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Urgent! My knee is killing me
« on: July 06, 2006, 06:51:56 PM »
Hi everyone. I broke my knee 2 years ago and had hardware put. I healed well and had no problems till a month ago. I slipped and fell in the bathroom exactly on the same right knee. The pain was horrible I thought I broke it again. But then the x-rays showed nothing and it didn't even swell that much. However the pain was intense and the doctor said I should rest and not put any weight on it. The pain was supposed to wear off but it's 2 weeks since my little accident and I still use both crutches. I can not put any weight on my leg ANY WEIGHT AT ALL! I am scared to death. Already visited 3 doctors and noone could find anything wrong. What am I supposed to do? Did someone have the same problem like mine? Please help!

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Re: Urgent! My knee is killing me
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2006, 07:34:00 PM »
I would go back - it could be a very badly bruised bone - but it could be a fracture - they don't always show up on first xray

I fractured my left shin bone and it took 2 months before the fracture showed up on an xray - it was sooo painful - in the mornings my leg and foot was so swollen and painful I couldn't walk on it - it healed eventually - this is when they finally found the fracture - I still can feel on the bone where the fracture was - there is a numb area - (I can feel it - hope you understand what I mean there)
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Re: Urgent! My knee is killing me
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2006, 03:28:25 PM »
Thanks a lot for the help! I took your advice and arranged an appointment with a specialist the best one in my country. But he is out of town right now so he will see me on the 22.07. This 2 weeks from now. 2 more long weeks of crutchwalking and sever pain! When is it all going to end? How am I going to make it through? It's so hard and no one around me really understands what I am going through. For the last 2 weeks I lost 5kg! With all this pain and worries I don't feel like eating at all. I am so tired.
The worst part is that I don't know what's wrong! And there's another thing that bothers me. On the 22.07, when the specialist will see my knee, it will be a whole month since the accident. It could be too late and things might have gotten a lot worse. :-\

One of my friends said he had read an article about Osgood-Schlaters and suggested that I might have a bad form of it. Another friend of mines mentioned that I could have torn a ligament or the meniscus. Does any of this make any sence to anyone? Desperate for answers. Please help :'(

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Re: Urgent! My knee is killing me
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2006, 06:22:43 PM »
Hi,

You must rest your kne for the next 2 weeks. Are you off work? If not then you should be. You shouldn't be in constant severe pain. Are you taking any pain meds etc? These cn be very effective. Also, you should try to eat something. I know you don't want to - I've felt the same at times because of pain. The pain will wear you down, you'll have less and less energy and be too tired to do anything, including attending your appointment. You have to eat to have the energy required to deal with the pain.

Get some pain meds if you can tolerate them and try RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation). If you remain NWB for the 2 weeks also this may help with the pain. Your specialist will do some tests - x-rays, MRI/ultrasound/CT scans and a physical examination of your knee before making a diagnosis. Make sure he's clear about the intense pain you're experiencing and he may be able to do something for you sooner rather than later.

Keep us updated. 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
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Re: Urgent! My knee is killing me
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2006, 06:25:48 AM »
Thanks Laura for the support and all.  :) I really appreciate it.
I don't take any pain killers because I was kind of ashamed to ask for them. But that was before I knew that I have to wait 2 more weeks until my appointment with the specialist. I will go and see my GP today! Hope everything goes well and I get some relief. You are right about the eating thing and I will forse myself to eat. There's no other way right?
I'll write again when i come bach from my GP.
Take care 

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Re: Urgent! My knee is killing me
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2006, 10:26:59 PM »
Hi,

Don't ever be ashamed or embarrassed to ask for pain relief. And if what you're given doesn't work then ask either for something different or stronger. If you can tolerate anti-inflammatory drugs it may be worthshile you taking these in addition to pain killers to help further withthe pain.

