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Offline cazzie218

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sore kneecap
« on: April 05, 2006, 08:36:32 PM »
Hi
I am new here and wonder if anyone can help me.  I have a very sore kneecap (very tip!) i can't even touch it. My knee is quite unstable and feels like it might give way - especially going downstairs.  I would like to strap it up cos it feels more stable but i can't stand the bandage on as its too sore on my kneecap. It basically doesn't ache its just sore.  Any ideas please

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cazzie

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Re: sore kneecap
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2006, 08:42:44 PM »
Hi Cazzie,

Sorry - I can't be too specific as I don't have this particular problem. How long has your knee felt like this? Are you taking any pain meds/anti-inflammatories? Are you getting any physio? Are you taking part in any activities/exercises that may aggravate it? Does it always feel unstable or just when you do certain things?

I think you should see your GP/family doctor and get a referral to an OS who is also a knee specialist. Your knee should not really be giving you any pain so if it is feeling unstable and is sore then it needs to be checked out sooner rather than later.

I would suggest in the meantime you see about getting some physio exercises to do and if possible, wear a stabilising knee support. If your knee is so sore that you can't have anything anywhere near it, you may considertrying to put on some Lignocaine Gel. It takes about 20-30 minutes to work but is very effective. You should also try RICE if your knee is swollen or sore inside the joint.

Hope this helps some. Take care and 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
29/05/15-Arthroscopy
02/03/20-Left transfemoral amputation

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Re: sore kneecap
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2006, 08:55:45 PM »
thanks for reply Laura. I did see my doctor and he wasn't very interested. he has sent me for some physio but not got appointment til 26 april. i just don't understand why it is so tender but i guess the Physio will sort it out. it has been like this for a few months and i don't remember injuring it.

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Re: sore kneecap
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2006, 09:10:39 PM »
Hey Cazzie,

Can you see another doctor? A Physio can't realistically be expected to diagnose what may be a complex knee problem. You need to see an OS knee specialist.  You should ask your doctor for a referral. If he refuses, insist on it or see another doctor. It's your right to be treated. To have to live with this knee for the rest of your life. What if it gets worse?

Take care,

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
29/05/15-Arthroscopy
02/03/20-Left transfemoral amputation

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Re: sore kneecap
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2006, 11:21:58 AM »
knee very sore today   even the bed covers were too much touching my kneecap.  Why is it so tender?  its getting worse but still over 2 weeks til my physio appointment.  am also finding i am slower and slower going downstairs as it feels very unstable (going upstairs not so bad !! i don't understand)

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Re: sore kneecap
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2006, 12:10:04 PM »
Cazzie,

You need to go back to your GP and reiterate just how painful it is and that you can't wait until 2 weeks time. If you're not happy with your doctor, could you see another GP and the same surgery? Or change or doctor altogether? Take pain meds and anti-inflammatory drugs as and when necessary. You could also phone your physio department and ask, beg, plead and grovel for a sooner appointment. They may have a cancellation that you could fill for them. It doesn't necessarily mean you have to cancel the appointmetn you have either. If they could see you soon, they may want you to keep your original appointment in a fortnight in any case.
I think you may have to make a nuisance of yourself to get seen. But you are entitled to be treated just like the rest of us. It' syour knee and you are in a lot of pain with it. You have to live with it for the rest of your life so you must do everything to make sure that the painful times are kept to a minimum. If that means shouting at a few people , then do it.
I understand what intense constat pain is. I've been wearing shorts all day because I can't stand ANYTHING touching the bottom half of my leg right now. More to the point, I walk like a duck, particularly when I'm using my crutches and my brace. So, I'm gonna look really silly going to my OS appointment this afternoon, even moreso in this weather!

Take care and let us know how you get on,

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
29/05/15-Arthroscopy
02/03/20-Left transfemoral amputation

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Re: sore kneecap
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2006, 12:17:14 PM »
thanks Laura    hope your appointment goes OK.

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Re: sore kneecap
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2006, 06:49:53 PM »
Hi Cazzie,
   Have your physician or an orthopedic specialist check your patella tendon. I experienced the same symptoms in my knees after everyone form of exercise. The pain would sometomes linger for up to a week. None of my doctors could determine what was causing  the pain. Just the slightest touch caused pain in bothe of my knees.
   Five years ago while I was playing basketball, both of my patella tendons ruptured. I was out of commission for 6 months. Thanks to a very good orthopedic surgeon, I was able to make a full recovery. In fact the pain I experienced prior to my injury is no longer present. According to my surgeon, what I was feeling before my injury was the weakening of the tendon itself. The tenderness that I was feeling was caused by the fraying of my tendon just below the kneecap. I am now 42 years old and feel like I have the legs of a 20 year old.
   I wish you the best

Dion

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Re: sore kneecap
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2006, 11:23:04 PM »
Hi Cazzie,

Good luck with your physio appointment tomorrow. I hope the exercises you get will help. To begin with you may not get very far with them but don't give up on them. You will always be making progress so long as you keep up with the exercises.
Some physios in this country can take extra  training in addition to their normal role in order to work more closely with surgeons so they can refer patients for x-rays etc. Have you had any proper formal examinations of your knee? Any clinical or diagnostic testing? These tests should be a starting point and may show up whatever the problem with your knee happens to be.
Let us know how you go tomorrow.

Take care,

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
29/05/15-Arthroscopy
02/03/20-Left transfemoral amputation

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Re: sore kneecap
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2006, 05:23:28 PM »
Hi

Have seen the Physio now. It is a similar problem to one I had several years ago.  Apparently my kneecap is not moving correctly and it is rubbing on my thigh bone and causing it to become sore. I have exercises to do so will see how it goes.

cazz

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Re: sore kneecap
« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2006, 08:54:27 AM »
Had another Physio session yesterday. The soreness seems to be at the end of my thigh bone and not specifically in my kneecap. Will carry on with exercises and see if they put things right. Is very sore but I guess not a major problem like some of you poor guys have. I feel a bit of a fraud coming on here.

Take care all

Cazzie

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Re: sore kneecap
« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2006, 02:53:45 PM »
Hi Cazz,
Knees are important and they are badly designed. It sounds like you have had a lot of pain and that is real and it is important information. If it can be addressed through PT, that's fabulous and congratulations for that. I have found that doctors do need to be pushed to find answers, and if we don't tell them how much it hurts, they won't bother. I hiked through Switzerland, well, limped through Switzerland, when my kids were younger, with a torn ligament because my doc hadn't done an MRI. It wasn't until I got home and reported how bad it was that they did the MRI and subsequent surgery. Only you know what it feels like, and if it hurts, it hurts. Ice is my best friend! Take good care.
KatieO
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10/98 ACL partial tear repair/ and RSD
10/01 ACL reconstruction w/allograft
7/03 LR
1/06 diagnosed with patella baja
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