my story

In November of 2007, my left knee started hurting out of the blue during a soccer game. Up until this point, I was an avid soccer player and continued playing until August 2008. During those eight months, I went back and forth between my Orthopedic surgeon and physical therapy and my knee only became worse. I had numerous x-rays and two MRIs, all of which were normal. After recurrent subluxtions, I was told to stop playing soccer. My first Ortho gave up and that led me to his colleague, Ortho #2 who performed my first surgery on November 7th, 2008. It was an exploratory scope in which I had a synovectomy and plica removal. That surgery failed along with the next two:  Lateral Release, partial mensicus removal, and plica removal on July 2nd, 2009, then Medial Reefing and Lateral Release on December 10th, 2009. Before I had the MR and LR done in December, I was diagnosed with hypermobilty and patella tracking disorder. Finally, in October 2010, I found a new Ortho who could help me. After going through more PT and failed Synvisc injections, I scheduled my Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction (MPFLr) for April 14th, 20ll. I spent three months in an ROM brace and had to have an MUA/LOA on June 21st, 20ll because I couldn’t bend my knee but, as far as I can tell, my knee is better. And by better, I mean, my kneecap doesn’t pop out of place randomly but I do still have pain most days…it just isn’t as bad and I’m okay with that. However, my other knee is still messed up and I need that fixed. I’m in the process of getting the details worked out. But, as of right now, my right hip is my main concern. I found out in December that I had torn my labrum back in July and it has been very painful since then. My hip Ortho recommended a cortisone injection before going through with surgery and I agreed. If the cortisone injection works, and it seems it has, surgery is more likely to work. I had surgery on July 6th, 2012 to repair my torn labrum. As far as we can tell, surgery has been a success. My hip Ortho is now looking into the possibility of me having Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome….After successful hip scope and labral repair, I started having right hip pain again in August 2013. All the same symptoms of the tear I had before. It took some convincing but I finally got my Ortho to let me get an MRI. It revealed a loose piece of bone about one in diameter in the socket and another slight tear in my labrum. Surgery was scheduled for February 4, 2014.

Currently dealing with:

  • Patellar instability: left (surgery on April 14th 2011)
  • Patellar instability: right
  • Multi-directional instability + labral tear in right hip (surgery on July 6th 2012)
  • Multi-directional instability right and left shoulders
  • Chronic migraines
  • Acid reflux
  • Pain in wrists, ankles, knees, r shoulder, and r hip.


Previous surgeries:

  • 2003: cyst removal- right jaw
  • November 7th 2008: exploratory scope- left knee
  • July 2nd 2009: lateral release- left knee
  • December 10th 2009: medial reefing- left knee
  • April 14th 2011: medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) reconstruction- left knee
  • June 21st 2011: MUA and scope- left knee
  • July 6th 2012: labral repair- right hip
  • Februray 4th, 2014: debridement of loose bone and labral repair- right hip