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Offline Woodchip79

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Not sure what's wrong!!!
« on: March 18, 2005, 10:42:19 AM »
Hi everyone,

About 12 years ago I was playing basketball when I landed and twisted my left leg badly. My knee istantly gave way and I fell to the ground. I went to the doctors folowing day (well Mum took me as I was only about 14). I was told "Oh, it's only growing pains".

I went to my GP about 2 years ago, as I was still suffering occasionally, and he referred me to a physio. They decided that I had bad muscle scarring down the outside of my left knee. I had physio and some weird therapy involving electric currents and that seemed to get rid of most of the pain. Then about six months later I had the most immensse burning down my right knee for about two days (without any excess excercise), and from then on if I move my knee anti-clockwise it makes a LOUD clonking noise. I left it for about 6 months and went back to the GP. He has referred me to a specialist who thinks it's torn cartilage or discoid meniscus. I have since spoken to a private physio and he thinks it may be a stretched ACL. Although I did read somewhere that a stretched ACL can lead to cartilage problems. How true this is I don't know?!?!

I could cope with that but about 6 weeks ago my left knee has started doing the same thing, but not as badly, and I have done very little excercise (apart from walking to work each day), and I have had immense pain in my knees for the past two weeks or so.

I'm due to have an MRI on it later today and have been reading things that have made me think if a MRI will actually show anything useful, or even if I'll be correctly diagnosed. If it helps at all I did suffer fron osgood schlateos (sorry about the spelling) and I have also now got a lot of swelling between my knee caps and my lower leg. In fact my knee looks like a figure 8 with the top half being my patella and the lower half being quite firm swelling.

Any ideas would be helpful as everyone seems to think something different.

Craig

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Re: Not sure what's wrong!!!
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2005, 10:06:06 PM »
Craig-
After many years of not trating a torn ACL, it can lead to cartilage damage, so that is true. The way you described your knee 'giving-way' is symptom of a torn ACL. Your MRI should show wheater or not the ACL has been torn and help your GP or OS diagnose it. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask. I hope your MRI goes great and you figure out what is wrong with that knee!!
*16 years old*
Left Knee:
Torn:PCL, ACL, MCL
SEVERAL dislocations
Grade 3 Chondromalacia
Medial & Lateral Meniscus tears
Plica Syndrome
Sept 14th 2005-(LK)ACL recon, TTT, menisectomy,plica removal

May 26th/06-Torn ACL(RK)

June 14th/06-(LK)ACL graft recon, screw removal, menisectomy

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Re: Not sure what's wrong!!!
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2005, 10:59:14 PM »
Sounds like you have had same problem as me! I am (apparently) getting a letter within 4 weeks with the date of my appointment with OS.

I also suffered the "it's only growing pains" crap from a GP and have been suffering with it as many people on here will know.

Hope it all gets sorted for you!

Scott

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Re: Not sure what's wrong!!!
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2005, 09:48:08 PM »
Hi all,

Had my MRI scan, got the results back and saw my OS. They haven't got the faintest what is wrong. They say the MRI looks like a normal knee. They are going to refer me for "Group consultancy". Apparently it will be up to 20 OS looking at me to try and diagnose what's wrong. Also since then I have had an X-ray.

Any one know why as surely an MRI shows more than an X-ray.  Also, I have been referred to Rheumatoligy (not sure on spelling) as the OS was concerned about how flexible I am.

Oh yeah, and they looked in my mouth and commented that I had a "high arch". What has that got to do with my knee??????

Cheers people,

Woodchip

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Re: Not sure what's wrong!!!
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2005, 09:52:44 PM »
You sound like me. The docs. took 7 months trying to firgure out what was wrong with my knee, and my MRI came back normal with the exception of a dislocated kneecap and chondromalacia..which none of them even mentioned, they all thought it was my ACL. Sometimes though, MRI's can be wrong so if you still have pain and giving-way then maybe look for a new OS. Hope your knee feels better and you get some answers!
Krista
*16 years old*
Left Knee:
Torn:PCL, ACL, MCL
SEVERAL dislocations
Grade 3 Chondromalacia
Medial & Lateral Meniscus tears
Plica Syndrome
Sept 14th 2005-(LK)ACL recon, TTT, menisectomy,plica removal

May 26th/06-Torn ACL(RK)

June 14th/06-(LK)ACL graft recon, screw removal, menisectomy

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Re: Not sure what's wrong!!!
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2005, 01:43:23 AM »
looking in your mouth about your knee is probably the strangest thing i have ever seen on these boards lol.

Be warned. some doctors if they cannot find anything wrong will say it is in your head.

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Re: Not sure what's wrong!!!
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2005, 12:39:40 PM »
I've been to a rheumatologist and been diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos. At last I have a name for what wrong.

Something an OS would never have found.

Just need to do lots of research on that now and see what I can't do.

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Re: Not sure what's wrong!!!
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2005, 12:52:02 PM »
Woodchip79,

Hi glad that you finally received a diagnosis - that sure helps you alot...I found this site and it will give you access to other listed sites.  Might help you some with your research.

http://www.hon.ch/HONselect/RareDiseases/EN/C14.907.934.240.html

Take care,

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