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Offline pigling

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In need of some advice
« on: October 27, 2011, 05:34:58 PM »
Hi, I am new and was hoping to get some advice and opinions from people with experience with this sort of thing.

I am 27 and I have had problems with my legs and back for as long as I can remember, I finally saw my doc last week and she said that it looks like I have lordosis and my pelvis is tilted forward. Something that I didn't bring up but has been bothering me for many years now is that I get a lot of pain in my knees and hips. Like, when I am walking it feels like my knees are going to go from under me and my hips hurt and I start walking funny.

When I stand up with my feet facing forward my knees are turned in, I can get them to go straight when I turn my feet out to the sides. Also if I sit with my legs crossed I get cramp and it is really uncomfortable, the only position I can sit in comfortably is with my legs out to the sides (like a W). I can never seem to get comfy and my hips seem to ache and get cramp all the time.

Also, something that is just annoying is that when I where leggins or skinny jeans they always twist and look stupid after walking for a bit.

Is any of this worth mentioning to my doc next time I see her? In the past when I have said something (to my previous GP) I was told that it was just depression.

Thanks

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Re: In need of some advice
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2011, 06:06:56 PM »
If you have lordosis and your pelvis is tilted forward, it is no suprise that the hips and knees hurt.  Do mention this to the doc.  Many knee problems can originate at the hip.  A tilted pelvis would have the femur at a strange angle and is likely causing your hip pain.  Definatly get that checked out. 
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Re: In need of some advice
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2011, 06:14:50 PM »
Thanks for the reply :)

I have been put off in the past by being told that it was all psychological, will defo mention it at my next app.

From looking around here and looking stuff up around the internet I have noticed that at my age I shouldn't be able to sit the ways I do. I always assumed I was double jointed or something so never told a doctor.

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Re: In need of some advice
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2011, 12:53:18 AM »
No problem.  I have been told my pain was all in my head before.  Told that doc that if that was true I would have a headache not knee pain.  Get it all checked out.  They may need to go x-rays and or CT scans from the lumbar down to the feet to get a good picture of the alignment going on.  Good luck.
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Re: In need of some advice
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2011, 08:51:22 AM »
I've been doing some research on femoral aneversion, does any of what I said sound like it could be that? I tried searching for femoral aneversion and lordosis but came up with nothing so feeling a bit confused at the moment.

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Re: In need of some advice
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2011, 07:45:09 AM »
Hi pigling,

It's called femoral anteversion (prob just a typo!) - it does sound a possibility, but speaking from my own web-happy stance, be really careful about researching your symptoms into something that seems to fit! You can end up thinking you have something you don't, and worrying yourself silly into the bargain...

I know it's tempting to self-diagnose, and I'm not saying you shouldn't try to research a bit, but hold off if you can until you've seen the doc and got their thoughts. You can always mention whatever you suspect to them and see what they think. Go armed with some questions and a list of your symptoms, even if they seem minor, and make sure you tell them everything. If they refer you to an ortho, do ask what they think it could be and you can research that so that you are armed for the specialist.

TwoBadKneesUSA is quite right, docs will sometimes say or hint that pain is psychological. Maybe there are people for whom it can be, but I think the majority of us know when something really hurts, and it needs investigating not ignoring. If they start that kind of caper, see another doc. Important thing is to get that referral to see the orthopaedic people who know about your kind of issues.

Good luck!

Brams  ;)
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Re: In need of some advice
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2011, 12:06:08 PM »
Thanks :)

I saw my doc and I've got an appointment to see a specialist for the 9th Nov, hopefully I will get some answers then.

After seeing the ortho how long does it usually take to get something done? I have a relative who suffers from back and hip problems and was in a wheelchair by about 40 and don't really want things to get to that point. From past experiences of health problems it usually takes years to figure out what is going on and treat it (some of my problems I have had for over 10 years and still have no answers). If it is femoral anteversion is it likely to take around that length of time to sort out and will it be a case of trying physio until I can barely walk?   

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Re: In need of some advice
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2011, 11:24:12 AM »
Just thought I would post an update.

I saw the specialist on the 9th and he did a lot of poking and prodding and he has come to the conclusion that I have lordosis of the spine, femoral anteversion, loose hips and patellofemoral pain syndrome. I have been booked in for some physiotherapy and he is hoping that that will solve the problem.

Has anyone else had any luck with physio for these kind of problems? 

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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2011, 12:41:08 PM »
Glad you've got somewhere, sound like a pretty thorough diagnosis.

I've no experience of those things, but can definitely recommend physio...get as much as you can, do everything they say, especially the home exercises, and keep some kind of diary. Sometimes when you feel like things aren't happening it's really helpful to be able to look back and see that in fact they are improving.

Make sure you have a two-way thing with your physio and that she/he listen to you!

Good luck, let us know how things go.

Brams  ;)
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Aug 2011 - diagnosed PF arthritis L knee
Nov 2011 - diagnosed CRPS L knee
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Nov 2012 - CRPS spread to L foot/thigh, increasing pain
- Worsening pain/symptoms R knee
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Re: In need of some advice
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2011, 01:05:50 AM »
Thanks hun :)

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Re: In need of some advice
« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2011, 01:47:39 AM »
Update:

Since my initial appointment I have seen the physio again and had a more thorough assessment. Unfortunately the list has increased a bit more now but at least things are getting looked at. I now have a diagnosis of femoral anteversion, lordosis, patellofemoral pain syndrome, weak hips, one leg longer than the other and flat feet. I am going to see her again on the 19th and will be getting some orthotics to try to sort out the feet stuff and  have also been given a bunch of exercises to do.

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Re: In need of some advice
« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2011, 02:51:28 AM »
Good luck pipling - I hope the orthotics help and the exercise take some of your pain away! I wear orthotics too and I really notice when I don't have them in my shoes especially if it has been for a few days in a row!
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Re: In need of some advice
« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2011, 09:25:16 PM »
Hi pigling,

Glad you're getting somewhere, but sorry your list is so long! As you say, better to know and have professionals treating the problems. Good luck with the physio and orthotics. Hope they help.

Keep us posted!

Brams  ;)
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Aug 2011 - L knee arthroscopy
Aug 2011 - diagnosed PF arthritis L knee
Nov 2011 - diagnosed CRPS L knee
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Nov 2012 - CRPS spread to L foot/thigh, increasing pain
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Re: In need of some advice
« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2011, 04:45:56 PM »
Thanks :)

I think the only thing that is frustrating me now is that I also have digestive problems that doctors now think is related to my muscles not working properly. I have asked numerous times if this could be related in some way to the problems with my legs but the doctors won't say anything. The physio has said maybe but my proco didn't say anything. I really wish doctors would learn to communicate with each other.















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