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Offline dcakes

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Is it a sign?
« on: April 19, 2003, 05:40:56 AM »
Is it a sign that something is wrong when your OS office calls you the day after getting your MRI results wanting you to come in either the next day (which was Thursday) or Monday of the next week?  

Short history: Had arthroscopic surgery almost 2 years ago after an on-the-job injury where the MRI originally showed a possible ACL tear but turned out to be Chondromalacia Patella where the OS smoothed down some of my rough cartilage and he told me that my ACL was "wavy", not torn, so he used a tool to shrink it so that it was straight again (which an MRI tech told me they had never heard of that before).  I went through post-op PT and then began having pain in it again a few months later especially after walking for 10-15 minutes or so or when going down the stairs or stooping.  The pain is mainly just below my knee and on the inner side of my knee after walking or standing and on top of my knee when kneeling or going up and down stairs and it kind of grinds while doing this and stiffens when in one position for 5 minutes or longer.

I'm sure many of you get as frustrated as I am and I honestly can't wait to find out what the results of my second MRI are (which I'll find out on Monday).  A co-worker who also had surgery told me they must have found something on the MRI if they wanted me to come in so soon and I'm leaning toward that myself but I also said that maybe they just want to get me in and get rid of me faster, right? LOL

It's one of those things that you want them to have found a reason for your pain but you just don't know what that means as far as what's next.  I did have PT for a month when I went back to the doctor because of the pain and that only made it worse.  My range of motion is fine, though, and I'm pretty sure it's not my ACL because my knee isn't as unstable as it should be if it WERE my ACL...it doesn't have moments of just giving out.

Sorry if I'm babbling but I'm just frustrated....Thanks for letting me babble....

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Re: Is it a sign?
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2003, 06:36:47 AM »
Hi!

I agree that there must be something pretty definitive in that MRI--at least around here, getting an appointment with an ortho is kind of tough--except of course, me with mine--I think he leaves me 15 minutes each day, just because--lol.

Right now, you are feeling apprehension about the unknown and the easy response is to tell you not to worry--but that is inadequate and unfair to you and nobody would be able to "not worry."  What I will say is that there is power in knowledge--I just wish you had an inkling what is coming so you could do a bit of research and prepare some questions.  I know that always helps me feel like I have the upper hand.

In the meantime, I'm going to pray that what they have found on that MRI is something obvious and easily treated so you will feel better soon.  Good luck, Sylvia
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left knee same5/02
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Re: Is it a sign?
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2003, 06:49:23 AM »
Thanks, I appreciate that.  I know that God will work it all out the way it's supposed to be but it's very hard being patient.  I've been doing as much reading as I can about various things and maybe I'll know the questions to ask when they come up...and maybe not.  It's just one of those things I guess.....Thanks again....

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Re: Is it a sign?
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2003, 06:55:35 AM »
 it could be a sign, but do not read too much into it. it is quite common for os to want to see you shortly after having an mri then later. it covers them to have you in sooner, just incase.  just getting an mri is an indication for a possibilty. i hope things turn out ok and you heal well.
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Re: Is it a sign?
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2003, 09:29:24 AM »
Hi

Look at it this way: if there was nothing they could do to help you, they wouldn't be in a hurry to see you! OSs don't like to admit that they're stumped...my guess is they have a plan to help you...Susan
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Re: Is it a sign?
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2003, 11:40:08 AM »
I do agree that it is possible there is somethng there that means your OS needs to see you straightwaway but on the other hand it could be it didn't show anything definate & he wants to send you for something else.

I hope it's the former and that something can be done for you and that the rsuts aren't too hair raising!

Iona

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Re: Is it a sign?
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2003, 05:50:07 PM »
And it could also be that he got a last minute booking on a cruise ship! In other words,  the reschedule could be entirely driven by his schedule.  Admittedly, they usually move people to later dates in that case, but it's a possibility?

LizL
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Re: Is it a sign?
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2003, 01:18:24 AM »
My guess would be that there is something he wants to see you about sooner rather than later. There's no way to tell if it is something serious, so don't automatically assume there is. Just be grateful that you have a doctor who is responding to your test results quickly, not just waiting until you come back at some future time. Let us know what you find out.

Janet
Torn quad tendon repair & VMO advancement 4/99, MUA with LOA 10/99, Patella baja and arthrofibrosis, LR & medial release & LOA 5/01, LOA & chondroplasty 6/03,TKR on 11/06, MUA 12/06. From perfect knees to a TKR in 7 years, all from a fall on a wet floor...and early undiagnosed scar tissue.

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Re: Is it a sign?
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2003, 03:30:49 AM »
Hi Dcakes,

Hope that it's a cse of your OS having found out what's worng with your knee and wanting to tel you straight away what it is and that he can help you solve it. When do you actually see the specialist by the way?

I know it's easy to say but try not to worry about it and focus on the fact that at leats you will get to know sooner rather than later and save a lot of the wiating aroud wondering time. I'll be thinking of you when you go and hoping it's all good news for you.  :)

Sending lots of luck and a big hug your way,

Love.....Jo
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Re: Is it a sign?
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2003, 09:20:35 AM »
Thanks everyone for your input....I go Monday afternoon so I'll find the news then....For the next day or so I'm just going to try to not think about it....(yeah, right)

I'll let you know what happens.............

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Re: Is it a sign?
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2003, 05:12:32 PM »
All the best with your appointment dcakes, let us know how you get along.

Iona x

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Re: Is it a sign?
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2003, 05:39:57 PM »
I agree that putting it out of your mind may be next to impossible--but hopefully the Easter bunny has done something to take your mind off of it a bit.  (I hope it does for me too!!!)

Bite a bunny and enjoy the day!  Sylvia
Both kneesOA.
Scope on rt knee,9/00;2/01
scope w/ LR and debridement rt knee 2/02
left knee same5/02
Patellar problems
LeftTKR12/16/02
Right TKR7/14/03
Complications MUA 8/14/03
R TKR revisio