about 9 years ago, after jogging, I suddenly developed severe knee pain, both knees but worse in my right knee. After putting up with it for a few years, I finally had arthroscopic surgery on my right knee. The left knee got better on its own. They repaired two meniscus tears and smoothed out many areas (arthritis). I recovered nicely and got my life back. A week ago, after using the treadmill, once again both knees started hurting and the pain has worsened. It is severe. There is swelling and the right knee has a few black and blue spots. Both knees hurt all the time and walking makes it even worse. I teach and I am not looking forward to Monday (we have this week off).
My knees do not lock up, and sitting I can stretch my knee and bend it smoothly. I suspect again that I have a cartilege tear and arthritis.
I made an appointment to see my ortho guy in mid-April (I was hoping it would go away by then, but instead things have worsened).
I’m not sure what to do. To make matters worse, I’m starting hormone therapy (Lupron; I am currently on Casodex) on Wednesday (one of the SE is weight gain and someone said it can really aggravate joint problems). So far, I have not done anything other than 2 tylenol last night. I hate taking drugs. Any recommendations? Tylenol, ibuprofin, aleve, heat, ice?
Gimpy (and grumpy) Mel