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Offline David1

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help, newbie with possible meniscal tear
« on: November 07, 2004, 01:24:20 PM »
I am totally new to this knee geeks so, sorry if this is all old news to you. I damaged my right knee 5 weeks ago during tennis and now my right knee has got progressively worse. The last 2 days I can hardly walk on it with out severe pain under the patella (no swelling or tenderness to touch knee) - only last week I was able to do a 3 hour trek in the hills with no problems even though before this it was troublesome. I saw a specialist four days ago before it got really bad, and he said either a miniscal tear or inflammation of fatty pad (?). Am waiting for MRI results. But... I have spent last few months arranging a year career break (starting 01/05) to cycle through South America (rented apartement, have replacement for my job, etc etc). Anyone any idea what I have done to myself, do I need surgery, can it heal by itself? How long? Should I give up on my dream to cycle in SA? Any thoughts encouragement really welcome. Thanks  

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Re: help, newbie with possible meniscal tear
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2004, 02:11:29 AM »
I know exactly what your going thru i fell in tennis about two years ago and have had knee problems ever since..i went to the doctors got a mri and it showed a tear....i think the first thing you need to do if you havnt done it already is call your doctor and set a appointment up...they will probably do x-rays and send you to get a mri done *from my experience* the radiologist will read the mri then your doctor will call you with the results....then even if the mri showed nothing you should set up a appointment with a orthopedic doctor and he will take it from there....make sure you do something about this now though because it will only get worse when you get older.....someone told me something smart before *think of your cartilage like a rope...it keeps tearing more and more after time* I hoped this helped at all....until you call a doctor i would ice rest and elevate your knee...good luck !  :)
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Re: help, newbie with possible meniscal tear
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2004, 12:18:26 AM »
As a general point, my advice, would be to stop all sport at the moment while you're unsure of what's what - even with a light jog you could exacerabte the problem - (when you're knees are in almost constant pain (of one degree or another) for a year it drives you round the bend .....) - try and avoid this and do the right things at the start, so rest, ice, stop sport, find out the problem and try and remedy it before tackling Everest etc - good luck mate ;)