The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: SR7415963 on February 05, 2012, 08:38:50 PM

Title: What have I done?
Post by: SR7415963 on February 05, 2012, 08:38:50 PM
Hello, new here and getting frustrated not knowing why I have knee pain... I know you can't diagnose, but was hoping that my symptoms may sound familiar and that you would have some advice.

First of all, my  knee history! When I was 16 (now 26) I did my left ACL, but since reconstruction I had resumed sport with no issues.

Three weeks ago, whilst playing netball I landed heavily on my left knee... I don't remember exactly what happened next, but I hobbled off the court, barely able to weight bear and had intense pain in the back/outside side of my knee. I iced and rested, there was a little swelling and heat, but nothing like my like my acl injury. I was unable to fully extend.

I saw a private physio who initially thought I had slightly damaged my LCL(?) and my lateral meniscal horn(?) (I think that's what he said). I followed his instructions to rest and carefully try to extend my knee.

I can now extend my leg.. Although it grates with pain travelling up and down the outside of my leg. This led my physio to wonder if it was my gastrocnemius. The pain gets more intense the more I try to do and my knee feels like it needs bending after anytime of being semi-straight.

 I feel like when I walk downstairs that my knee will give out, and today I just stepped forward in the kitchen when it started to give out.

That all said, my GP said she couldn't do anything until at least 6 weeks after injury... But I'm struggling to do a whole day at work (I teach) and it aches nonstop. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for reading.


Title: Re: What have I done?
Post by: SR7415963 on February 10, 2012, 09:37:43 PM
Thought I would put up an update to see if anyone else has experienced the same thing. I'm getting very frustrated and restless not knowing what I may have done.... I think its always in back of my mind he long recovery from the acl repair. Hiwever, went to Gp who has prescribed naproxen to ease the pain.

This week I have been more mobile.  However, 2-3 times a day my knee buckles forwards and whenever I have sat still for any length of time with my knee bent, when I stand and extend my leg I get the sharp pain originating in back outside corner of my knee shooting up and down the outside of my leg. The more this happens, the more it aches....

To make matters more complicated I do not have full range of movement in my ankle, from a previous injury and I think this is making stairs etc more difficult on the knee.

Any ideas?
Title: Re: What have I done?
Post by: SR7415963 on February 13, 2012, 09:01:46 AM
It seems like nobody knows.... :(
Title: Re: What have I done?
Post by: Kaputt_Knee on February 13, 2012, 10:27:21 AM
It is not possible to diagnose over the internet and the vast majoriy of people here are patients not specialists. You seem to have a partial diagnosis and until a definitive one is presented there is  not much advice people can give you. I would advise reading as much as you can in the Information Hub as it has an amazing amount of knowledge in there. Knowing the anatomy of the knee means you can talk intelligently with your doctor for example.

What you describe sounds like a postero-lateral corner injury but how bad it is not possible to say over the internet.

Your GP is halfway correct, while the joint is swollen it is difficult to make any kind of accurate diagnosis. You can concentrate on getting the knee as mobile as possible and reduce the swelling as much as possible. This can be achieved by a variety of methods. For example raising your leg as much as possible, using RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) and also doing ankle pumps like they are going out of fashin as often as possible. If you can run to private physion ask them if they can do Lymph Drainage massage on your knee and leg. This helps to stimulate the lymphatic system to reabsorb the lymph fluid causing the swelling. Depending on where you are you may be able to get on the list for an MRI but as a diagnostic tool it has its limitations, depending on the age of the machine the resolution of the pictures and the skill of the radiographer.

I'm assuming you are somewhere in the UK as you state you did this playing netball, so the sooner you get referred the better to be honest. NHS waiting lists can be quite long in some areas.

Good luck

Sue  :)
Title: Re: What have I done?
Post by: SR7415963 on February 13, 2012, 12:41:51 PM
Thanks for the advice Sue, as with everyone here, I think not knowing is the worst part. I was just hoping that someone may have some ideas...or may recognise the symptoms.  I have an appointment for early march to see a GP who has a sports injury interest but the thought of waiting that long is depressing. I think it's made worse from having gone through an Acl repair and remembering how long that recovery was. I will continue to rest and do the exercises my physio has recommended.