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Offline NaomiJoyz

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Do you know what could be wrong?
« on: December 28, 2005, 12:19:35 AM »
I hurt my knee a couple years ago, and it keeps hurting me almost every day. I don't know what's wrong though, so I can't figure out what to do to help it.  Can anyone help??  I can't cross my knees for very long or sit indian style. It hurts to run and I have to be really careful doing other sports like tennis.  Sometimes it helps relieve a bit of pressure if I pop my knee.  It feels like most the time the pain comes from the back left part of my (right) knee. ?? 

I injured it by hyperextending it while stretching and kicking in tae kwon do, then a few months later went on a 16 mile hike in one day to Half Dome at Yosemite.  On the way down (4-6 miles from the bottom) I had an asthma attack, but I didn't know I had asthma and there was no way I could stay up there so we just had to keep going.  My knees were killing me but by the time we got down I could barely walk and thought I'd permanently crippled myself.  (Thankfully I could walk again the next morning.)  Possibly the lack of oxygen to my system because of the asthma attack made it worse??  Does it sound like I messed up the ligaments or got an overuse injury or.. any idea?  Thanks so much. This is really frustrating.   :-[

Naomi

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Re: Do you know what could be wrong?
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2005, 05:01:21 AM »
H,

From you rpost I don't think you've done any permanent damage or anything that can't be fixed. Having said that - I'm no doctor, so this is only my opinion from my own experiences.
I think you should get your knee looked at by a doctor. Maybe in the first instance you should go to your GP/family doctor who can refer you to an OS/knee specialist.
If your knee is hurting you, particularly if you're in pain every day, then it's trying to tell you something! It could be that all you've done is overused it. The problem wih knees is that we use them all the time, so until you stop, the pain will stay put.
You don't say wat type of pain you have? Is it constant? Is it worse at night? Is it aggravated by certain activities? Does it swell up at times? Have you tried RICE? Are you taking pain  meds/ati-inflammatories?
These are basic questions that no doubt you already know the answers to and info that you should give to your doctor.
If you get less pain when you rest you rknee, have you considered resting up for 7-10 days? I know this seems like a long time and probably not feasible for a lot of people, but if you have injured you knee, it's not going to get/feel any better if you keep using it.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Keep us posted.

Laura. x
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
30/07/07 - PKR suggested by OS (no date yet)

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Re: Do you know what could be wrong?
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2005, 03:02:05 PM »
Go to an OS who specializes in knees.  DO NOT let a GP try to diagnose your knee injury.  It has already been some time since your original injury, you don't want to waste more time.  If your insurance requires a referral from your GP, get one, but insist on seeing an OS, and do some research on who you want to see before you go in.  There are lots of things we damage in tae kwon do.  The 2 most common tae kwon do knee injuries are torn ACLs and torn menisci.  Your symptoms sound a lot like a torn meniscus, but since I'm not a doctor, this is not a diagnosis.  If something hurts every day it is yoru body's way of telling you to stop "ignoring it" or pushing through it, and getting medical assistance.  As someone who ignored knee pain for 15 years (and as a result had to give up tkd, and have more surgery, and lots of other complicating issues) I recommend you listen to your body.  Whatever it is now may be fixable.  If you leave it too long, you may be causing more damage, and reducing your chances of a full recovery.

Good luck.
Jess
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Re: Do you know what could be wrong?
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2006, 01:15:31 AM »
Laura and Blackbeltgirl~ Thanks for your input. That's helpful.  I will go to the doc soon, but was wondering mostly if it sounded like an particular kind  of injury so I could figure out if there are exercises to do to strengthen the knee.  Any advice? It does ache almost continually--almost always on the left side of my right knee, but usually its not so bad I can't ignore it. Kind of like a dull headache in my knee. :) Maybe I should try resting it for a while like you suggested. Thanks again, Naomi

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Re: Do you know what could be wrong?
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2006, 03:40:16 AM »
Naomi -
Most of us aren't doctors, physcial therapists, or other folks trained to give advice on joint injuries.  If we suggested a diganosis and treatment plan, in addition to practicing medicine without a license, you could end up worse instead of better.  That's why it's important to see the right doctor.  As to being able to ignore it, my advice is, don't.  I made ignoring knee pain an art form.  Honestly, 90% of the time I didn't even notice.  Still don't.  BUT, when my current OS first met me he looked at pictures from my last surgery and read the file, and then walked into the treatment room looking for my cane.  I'm not quite 32 years old, and already half my knee is bone-on-bone arthritis.  It may have been caught "in the nick of time", when I'm still eligible for the various surgical options.  But ignoring proved to be pretty stupid for me, because now I have a much bigger problem.  Rest is fine, but if it acts up again as soon as you try activities, go to the OS.
Jess
ACI was supposed to be 2/21/06.  On 6/29/06 Insurance co said have another scope, and if it still looks good, they'll ok the ACI.
Microfracture Dec 7, 2004
   3cm x 6cm lesion, LFC; 3cm x 1cm lesion, trochlear groove; lateral tibial plateau lesion
2nd degree black belt, tae kwon do (had to stop)















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