Cry for Help - lateral Right Meniscus - - Posted by arcaracen (arcaracen), 27 May 2004
This is basically a cry for help. I tore my meniscus when I was 15 , I didnt have health insurance and consequently had surgory when I was 21. The orthopedic surgeon who worked on me removed most of my lateral right meniscus. Without telling me that I needed to follow up regularly with him. After my surgory I lost my job because of the surgory and didnt have health care again until last year (I'm 29). An orthopedic surgon told me I had developed degenerative arthritis, what meniscus I had left was minimal, and there was hardly any room left in my right later compartment. I saw a specialist on partial knee replacements and he advised me to wait 5 yrs until he felt I would acheive the best success for partial knee replacement. I am currently using a huge knee brace everyday to correct and reduce any further vargas in my knee, and I take NSAIDs, chondritin and glucosamine daily.
Does anyone know of any other alternatives for me?
Posted by inpain (inpain), 1 June 2004
maybe you could try acupunture.i've tried it for a meniscus tear and it didnt help.but i've seen people in the clinic with chronic pain benefiting from it.
here are some links for more info
wish you luck
Posted by jathib (jathib), 2 June 2004
Try riding a bike. Just make sure the seat is high enough so it doesn't hurt your knee. The best thing you can do is keep the thing mobile. I tore my lateral meniscus when I was 15 and didn't have surgery until 17 years later. By then I had arthritis and since that time have had my meniscus removed a piece at a time. I'm 46 now and I still have days when my knee doesn't hurt. I'm certain that all the bike riding has prolonged the life of my knee. I'll still need a knee replacement but I'm hoping to make it into my 50's before I need one.
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