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Offline PattiAnn237

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Shouldn't I have an X-ray??
« on: January 19, 2005, 10:32:29 PM »
I just came back from a horrible appointment with my OS (I wrote about it in Spiritual help and encouragement)  

Anyway, i was just thinking how I haven't had a CAT scan(I can't have MRIs) or even an x-ray since my failed LR.

Does this seem normal to you?  I told my doc that the pain was different after the LR than it was before.  I feel like he should as least take a look.  

Am I right, or do most doc not xray after procedures?

Thanks, Patti
25 y/o
Left knee- lateral tilt, lateral tracking, arthritis
LR 8/5/04 (failed)
Diagnostic Scope- 5/2/05 (scar tissue removed)
Holding off on TTT till I can get through school!

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Re: Shouldn't I have an X-ray??
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2005, 10:46:42 PM »
My Os hasn't xrayed or ct scanned me since my last LR surgery either, and i'm having continued problems and pain. :-X  I guess... if they already know it failed, what is the point of an xray right?  That's my doctors feeling anyway and as I am not in need of ANY more radiation streaming through my body...that isn't going to show anything amazing.  Just my thought anyway... maybe if it would make you feel better you should push for the tests.
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2002 Scope and hematoma evac RK
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Re: Shouldn't I have an X-ray??
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2005, 12:27:05 AM »
 I guess... if they already know it failed, what is the point of an xray right?  

Why do you want an Xray or scan? Most possible to ease your mind. Your surgery failed, your OS knows your problem and knows what's going on. Another scan will only cost you money. And it's not necessary! I never had a CT post failed LR just to see if it failed.

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Re: Shouldn't I have an X-ray??
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2005, 05:19:07 AM »
I never questioned that my OS didn't do any more tests after my quad rupture repair and then a scope and MUA six months later. But six months after that, I still wasn't progressing and, in fact, was getting worse. After getting tired of hearing that I should just be patient, I changed to a different OS. The first thing she did was an x-ray, which showed I had developed patella baja. I'm not saying that's what you had, but I am saying that a simple x-ray showed a problem that had been allowed to continue to the point that it could no longer be corrected, and I now have a permanent biomechanical change in my joint which causes pain and functional problems.

If you feel you are having continuing problems and your OS isn't listening or giving you any answers, I would suggest getting a second opinion. (I haven't yet read your other post, so I don't know your background right now), especially if you say your pain is different than it was before. Just remember that x-rays and other tests don't always show the problem. They are just one more diagnostic tool.

Torn quad tendon repair & VMO advancement 4/99, MUA with LOA 10/99, Patella baja and arthrofibrosis, LR & medial release & LOA 5/01, LOA & chondroplasty 6/03,TKR on 11/06, MUA 12/06. From perfect knees to a TKR in 7 years, all from a fall on a wet floor...and early undiagnosed scar tissue.

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Re: Shouldn't I have an X-ray??
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2005, 08:05:01 AM »
A lot of times the scans and Xrays aren't going to show what is wrong anyway..unfortunately. BUT.. I think there is an issue with you having new/different pain that's not being addressed.  Is the OS blowing you off or what?

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