Excruciating daily knee pain..desperate for help.


Q: Hi,
I am a 23 year old female with horrible daily knee pain. The pain has been happening for 4 years now. It has gradually gotten worse and worse. Started out only hurting once every now and then, then once a month, once a week, now twice a day. The only medication that makes the pain go away (that I've tried) is ibuprofen. Originally I only had to take 1 or 2 now I take 700-900mg per day. The pain is hard to describe. Starts out as a dull ache then gradually gets worse and worse until it is totally unbearable. Heating pad somewhat alleviates the pain.. But ibuprofen totally takes it away when taken promptly after onset of pain. The pain is mainly above and a little bit around the kneecap towards the inside of my leg (if u are looking straight at me). I usually get the pain once during the day and then it returns at night again. I have to take the ibuprofen every night before bed or it will wake me up in horrible pain. I have seen a doctor for this whom I trust very much. He is a friend of the family. He is a knee specialist. He took many X-rays and even got an MRI. Nothing showed up on anything. He says it looks like a perfectly normal knee and did not give any further advice..When my knee is not "flared up" it feels perfectly normal and there is no pain whatsoever. The only other symptom I have is when my knee is hurting and there is pressure applied to this one area near the groin then I get a shooting pain right to the knee where it hurts usually. (So weird!!) I need answers I do not want to have a baby because I do not want to have to take ibuprofen while pregnant also taking this much ibuprofen for the rest of my like would be horrible for my stomach.. Any help or advice is so greatly appreciated I am at such a loss and very discouraged with this. Paid out of pocket for all health tests etc no insurance--that's why I havnt gone to a bunch of different doctors for help. Please help me!! Thank u so much for your time..merissa.

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