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The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: cothirteen on November 17, 2008, 05:34:22 PM

Title: knee issues! Help!
Post by: cothirteen on November 17, 2008, 05:34:22 PM
For several years I have been experiencing pain in my right knee. Also several years ago I developed a large lump behind my right knee. I went to an OS who believed it to be a Baker's cyst. I wasn't having severe pain that was causing me to limit my acitivites at the time so nothing was done about it. However, about 2 weeks ago I started feeling pain in the back of my knee [not the cyst], on the sides of my knee and down into my calf. Went to a OS who sent me for a MRI last Friday. Prior to that [since I have pain in my calf] I was sent for an ultrasound to rule out a DVT [which they did] the Ultrasound showed a large hematoma in my calf which indicated a possible calf tear.

I have an appointment coming up but am worried about what this may be. The pain is mostly dull and achy but can be sharp at time especially if I twist my knee. I am also experiencing crazy stiffness in my knee that is made worse by sitting for too long. For the past few years I have had trouble doing lunges because I seem to have no stability in my knee. Lunges are somewhat painful so I tend to avoid them :). My knee has given out a few times over the years. Anyways, not sure if anyone can help me but I tend to worry so this may put my mind at ease. Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: knee issues! Help!
Post by: jathib on November 17, 2008, 07:26:20 PM
Baker's cysts are an indication that something is wrong in your knee. They're not really a big deal by themselves and rarely need to be removed. They can go away if the underlying problem is resolved.

Instability is a symptom of a torn ACL. Having an unstable knee that gives out often leads to further damage in your knee. In my case, the instability lead to a torn meniscus.

That being said, nobody can tell you what's wrong with your knee over the internet. You'll have to wait for the MRI results for that.
Title: Re: knee issues! Help!
Post by: FindnNemo91 on November 17, 2008, 07:36:04 PM
I tore my calf a while ago. try standing up on your toes and if there is severe pain or you cant even do it, there is likely a tear. also, if there is a tear, you probably cant flex the muscle. i was also sent, before i tore my calf, to get an ultrasound for a blood clot, and it was negative.

hope it gets better,
jak