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Offline Syrone

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Understanding MRI mumble jumble
« on: May 01, 2006, 11:53:31 PM »

Recently I posted a message regarding the ongoing knee pain I've been struggling with.  I got the results from the MRI, and even though the dr tried to explain things, I am still left in the dark.  The impression is:

1. A sprain versus interstitial tear of the anterior cruciate ligament.
2. In trasybstance degeneration of the posterior horn of the medial meniscus without evidence of a meniscal tear.
3. Chondromalacia of the articular cartilage of the lateral  patellar facet.

It also says the ACL demonstrates diffuse thickening and increased signal.  I am totally clueless.  The dr is saying there is no need to see a OS since all he'll do is suggest surgery which may not be needed.  So, he has once again placed me on moist heat therapy and given me a new anti-inflammatory called Feldene.    If anyone is familiar with all of this, I could use some enlightening.  Has anyone taken the Feldene before?  Does it cause irritation to the stomach?  Am I in for the long haul with problematic knees? What can be expected for recovery? Thank you for your help.  :)


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Re: Understanding MRI mumble jumble
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2006, 12:51:29 AM »
Hi Syrone ~ Looks as tho your MRI says degeneration rather than acute damage & Feldene is one of the older NSAIDS on the market. Here's some information about it. I'ved used the cream formula in the past & found it worked nicely on bony arthritic changes such as joints in the hands. 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.
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Re: Understanding MRI mumble jumble
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2006, 08:21:12 AM »
I would go and see an OS who specialises in knees in order to get a fuller picture on both the extent of your injury and the treatment options available as it doesn't sound like your present doctor is a specialist.  Contrary to belief, not all surgeons want to jump straight in and operate.  Mine gave me the pros and cons of doing an ACL reconstruction and left it to me to decide. 


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Re: Understanding MRI mumble jumble
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2006, 08:41:00 AM »
Dont forget that MRI reports are not always correct.

Good luck,

Heather ;)
91 Mangled Right knee on trials motorbike
94 Meniscus Repair
95 ACL/LCLrec,notchplasty,bone graft
01 90% Menisectomy
02 Scope
03 ACLrec,LAD
04 Ch'plasty, ACLdeb,Suprapatella mbr ex, haematoma
04 Scope
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