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Offline n2art

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Does this sound familiar to anyone?
« on: October 25, 2004, 10:34:08 PM »
Hi, This is my first post. I am a healthy fit 50 year old. I injured my knee years ago skiing. It was a twisting motion as my ski caught a tree edge.  Not too painful, just  a limp and sore for a little while.

Months ago, my husband tripped and fell on my extended knees and hurt that same knee.  Sore for several days, no swelling.   Also, my 90 lb dog ran into the side of the same leg.  It hurt but no swelling.

September when Hurricane Frances had passed, I squatted down and the knee was VERY painful.  Upon examination, I discovered that it was very swollen.  Barometric Pressure drop?  We went 11 days without power and I thought perhaps that the heat was contributing to the swelling.  However, when we had power restored it didn't go down at all.

3 weeks later Hurricane Jeanne came and went.  Another 5 days without power.  The knee has been swollen since September 6. It is much warmer than the left, but not red.   It does not constantly hurt just aches.  Painful to touch in certain places.  Rather stiff after sitting or reclining.

I have put cold on it, moist heat, elevated it, rested it.  You name it. It has limited range of motion when I bend it.  I had 5 treatments of acupuncture that did not do anything to relieve any of the symptoms.

I am at my wits end.  Everyone tells me if I see a OS they will want to operate.

What kind of doctor should I seek.  Does any of this sound familiar to anyone?   I would greatly appreciate any advice

Thanks kneeguru for making this site possible.

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Re: Does this sound familiar to anyone?
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2004, 11:05:11 PM »
Hi there

You should definately seek the advice of a specialist Knee Surgeon (someone who ONLY does knees...not a general ortho)

They will not necessarily advocate surgery and if they do it will likely be in your best interests (provided you are seeing a good surgeon!)

To ensure you get to see a good surgeon....I have posted you the link of USA knee surgeons just below this.
Just pick your area from the list (or the nearest to you) and go and see 1 (if not 2) of the surgeons that are listed there.

They cannot force you to have surgery and it will leave you far better informed of the problem than you are know

Good Luck!
Big bucket handle tear to lateral meniscus from sporting injury. Arthroscopy and meniscal repair carried out June 2004. sloooowwww recovery!!

2018 - torn medial meniscus in RH knee, partial extrusion. ongoing issues,

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Re: Does this sound familiar to anyone?
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2004, 11:50:32 PM »
Hi I agree you should go see someone ASAP about that knee, I agree aas well that it should be a surgeon who specializes in knees.
I know "surgeon" makes it sound like they'll just want to slice and dice you, but they are usually very careful to try everything non surgical before the knife comes out.
Goodluck.. hope you are recovering from the hurricanes.
1997 Scope RK
2002 LR RK
2002 Scope and hematoma evac RK
2004 LR LK
May 06 Fall from Horse, partial ACL tear and meniscus injury, Tibial plateau injury
2007 Scope, Plica Excision and Debride LK
2009/2010- Possibly Ankylosing Spondylitis?