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Offline Justabadknee

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Should I bring this up to my orthopedic specialist?
« on: February 11, 2018, 09:39:42 AM »
So for the past seven months Iíve been dealing with some injuries to my knee due to fairly simple activities.

My first injury was July 31st of 2017, where I fully dislocated my knee for the first time from putting on shape wear that was too tight (an embarrassing situation altogether). I went to the ER, while my knee stayed out of place for a few hours, while I was getting X-rays and doctors to take a look at it before them popping it back into place. I saw my first orthopedic specialist, and they had me in a stabilizing cast and crutches for 6-8 weeks with physical therapy afterwards.

After that on December 31st I had a subluxation of my knee (I think thatís what itís called; it went out slightly and immediately popped back into place) while I was starting to turn and sit down in a chair at school. I could not see, my original specialist that I saw the first time, but went to see a different specialist and they recommended surgery after getting my mri results back. So that was scheduled for January 31st, but ended up having to be canceled due to having insurance coverage issues (we were originally told we were fully covered, then the day of they said the anesthesiologists did not accept our insurance) so we went back to our original doctor and he has me scheduled to see a surgeon on the 23rd this month to talk about possible surgery and if so, to schedule a date. My knee has been feeling very unstable and clicks and pops, and sometimes feels like it may pop out of place, so I try to wear my brace whenever Iím up and about.

Yesterday I had another subluxation while I was turning over in bed. Iím icing it and taking anti-inflammatory medicine, and itís still very tender. Iím not sure which way the knee went out, but I felt clicking and popping and pain. At this point, should I even bother contacting my specialist to let him know? Iím already scheduled to hopefully make a surgery appointment, but thatís not until the 23rd, and I donít know how soon they could schedule me for surgery. But I donít know if this would make a difference in what they will tell me based on my previous 2 injuries. My appointment is two weeks away, Iím nervous that it might happen again in the meantime. Iím now wearing my brace at all times. Luckily I donít play sports.

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Re: Should I bring this up to my orthopedic specialist?
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2018, 09:44:28 AM »
For clarification, it was my knee cap/ patella, not my knee (my doctor said the first time we met thereís a difference?)

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Re: Should I bring this up to my orthopedic specialist?
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2018, 09:53:45 AM »
I'd go see the surgeon sooner if you're concerned
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