My husband is a 25 year old Army veteran who has been experiencing gradually worsening pain and stiffness in both of his knees for about four years. His pain started while he was in the military. He frequently "pops" his knee joints and his pain is worse after running, walking, or climbing stairs. The weather also seems to affect it some as well. Despite his pride, I persuaded him to try using a cane and this helps some with the pain. He takes coral calcium and if he doesn't take it for a couple of days, the pain and stiffness are worse. For a while, taking it made his symptoms bearable but even when he takes it, they are still pretty bad now. He went to many military doctors but they did not find a cause, although this is really not surprising considering he rarely saw the same doctor twice. We recently went to a civilian orthopedic surgeon and sports injury specialist who ordered an MRI. The MD who made the MRI report stated there appeared to be slight abnormal fluid on both knees and a greater likelihood of meniscus tearing in one knee (but not an actual meniscus tear.) We made a second appointment with the orthopedic surgeon to discuss the results but he was an hour late and only spent three minutes with us. He seemed to be ignorant of what was on the radiology report and didn't offer us any pain management options or ideas about what might be wrong or any other avenues to pursue. My husband's pain and stiffness are getting worse and we still do not know what is causing it. We can't afford to go to another doctor until we finish paying the $8oo we owe the hospital after our insurance payed their part but once we do, I'm scared it will be the same story all over again and we will end up with a large bill and no diagnosis. Any suggestions about what kinds of things could cause symptoms like his, any natural remedies to try, or suggestions as to what type of doctor we might try would be very appreciated. We are starting to feel at the end of our rope.Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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