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WALKING PROBLEM- why is it that i can't walk?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 27, 2008
  • 00:09 AM

hi everyone, i have come across this site while trying to find out once and for all WHAT is wrong with my right leg. the problem is that i cannot walk any distance without ending up limping, my right knee locks and won't bend and when i force it to bend while walking i feel scraping on my knee cap. the most annoying part of my condition is that i have no problem walking up or down the stairs or jogging( and jogging tends to not be so much better), however jogging is what i end up doing when i dont want to deal with my leg. sometimes i cant walk across a classroom or from the garage to the back door, and what i end up doing then is walk very very slow to prevent my leg from limping( and even walking slowly rarely prevents the limping). I am 19 yrs old (girl) and have had this problem for 4 yrs.

early history- all i can remember is that my limping began in april 04 i was 15 yrs old and i dont recall any sports injury
i remember that i walked home from school with my sister and that gradually my leg was getting worse and worse until it became very obvious limping i however thought that this stiffness would go away and did not tell my mom until a couple days later, and this is about as much as i can recall from the origin of the problem

I have been to doctors and orthopedists, a physchiatrist and have had x-ray's done on my ankle, hip, and knee and am still with this condition. currently i have orthopedics but they dont make a difference, i am at a loss and would love to have my life back, i cant even begin to express how emotionally painful it is to deal with this condition, i did not march for my high school graduation because of this and i rarely leave my home unless i have to, if there is some one out there that can help me please talk to me. living like this, for 4 years has been more than enough i am not willing to live this type of life any more i am about to give up, as i wrote this i have been holding back tears, and trust me i have shed so many.
*nothing would make me happier in my life than to be able to walk around a block, i promise

i cant express how much i want and NEED to be able to walk again

is there anyone with a similar problem? or has the same problem i do?
suggestions? or
help?
i would greatly appreciate it,
thank you for your time

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  • hi gsa26 i cut and pasted this from the following sitehttp://www.mothernature.com/Library/Bookshelf/Books/16/127.cfm You're kneeling or squatting on the floor and suddenly you can't stand up. Or perhaps you're walking or playing sports and one leg becomes frozen in position. Or you try to rise out of your seat . . . but you can't. It's almost as if a vise has clamped onto your knee and is preventing it from moving. Well . . . almost. Something very real is probably preventing your knee from moving. "In normal situations, the knee is a smoothly operating mechanism, like a door hinge swinging open and shut," explains Edward J. Resnick, M.D., professor of orthopedic surgery at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. "But if you put a jam in the door or an object in the hinge, that smooth movement may be obstructed or frozen in position." This is what orthopedists call a true locking of the knee: something that physically prevents the knee from fully straightening out or bending and holds the knee rigidly in place. It's often painful, and since it can occur while climbing stairs, sitting on the ground, or being in some other vulnerable position, it can be quite frightening. Usually, the locking is caused by a torn piece of cartilage, or possibly a loose bone fragment resulting from a bone disorder called osteochondritis dissecans. "The cartilage fragment or bone chip moves freely in the knee cavity until it gets trapped between two joint surfaces, impeding your ability to straighten the knee," says David W. Lhowe, M.D., orthopedic surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School. Sometimes the obstruction is from a misalignment of the bones and muscles around the knee. "Weakness of the muscles on the inside of the thigh or tightness of the outer muscle can throw off the alignment of the kneecap," says Lyle Micheli, M.D., director of the Sports Medicine Division at Boston Children's Hospital and associate clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School. "The kneecap comes out of groove with the thigh bone, derails and gets stuck, not allowing you to bend or extend. When the muscle returns to normal, the kneecap gets back on track and movement proceeds normally." True locking is fairly rare. But many times, say following an injury, a person will experience an inability to move the knee. That can feel like a locking of the knee, but in reality there's nothing physically interfering with the movement of that knee. Doctors call this a pseudo-lock. "A pseudo-lock is simply a reaction to pain. The pain mechanism won't allow the joint to extend or flex fully," says Phillip J. Marone, M.D., director of the Jefferson Sports Medicine Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and team physician for the Philadelphia Phillies professional baseball team. Sometimes the pain that creates a pseudo-lock is brought on by a twist or a bump to the knee. Or it could just as easily be a bad case of stiffness from sitting too long. Symptom Relief Although a locked knee may simply unlock with a little rest, don't assume you've been cured. Serious knee damage can occur if your lock was brought on by a loose piece of bone or cartilage. Any restriction of knee movement should be treated by a doctor. The problem may have to be corrected surgically. did any of your Xrays show anything? do you mean you wear orthotics? if so what type? i can sympathize with you i have a lot of problems walking and cannot find a solution despite consulting with many doctors and specialists.
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  • oscar77, Thank you so much for the information, it really helps to have some sort of explanation to this condition, I have printed it out and plan on sharing it with my doctor when I feel up for another visit to the hospital.My x-rays did not show anything out of place, everything looked normal, but then again they did not x-ray my entire leg, just the places I have mentioned. As for my orthodics, they are made out of cork which the doctor thought would be more suitable for me and the last time I had them made was almost a year ago in July '07.Thank You!
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