I would be very grateful for information on the experience of others with patellofemoral arthritis. Most of what I can see on the internet is about pain that only occurs when walking up or down stairs, kneeling, getting up from a sitting position etc. I occasionally get very short sharp pains when doing things like this, but I also have a less intense but still very painful stinging sensation that lasts for hours on end regardless of what I do or don't do. I now get this most days and it seems to be getting worse quickly.
I would be very interested to learn about the experience of others who have been putting up with this form or arthritis for longer than I have; do you get this continuing stinging pain too? Do you have any comments?
As background, I am a 57 year old slim and previously fit man. I don't drink or smoke and have a healthy diet. I was diagnosed 30 months ago with osteoarthritis in both hips, degenerative bone disease all up my spine causing lumbar and cervical stenosis, slight scoliosis and osteopenia. I also have pancreatic insufficiency and inflammation in my oesophagus, stomach, duodenum and colon, lots of gallstones, a kidney stone and cyst, fatty liver and an enlarged spleen. My skin is sometimes painful and becomes horribly itchy whenever I shower. I have had more tests than I could describe, but none has found a cause for any of these conditions.
18 months ago when I complained of pain in my left knee, the doctor said that that was fine, but that I had serious patellofemoral osteoarthritis in my right knee.
Six months ago, when I complained of pains in my wrists and fingers, he confirmed the early signs of osteoarthritis there too. I am pretty sure that I now feel twinges in my ankles and toes, which I will ask him to check when I see him in six months time. I don't have swelling, bone spurs or visible signs of inflammation in any joint and my joints aren't sensitive to touch. I am sero-negative and have normal uric acid, hormones minerals and immune system checks.
Anyway, what bothers me most now, and is getting worse very quickly, is the pain behind my kneecaps. The problem is worse in the right knee, where the doctor saw the signs before I felt them, but it is crystal clear in the left knee too where x-rays didn't show a problem 18 or 6 months ago.
I would be very interested to learn of others' experience.
Thanks and best wishes