, if you don't have any obvious problem, like a ligament tear or arthritis, they don't always take you seriously.  I get embarrassed going to the doctor anyway, but it's worse when they treat you like it's all in your head.  I eventually went back and they sent me to a specialist who found the problem.  I was pretty nervous when I had the x-rays, as I thought they'd come back normal and then they'd brush me off again.

Chondromalacia is usually caused by some kind of alignment issues of your kneecap.  This can usually only be detected by taking x-rays of your knee at different angles. I hope this is what the doctor is sending you for.  Otherwise, the physiotherapist should be able to notice any underlying problems and help you out.   

I can totally relate to it affecting your sleep, knee pain wakes me up a lot, and I often have to take painkillers.  However, like Smillie said, ice helps. 

I hope this has helped a bit.  It can be very disheartening when a doctor doesn't help or take you seriously, I've had this a couple of times, but there are so many people on this site that have similar knee problems who can give you advice etc.

knee pain since very young
2008 - diagnosed with patella tilt
2010 - partial meniscectomy















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