Re-tear? Sprain? Mystery. - - Posted by Amanda (Amanda), 17 September 2004
I have posted a similar post to this one on other threads over the last few weeks but havent gotten any replies, so I thought I would try here. I would really appreciate ANY thoughts.
Four weeks ago I rolled/fell off the couch trying to get away from being tickled by my boyfriend and wrenched my knee, it sort of went under me and out to the side. It felt like a painful strecthing feeling on the lateral side. I didn't think too much of it at the time but it was quite sore that afternoon and has since been. It is the lateral side and tender, swollen, tight and uncomfortable to walk on - no sharp pains, achey and throbs after walking and feels odd. I saw an OS after 10 days, he said I may have damaged the joint capsule or nicked my meniscus, but he didnt think I had torn the mensicus (I assume the manual tests didn't show anything) and said to come back at 6 weeks if it is still sore and then I could have an MRI.
It is 6 weeks now and I went back to the OS 2 days ago and he isn't sure why it is still sore, swolen etc. He though maybe I had damaged the articular cartilage? Anyway I am having a MRI next week and will find out the results in 2 weeks today.
I am wondering if anyone has any ideas of what could be wrong? Also will it be hard for the radiologist to tell if I have torn my meniscus again due to part of that meniscus had already been debrided? And does the quality of MRI machines differ much? I am having it done in a public hospital but could have travelled north to a private one.
Posted by jathib (jathib), 18 September 2004
I'm sure everyone can give you an idea of what could be wrong with your knee but knowing those ideas isn't going to help you any. I think you'll just have to be patient and wait for the MRI results.
I doubt if the quality of the MRI machine is going to matter much. It's the quality of the human doing the MRI and the radiologist that reads it that will matter most. If the meniscus is torn again the radiologist can see it if it shows up on the MRI. They're not 100% accurate.
Posted by Amanda (Amanda), 15 October 2004
Got my MRI results - to cut a long story short - Horizontal cleavage tear - left over from previous surgery. Planning to have partial meniscetomy Nov 12 to get the sucker properly this time.
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