Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

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   Posted 8/14/2008 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone...
Has anyone ever heard of this?  I went to an emergency clinic on Sunday because my left knee was hurting.  Sometimes it feels like a pressure or a tightness and sometimes it just hurts.  (Walking around at the state fair Satuday didn't help it any nono )  The doc did x-rays and all that and said that it was probably the patellofemoral syndrome.  I had never heard of it so I looked it up on the web and it says that the cartilage behind the knee was weak and detoriating(sp).  Does anyone else have this, and is it a fibro thing????
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   Posted 8/14/2008 5:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Meg, this isn't a fibro thing as far as I know.  Here is a good link that explains it in plain words and give you some exercises that may help.  It says, by the way, this is a common knee problem.
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   Posted 8/14/2008 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Knee exercises can help alot. My doc told me I needed knee replacements, and instead I did alot of exercises and it helped alot.
Also, be sure your feet are doing okay. I pronate really badly, and some good orthotics helped my knee too.
The knee exercise that seems to help strengthen my knees the most, is sitting on the side of the bed with 10# weight on each ankle and raising my lower leg up and down. Do it slowly. You might want to start with no weight, then a couple pounds and then work up to more.
I really think alot of docs are realizing that exercises can help alot of body parts that surgeons used to think only surgery would help. I think surgeons just like to cut too sometimes.......but I would always try everything else first.
Good luck to you.

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   Posted 8/14/2008 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I also have patellofemoral syndrome in both knees.  I had always called it "crunchy knees," before my rheumy told me that I had this.  As far as I know, this has nothing to do with fibro.  My rheumy just found it as he was doing his physical exam.  Basically, he told me that my knees were like this because I am overweight.  Yes, I should lose weight, but the damage is done-and I'm only 36! smhair
Anyway, I really do know how bad this hurts-sometimes I think I've torn the cartilage in my knee it hurts so bad.  When I'm just laying down, it hurts really bad on the inside of my knee.  Also, my knees swell sometimes-so that doesn't help with the pain, either. sad
So, even though this probably isn't fibro related, I'm sorry you have the same pain I do. cry

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   Posted 8/14/2008 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Husband had/has this in his right knee and he's not a fibromite. The ortho surgeon told him it was very common in athletes as well.
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   Posted 8/15/2008 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with this when I was only 14 years old.  At the time I was heavy into sports, especially basketball and track and field. So the doctor said it was from all the activity.   Two years later I had TMJ surgery.  We know TMJ issues are Fibro related for many people.  I'm convinced that the patellafemoral syndrome was part of the Fibro progression.  The jaw and knee joints are in the same group of joint types. I could be wrong, but I'm sticking to what I think! LOL.
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   Posted 8/15/2008 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I thougth I had it for the last 10 years.  At least that is what my old doctors said.  I can't sit for any lenght of time with it bent, go down stairs properly, can't kneel.  It is another of those that comes and goes.  I can usually get through the day with minimal discomfort, but then it flares up, with or without swelling.  When it's bad, I use a knee brace to help keep it steady.  Ice is great too.  Those exercises Sherrine gave you will also help strenghten the muscles?  tendons?  I don't know, but keeps the knee cap tracking properly.  Now my new doctor says I don't have that, from the way he saw it track.  But he can't say what it is until I go see him with it swelled up and in pain to move.  As if I'm going to make any extra appointments now!!
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   Posted 8/15/2008 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi. I had this problem this past winter. My ortho guy sent me first to physical therapy for it. Unfortunately the pt didn't do a good job and didn't look at all the muscle imbalance problems I had that were contributing to it despite me practically begging her. I left pt after 5 weeks with my knee doing worse. My ortho guy then sent me to a chiropractor who is a rehab specialist (he does way more than just "cracking" the spine). He looked at the muscle imbalance problems before starting on me and I haven't had knee pain since working with him. Also remember that x-rays usually only show bone problems leaving lots of other possibilities such as cartilage, ligament, etc.  Good luck.  Lisa 

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   Posted 8/16/2008 5:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Meg, I had double knee replacement a year and a half ago.  I'm 60 years old and have osteoarthritis all over my body and on top of that I am overweight.  My ortho dr. that I've been going to for 5 years or more said the cartilage on my knees were completely gone. I'm so glad that I decided to go ahead and have surgery before I got any older because my healing time was so much shorter.  My ortho dr. was the one that referred me to my rheumy this summer and that's when I found out that I also have Fibro, but I think my knee problem is due to my osteoarthritis.  The good thing about my story is that I have no pain what so ever in my knees anymore.  Wish I could say the same thing about all the other joints in my body.
I'm still holding down a full time job and it requires a lot of walking.  I don't know how much longer I can hold on, but maybe I can finish this year out.
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