Posted 12/2/2017 12:21 AM (GMT -6)
This is the first time using this forum so i am still trying to figure it out. I am a 20 year old student who was an active weight lifter. I have not been able to lift for approximatly 6 months now due to knee and elbow pain on both my knees and both my elbows. My knee issues started roughly 1.5 years before i stopped lifting. They would hurt 1-3 days after leg days depending on how hard I worked out but would always go away. My elbows started hurting only about 2 months before i stopped lifting. My right one started bugging me and soon my left began as well a couple days later. I continued lifting for 2 months until i decided it was not leaving so I stopping in hopes of it leaving in 1-2 months. Its now been 6 months and not only have my elbows not healed but my knees are still hurting as well even though the pain would go away after workouts in the past. I have seen many different doctors. My sports medicine doctor even ordered mri’s on all 4 joints and found that there is very slight tendonitus and muscle strains on my elbows but found nothing on my knees. Both my elbows and knees get slightly irritated when rubbing against clothing. My elbows mostly hurt on the back side where the tricep connects to the elbow. It usually begins to get more irritated once i type a lot, write a lot, or pick things up. It goes away right after I stop doing that activity but lingers. My knees hurt all over and usually hurt if i stand too long or try to do light excersizes like body weight squat holds. I have been going to the physical therapist for my knee pain and have been doing the excersizes they give me but seem to be of little help and sometimes even makes them ach afterwards. Stretching and cycling on a stationary bike seem to help along with hot showers. I have gone to a chiropractor and occupational theropist for my elbows. I am currently going to a DO doctor who does massage therapy on my elbows. Nothing seems to be helping with healing. I have seen no change after the second month of rest. No doctor has been able to tell me why it is that I have not healed. I am beginning to wonder if it is some some of arthritis. I am wondering if i should go see a rheumatologist at this point. I am confused on why both my knees and elbows are in this situation at once. I limit lots of movements now and can not do the things that I like. Any workout on my legs that need me to bend my knees even a little makes then hurt a couple hours after. My elbows as well. This is also just with light weight when I was testing out to see if im doing any better. I have been taking vitamins and minerals, glucosamine, tumeric and many others. I took naproxin for 1 month in the beginning 1000 mg a day and saw only slight change. I have not gotten any cortizone injections yet and am still going to physical therapy for my knees and to massage therapy for my elbows. Perhaps i should go to an acupuncturist to see if that will help. Any adive would be greatly appreciated.