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Offline lb573

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Knee buckled
« on: October 19, 2005, 10:25:52 PM »
Hey all. I am having a really bad day today. I got up this morning and things were alright. I went to the OR for observation today as part of our surgical rotation in clinical, and that was awesome. I was leaving the hospital and my knee buckled right out on me. No swelling to speak of, but loads of pain. Every time i take a step(weight bear) and bend my knee the kneecap subluxes. I don't know what more i can take. I have an appt with my GP next week, and OS a long ways in the future. I am in tears because i don't know what more i can take...physically, emotionally, mentally. I am going to call my PT and get an appt with him tomorrow or friday. I have clinical tomorrow, but don't know what to do. As of right now i am having trouble keeping myself walking, let alone caring for somebody else. I am debating calling in to say that i can't make it, or go and see if i can do vitals on everybody instead of actually having patients rely on me specifically for anything. Thanks for any comments, it will be appreciated,
27 yo RN
L Knee:
07/'01 - scope
01/'02 - scope
12/'03 - LR
07/28/2006 - TTT/LR/Patellar Debridement
07/11/2007 - Screw Removal
R Knee:
07/06/2007 - Patellar dislocation
04/10/2008 - TTT/LR
06/11/2008 - MCL tear, Bone Bruise
09/29/2009 - Medial plication/reconstruction/debridement

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Re: Knee buckled
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2005, 11:05:18 PM »
Hey Leah,

I'd recommend RICE in the first instance. See if you can get hold of a stabilising knee brace asap. Then at least you know your knee is being supported and you can have confidence in getting about without the seemingly constant subluxations/dislocations. Start physio immediately. This will be really painful to being with but if you keep at it you'll notice a big difference in muscle strength before too long.
It may also be worth trying to see if you can bring forward your OS appointment. Tell him you can't tolerate the way your knee is right now an dits only getting worse. Then he may bring forward treatment.

Take care,

Left knee surgery
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
02/03/20-Left transfemoral amputation