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Offline soonerri

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Need Knee info help PLEASE
« on: April 21, 2005, 06:31:15 PM »
I have right knee that has a repaired acl. My left knee was injured probably 10 yrs ago. i either tore cartilidge or a ligament. It swelled up and had a hard time walking for a week or so. It got some better and I went on with life. It has bothered me ever since then. In the last year or so it has progressively gotten worse. I recently moved to a house on a steep hill and with 17 stairs. Since I have moved to this house with all the climbing of stairs etc. My knee has gotten to the point where i can barely walk. I have an MRI scheduled Tuesday. My pain doc thinks I probably have a bone chip and possible cartilidge damage. It gets puffy though doesnt swell too much.

Symptoms- I can feel something on the inside of my(left) knee just to the right side of the knee cap that wiggles around. When you press it it hurts bad. But also if pressed just right I can move my knee without pain. Its as if something is loose and popping around in there. It is incredibly painful. It feels different than when I tore my acl. My question is this... Do I HAVE to have an MRI to see the problem or can I skip that and get scheduled for arthroscopy to see what it is and fix it. I have insurance but with the deductibles I still end up paying for most of the mri myself. I dont see why that needs to be done when it is obvious I have a problem that needs fixed anyway. If I step wrong with my knee in front wrong and extend it with weight on it the knee has almost completely gave way and I almost fell down. Several times.

I have tried cheap braces and wraps and they all  helped for a while but now there is no brace or wrapt that doesnt make the pain even worse. I am best without a brace but can barely walk without a severe limp. I am basically draggin the left leg around.

Is there any brace I could wear for help? do I have to have an MRI or is this just more way for hospital to ma ke money?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thx- Terry

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Re: Need Knee info help PLEASE
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2005, 06:47:02 PM »
Terry, although MRIs are not particularly in most knee instances, it is up to your dr.If you have to pay the deductible, and co insurance, it really does not matter where you pay it, as if you have a certain out of pocket amount, whether you pay the MRI or the DR. dosen't change that, and once you reach 100% pay, then you won't have to worry if you use providers. The OS ordered the MRI or Pain DR? that would be one difference, if the pain dr. ordered and you want to forego if possible the MRI, make the appt with the OS and see which way he wants to go. Speak up and let them know your concerns. Teresa
On going instrumentation failure, chronic infection,
Arthroscopes Left 11 Right 2, MRSA, L TKR  ,  Revision, LR x5, Medial and lateral meniscus repair, Broken prosthesis
Osteochondral Fracture,untreated 6 mths. Revision new tkr 01-07 awaiting new hip and right knee
R TKR pending

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Re: Need Knee info help PLEASE
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2005, 06:51:55 PM »
Thanks. I havent seen an OS yet. The Pain dr. has ordered the mri and was going to go from there. My daughter is getting married in 5 mo's. I had hoped to "make it" till after her wedding. But it has deteriorated so quickly I am in need of immediate help. I wish I could find a brace that woukld give it stability to help me along for a while.

I recently had a ruptured appendix (yr and a half ago). I cant remember if it was a ct scan or mri i had that was inconclusive. They couldnt tell wehat was wrong with me till they opened me up. Maybe I should see a OS first. Thx for your help. I greatly appreciate it.

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Re: Need Knee info help PLEASE
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2005, 07:57:21 PM »
Terry,

It makes the most sense to see your OS first. The pain doctor is just treating the symptoms. The OS can tell you what's really going on and what can be done to fix it.

Good luck!

Nancy
OA both knees, confined to patella. Arthroscopy 1998, cortisone both knees,  Halygan shots both knees. Had PFR 3/28/05. Recovery on schedule according to OS but lots of pain radiating up thigh and to lower back.

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Re: Need Knee info help PLEASE
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2005, 05:53:16 PM »
hey terry, ur symptoms sound loads like mine....i dint have an accident tht i can remember thou nd it really hurts. Its my right knee and it feels as if everytime i walk something shoots through it under the cap. Ive seen 3 different doctors and am now being referred to a specialist to get it looked at properly...i hope theres summit they can do. Im gettin told tht bcuz am only 14 its 'growing pains' i know this isnt no growing pain bcuz its too intense, You'll have to tell me what the doc's do 4 ya All da best! Shelly!

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Re: Need Knee info help PLEASE
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2005, 08:48:53 PM »
Terry, see if the other dr. can get you into an ortopedic dr. (knee specialist if possible) and go from there, he might be able to tell from the exam what he thinks it is and if it can wait a few months, or if a brace can help. Then go with it from there. Teresa
On going instrumentation failure, chronic infection,
Arthroscopes Left 11 Right 2, MRSA, L TKR  ,  Revision, LR x5, Medial and lateral meniscus repair, Broken prosthesis
Osteochondral Fracture,untreated 6 mths. Revision new tkr 01-07 awaiting new hip and right knee
R TKR pending

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Re: Need Knee info help PLEASE
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2005, 07:55:15 PM »
Hey i need some1's help my knee hurts and i am done growing. I am 13 and under my knee cap and all the way down the front of my leg hurts. I ice it 2 times a day from 1hr to 1 1/2 hours. I would appricate a response with some advise that might help me. Thanks soo much
 :) Emily

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Re: Need Knee info help PLEASE
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2005, 05:18:16 PM »
Hi Emily
It sounds like shin splints I think you're in the right sort of age group for that. Go see a doc as there are things that can help ease it such as strapping and massage. Of course if it's not your doc will hopefully be able to sort out whatever it is.
18/06/05 Injured trampolining
Fixed Flexion 20-90 deg until...
01/09/05 lateral meniscectomy (40%)
09/06/06 Patella tendon aclr
09/09/06 Back on the tramp (carefully)
10 years on and still going strong
!!Stop twisting when you land or it hurts!!















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