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RDS or Chondromalatia???

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 10, 2006
  • 11:32 PM

I am a 34 year old married mother of 2. I was injured 9 months ago at work when my leg-knee was pinned between a set of lockers and a metal leg. I was told that it was sprained and wear a brace for a week. After one week I took the brace off and it hurt. I would get sharp pain in my knee and so I went to an orthopedic doctor. With the doctor being so busy I saw the nurse practitioner and she sent me for a MRI and EMG. EMG was OK and the MRI showed that I had bruised the interior knuckle of my femur bone. She sent me to physical therapy and after a few months workers comp sent me to another dr. He said that my patella was also bruised and with a bone bruise as bad as mine that sometimes it could take up to three months to heal. I then returned to see my trusty nurse practioner and she told me the same thing it could take up to 12 weeks. After 12 weeks of therapy I asked her when it was going to get better and she said it could take 12 weeks to 6 months. I am not a very patient person so I was mad. By this time I had started to have pain more regulary and I just had associated it with therapy. After a few more months I got to see the dr he diagnosed me with chondromalatia. Then I started extensive work therapy. I had pain all the time again I just associated it with the therapy. I finally got to return to work which is a very physically demanding job. (I am a state highway worker). I figured that I just needed to get back into my routine and I wouldn't be paying that much attention to my knee which could then get all better. Since I only had early stages of chondromalatia and alot of people had it and lived a normal life right? Wrong!! I have been back to work for 10 weeks and I am in so much pain especially in the pm I couldn't even take me kids trick-or-treating. I went to another dr who said I had RSD and it was probably perminent since it had been so long. He said that any surgery would make it worse and just to see a pain management dr. Ofcourse he said that workers comp would fight me on it (just like the chondromalatia). I told my dr which that now made the 3rd time I saw him and not the nurse.by the way he did not even examine my leg at all. He just said "you don't have that, you have chondromalatia like I have told you 20 times" He is now talking about scoping my knee after I had to tell him that I was ready to just cut it off. ofcourse he wanted to prescribe me an antiflamitory(sp?) whcih I had already been taking for 6 months. One dr says cut the other says don't . Workers comp does not like you to go to alot of drs you have to fight for everything with them and they do not think that anyone is hurt. I have been treated like a common criminal. I hurt all the time and I do not know much about RSD although I have searched it the Dr says that I have a mild case. I don't even know if there is such thing. I just go to work and try to hold my own working with 20 guys. My type of work is why my dr says I am in pain. Although I do not see why I have to threaten loss of limb just to even get a pain pill which does not even work. I read all of the stories from all of you people fight chronic pain for years and I know that I only have been for a few months I just would like to know what it is and will it ever go away. I don't want a few weeks that is now months to be years if it doesn't have to be

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  • I am four years into a similar situation and the pain Dr. doesn't seem concerned whether it's mild chondromalacia or mild RSD causing the pain anymore, he is just treating the case as chronic pain. I would love to hear how you are doing now if you ever get back to this thread. I vacillate between crutches, walker and wheelchair. I hope you have not reached this point. My pain has evolved to the moderate/severe level and I believe if it was just arthritis,I could have beaten this by now.RSD boo!
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