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I am writing this in hopes that someone could please tell me what's wrong. Let me give you all the background possible and the symptoms.
I have experienced mild knee pain that prohibits me from doing exercise or climbing stairs for 6 months now. The problem first occurred while I was in the gym, using the leg press machine. The weight was not big at all, and upon doing some repetitions, this mild nagging pain appeared.
The pain reappears whenever I go up stairs, and when I sit in a car for a longer period of time. Also if I try doing any exercise with my legs. Sometimes the pain appears on its own, and nothing helps to relieve it. I have tried ice packs, resting, stretching, you name it. The pain itself is always mild and never strong and sharp.
Now the biggest mystery is that the pain is ALWAYS in both knees, and it hasn't healed for 6 months straight. Everything that I have read regarding knee pain, be it tendinitis, ligament sprain, the recovery period is less than 6 months for sure.
I am a female, 27 years of age, so I don't believe that the joint cartilage has worn out either.
Now let me explain where the pain is- it is right above and around the kneecap, there are something like small tight ligaments that seem to connect from the quad muscle to the knee, they are the ones that mainly hurt. Also, I believe that there are these small ligaments going above the kneecap itself, that also hurt.
My main problem regarding this health issue, is that I am in a foreign country where healthcare is incredibly expensive, and the doctors don't know english very well. I have gone to the doctor for other types of problems, and I always go home without a solid solution just because the doctors don't speak a lot of english and prefer to say "rest" rather than tell me what's going on.
I apologize for the long topic, but I hope you'll understand my issue. I would happily go to a doctor if you guys tell me exactly what to look for and how to practically self-diagnose my condition using hospital equipment.
My main point of distress is that if it isn't a joint cartilage problem, everything else would have healed in 6 months, but my symptoms don't have anything in common with a joint cartilage problem.
Thank you in advance!
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