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Offline johnb13

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Massively fluctuating knee pains
« on: January 30, 2006, 11:08:10 PM »
Hi all.

Five years ago I had ACL repair surgery (aged 16, unusually young apparently) and have suffered with occasional pains that I've put down to general achiness from the operation. 

Recently, well, about a week back, I began to suffer horrible pains in the same knee, from directly under the patella to the very back of the knee.  The knee was weak-feeling to walk on - the best description I can give is that it feels as if the knee itself will swing the wrong way as I walk (i.e. I'll kick myself in the gut), coupled with a general feeling that it's going to buckle - in the wrong direction like some kind of bizarre contortionist trick.                 

There's severe 'popping' of the patella, actual movement of the bone (the G.P. could move it between her fingers) and the 'bone-grinding' feeling that comes with it, and a horrible, strong and constant ache from the back of the knee (the ligament area), an occasional sharp pain in the same area, and a dull but uncomfortable ache in the right hand side of the joint (my inside leg).  The sharp pains would happen irregardless of what I was doing at the time; resting with it elevated, sitting with it bent, walking, whatever.  I've also noticed recently aching from the muscles in my lower leg (akin to cramp), and warm-to-touch sweeling under the kneecap area. 

I've seen one G.P., who was very concerned and suggested I immediately leave where I lived currently and move home temporarily in order to try and see the consultant who performed the ACL op,  but having seen my local G.P. today (a weeks resting on from my original appointment) she has prescribed rest and anti-inflammatories and didn't seem too concerned.

So naturally I'm confused and concerned, and hoped that someone on here had experienced anything similar to these symptoms or could just advise me.

Thankyou in advance.
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Offline smeagol

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Re: Massively fluctuating knee pains
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2006, 02:30:24 PM »
Hi
It doesnt sound like a particularly healthy knee.  You're obviously concerned enough to be here, so it must be a problem.  I would suggest taking the anti inflamatories and painkillers for now, but see your GP again and say your very concerned and ask to be referred to a consultant.  It doesnt have to be the same one as did the ligament op, but one that specialises in knees would be good, and get it checked out.  Theres something causing pain, so it needs to be sorted.  Worth a try.
Good luck with it
Charlotte
About 10 years of pain, 3 arthroscopys, and still no help with my condition or my current problem.  And I'm only 20!

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Re: Massively fluctuating knee pains
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2006, 04:18:44 PM »
Thanks for your words.  My confusion comes mainly from the strength it has first thing in the morning - even with a day of rest it deteriorates.