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right knee gets stuck - ouch!
« on: November 14, 2005, 02:22:28 AM »
It happened again!  This time I was on vacation.  My right knee gets stuck in a slightly bent position that is painful if I try to straighten it. I also can't put weight on it very much.

I ended up hopping around at Universal Studios earlier this week and in a wheel chair for a couple of hours till it loosened up on its own.  (It always has... but I was a littled worried that it might not and that would not be good on vacation, especially. 

Oh... I thought I'd fess up on what set this off... to my embarassent... riding on the merry-go-round in Suessland of all things!  I think I hyperextended the knee in getting off my character and the knee twisted and "stuck"  it always feels like bone on bone when that happens(I think it is!) I never get an injury doing something "cool"  ::)

After hopping around for a bit I put strain on other knee and my legs in general.  I've noticed that my right leg is very tight in general over past few months.  For example I can't sit "Indian style" anymore -- right side won't go down to floor (hurts and is tight in groin area)... I guess I have to get on phone with doc again and see what the answer is...

I do not want to have knee surgery... feel that it is risky...at least I have some mobility now... but what other solutions are there?

When doc sent me to phyical therapy, she said she would see me when I came back after it didn't fix problems... not a vote of confidence for that solution, eh?

Has anyone else had "stuck knees" what is the answer?
« Last Edit: November 14, 2005, 02:41:38 AM by badkneedgal »
Osteoarthritis, patellar tracking prblems in both knees, in 1st round of physical therapy
Probable Meniscus tear right knee, Surgery scheduled for 2/3/06

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Re: right knee gets stuck - ouch!
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2005, 12:51:00 PM »
Hi,

You really do need to see a qualified orthopaedic surgeon to find out what your problem is.  Regular GPs and doctors do not usually know enough about orthopaedics to give you a proper diagnosis.  You could have a maltracking patella, a torn meniscus, loose body, plica or any number of other ailments so you really do need to see someone qualified in this area.  Good luck.

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Dislocations since age 12
Trochlear Dysplasia
Maltracking
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LR/MR-failed
TTT, LR, MR L knee 95-Success
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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2005, 04:39:36 PM »
Hi, I used to have the same problem..every time I walked down stairs, my knee would be stuck..in a bent position..would have to gigle it to undo it...when I finely went to see a doctor, he told me my lateral meniscus was so badly torn it got stuck in between the two leg bones preventing my knee from straightening out..I had the menicus removed and OS had to clean out my knee completely....so it was bone on bone..now 6 years later I have OA badly..and a partial knee replacement in my future...so please see a doc asap.

good luck

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83 patella ligament pierced by iceicle
84 50%  hamstring rip
86 lateral meniscus tear
more dance 
99 menisectomy(finally)
more dance
patellar & quad tendontis
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oct 06 illiophoas release( hip ok) but knee still bad...

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Re: right knee gets stuck - ouch!
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2005, 05:22:43 PM »
Thanks to both of you for the insight.  I just made an appt. with my doc for Fri. morning and I'm sure she'll be forwarding me on to an orthopedic specialist.  The whole surgery thing terrifies me. :o  I'm afraid I'll lose mobility forever.  -- but i guess that's happening anyways at this point.  My knees have always been creaky and I have always just ignored them-I guess they are letting me know I can't ignore them anymore. 

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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2005, 03:29:30 AM »
Nobody wants surgery but sometimes it's the only way.  Some injuries are just not going to go away without surgical intervention.  And don't feel bad about hurting it on the Mery-go-round....I hurt my answering the telephone.  Can anyone beat that one?  hahahaha

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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2005, 06:40:07 PM »
I actually just posted before I read your situation.  That happens to me but I have no recollection of ever hurting it.  It happens in the middle of the night and it hurts so bad to try to move it at all.  Let me know what happens.  I went to the orthopedic surg. and my MRI came back normal... I don't know what's going on....it's been like this for 6 years!  Good luck!

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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2005, 07:22:54 PM »
badkneedgal and Teresa-

I just had to respond to being embarrased about how you hurt your knee.  Here are my stories:

- playing dodgeball
- marching band practice
- high school calculus class
- dancing (It would make mor of a story if I could say I was dancing on the bar, but no such luck.)
- waiting for the copy machine at work
- trying to pick up my blankets off the floor with my foot while lying in bed  (You wouldn't believe the comments I get about that one!  I still don't think my OS believes me.)

By the way, it is normal to be terrified of surgery, but like you said, your knee isn't working so well right now anyway.  Ignoring the problem won't make it go away, and waiting might make things worse!
Left Patella Dislocation:  1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1995, 2005
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Re: right knee gets stuck - ouch!
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2005, 04:45:06 PM »
Thanks to all for your feedback.  Tomorrow I will go to my doctor, but I fully expect that to be just the beginning.  I'll probably get sent to Orthopedic doc. next.  Just reading about all the possibilities is very scary.  Knees are nothing to fool around with...and when my knee was  stuck in Florida my sons, 20 and 22, (especially the one who inherited "crunchy" knees like mine) were really squeamish about it!  I just hope there is an "easy" solution. But it doesn't sound like that will be the case...we'll see.
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Probable Meniscus tear right knee, Surgery scheduled for 2/3/06

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« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2005, 05:16:29 PM »
Well I'm back from the doctor this morning and she gave me the "dreaded" referral to the orthopedic surgeon.  It sounds like it might be a torn meniscus and if that is the case I guess the surgery is not as invasive as it could be and recovery time is shorter.   

Big chicken that I am... I just don't want to deal with it at all!   Then there is the time off work and recovery....argh!!!  My Orthopedic appointment is 12/13.  I suppose he'll probably send me to get MRI so this could still be drawn out for a while.   

