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Knee pain with no cause? PLEASE HELP!

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  • Posted By: sariejack
  • December 2, 2008
  • 07:07 PM

I have been having cramping and pain in my right leg for over a year. The pain is behind my knee and to the inside of my leg. It is constant, gnawing burning pain and it does not go away.

Here are the tests I have taken:
X-ray of lumbar spine--nothing abnormal
MRI of lumbar spine--nothing
MRI with and without contrast of right knee--low grade, partial thickness patellofemoral chondrosis.
MRI with and without contrast of upper spine--slight scoliosis, nothing else--no tumors or evidence of MS
Ultrasound of right leg--no blood clots

I have been given:
Magnesium supplements--no help
Lyrica 50mg once daily --no help
Flexeril 10mg daily--no help

I have had:
Tarsal tunnel surgery--right foot in July 2008, pain returned a month after surgery

I feel like I must be going insane. My neurologist barely looked at my MRI results and did not view the films, so I feel like I got the shaft. He is referring me to an orthopedic something or other to see what he can do with my knee.

I also have dizziness, loss of memory (forget how to get to familiar places), have trouble driving, etc. Today the neurologist asked me if I were depressed. ***l yeah, after a year of constant pain, you bet I am depressed.
Any help is welcome.

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  • Question: Just to clarify, the pain is constant, even when at rest when you're not moving the joint at all?
    OnceBlue 6 Replies
    • December 2, 2008
    • 08:29 PM
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  • Yes, that's correct. It's better when I lay down but it never goes away.
    sariejack 5 Replies
    • December 2, 2008
    • 09:18 PM
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  • Forgot to add, the neurologist put me on Lactimal today. Originally he thought I had a Baker's cyst and also tested me for MS, because my mother has MS. When the MRIs showed neither, he decided to refer me to an orthopedic dr.
    sariejack 5 Replies
    • December 3, 2008
    • 01:02 AM
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  • this is my guess: http://orthopedics.about.com/od/hipknee/a/kneesymptoms.htmstates "Pain in the back of the knee: Pain in the back of the knee can be due to the formation of a cyst, called a Baker's Cyst, in the back of the knee joint. Also common is for kneecap pain to be felt in the back of the knee" http://www.medicinenet.com/patellofemoral_syndrome/article.htmChondromalacia Patella (Patellofemoral Syndrome) this is my guess
    alsonotadoctor 12 Replies
    • December 3, 2008
    • 04:54 AM
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  • The MRI of my knee did not show a Baker's cyst, which was the neurologist's #1 theory...when a cyst didn't show up my neurologist just kinda did a "I dunno!" and referred me to an orthopedic dr., whom I will see on the 22nd. Is it normal for a 32 year old woman to have arthritis in her knee and lower back? I'm not an athlete, so I wouldn't think I would have a lot of "wear and tear". Thanks,Sarah
    sariejack 5 Replies
    • December 4, 2008
    • 02:32 PM
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  • pain in the back too?I would then say sciatica. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sciatica
    alsonotadoctor 12 Replies
    • December 4, 2008
    • 09:21 PM
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  • I have been having cramping and pain in my right leg for over a year. The pain is behind my knee and to the inside of my leg. It is constant, gnawing burning pain and it does not go away. Here are the tests I have taken:X-ray of lumbar spine--nothing abnormalMRI of lumbar spine--nothingMRI with and without contrast of right knee--low grade, partial thickness patellofemoral chondrosis.MRI with and without contrast of upper spine--slight scoliosis, nothing else--no tumors or evidence of MSUltrasound of right leg--no blood clots I have been given:Magnesium supplements--no helpLyrica 50mg once daily --no helpFlexeril 10mg daily--no help I have had:Tarsal tunnel surgery--right foot in July 2008, pain returned a month after surgery I feel like I must be going insane. My neurologist barely looked at my MRI results and did not view the films, so I feel like I got the shaft. He is referring me to an orthopedic something or other to see what he can do with my knee. I also have dizziness, loss of memory (forget how to get to familiar places), have trouble driving, etc. Today the neurologist asked me if I were depressed. ***l yeah, after a year of constant pain, you bet I am depressed.Any help is welcome. I've searched and read around a bit, I highly recommend you to contact with Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle, I'll be trying these guys in the very near future
    MICHELYNEMIDGE 2 Replies
    • December 7, 2009
    • 07:54 AM
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  • burning pain and it does not go away. SOUNDS LIKE MUSCLE SPASMS INFLAMATION IN THE MUSCLE / CRAMPING OF THE MUSCLE BEHIND THE KNEE IS A COMMON PROBLEM AND CAN CARRY ON FOR JEERS TRY MASSAGING ----WITH DEEPHEAT -----YOU HAVE TO DO THE MASSAGING QUITE A LOT FOR THE MUSLE TO RELAX RAP AN BANAGE THEN PUT HEAT UNDER IT WATER BOTTLE THAT MAY HELP
    charmaine petzer 176 Replies
    • December 7, 2009
    • 01:25 PM
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