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Offline Seth454

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Please please help me!!
« on: October 14, 2002, 08:40:36 AM »
Hi,My name is Seth Smith and I really need some help.   My girlfriends left knee hurts on and off. Some days its fine, somedays she cant even move it. It is always swollen, always! But if you touch the inside of her knee it hurts so bad that she cries.  The medial side of her knee i guess. Even just bumping into it puts her into tears. She's only 20 years old.   About 2 months ago I took her to the emergency room for it, the doctor said that he thought it was a torn meniscus. So he put her in a knee imobilizer and set up an MRI appointment. We came back for that and a different doctor said that he didnt see anything and that it was just probably arthritis. He might be right, but it just doesnt sound like arthritis to me. If anyone can help me or give me any info, please, please! do so. I am grateful for any thing you can do for me. Please email me or post. Thank you all for helping and taking the time to read this. Thank you, Seth Smith.

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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2002, 08:33:57 PM »
Sue, Thank you very, very much for your help.  My girlfriends dad was military, so she has to go through the hospital on the military base. And I think they are quick to just dismiss it as arthritis and be done with you.  They usually just give give her naproxin and motrin. None of it helps any.  They gave her..Ultram.I think Once, but it didnt help either. The only thing that has ever helped her with the pain is the vicodin the ER doctor gave her when he put her in the immobilizer.  A frieldly squeeze on the knee would hurt her too bad for me to imagine. Even the slightest touch brings her to tears.  It is very very tender.  And it always that way, you can never touch it.  But I am very concerned because it seems to be getting progresively worse.   But Thank you very much for your help. Thank you, Seth Smith. :)

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Re: Please please help me!!
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2002, 05:33:40 PM »
Dear Seth,
My OS had no idea I had a torn medial meniscus until he did surgery and got in there with a scope. He said it looked like I had had it for years. I think she should keep pushing until she has a competent OS check it out.
Thanks Maggie.
Scope in 1984 torn acl, loose body removal, patellar chondroplasty. 12/01 open VMO advancement, LR, medial meniscectomy, abrasion arthroplasty, patellar chondroplasty.Synvisc, cortisone, celebrex.

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« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2002, 08:43:23 PM »
 :)  Maggie, Thank you very much for your help. The military base just keeps dismissing it as arthritis and wont give her the treatment she needs. I guess im just gonna take her to someone that will give her the help she needs and pay for it out of pocket.  The way it sounds, scoping it will be the best thing for her then.  Because her knee has been this way for several years. She played sports alot. But thank you all for your help. Youve given me a new direction to look in. Thanks, Seth.

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Re: Please please help me!!
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2002, 02:59:46 PM »
Seth,
Just read your post.  I hope you will not
allow insurance concerns to control
treatment of your girlfriend's knee problems.
Poor medical treatment now could change
her life forever!  Perhaps you should consider
a second opinion to confirm evaluation by
military doctors.  A correct evaluation
is critical.  And, an experienced surgeon,
if needed, is absolutely required.  
You may have to go out of your insurance loop.
It will be money well spent.

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Re: Please please help me!!
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2003, 06:04:15 PM »
Hi
Read up about meniscal cysts, too.
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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2003, 09:27:11 PM »
I was in the military when I tore my ACL.   It took 6 months of complaining and constant doctor visits to get them to authorize an MRI.   It was RIDICULOUS.    I would go in complaining that my knee had given out and I collapsed from lateral movement and the GP would call it a sprain and give me motrin.   I'd go back a week later because it gave out again and he'd say "Taking your motrin?"  I'd say no, it bothers my stomach and it's not the pain that bothers me it's the instablilty.   He'd say "Take the motrin, it will help the swelling.  (How that was supposed to cure the instability, I have no clue.)  "You don't need an MRI, and your x-ray didn't show anything, so don't worry about it".    It was enough to make me insane.

But I will say that once I finally saw a specialist, it was diagnosed correctly and they did a great job reconstructing my ACL.    If you can afford it, it might speed things up to go to a private doctor, but you shouldn't have to!    Keep complaining and pestering until you get in to see a good specialist.    The military does have them, they're just hard to get a referral to in some cases.   (I was at some bases where I'd walk in to sick call and instantly get a referral, and others where it took months of regular GP visits.)  

If she's already seen a specialist and they are not helping, ask for a second opinion visit with a different doctor.   This might be tough, but ask to talk to a supervisor and keep going until you find someone willing to help.   Someone will have to common sense to see that a 20 year old's severe knee pain shouldn't be summarily dismissed as arthritis with a "Sorry, nothing we can do about that!"    
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Left knee bucket handle meniscus tear - partial meniscetomy 4/8/03

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Re: Please please help me!!
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2003, 12:59:44 AM »
Seth

Can you not go back to the ER and get the notes that the doctor that saw you wrote.  It should certainly state what he thought and you should then be able to take this paperwork and clearly show that a medical professional has seen her and believes that she has a torn medial meniscus.  

See what they say then. Old boys together and that!

Wishing you and your girlfried get the right diagnosis and treatment - from what you have written - even with the knee pain - she is a lucky girl to have someone like you who cares so much for her to come on here to ask for help.

Keep up the good work - have you got her to RICE her knee - you know, rest, ice, compression and elevation and also to take an anti-inflammatory drug.
Past History of L&R Knee
Bilateral OA
Medial Meniscal Tears
Lateral Releases & Medial Reefings
Ruptured LCL, MCL & PCL
Adhesions in the interconylar notch of ACL removed
Suprapatella plication
Debridements/Lavages
Deep chondral fissure in crest of patella
Awaiting MRI - LK
TKR - RK

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Re: Please please help me!!
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2003, 06:42:26 AM »
You sound like such a kind and caring  young man! If I had a daughter, I'd want her to be with someone like you... as the others already have said, she'll just have to keep pushign and pushing until someone gets the right diagnosis. It is terribly frustrating, I know. Hang in there...