Help diagnosing knee pain

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Good morning. I've had a problem with my left knee for about 2 years now. I was a keen runner and it's got to the point where if I run I can hardly walk on it the following day. But when I don't run. And I'm fully rested. If I'm seated and keep my knee in a 90 degree position for over 10 minutes I get a really uncomfortable pain and the longer I leave it like that. The more the pain gets worse. But as soon as I straighten my leg out it's an instant sense of relief. I've had an x-ray that's shown nothing. I've been having physio for over a year which hasn't helped. Any help would be appreciated. Cheers

Mick

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    What did the physio say it was? And GP?
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    Have you had a MRI? It's really the only way to properly diagnose. X-rays only show so much. Sounds like maybe a meniscal tear?

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      I'm sorry but I'm in the States and may not understand the health insurance situation where you are. Who is saying it's too expensive? It would seem that if you are in that much pain and need a proper diagnosis than no diagnostic should be too expensive.

      Are you able to pay for it yourself?

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      Sorry. The doctors have said it's too expensive. They only get allocated so many to use per year for certain patients so they have to choose a select amount and not go over budget. So I think I'm going to have to find a way of getting myself booked in privately.

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    X-rays and MRIs can frequently be inconclusive.  I had it done FOUR times (two each knee).  Docs had to scope me all four times.  Found two torn menisci and two ripped femoral condyles (both on each side) over the span of three years...but I had been playing hockey for 45 years.  Sometimes, they just gotta go in and see the problem for themselves.
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