Your pain is very real and you've had to put your life on hold almost because of it. Any doctor who doesn't believe that you are in pain or that your pain isn't real shouldn't be a doctor. Therefore, your GP should be happy to prescribe you something to help. It IS very difficult at first to control pain but this is one of the first steps in your recovery. The last thing you need right now is to end up "chasing" the pain. This would be when it gets so intense that no amount of pain meds, sleep etc help. It's when you just have to sit it out and wait for the pain levels to come down by themselves before pain relief is effective. It's a horrible position to be in and I wouldn't wish it on anyone.

I hope you've eaten something today. You'll probably find that after somethign to eat you may feel much better in yourself. And make sure you drink enough too. In hot weather it's easy to become dehydrated without even realising it. You have to take care of yourself properly to be able to take f your knee and to have a successful recovery.

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: Urgent! My knee is killing me
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2006, 01:09:24 AM »
Hi,

Thanks for helping I do appreciate it!
Is everything ok with you?

My day was truly horrible but at the end of it things don't look that bad. Today I went to see my GP and ask for some painkillers. Unfortunately I don't have a car (it's a common thing in my country) and there was no taxi driver who wanted to take me to my GP's office because according to them it was too close. It is about 6OOm from home. So I had to crutchwalk all the way. It took me 1/2h and when I finaly got there my armpits and my back as well as my uninjured leg hurt like hell. I had to wait in the waiting room for 15min and there was no empty seat. All of them were taken by old ladies who cared for noone but themselves.

Finaly my turn came. I explained the situation to my GP but she said she cannot give me any pain killers at all because there was no fracture nor anything found! I was so pissed off I didn't say anything and walked away. There was no point saying I was in pain cause I already mentioned it in front of her like dozen times.  >:(
As though this didn't suck enough on the way back home a kido about 3 or 4 years old bumped into my crutch. The one on the side of my injured knee. I nearly fell on the ground!!!! Thank God there was a lady who catched me. Don't want to think what could have happened. Got so scared!

When came back home I was in the mood of feeling sorry for myself. When I went to bed this night (it's the same night here right now) I couldn't sleep because of the pain. So decided to go and sit on my balcony and have a cup of tea. I was there when I realized that things are not that bad after all. I have been in far worse conditions than I am now. 7-8 years ago I really did hit the bottom. You have no idea what it was like.
Now I do feel better. I am kind of cheerful right now and when I look back at the things that happened to me today I can do nothing but smile. Life is a mistery indeed.

Take care   

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Re: Urgent! My knee is killing me
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2006, 02:11:40 AM »
Hi,

If you don't mind me asking - what Country are you in? Over here in England a taxi will take you somewhere, anywhere so long as you pay the going rate - even if it is only 600m away.   :P

I'm disgusted by your GP. Does she really think that if there's no fracture or nothing showing on an x-ray??!! :o X-rays don't always show up fractures and are unlikely to show things such as meniscus tearsetc. You don't know what injury you have this time but when you're in pain it's your body's way of telling you there's something not right. Can you go back to your GP and insist on having some painkillers? Can you buy OTC (over the counter) pain relief? If you know what pain killers/anti-inflammatory drugs work for you but are needed on prescription, can't you buy them online? (Wouldn't necessarily reccommend this though). Can you change your GP or see a different GP at the same surgery/clinic?

At the end of the day, NOBODY can tell you whether you are in pain or what that pain is like. It's a very personal thing and is different for everyone. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE go back to your GP or local A&E department and make a nuisance of yourself, if only to relieve your pain and discomfort for 2 weeks.

Let us know what you decide to do. 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: Urgent! My knee is killing me
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2006, 02:36:17 AM »
Frankly I am shocked that the GP did not take your pain seriously.  I would go to the emergency room again and demand something for pain management.  It is not normal to feel pain . I feel so sorry for you . I know what it is like to hike around on crutches and I know its not fun.  If your armpits hurt perhaps you should adjust the height on them or the hand bits.  Put ice on that leg  and Laura is right be a big pain in their butts until they get the message that you are in pain















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