It took a long time for me to diagnose my knee pain as miserable malalignment syndrome. Miserable malalignment syndrome is when your knee cap and your leg bone doesn’t line up completely straight. My issue is that my knees turned in but my femur was straight. This caused severe knee pain, and pain radiating down my leg almost like shin splints that were all the time. Not pleasant. After countless doctors appointments where they pretty much told me nothing was wrong with me, I finally talked with a doctor I knew while working at a hospital that asked me two questions. Question number one, did I have any form of scoliosis, answer yes. Question number two, had I birthed a baby vaginally, answer yes. So the change in my hips from giving birth, the slight curvature of my spine comes down to misaligned knees. How crazy.
So with some exercises and very supportive shoes I was able to manage the pain caused by my misaligned knees. I would still have days where the pain was horrible. But as long as I kept up with the occasional tylenol and making sure I wore the right shoes the pain would ease and I would continue on.
Then 10 years after my first pregnancy, I was pregnant again. My first thought was great now my legs will be even more misaligned, how is that going to work. Until I started in through my pregnancy and I noticed I very rarely had knee pain at all. I thought with the extra pregnancy weight and just the whole body changes while pregnant that I had no hope. I was already prepping myself, buying new tennis shoes and getting nice supportive shoes for work. After a few months my family members even started saying that I hadn’t complained about my knee pain recently. After I thought about it I realized I hadn’t had knee pain throughout most of the pregnancy. Hip pain yes, other pains of course, but my constant pain that I had not pregnant, my knee pain, had disappeared. My first thought was because I was so uncomfortable everywhere else I just wasn’t feeling the knee pain my body was so used to. Thinking that my knee pain was still there my body just wasn’t responding to it because of all the other pain, I kept wearing my supportive shoes and doing lighter than normal exercises.
I am now 9 weeks