I am glad to have found this forum, I have been lurking and reading for awhile and finally decided to register and join. I need support from people that know what it is like to go through these issues. My question is this. I have chondromalacia patellafemoral syndrome in both my knees with my right one being the WORST! I was going to a ortho that diagnosed me, sent me for PT which did help some but not for long. I generally got a non-caring feeling from him. When I was 17 I was in a bad car wreck and almost amputated my Right knee, had surgery, then plastic surgery to fix, bone was barely nicked. I have had problems since. My knees buckle from under me at times, they creak, grind, make horrible noises, thhey swell very badly. The left knee swells at kneecap but the right knee swells right below kneecap and a little to the left like a pocket, same place everytime. I put EMU cream on it, use RICE method (rest, ice, compress, elevate) which is all short term fixes. I am have an appt in a couple of weeks with a new ortho that specializes in knees. My knees ache so badly today, the weather is bad and that seems to correlate at times. The EMU helps sometimes, but I wanted to ask if anyone has had any experience with topical creams that have pain meds in them. I had a friend who's husband used them for knee pain awhile back and she had to go to compound pharmacy to get it made, but she stated her husband's relief was so great. I am wanting to ask my new doctor about this but would like to do some research first. Does anyone know what this is called, has anyone used with success? I am hoping the new ortho will order MRI's on my knees to see what is going on there, the pain is so great but I am not one for narcotics if I can try something else. Any help would be so appreciated. Thanks for reading this long post and again I am glad to have found this forum, I see there is some wonderfully caring, smart people here!
Medical Problems: Chondromalacia Patellafoemoral Syndrome-Bilat Knees, Causes me alot of pain
Major Depressive Disorder/Anxiety/PTSD-My main problem I can't get a handle on
Fibro-Not treated with meds, streching, relaxtion techniques help me
Endometroisis/Adhesions-Better after my total hysterectomy
ADD since childhood, treated with meds when in school, just started back on meds
Meds: Pristiq(depression) Ambien (sleep) Dexedrine (ADD) Clonozepam PRN (anxiety)
OTC-Womens One A Day Vitamin Glucosamine/Chondroitin and tons of Emu Cream for knee
A little history on me if interested:
I am a 34 year old mother of one beautiful daughter and wife of 14 years. I have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety, ADD and I also have endometriosis which I had a hysterectomy and has helped that out so much! I have PTSD from my mothers suicide in 2003. I am trying to get well, to get my head back to the place it was before my mothers suicide. I was always happy, outgoing, and active. Now, I am sad, tired, full of anxiety and very little drive to do anything. My father died May 2007 and my grandmother died Feb 15th 2009 so this has not been a very good past few years. I sometimes think if I could have done more, seen more signs, etc...I could have saved my mom and I have alot of guilt from that, and I took care of my father until the end and wish I could have saved him from cancer as well. I am a EMT-I and that is what I know to do, save others, but what good am I if I could not even save those that meant the most to me?