Patient Comments: Osteochondritis Dissecans - Symptoms


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Comment from: JanineB, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I had occasional pain in my right for about 20 years (I'm now 47). The last year or so I was having pain with stairs, going down in particular. Intense cracking and popping of the knee joint began to escalate to an almost daily occurrence. The last straw was my 70 pound puppy jumping onto my lap one evening. I felt a slight pain in my knee and when I stood up to go to bed the pain intensified. It would be 4 more weeks of limping before I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with osteochondritis dissecans based on exam and x-ray.

Comment from: Stephanne71 , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

My symptoms of osteochondritis dissecans started suddenly one day while I was in nursing school in 2007. I was suddenly having intense knee pain to the left knee going up and down stairs and walking on any surface that wasn’t completely flat. I also began to notice a crunching sound and pops when bending the knee.

Comment from: Rock, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 26

In high school I was playing a lot of soccer, and my knee would have this dull pain, and would give out. Eventually, it totally seized up at 180 degrees. My knees recovered, but after running a marathon at age 32, the pain came back. I finally got it checked out, and found I have osteochondritis dissecans. It's a slight dull pain that seems to have a mind of its own, from day to day. I can't run anymore, my knees feel unstable. I'm now almost 36. Hoping for some kind of new treatment to be developed!

Comment from: Lasto7, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 23

I have not been positively diagnosed with osteochondritis dissecans but it looks more likely as other conditions have been eliminated. MRI scan shows lesion, bone damage and lack of blood in that area. I have had pain in this knee for 18 months which became increasingly worse, I saw my doctor and explained to him that the pain was preventing my normal activities, i.e., walking, climbing stairs, getting in/out of the bath. He did not seem concerned, saying, it's probably slight arthritis; after several months passed and I am on crutches by now, I ask to see a consultant, up till date waiting for keyhole surgery to ascertain what my true diagnoses is.


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