FMS has really made all my painful episodes very confusing. For years I would go to the doctors for all my pains. After tons of tests, labwork, spending thousands of dollars, etc., everything would come back normal and each certain pain would go away. So I'm very hesitant to start a big long process with this pain, since its very expensive and many times shows nothing.
I was lucky enough to have a knee surgeon who must have had a wife with FMS or knew someone with it, because he said he knew of people who had knee problems that would cause a fibro flare. I'm starting to believe that!
SJN.....have you seen a sports medicine doc about your knee? My meniscus is shredding and it seems to me that I have an over-reaction to the pain it causes.
I, too, spent many years having a hard time getting up out of chairs. I think I have discovered that my quad muscles are really weak.
Even when I'm active and do lots of running around, my quads just don't get strong enough to support my knee.
I got out my folder of exercises that I got after my knee surgery and I'm really trying to do them alot.
I would suggest that you do an online search for "knee exercises", or "strengthen the knee", and it will show you the kind of exercises needed to support the knee.
I used to do them all the time, and then I was feeling so good that I quit. I'm thinking my supporting muscles got weak again.
My approach is going to be icing my knee several times a day, and doing all these exercises diligently. I'm convinced that lots of people would benefit from these, rather than rushing into surgery.
Good luck SJN!
But for now.....I can't go anywhere or do much around the house, because the pain is so great. The physical therapy people always told me to work through the pain. That seems sort of counter-intuitive, but I guess we have to find a reasonable compromise.
I get almost panicked when I can't go anywhere or do anything. I start fantasizing about getting a "hover-round"! I just want to be able to do things without pain.
Thanks again everyone! I think I just needed some sympathy! :)