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Offline ekkaia

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[update] Just saw OS - he said it's NOT a bucket handle tear!
« on: August 10, 2006, 12:30:37 AM »
Just thought I would introduce myself... you may see a lot more of me in the monhts to come! I am having an MRI and seeing the OS at the end of the month for a proper diagnosis but am now living in fear of the possible op and the recovery. I hate crutches!  >:(

I really hope my GP is wrong and that my knee pain will go away with some TLC, maybe some PT and losing weight (I am 200lbs and should be 150)!

I have no real pain usually but after a long walk my knee can feel soar - it also hurts a little to bed it normally when I walk (if I compare it to how much I am bending my good knee). The worst pain happens randomly when I go to sit down and bend my knee - sometimes. It's horrid sharp shooting pain that I sometimes also get going up stairs and sometimes randomly when just walking along... it's so horrid but it goes away almost instantly. I sometimes get a shooting pain going up my thigh too when I go up stairs or walk uphill. Sitting hear - I can tell something is a little odd with my knee but there is nothing too bad about it normally - and I can have several days go by without any harsh pains so I'm reluctant to accept my current diagnosis and am dreading what the ortho dude will say after my MRI.

The really s**t part is - with a bad knee it's been hard to excercise. So ok - it doesn't hurt all the time but I am SCARED of it hurting cos it's happened so many times now that I am in fear of it happening every time I sit down. I place all my weight on my good knee - which isn't a good idea but at least it stops the pain from happening. I have been walking the dog quite a bit but am not sure is walking is a good thing for my knee? I think losing weight would be good for me since it will lessen the pain and help recovery if i do have an op. Is swimming a better option? Will doing breast stroke irritate it? I don't know what kind of excercise is best?

Love and hugs to everyone else hear with knee problems and worries! I am aware from reading other posts that my problems on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the worst) are probably 1-2 or as far as some of you are concerned - 0.1!

but if anyone is in a similar situation to me and feels like giving me some advice/ support I'd love that and will be happy to reciprocate.

Lisa.

« Last Edit: August 11, 2006, 11:08:01 AM by ekkaia »

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Re: Just got told by my GP - have a bucket handle tear :(
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2006, 12:39:20 AM »
Your symptoms are almost exactly the same as mine, but my OS said that my problems were kneecap not tracking right. I was thinking my problem was a meniscus tear but i didnt express my concerns to him. Be sure to let me know what he says as i am interested myself. Maybe this will help me as well. I AM SO SORRY FOR YOU!!! THINGS WILL GET BETTER SOON!!! Just keep your hopes up  :-* !!!
Keep me updated!!!
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4/29/06  left knee popped followed by intense pain while playing soccer
5/30/06  Bone spur removal
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Re: Just got told by my GP - have a bucket handle tear :(
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2006, 11:17:53 AM »
Hi Lisa

just a couple of things

swimming - absolutely NO breast stroke with your legs - knees are not designed to do that action and will cause you more problems and pain. Exercise in water is great as the water takes the weght off the joints.

weight loss - go for it - yes it will certainly be kinder on your joints but most importantly it will do your whole body good - it is being overworked - especially your heart - just losing 10% of your excess weight would do you a whole lot of good - if you can't do it alone why not try weight watchers - you can get fantasic results there.

Good luck with it - and remember - no breast stroke legs!
anja
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Re: Just got told by my GP - have a bucket handle tear :(
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2006, 01:45:04 PM »
Hi Lisa

Anja is soooo right - breast stroke is a definite no no!  Just try gentle exercise, letting the water support your leg. 

Weight loss is definitely a plus for our poorly knees, I've also used Weight Watchers (the at Home version).  But remember that if you want to successfully diet you have to think of it as a change in lifestyle. 

You just hang in there until your see your OS. 

All the best. 

Ellie
Problems with my right knee since 1981. 9 ops including lateral menisectomy, various scopes, microfractures and OATs for OCD and TKR in Feb 2006 and now having trouble with CRPS - I'm way too impatient, want my new knee to work now!  I have a fabulous left knee though!

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Re: Just got told by my GP - have a bucket handle tear :(
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2006, 04:20:12 PM »
Hello Lisa,

Welcome to the board. You may also want to take a look and post down in the 'meniscus' board, it's under the 'specialist office' heading. There are lots of people with meniscus problems who post in that section. They may be able to offer some insight or support.

Best wishes,

Jaci
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Re: Just got told by my GP - have a bucket handle tear :(
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2006, 06:53:40 PM »
I had a bucket handle tear and had surgery back in March to clean it out. I had a lot of your symptoms, even worse too. Couldn't bend or straighten all the way but that sharp pain, I'll not forget for some time. The good news is after my cleanout and time to heal and rehab, I haven't had any pain there since as far as the meniscus is concerned. I'm not gonna kid you, if you get surgery you'll be on crutches about a week, maybe a bit longer and you'll have to go to PT most likely. But in 3 months, you'll be glad you took care of it cause if you don't unfortunately, it could get worse. All the best to you,
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Re: Just got told by my GP - have a bucket handle tear :(
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2006, 11:06:11 AM »
Thanks everyone for the advice.

Good news! I got into the see the OS early due to a cancellation so I went in yesterday and he confirmed that it was a knee cap tracking problem and not a meniccus tear (phew!) so I don't need an arthroscopy just PT and lose weight! Not easy but better than having to go in for an op and ending up on crutches. I have to have an X-ray but no MRI now.

He said the best thing i can do is strengthen the knee muscles by doing leg raises with ankle weights. Also cycling will be good unless it hurts. I have bad knees basically and probably made one of them worse by a fall and that what I've got is pretty common - epsecially among women because wide hips push the knees out and make it harder for the knee cap to track properly.

He said if PT and weight loss don't help I may have and op to smooth the knee cap and pull the muscles back.

I'll let you know how I get on with the PT and weight loss! I have done weight watchers before (lost 13 lbs in 3 months - which felt slow to me) and might try it again. I need to lose 50lbs but I am sure just losing 15-20 would help a lot!

Roger that re: Swimming. Breast stroke legs are out! I love breast stroke so that's a bummer but guess I'll just do the arms and float about :-)


Thanks again you guys! Good luck with your treatments/rehab and healing.

Lisa.
« Last Edit: August 11, 2006, 11:11:23 AM by ekkaia »