Tendinitis.. Patella pain in my knee

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   Posted 12/30/2016 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everybody,
I've been in agony with my knee.
I was diagnosed with arthritis tendinitis and patella problems in my right knee. Its in such a flair up. It cracks , swollen, locks up
Should I bother going to my orthopedic doctor. He really doesn't help. I'm not golng to physically therapy I know all the exercises. Nothing helps the pain.
I have a brace but can't wear it all the time.
Ok. My question is .. Is anyone else going thru this and what helps you with the pain?
Sorry for rambling.
Thank you so much for any help

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   Posted 12/31/2016 11:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I have occasional knee flares that cause pain and swelling and it doesn't go away until I get a cortisone shot. That calms it down enough to get back on track with my other meds. It sucks that most orthos make you have x rays and PT first. I have a really good doc that cuts to the chase and gives me the shot. It's probably the route you'll need to go for relief, so try being frank with your ortho about not wanting to go the whole protocol to get the cortisone, if you think it will help.

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Date Joined Jan 2017
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   Posted 1/13/2017 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a bad knee flare very late December, my knee was so swollen you couldn't see the shape of the bone at all, and I couldn't straighten, bend, or put any weight on that leg. I went to a rheumatologist where I was visiting family (I live in DC but was in NJ when it happened!) and he drained th excess synovial fluid and gave me a cortisone shot. Two weeks after that my knee still hurts off and on, but I've been getting around just fine using a cane when it hurts.

I did see my regular rheumy when I got home, who switched me from sulfasalazine to methotrexate and made a follow up appointment for three weeks later to see how it's going.

I guess that's all a very long winded way of saying (a) I'm so sorry, knee pain is terrible and life-interfering and I wish you all the best and (b) do you see a rheumatologist? They might be better able to address this issue than an orthopedic doctor!
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