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I've had these symptoms for about 6 months, gradually getting worse. The pain is intense but short, it makes me jump out of my chair if I'm in a meeting.
Tests: X-rays, MRI.
Quad muscles are pulling knee cap out of track - did about 2 months of exercies to strengthen inner quad muscles but didn't improve. I was running and biking on a regular basis before this.
Might be some sort of ridge on the kneecap. Cortisone injection - didn't help, next step could be surgery.
OA: They see something on the X-ray but the pain is not typical of OA. I don't have probelms going up stairs, or chronic pain.
At this point they seem to have run out of ideas. I wonder if it is a pinched nerve if such a thing is possible.
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