Osgood-schlatter "disease" from their earlier days?
I suffered pretty badly back when I started riding seriously and just before
I began racing (13-15 years old); went to three different doctors, of which
the first said to stop any sort of strenuous exercise (fat chance of THAT!)
or else I could be crippled for life, the second said that exercise would be
the best thing for it, and the third said they honestly didn't know, but
figured I would be pain-limited from doing any serious damage to myself. The
last guy turned out to be correct, and within 6 months the condition had
largely gone away. Best thing about it was the side-benefit of learning to
set aside pain in your mind.
OK, so no last effects after that first 6 months, aside from a pretty big
bulge below each kneecap. Even that gradually subsided over the years,
particularly in my left knee. My right knee, on the other hand, stayed more
visible and over the last 10 years or so may have actually increased a bit
in size. More recently, there's a bit of tenderness when putting pressure on
it when sitting on the floor.
Anybody else (mid-life age; I'm 52) seeing anything like this? There's no
real pain associated with it, for what it's worth, it just lets me know it's
there once in a while. The only reason I bring it up at all is that I've
noticed I'm standing more now when climbing, which *might* be an adaptation
to it (Osgood-Schlatters tends to be more painful during deeper knee bends).
--Mike-- Chain Reaction Bicycles