Patient Comments: Chondromalacia Patella - Symptoms

What were the symptoms of your chondromalacia patella?

Comment from: maz, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 14

I have just been told there is no more that can be done for me. I have had chondromalacia patella for 15 years, had a tendon release done back in November of last year. I am in pain 24 hours a day. The symptoms started with it giving way, and feeling like it was going to lock. It took ten years for them to tell me what it was. I was diagnosed by blood tests, with scans and x rays not showing anything at all. I am on anti-inflammatory medications and tramadol for pain relief.

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Published: October 05

I am a 20 year old girl from NJ. On April 21, 2011 I fell on my knee chasing after my new puppy. I had pain for a week which was getting worse every day. So a week later, my mom took me to an Orthopedic Doctor. I got an x-ray and MRI done and showed I have chrondomalacia patella. I have now been wearing a brace on my knee to help heal the injury.

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Comment from: sfraser, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

I have had knee problems for as long as I can remember. At 7 or 8 I would get "water on the knee" quite frequently. I was a very active kid and played all kinds of sports which was encouraged by my doctor. Finally at about 15 I was referred to a doctor that specializes in sports medicine and he said I had patellofemoral syndrome and should stop with all the sports. That was 20 years ago, I have been to physio numerous times for this problem and it is no better now than when I was 15!

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Comment from: Anonymus Human, 7-12 Female (Patient) Published: March 01

I had pain in my knees around the kneecap. If I sat in the same position for a long time then my knees would start to ache. The knee that hurt was swollen too. During physical activities my pain would increase. You can't do that much about it, but I heard that they had braces for it and you can always use pain killers.

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Comment from: 14 yrs old Why Me?:(, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: March 01

I have all of the symptoms that I have read about but my sports medicine man has said I have gotten the incorrect and it's a very painful In my knees and I almost cannot bear going up and down the stairs so I have been reading all about the symptoms of CP hopefully that is not my correct diagnosis!!!

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Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

Since having a meniscus tear fixed in my right knee I have been diagnosed with Chondromalacia. I had a difficult rehab period, but refused to give in. I continue to push myself physically doing high impact exercises. Just concerned I'm doing more damage to my knee. I'm only forty and having difficulty with this. I planned on running my first 5k. Swimming and biking just ain't my thing.

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Comment from: imafighter, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

Thank you all for sharing your experiences. My doctors have not been much of a help. I'm 47 and just found out I have CP. I'm getting tired of the pain but I can still walk to work (1 1/2 miles). Like others I am extremely stiff after sitting and it takes some time before I can move like a person with somewhat normal knees. I will try the things everyone else has tried and hopefully something will work for me. Like I will die fighting this before I turn to mush - Thanks for the positive attitude. It may be a disability but you just have to find ways to work with what you have.

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Comment from: Miss C, 35-44 Female Published: March 30

Hi, I was diagnosed with Chondromalacia Patella last year and my symptoms are severe knee pain when going up and down stairs and getting up from a sitting position.

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Comment from: janellyn5, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I'm a female with C.P. at 51 I went to an ortho for pain. He did an MRI and said I had all symptoms of a meniscus tear and plica problems. Went in for surgery and he cleaned me up (so he said). I'm now 54 and still in pain! I have to sit after a walk around the store or block. This also has affected my IT bands and quad muscles. Every day I feel horrible so DO NOT have surgery!!! I don't know if plica excision is part of the blame or not. I get no relief from pain anti-inflammatory.

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