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Newbie Question: My knee is grinding & sounds squishy
« on: January 24, 2006, 07:00:35 AM »
Hi everyone,

I am new to your community, having found it through Google while trying to research my knee problem.

My knees (especially my right knee) have started making a loud, scary-sounding squishy noise when I put pressure on them while bending them (such as walking up stairs.)  In addition, I feel a harsh (but painless! so far, anyway...) grinding feeling, like the bones are rubbing together.  This seems to have come on fairly suddenly, within the past 2 days, although I haven't done anything that should have caused an injury or stress to my knees.

I am very worried about this, because it just feels so WRONG, like if I don't get help soon I *will* be suffering pain and injury, although some of my research seems to indicate that noisy knees are not uncommon in middle-adged folks.  I am a 46-year-old moderately overweight woman, and I live in a 3rd floor walk-up.  I'm afraid to even climb my stairs anymore; I sort of gently pull my right leg up (even though I have no pain yet, I'm just so afraid.)

Is this condition "normal" as we age?  Unfortunately, I don't have any health care, so jetting off to specialists isn't an option for me.  I can't afford to spend several hundred dollars getting this checked out, especially if the result is likely to be "guess what?  welcome to the aging process."

Suggestions, anyone?  Is this loud squishy noise, and feeling of bones grinding together, actually normal as many online resources seem to imply?

Thank you in advance for your help!  =)

Susan


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Re: Newbie Question: My knee is grinding & sounds squishy
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2006, 11:15:06 AM »
Suggestions, anyone?  Is this loud squishy noise, and feeling of bones grinding together, actually normal as many online resources seem to imply?

Hi Susan ~ Sorry to hear what's happening. Speaking as a senior citizen, I have to say I've never felt the sort of issues you're experiencing. I have no clue what the squishy sound is but the bone grinding could mean your cartilage (the cushions between bones) is wearing out. Have you looked through comments in the arthritis sections of this board? If there's any way possible, you might do well to see a professional. Wishing you well...Ellie
April, 2005 - ACL rupture, medial meniscus tear within posterior horn to articular surface, abnormal signal within lateral meniscus, partial tear MCL, bone contusions tibia/fibula, Baker's cyst.
No repairs.

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Re: Newbie Question: My knee is grinding & sounds squishy
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2006, 01:31:33 PM »
Ellie,

Thank you for taking the time to respomd to my inquiry.  =)  I have spent the last 36 hours of my free time researching osteoarthritis, and it does seem to explain my symptoms.  However, I am just so worried about this sudden onset that I'm going down to the County hospital clinic to have it checked out.  Average waiting time: ~10 hours.  But an average lifetime of 75 years old with a painful knee is a strong motivator.  So even though I don't have any pain yet, I'm going in to have it looked at, hopefully tonight or tomorrow.

I'll post my results for the benefit of others who might suddenly discover they have loud squishiness and bone-grinding in their knees.  I appreciate your kind encouragement, Ellie.  =)

Susan


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Re: Newbie Question: My knee is grinding & sounds squishy
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2006, 09:17:20 PM »
Good luck, Susan. Await the outcome...Ellie
April, 2005 - ACL rupture, medial meniscus tear within posterior horn to articular surface, abnormal signal within lateral meniscus, partial tear MCL, bone contusions tibia/fibula, Baker's cyst.
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Re: Newbie Question: My knee is grinding & sounds squishy
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2006, 03:15:20 PM »
UPDATE:

I went to the Cook County (Illinois) Hospital late Wednesday night, and after being seen by the excellent medical staff there, it seems that my knee problem is probably the result of pain in the second toe on my right foot!  Here's what they think has happened:

I have a rather sharp, severe pain that hits the bottom of my right foot right below the second toe (which is semi-numb) and so to avoid this pain, I've been walking oddly, with my foot turned to the side a bit, which was putting unusual stress on my hip.  When my hip started hurting, I avoided this pain by putting even less pressure on my hip when walking, which then stressed the knee, eventually causing subtle alternations in the musculature surrounding the knee, as well as stressing the joint because of the unnatural movement.

The doctor prescribed Ibuprofen for the hip/toe pain and swelling, and told me to make every effort to walk normally and that hopefully the situation would resolve itself.  Of course he cautioned me to return if the pain got worse, or changed significantly, and he gave me a referral to the Orthopedic Clinic to have the hip and knee x-rayed as a precaution, which appointment I could cancel if things had "resolved" by then. I thought the care I got at the (free) County Hospital was absolutely outstanding!  I was prepared for a very negative experience, having once had to utilize the Los Angeles County health system 20 or so years ago, but the Chicago folks have really got this public healthcare stuff down good!  They do very little that is unnecessary, while still providing excellent, empathetic care to large numbers of indigent people on a constant, 24/7 basis.  I guess I could really go on about this, but I know it's not the point of this Forum.  I mostly wanted to document my case so that maybe the next person who finds themselves with a suddenly squishy-sounding, bone-grinding knee can maybe find my experience via Google/KneeGuru and benefit from it.

I'll post an update to this thread after my Feb. 16 Orthopedic Clinic appointment (and/or my assessment of the "situation resolving itself" by then.)  Thank you for being here, KneeGeeks folks!  =)

Susan

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Re: Newbie Question: My knee is grinding & sounds squishy
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2006, 10:05:17 PM »
Isn't it amazing, Susan, that what starts in a toe can affect an entire body? Hoping to hear that time & ibuprofen will make the difference...Ellie
April, 2005 - ACL rupture, medial meniscus tear within posterior horn to articular surface, abnormal signal within lateral meniscus, partial tear MCL, bone contusions tibia/fibula, Baker's cyst.
No repairs.















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