What was the most disheartening thing a doctor has told you about your symptoms? In what ways have you kept that in your mind? I had my first meeting with an Ortho 2 weeks ago. I was telling him about how long my patellar tendinitis pain has been bothering me. I told him I have been in pain for around 3 months and havnt found anything that works. He told me "that's nothing, I've had tendinitis for three years when I was in my mid 20s." Imagining being in this pain for 3 years is a horrible thought. I have no idea why he was trying to one up me on the pain that I am feeling. It seems like everyone is trying to denounce my pain since I am young. I've read many stories about how tendinitis has been chronic for many people, lasting years and never getting better. I think about this every so often and really hate the thought of losing the ability to be physically active so young. I love sports, I love hiking, I love running. I don't want to give up my activities this early. It's far too soon.