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Offline twincitiesknees

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Something is dislocating...help!
« on: October 19, 2005, 07:37:51 PM »
I am in my late twenties, tore my ACL when I was 16.  For the past six years (with much greater frequency lately) something in my knee dislocates.  There is one specific position when I slightly twist my knee that almost always causes it.

I saw a doctor a while back who didn't take it seriously.  He told me it is impossible for a knee to dislocate.  It happened again lastnight and is almost more pain than I can endure.  This coming from someone who gave birth to two children with no medication and thought it was "fun." 

What could be wrong?  I feel a thud when it happens, and I suck in my breath and force my leg straight and wait for it to pop back in.  Any thoughts?

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Re: Something is dislocating...help!
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2005, 09:20:21 PM »
Sounds to me like your knee cap may be subluxing or even dislocating?  I had this for years in my right knee before they decided to try and fix it with TTT and the symptoms you're describing sound very similar to what I had, although I used to end up in a heap on the floor and yes the pain is like nothing I've experienced before.  Have you had any scans/x rays to see what's going on in there?
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Re: Something is dislocating...help!
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2005, 10:01:59 PM »

Thanks Jo!

  I have been reading many of the posts and that is what I think may be the problem.  I only saw the one doctor years ago.  I honestly felt like he decided it was nothing based on the fact that I am female.  I explained the pain and exactly what was happening and he said it might be my minicus with a slight tear and that nothing should be done.

  Since that time I have just been living with it.  But I am at the point now where not only does it happend at least twice a month, leaving my knee shaky for a few days, but it is also taking increasingly longer to pop back in each time.  I am definately going to get it checked out now.

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Re: Something is dislocating...help!
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2005, 10:37:35 PM »
It sounds very similar to what my knee was like for years and years.  I was told over and over again that my knee wasnt popping out of place, I was looked at like I was some kind of idiot!!.
My main problems were a complete ACL tear and a large bucket handle tear of the medial meniscus.  It was the meniscus flipping out of place which felt like Id dislocated my knee. 
It would pop out if my knee was twisted slightly inwards (foot going outwards)(right knee).  This happened now and again and got more frequent until it was happening several times a day :'(.
When it was out of place, it felt just as if my knee was dislocated.  It had very limited ROM and was impossible to put any weight through it.  I had to force it back into place which was way more painful than when it popped out.  My God, I can feel the pain just thinking of it :o :o
I eventually decided that next time it pops out, Id leave it out and go to the Hospital to get them to sort it out.   Well.......within minutes it happened again......I got nervous and tried to pop it back in, but it just wouldnt go!!, so whether I wanted to or not I had to go to hospital :-[
I was told there was nothing wrong >:(  I demanded to see another Dr, who referred me to see a knee OS the next day.  Within a few days I had my 1st operation to repair the medial meniscus.  Once the pain had subsided, the popping out of place feeling had totally gone but my knee was incredibly loose so I had an ACL reconstruction which fixed my problems.

Maybe you have a totally different problem to me, but from what you' :-\ve wrote it sounds very familiar.  From what I understand, ACL injuries and meniscus tears often happen together.

It may be well worth your while to get yuor knee properly checked out by a knee surgeon.

Good Luck and let us know how you get on,

Heather ;)
91 Mangled Right knee on trials motorbike
94 Meniscus Repair
95 ACL/LCLrec,notchplasty,bone graft
01 90% Menisectomy
02 Scope
03 ACLrec,LAD
OA,osteophytes
04 Ch'plasty, ACLdeb,Suprapatella mbr ex, haematoma
04 Scope
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Re: Something is dislocating...help!
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2005, 11:01:24 PM »
Hi,

I agree in as much as it sounds as though your kneecap is dislocating. I've had this problem for years and I know how much pain it causes. I think you should see an OS who is a knee specialist asap. Don't give in until you find one who you are happy with and trust completely. They sould be able to diagnose properly exaclt what's wrong from your symptoms and also with a combination of x-rays, MRI and ultrasound scans. Then, the right treatment can be decided upon.
Don't forget though - if you are not happy with what you are told, you should get a second opinion. If you are offered treatment you are not happy with you can opt for alternatives.
I think yo should attend your nearst A&E every time your knee dislocates. If you do so and make a nuisance of yourself, they may take you more seriously.

Take care and keep us posted.

Laura.
Left knee surgery
08/06/02-L/Release
13/08/03-Fulkerson TTT
05/06/05-Stabilisation & Medialisation/Tendon Transfer
13/01/06-Proximal Hamstring Superior Stabilisation
06/03/06-RSD/CRPS diagnosed
20/07/06 + 03/04/07-Excision of scar tissue
29/05/15-Arthroscopy
02/03/20-Left transfemoral amputation