Originally Posted by erikalb
I'm hoping to get some feedback since I don't have health insurance. I'm 28, a horse trainer and I've been riding since about the age of 6. I've had knee pains since I was a teenager. It's definitely gotten worse and it's daily. Normal days just achy and stiff. Some days I might have severe pain in one knee more then the other and in a specific area. I've also had throbbing pains and stinging type of pains as well. Some nights I'll wake up and have to bend my knees because they ache so bad. I ride horses 5-7 days a week and I also jog. Work through the pain and then take ibuprofen and sometimes ice and/or heat. I've tried just about every joint supplement possible with no positive/noticeable results.
The unfortunate news for anyone without insurance is, it's going to cost some money to find out just what you are dealing with. A visit to a primary care provider will steer you in the right direction to get some answers. Self medicating, and I know all about that, isn't likely to provide you with a solution and may cause more harm than good.
Do yourself a favor, bite the bullet and get a professional opinion.
I had my first knee problem at age 17. I didn't find out what the problem was until I was in my 50's. By then the arthritic complications rendered repairs useless. Isn't hindsight wonderful?