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Author Topic: Locking knee problem - MRI didn't show anything. Don't no where to go from here  (Read 646 times)

Offline Amber41

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Hi All,

I was hoping someone would be able to shed some light on my knee problem.  During my late teens through to early thirties my left knee would lock perhaps twice maybe three times a year.  When I was in my early teens I was seeing a specialist for knee pain behind the patella and was referred for physio and later discharged.  My knee locking episodes happened a few years later and I never bothered to go to the Doctor as I thought it was part and parcel of my old problems.  In hindsight I should have gone back to the Doctors.

After a 'break' of approx 7 years it locked recently when I turned over in bed. When my knee locks the pain is excruciating.  The pain is always on the outside of the knee and it genuinely feels like bone-on-bone (I know it can't be but that's how bad the pain feels), the 'muscles' at the back of the knee go rigid too.  I can bend my knee back towards me with no pain but am unable to straighten it beyond where it has locked without this pain.  A lot of hot cloths, courage and m/metre by m/metre movements over about 1 1/2hrs and the rigid 'muscles' at the back of the knee feel like they 'come apart'.  The relief is instant and I can move my knee again.  Apart from being a little stiff for a couple of days I get no swelling or bruising.  On this occasion though I had to call the Paramedics as I couldn't move it, it took about 3 hours with Gas and Air and a lovely patient Paramedic as I was unable to move from the bed.  An MRI scan has shown nothing so the doctor won't refer me (I can understand why) but it makes me feel like a 'fraud' and it's quite upsetting that I haven't been able to find out what the problem is.  Has anyone any ideas?

Many many thanks, Amber 41.



Offline ArtByCassie

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Amber... I am by no means an expert however I have had a little of your troubles. It sounds to me like the patella is needing to be relocated.. That is what I had to have done on both knees. Patella realignment with lateral release and inner reefing. In other words my patellas were not lined up right  and I the surgery was to correct that. My knees would give out on my very easily, they would lock up and you are right. The pain is excruciating . It could be that your patella is lined up right but may be a little loose and need tightening to one side which the MRI would not show. I am thinking the DR would need to do arthoscopy to figure it out.. Have they played around with your knee cap to see if it is loose or popping or anything??? Well I really hope you can get the answers you need!!!

Cassie

Offline Amber41

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Hi Cassie,

Sorry for the delay in responding but many thanks you for your reply. 

I have quite flexible joints in general and had wondered if this may be the cause of my problem.  My knee caps also move quite freely.  It was mentioned in passing when I used to see the specialist when I was young that my joints were flexible but nothing came of it and at that particular time they didn't lock, it was just pain.  You've certainly given me something to think about and maybe an avenue I can go down.

With thanks, Amber