Hello. I've seen several doctors for my problem and they haven't been able to treat the pain or diagnose me with a specific problem. Any advise on treatment, diagnosis, or finding someone who can help me with either of these would be highly appreciated.
I'm 26 years and have been suffering with moderate chronic knee pain in both my knees since I was 17. The pain is mostly on the inside (so for my right knee the pain is to the left of the left of the knee cap and vice versa), although also I sometimes experience pain below the kneecap and on the outside as well. The pain came about after a ~2 month period of intensive running in high school. The problem got substnatially worse when I was 23 and was playing competitive ultimante frizbee.
Pain now comes as a result of walking, running, jumping, squatting, etc. The pain is not sharp. I'd almost characterize it as a mild burning sensation, like how your feet ache from standing too long, but much worse.
Treatment for PFPS (mostly inner quad exercises) did nothing to ease the pain. MRI revealed a potentially problematic plica in both knees. Arthoscopic surgery to remove the plica from my right knee was also unproductive in solving my problem.
The only things that have help me with this problem are perscription stregth doses of NSAIDs (enough to give me stomach problems), which releaved me of the pain when I was 17 when the problem was much more mild, and long periods of inactivity, as after the surgery I spend about a month doing nothing much more than watching TV and my knees felt mildly better after that period of time. However, even a modest routine involving a minimal amount of walking (getting up, going to work, going grocery shopping...no sports) is sufficient to aggrovate my knee problem.
The orthopedic doctors I've seen have basically given up, and I'm starting to fear this problem will get worse as I get older with no prospect of ever getting better.
Asked by soxxes - 3 answers - 8 years 34 weeks ago