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The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: myjohna on October 23, 2005, 04:27:47 PM

Title: knee feels like cast is inside of it
Post by: myjohna on October 23, 2005, 04:27:47 PM
Would like to know if others have had the feeling that their knee has a cast or shield over it and causes pain and discomfort.  Had my surgery 4 months ago doc is telling me nothing.
New member please help me?
Title: Re: knee feels like cast is inside of it
Post by: blackbeltgirl on October 23, 2005, 05:45:41 PM
What type of surgery did you have?  Can you bend your knee?  Are oyu on crutches?  Does this sensation affect how you can physically use your knee, or is it just a weird sensation that affects the surface of the knee?
Title: Re: knee feels like cast is inside of it
Post by: myjohna on October 23, 2005, 09:13:41 PM
I had a total knee replacement. Yes I can bend my knee and I also have good extension. Not on crutches haven't been for some time.  I have been back at work where I'm a nurse since July 16th.  I do work for a doctors office so I'm not up a lot.  But yes the sensation does affect me physically because I always feel that it inferfers with me moving, sitting, or whatever. It just feels like from the area right up above the incision to several inches below the incision something is there and that if I could move or get it out I would be as good as possible.  The sensation is not really on the surface.   Can you help me is this normal.  According to my physical therapist it isn't.
Thanks
Title: Re: knee feels like cast is inside of it
Post by: jillo on October 24, 2005, 04:42:59 AM
I feel that all the time.  I described it as taping on the inside of my knee pulling my kneecap the wrong way.  It ltierally feels like duct tape is stuck to the inside of my leg.  I had some scar tissue removed and it felt better for a few months then came back so I think it is mainly due to more scar tissue but is also partly due to tight/ spasmed muscles and fascia as it improves temporarily with massage.  I'm going to see a specialist in the next month or so and will know more I hope.  I am only lacking the hyper extension but my leg doesn't straighten as much as it should or as much as the other one.
Title: Re: knee feels like cast is inside of it
Post by: myjohna on October 25, 2005, 03:03:24 AM
You have made feel like I'm not crazy.  But I got angry at my surgeon and haven't been back in over a month.  You know I'm a 53 year old widow, a medical assistant and I'm scared.  This is just miserable.  My surgeon acted like I was crazy.  Plus, I don't know how long I'll be able to go without having the other knee replaced.  Please let me know what happens with you.  At  [email protected]
God bless,
Title: Re: knee feels like cast is inside of it
Post by: jillo on October 25, 2005, 07:51:39 AM
myjohna, it looks like the insurance at my new job won't cover it as it's pre-existing (I missed all kinds of cut offs by a few days and COBRA wasn't an option as I was working abroad).  I'm really not sure what to do now as this has been going on for over 2 years, I'm in pain every day and I'm pretty frustrated with being told to just exercise more or that it's "always been that way".  My leg has not always been crooked and atrophed- I was a pro athlete until about 3 years before I injured it, thankyouverymuch!  I am going to see if I can decline my insurance at work until the waiting period is over, I hope I can get away with that- otherwise I really don't know what I'm going to do.  I feel my joint is getting wrecked because I keep walking around on it when it is obviously crooked, swollen and making strange noises but short of going on crutches I am at a loss.  I am thinking of leaving the US again, even though I just moved here, because the insurance situation is so bad and the cost of care so high I can't afford to pay privately.  I had one surgery here and it cost me over about $10K with insurance and one in the UK that cost $4K, totally privately and included PT!!

If I ever get to see a scar tissue specialist I'll let you know what he says  ::)  In the meantime I'm going to keep up with the deep tissue massage as it seems to offer temporary relief.
Title: Re: knee feels like cast is inside of it
Post by: Janet on October 26, 2005, 10:51:34 PM
It's possible you have scar tissue in the joint that is causing your problems. If you aren't getting good answers from your doctor, it is definitely time for a second opinion.

Also, there is a section down lower on the board under the "Arthritis" section for people with TKRs. Why don't you post there and see if anyone has any ideas?

Janet
Title: Re: knee feels like cast is inside of it
Post by: myjohna on October 27, 2005, 02:33:13 AM
jillo   Thanks for all your info and good-luck.  I'm so sorry for all your problems.  But its sad when we think we are having something fixed and it only gets worse.
God bless