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Offline dubbin

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Very first post!
« on: January 20, 2005, 06:47:18 PM »
Hello- I am 21 and have had knee problems all my life.
I've been to a few doctors, had x-rays, MRI's, PT, braces, and I still have no idea what is wrong.

It all started when I was 8 months old and broke my left leg just below the knee. I had a cast and then braces for 4 years. If you ask me, it seems like that leg turns in quite a bit but the doctors assure me it's not related.

Anyway, it hurts pretty much all the way around my knee cap and it seems like my knee cap just floats around where ever it wants. Like I can feel it slide over to the outside and then I have to manipulate my leg until it snaps back. That happens several times during the day.

It hurts up stairs, down stairs, sitting too long, standing too long, bending too much, straight too much, pretty much just constantly.

I'd say out of 1(better) thru 10(worse)
It's at least a 5 daily
maybe 2 days a week it's an 8
and it's crying pain at least once a month.

I'm flat out of ideas...  I can't seem to get any answers from Drs... I just don't want to hurt all the time like this...

If any one has ideas of what this could be... please...
Thank you

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Re: Very first post!
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2005, 07:46:22 PM »
Welcome aboard! Sorry you had to join!  ;D

It sounds like your patella is mistracking pretty badly. Have you ever consulted an orthopedist surgeon specialized in knees? If your patella is all over the place, he/she should be able to tell what's going on pretty easily in my opinion.
« Last Edit: January 20, 2005, 07:46:51 PM by Gab »
April 14th, 2004: Floor hockey accident, complete ACL tear (left knee).
June 11th, 2004: ACL reconstruction, patellar tendon autograft.
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Re: Very first post!
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2005, 08:13:36 PM »
Welome

You need to see and orthopedic Surgeon preferably one who specializes in knees.  You need professional guidance to sort out your problems.  If you're not comfortable with the opinion or treatment plan proposed get a 2nd or 3rd opinion.  The correct treatment plan is a crucial as the actual surgery.

Good luck and keep us informed, we care! :D

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Re: Very first post!
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2005, 11:57:44 PM »
Yeah, I saw one doctor who x-rayed the wrong leg! Even after I told him! WOW! Never went there again.

Then I went to an orthopedic surgen who is supposed to be real good for my area, and she did some movement tests and things, never gave me much of an answer, but sent me to PT.

At PT they did taping which I will never go through again!! Both knees were taped pretty much all the time for 6 weeks. Never, never again.

Since I've been researching, it really sounds like a tracking issue which no one even said was a possibility. It is so frustrating that not once has a DR. even said "well it might be this..".
Now that I know about tracking, I should probably try again and ask if that could be the problem. But I bet Dr's don't like the net where people self diagnose and tell them how to do their job. You know?

Anyway- good to know that someone else thinks this is a tracking thing.

By the way- anyone know what they do for that?  :)

Thanks!

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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2005, 12:35:10 AM »
Pt have good exercise programs for tracking problems.  Your GP could refer you to PT sessions.  

People here try an help one another, but do not recommend self diagnosis.  There is good info here about the different knee problems and there is a list of the knee specialist OS at the top of the page.  Maybe one of them lives near your area.

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Re: Very first post!
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2005, 01:07:04 AM »
thanks for the good info maybe u can help me with my problem too

i have been having knee problems for about a week now.  I am not sure what is wrong, but I would like tot find out.  A week ago, my dad had told me that i had hyper-extened it during a game.  I figured that the pain would go a way soon, but it has still been here for almost a week now.  There is not any swelling or brusing, but it hurts when i walk after a game, when i try to turn quickly and when i tap right bellow my left knee cap and off to the right a little bit.  My knee gets stiff as well.  This is almost right where my knee ends or right above it.  Please respond back with any advice on what i should do or what is wrong with it.

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« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2005, 01:22:36 AM »
You should get your GP to check out your knee and see if it is sprained or if it is something else.  Your GP will know if you should be referred on to an OS or not.  

Maybe just resting your knee, icing and elevating it will help until you can get an appointment with your doctor, but you should have this checked out.
« Last Edit: January 21, 2005, 01:28:00 AM by shadehawk »

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Re: Very first post!
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2005, 01:42:04 AM »
thanks for the info

that is what i was going to do but i would like more opinions

what ligament do u think is causing the problem

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Re: Very first post!
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2005, 03:26:21 AM »
also what is a GP

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« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2005, 03:49:10 AM »
GP is General Practioner Doctor or Family Doctor
OS is Orthopedic Surgeon
« Last Edit: January 21, 2005, 03:53:15 AM by shadehawk »

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Re: Very first post!
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2005, 04:12:11 AM »
thanks