I am 50 and began having leg pains (both legs) a couple of years ago. I went to one doctor who told me after results from bloodwork came back that she felt I had arthritis but the pain I was experiencing was not consistent with arthritis. Offered only pain meds as relief.
The second doctor told me (after numerous visits, bloodwork, x-rays & an MRI) that I had two torn meniscus and I should go for physical therapy. I thought my symptoms were consistent with rheumatoid arthritis but he said the bloodwork came back negative for it.
The third most recent doctor told me (after x-ray) that I have advanced arthritis in both knees and showing me the x-rays, said that both knees are basically bone-against-bone with no cartilidge left. He withdrew over 50 cc's of fluid from one knee and gave me a cortisone shot. Brief relief. Suggested physical therapy but feels double knee replacement is inevitable.
I have no history of injuries to either knee. Both knees are affected but usually the pain is more intense in my right. Sometimes it switches to my left being worse but lately it has been my right.
These are my symtoms:
- Swelling in both knees
- Patch of redness (hot to the touch) on knee
- Pain radiating up and down entire leg. Concentrated lately on my upper foot and large toe (sometimes numb & tingling)
- Stiffness, almost feeling like my leg is "locking" by the end of the day
- Clicking sound when I go up stairs
- Lately, sharp pangs of pain in kneecap area and foot
Is anyone familiar with these symtoms? Anyone been diagnosed with a particular form of arthritis based on these or similar?
Thanks so much!