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Old 12-24-2019, 07:42 AM
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A year ago, I was hiking, doing laps around the school, constantly bending to reshelve books, and dancing around with my students. I was getting into great shape and I felt strong...especially my legs.

Suddenly, out of the blue one day, my knee started hurting.

Thinking I twisted it, I dealt with the pain (icing, heat, compression, rest, light exercise) and hoped that it would heal.

Over the summer, it was still hurting constantly.

Went to orthopedic doctor for x-rays and MRI.
He deemed it "Nothing significant" just "mild" wear and tear and normal for someone my age.
Told me there was nothing else he could do for me.

Went to rheumatologist.
Checked for rheumatism and Lyme.
NEGATIVE; NEGATIVE

She gave me a shot of cortisone and I miraculously could walk again!

Now, for the past three months, BOTH my knees hurt.

In severe pain whenever I bend them.
Stairs and sitting down on the toilet is quite challenging.

Hips do NOT hurt; Feet do NOT hurt.

Just don't understand how you can be fit and fine one minute and crippling pain the next.

Wearing leggings helps alleviate the pain a bit.
And when it's cold or rainy outside, my knees hurt less.

They do NOT hurt when I'm laying down, driving, or just sitting.
Thank Goodness.


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Old 12-24-2019, 07:52 AM
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I've had lots of knee pain as of late. The urgent care doctor gave me a sot and sent me on my way. I followed up with my regular doctor. I told her how it was fine, then I went to "step to the right" in a dance, very MILD dance, and all hell broke loose in my knee. I was hobbling for a week until it went away, and the pain was extreme. She said my knee had probably moved slightly and had misaligned with that step, and then after a week or so, put itself back. Now when it happens I gently wiggle it, and I can get it to work right again.

I'm hoping this lengthy story helps you!
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Old 12-24-2019, 08:03 AM
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Obviously there is inflammation for a reason or the cortisone shot would not have helped so much.

I would get another doctor's appointment. If your doctor does not have any answers I would try another doctor. I hope you find some solutions and relief soon.
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Old 12-24-2019, 08:41 AM
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Physical therapy. When the orthopedist says nothing is wrong he means the bones and joints are ok. That means the pain stems from muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. Those things are all interconnected. A good physical therapist can help sort out the problems...stretch what needs stretching...strengthen what needs strengthening. Don’t be surprised if they have you working on abs, hips, and feet. It works!
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Old 12-24-2019, 09:01 AM
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I have been there. My knee got so bad I couldn’t walk and it hurt to have doc touch it. MRI, etc. etc. diagnosis? “Indiscriminate knee pain.” Which is doctorese for “beats me.”

He did find a bit of water on the knee and I had that drained. It helped a bit.


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Old 12-24-2019, 07:34 PM
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Have you thought about a chiropractor? If possible, look for one in your area that specializes in sports injuries. I had horrible pain in my foot with swelling. Several x-rays and an MRI later, podiatrist couldn't figure it out. He sent me to this specific kind of chiropractor and he took care of it. He also has helped my knees. In the meantime:
~ Ice them both regularly
~ Deep Blue from Doterra is a miracle oil. I buy the lotion with it and it helps swelling, pain, and muscle soreness.

~ Look into compression sleeves since you said leggings help.
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Old 12-24-2019, 07:41 PM
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I agree with Lisa about physical therapy. I’ve been working with a very competent personal trainer (focus: balance & strength) for almost a year and it amazes me how my body has changed. There’s a lot to be said for strengthening the core.
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