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   Posted 5/9/2009 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I hate my knees. My fibro started with my knees. The last month, my left knee has gotten so bad I can't bend it. Being in a sitting position (or even laying down with my leg bent) makes it THROB like crazy. Even after just a few minutes. I can't lift my legs without feeling the pain -- that's right, it started in my right knee too last week. Today they feel like lead and I can hardly move them at all, and they are trying to lock backwards when I stand. (trying to buckle, I guess.)
Now, I talked to this nurse at my health insurance company and she says that doesn't sound like fibro. I think fibro can cause just about any kind of pain it wants. But I have had my doctor tell me my kneecaps are misaligned and the nurse says that's what is causing it and I need an MRI. Obviously, I don't want to go waste money even if I do have insurance on an MRI!! I don't want to walk in there and have them look at me like I'm nutso again.
Anyone had a similar situation, or even if you hadn't, what would you do?

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   Posted 5/9/2009 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Rache, I've had pain in my knees but it comes and goes.  I haven't had the problem you are having.
If your doctor has suggested that you get checked out, I would do that.  I trust my doctor and when he tells me something, I listen.  It's very easy to put any symptom under the heading "Fibromyalgia", but that isn't always the case.  Perhaps, if it is a kneecap problem, it can be remedied and you wouldn't have that kind of pain!  I think it's worth a shot checking it out.
Let us know what you decide.  We really do care.

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   Posted 5/9/2009 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you tried accpuncture? I find it helps the pain in my knees and in my hands. Or a muscle relaxer? I thought all the pain in my knee was casued by a crack in my cartliage so I had knee surgery. Knee feels great but I still do have pain in the knee and shin area.

I hope you feel better soon.

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   Posted 5/9/2009 5:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Rache, if your knees feel like they are trying to lock up I would definitely get it checked out by an orthopedic surgeon. They live for that kind of stuff :)  He might be able to diagnose the problem without an MRI. If an MRI is ordered just remember that it is a tool and not always the definitive answer. I know from personal experience that they do not always pick up every problem. I do think it would be in your best interest to NOT just chalk the knee pain up to fibro. Good luck and keep us posted.  Lisa

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   Posted 5/9/2009 8:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a lot of knee problems--sweling, intense pain, feeling like they will give out when I'm going down stairs or downhill. But that is mostly caused by osteoarthritis. I think the pain is worse because of the fibro, but most of the problems are not fibro. Get it checked out. Diane
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   Posted 5/10/2009 12:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Rache -- My situation is similar to Diane's - also caused by OA and bone spurs. Think my pain is also worse with the fibro, but that's definitely not the total picture. My doctor has told me that I will eventually have to have surgery, maybe just arthroscopic type, and I am close to giving her the go-ahead to send me to an orthopedist. May have the left one done this summer; see my doctor soon and we'll discuss it again then. Do hope you decide to get this checked out -- even an x-ray can tell them if you have arthritis or spurs and if you need an MRI. Please let us know what happens. We do care...
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   Posted 5/10/2009 12:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I can relate to this my Doctor wanted me to go and think about surgury for my knee I had a fall and it was terrible but I said I would wait and see it took time but now they just hurt all the time and I hate walking down steps because I have had several falls due to them giving out. If aMRI had been suggested I would of jumped at it. But my Doctor was convonced I had done major damage. But as she said I knew my own body and getting to know it and the pain we suffer is a must do that way if we get pain that does not belong we know what it is. Recently the FM started in the stomach I had to have injections just to stand up the pain was unbelieveable. But I knew my body and where the apin was coming from. Get to know your body even write it all down so you can show your Doctor

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   Posted 5/10/2009 5:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Rache1020: Can I have your MRI. MRI's are like plutonium in Canada. If someone said "you can have an MRI", I would get my tent and pitch it outside the facility for a week just to make sure I was on time for the appointment.
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