Hello. This is my first post over these boards, I saw some good posts around and thought that maybe somebody could help.
I've been dealing with this for the last couple months. Basically I've switched to a powerbuilding program from october 2013 till now, nothing too fancy, squats 3 days a week, cycling the other lifts. A couple months ago I started feeling this dull pain (feels like doms mostly) above both my knee caps, I thought I was overreaching a bit because of the heavy squats 3 times a week, so I took a week off, just to realize that the "pain" wasn't gone at all. Researching online I found out that it's obviously tendonits, possibly even tendinosis already.
Since then I first took every quad exercise out of my training (still stretching, foam rolling etc doe), only resorting to deadlifts for legs. I spent 3 weeks like that, then when starting to ease into training quads again I tried some assisted bodyweight squats but even if during the session I was feeling good, the day after that I found out with much disappoint that the soreness was still there. Lastly I resolved myself to take a week completely off to see if something changed (I was starting to think that maybe my quads were still being stressed a bit on the deads).
After that week I was about to head to the gym to check the situation, but I got badly sick, so I had to take another whole week off. This monday I went to the gym again for the first time, warmed up very well, proceeded to bw squat, felt good again. However yesterday my aches were back again as usual. Here we go again I guess.
I just want to mention that since I started thinking that I had this condition I started foam rolling, stretching and icing like a mad man, but none of this helped apparently. I also did a 3 days cycle of ibuprofen, a few sessions of Tecar therapy (since a friend of mine is a physiotherapist and has that weird machine), and yet there was no actual progress to report. The ache just seems to go away after a few days without training quads by any mean, and comes back as soon as I hit them, no matter how gently I go.
I'm starting to feel desperate and depressed, I want to squat so bad, I've lost quite a bit of size already and I feel that all of my hard earned strength is quickly goin lost. Training around this stupid handicap feels retarded. I got into training with the sole purpose of getting stronger, and maybe one day competing in PL, I don't care about anything else, I don't care about aesthetics (to a great extent), I don't care about the size of my biceps and stuff like that, this is my dream and I see it fading away slowly, and this is tearing me apart. Next week I'll get an MRI and see how bad I'm messed up, but I'm so scared to know what's up that I don't even know if I wanna do it or not.
Has anyone been where I'm at now? How do you get out of this crap? Any kind of advice or support will be greatly appreciated.