I'm a 44 year old female, former stay at home mom (took care of disabled son for 18 years), have been working as an LPN concentrating in geriatrics for the past 5 years.
I was at my last job about a month ago moving furniture and twisted my knee. No immediate pain but, boy...it crept up later. Now I am in near constant pain (inside of my left knee) that gets worse if I squat down, go up stairs, put weight on it when I bend it. At times there is a 'catch', other times a 'grind'. My knees have both 'popped' when I squat for years...like 30+ years.
Everything I have read points to meniscus tear, but had another MD forum doc tell me she thought it's Chondromalacia Patella.
Anyone have any experience with either? I don't have insurance or money for doc/mri/etc right now, so I am trying to get as much info on possible diagnosis and protecting my knee until late Dec/early Jan.
Thank you for your input!
I know I need an MRI to really know what is going on...I'm trying to operate on a "best guess" theory until I can get one, to make sure I cannot 'cause' more damage. Definitely wearing a brace while working...I rarely have one on at home and am noticing a lot more pain/discomfort without it.
I am also trying to prepare for whatever may occur. Have a strong feeling this will need surgery, just trying to figure out how many jobs I will need (and how long I will need to save) to be able to sustain my home while recuperating. I know recovery will depend on what needs fixing, in addition to the 'norm'.
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