Well, I decided to finally get myself looked at. After seeing my first doctor, he sent me to a specialist who has a strong feeling they know what the problem is, but wants to wait until I get an MRI before making any calls. This is what my doctor feels I have:
The plica on the inner side of the knee, called the "medial plica," is the synovial tissue most prone to irritation and injury. When the knee is bent, the plica is exposed to direct injury, and it may also be injured in overuse syndromes. When the plica becomes irritated and inflamed, the condition called "plica syndrome" results.
How is plica syndrome diagnosed?
Diagnosis is made by physical examination or at the time of arthroscopic surgery. Plica syndrome has similar characteristics to meniscal tears and patellar tendonitis, and these may be confused. A MRI may be done, but it is often not terribly helpful in the diagnosis of plica syndrome.
Now, it hurts to drive my car, hitting the gas, hitting the break..even holding the gas down to go a steady speed. My cruise control is my best friend and whenever I go out, I always have Azamath drive. But I really can't deal with the pain anymore, especially since I'm Military. But after talking with this specialist, I have two options and if one fails, I only have one.
1) Get a shot of Cortisone in my knee
My doctor feels this will help if it is found to be the problem, but also feels with how long this problem has been going on, the plica is more than likely damaged and it wont help.
I don't like the idea, I actually feel like crying. I don't want to go under a knife cause so many things can go wrong. My Grandmother had surgery before and hasn't been able to walk right since. She had laser eye surgery done too and is blind in that eye now. But, I want this pain to go away, but I will still have pain if I go into surgery just because I had my knee worked on and there are usually after effects. But it would still be alot less pain then what I have now.
So, I'm at a crossroad and now just waiting to get the MRI done and see how it goes from there.