Name :    Erica Turner

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Adult:      30 years old

Location:  Miami, FL

Area(s) affected:  Left femur

Personal History:

In December 1990 (age 12), I hit my knee on an arcade game at the mall.  I had a horrible pain in my knee for about a week before my mother took me to the doctors. They took x-rays, but had no idea what was wrong with my leg.  The doctors put me on crutches for about 2 months.  I began seeing an orthopedic doctor.

A year after seeing the orthopedic doctor, they diagnosed me with Melorheostosis. Over the next 5 years I went to physical therapy, spent a lot of time on crutches and had a leg immobilizer. I was given Aleve (an over-the-counter medication) for the pain, which didn't really help with the pain most of the time. They had discussed surgery, but I have not gone for surgery.

I am now 30 years old with 2 children.  I have been in constant pain for the last 18 years, some days are better then others. I was diagnosed a year ago with Patella Femoral Arthritis as a result of the deformity in my left femur. Over the last year my pain has become somewhat unbearable. Unfortunately, having 2 young children, I have to do my best to ignore the pain.

Thank you for your time.

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