About 30-35 years ago, I began to have a problem in one or the other or both knees. It's not a pain as we usually think of pain, like a cut or abrasion or arthritis pain. The only word I have for it is an ache. Over this time, I've talked with MDs, orthopedists, physical therapists, nurses, chiropractors. I've had MRIs, x-rays, and palpations. I've tried everything, but always, about 10 PM or so, this ache comes on and, if it were a pain, I'd put it at 8 on a scale of 1-10. Lately, I even have it as early as 4 PM. For about a year now, 1-2 hydrocodone makes the ache go away, or prevents it. Now even that doesn't help. I've kicked my leg to pop the knee, walked, bicycled, massaged, electro-stimmed, done everything I can to clear it up. Nothing I do helps it, no MD has ever heard of it before, and I haven't found anything online that remotely comes near to describing, let alone healing, this pain.
Has anyone heard of anything like this? Have any treatment suggestions?
I know you said it's not an arthritis pain, but often the symptoms of OA in the knee is exactly what you've said. An ache (very deep and similar to toothache) at the end of the day. I think that if you are having to take narcotics daily you need to seek more answers from different doctors. Have you had x-rays and/or an MRI to rule out cartilage damage?
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Stand straight and look down to see whether your ankles are turning in or out too much. If this happens it will throw the knee alignment out of normal range.
Back problems can cause leg aches, might cause knee aches too.
Just tossing things out for a quick check.
My ankles appear to be fine, and I just saw my chiropractor yesterday. I live in a part of the country where medical service is sparse and not always the greatest. That's why I've gone online with this.
I'm going to see a pain specialist soon as I can--my primary care won't be in until Monday, then I have to get a referral and set up an appointment. I've had MRIs and x rays, as recently as this past winter. I'm going to look for an acupuncturist, too, if I can find one around here.