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Title: Blood blister on scar (4 months post op) burning and stiffening of knee???
Post by: pinotlover on March 14, 2011, 02:51:52 PM
Hi

Today after 4 months of straight forwrad physio for my ACLr I was sat at my desk when I felt a sensation like a red hot poker being driven into my scar. Followed by a burning sensation down the back of my leg and round in the shin area. Knee seems to have stiffened up a little and have prob lost 10-20 degress ROM and when I pulled my trouser leg up I have a what looks like a blood blister on one section of my scar! Anyone any ideas as to what could be happening?
Thanks in advance

PL
Title: Re: Blood blister on scar (4 months post op) burning and stiffening of knee???
Post by: Snowy on March 15, 2011, 03:05:45 AM
I have to be honest - this sounds really odd and if I were you I'd get to a doctor ASAP. I haven't heard of anything like this happening, and any likely explanations that I can think of make no sense given that you were sitting quietly at your desk when it happened. The only possible explanation I can come up with (and it's a total guess, completely without any medical foundation or precedent) is some kind of internal infection or abscess bursting, but even that doesn't make much sense if you haven't been running a fever, had any discomfort or other signs of infection. The only reason that I'm suggesting it is that when my incision got infected, it did have what looked like a little blood blister on it briefly. (The infection turned out to be MRSA, but fortunately they were able to treat it with sulfa drugs and it wasn't a major setback to my recovery.)

Good luck - I hope you're able to get to a doctor and get it checked out.
Title: Re: Blood blister on scar (4 months post op) burning and stiffening of knee???
Post by: pinotlover on March 15, 2011, 05:00:01 PM
Hi,
Thank you for your reply! I got a doctors appt at 5.50pm last night and said he thought the only logical answer was an infection of some sort. He prescribed me antibiotics 500mg every fours hours. He has write to ne consultant to tell him they suspect an infection. I had physio this morning and they checked it out. Said a definate infection and to return on Friday and if it is still problematic and the tablets dont seemed to have worked then she will request my surgeon/consultant see me that day! Fingers crossed my horse sized tablets work!

Jen/Pinot
Title: Re: Blood blister on scar (4 months post op) burning and stiffening of knee???
Post by: Snowy on March 15, 2011, 05:51:56 PM
Yowch - poor you! Hopefully the antibiotics will knock it right out. I was a bit freaked out when my incision infected (especially when I found out it was MRSA) but with the right treatment it cleared up very quickly. Will keep my fingers crossed that you start seeing signs of improvement soon!

Kay