I will just keep repeating to myself...This will all work out... 5 million times.  I'm sure it will , but the anticipation of "what-ifs" is enough to drive me crazy!  Sorry for the whining, obviously I've lived a charmed life with very little sickness/pain, eh?!   ;)  This getting old business is for the birds! ::) 
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« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2005, 02:47:35 AM »
Hi BKG. Try to put a block on the What if's... that can just throw you into a tizzy.
If you have to have arthroscopic surgery your worrying , you will find, was much ado about nothing. ;D  Try to roll with the waves as they come.

Look at it as something necessary to get back to as normal as possible. Dragging it out just invites worse problems down the line. You know, Arthritis, then knee replacement.... So think of the surgery as a way of keeping out of more trouble. And SMILE  ;D

Be sure to write down any questions you have for the OS and take a tablet in with you to write the answers down. You most likely will be nervous and forget otherwise. 

Stuck knee will soon be free!! Ron
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« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2005, 08:57:25 PM »
I used  to  be an emergency medical technician and I absolutely swear that attitude plays a huge part in how well a person does and how well they recover.  Staying up and possitive is very important.  My doctor said that you are as big a part of the surgery team as the doctors and nurses are.  Your part on the team is to stay upbeat and possitive, to follow the doctor's orders and to ask questions.  Yes, asking questions is a part of your job on the surgery team.  I was determined to look on my surgery as an adventure.  If you were going to go off on a huge adventure....let's say you decided to walk from CA to NY.  No doubt you would run into good things and also bad things along the way, but what an adventure it would be.  You would probably want to bring a camera with you and you'd probably want to document your adventure in a journal.  I did the same thing with my surgery.  I took pictures all along the journey and kept a journal of the adventure and I made a scrapbook of the whole thing.  I had as much fun with it as I could possibly have with it.  I'm had my surgery back in May and I doing super great!  I couldn't have asked for a better experience. 

Teresa
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« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2005, 01:10:59 AM »
I spent a looong afternoon at the orthopedic surgeon's office today.  The x-rays show that I have arthritis in both knees.  He is sending me for a MRI and then I'll go back to him and we'll decide on the course of action.  He seemed concerned over the arthritis (I'm only 50) so maybe the leg locking is a blessing in disguise to get me to doctors early so we can ward off more serious problems.  He agreed that there is possibly a torn meniscus.  All I know is I'm going to Chicago in March to see Wicked and I'm planning on walking!!! Last year hubby was in wheel chair there from skiing accident.  In my limited experience with wheelchair riding...I don't want to be there!  So we either need (k'need-- ha!)  to work around my weekend or I need to be rehabilitated by then!
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« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2005, 04:43:53 AM »
Funny places to have your knee mess up....hmmmm...walking a straight line, sitting down in my chair, getting up from the couch, playing with my son on the floor, chasing the cat, "with my hubby" if you know what I mean, getting out of the car, cooking dinner.  Also, knowing I wasn't supposed to, but wanted to mountain climb Mt. Baldy in California back in May and I fell off a trail.  Any others?  Yep, but not as exciting.  LOL  Sadly, getting older isn't so much fun for me.

The locking is my worst thing now and I haven't found anything that "MAKES" it better except time.  Since October 16, I've now disclocated it about 30 times and had it lock at least 7 times for days at a time.  I will be setting an appt. for an MRI at the beginning of the year.  So in the mean time, if you find some magical cure let me know!!! LOL

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« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2006, 04:14:11 AM »
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all!  :)  I have my surgery date set now.  on 2/3 /06 I am scheduled to have meniscus repair to my right knee.  While he is in there I guess he is going to look around at the arthritis and my knee cap. 

I've found that holidays have been hard on my knees. Visiting people with sofas that are nearly on the floor is torture.  I'm just saving myself the pain and asking for a chair in the future. 

Today I had a "minor lock up" getting up for the 40th time from one such sofa I felt the twist/pop and then couldn't straighten my right leg all the way.  Not as badly bent as usual and for once not walking someplace -- so that was a relief... but stuck just the same. 

I sat for a bit ( in a chair this time)  and tried to straighten it but it took some time to release itself.  Slight swelling in the knee.  I want to go to the gym but am afraid it will stick when doing legs.   I figure on one hand if I injure it further they'll fix it on the 3rd...but I don't want to get stuck on the 2nd floor of my health club.  I have cut my activities out to a large degree and I know that's not good either.  I'm getting the twisting popping feeling to varying degrees quite a bit.  (Getting out of car, up from low seats) Sometimes it doesn't catch all the way and then other times, like today I get stuck.  Does anyone have this and know how to unstick knee?
« Last Edit: January 02, 2006, 04:16:57 AM by badkneedgal »
Osteoarthritis, patellar tracking prblems in both knees, in 1st round of physical therapy
Probable Meniscus tear right knee, Surgery scheduled for 2/3/06

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Re: right knee gets stuck - ouch!
« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2006, 04:08:43 PM »
Hey,

Ive had the locking too, before the op in my left knee and i am waiting for it to start in my right if im honest. I can understand some of the pain. I just wanted to say that ive had an MRI in the past and the OT couldnt see anything wrong. It wasnt until i went back and had a second opinion and years of pain and deterioration. If you are still having pain Milli i suggest you go back and ask for another check up to see if anything has changed.

As for the great knee stories my best ones are while swimming, camping out and having to have a friend lean on my knee to re-locate it becuase it wouldnt pop back in like it had before. The others are pretty run of the mill, walking, shopping, dancing etc.

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Knee probs for 5 years before my first surgery of an Elmslie Trillat and a latera release.
3 years post-op still suffering and now thinking about surgery on my right knee















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