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Offline kstone

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Wow - you can find everything on the NET!
« on: September 03, 2006, 09:20:38 PM »
About 5-6 years ago whilst running across the road for a Taxi I slipped (it was my brothers stag night btw), anyway i fell knee first onto the Kerb.

This resulted in a big swolen Knee for a couple of weeks and a Sprained ankle, I was walking kinda funny for a while.

Anyway - the swelling went down but my knee became very weak, and also I developed a nasty click that has not improved.
In addition to this it will occasionally Lock (normally when sleeping).

Do you have any Idea what I have done?
I have tried my Doc a few times but he thinks I just need to do a few leg raises with a phone book on my ankle... Not sure if it is working tbh.

5 years of knee weakness is getting annoying and increasingly painfull (I am 29 btw)

Cheers for your advice

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Re: Wow - you can find everything on the NET!
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2006, 11:36:20 PM »
Hi Kstone,
Sounds to me like you need to get a new doctor, because yours doesn't seem to be taking your symptoms seriously. It's true that doctors like to take a conservative approach at first, to see if something like exercise will alleviate the problem, but symptoms like clicking and locking are usually red flags to a competent OS. At the very least, you should insist on an MRI. It's an expensive test, but it gives you a detailed look at all the soft tissues inside the knee, and it's good for diagnosing things like tears in tendons, ligaments and menisci. You're right, five years of pain is long enough and the longer you live with a knee problem, the worse it can get. If your doctor won't agree to the MRI, I'd absolutely look for a second opinion. You know your body better than any doctor, and if you're not satisfied with the care you're receiving, then its time to go elsewhere.
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Offline kstone

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Re: Wow - you can find everything on the NET!
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2006, 08:54:55 AM »
Thanks for the advice - really appreciated

I am a little dissapointed with my Dr to be honest, but what would the next best step be?

* Ask my doctor to Refer me to a Specialist?
* Try and see a different Doctor (Not sure how easy this is on the NHS)

Cheers

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Re: Wow - you can find everything on the NET!
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2006, 09:25:54 AM »
I think I would ask for a referral to see an OS that specialises in knees - You do have to specify KNEE or you could end ep with a shoulder specialist within the same orthopaedic department.  Also on the NHS you could be waiting about 10 -15 weeks before you see someone and then another 10 weeks waiting for your mri scan depending on how quick your local area work! So the sooner you get that referral the better!

If you know anyone who have had knee probs that have seen an os it would be good to get a reccommendation for a certain person.
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Re: Wow - you can find everything on the NET!
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2006, 10:27:29 PM »
You need to see an Orthopedic Surgeon (OS) who specializes in knees.  I agree with the comment that catching or locking is a sign you need medical attention.  The NHS may be too slow from what I've read on this site but DO it, you'll get in there eventually.  You may have a damaged meniscus (like I have) and it may be beneficial to try and take the weight and worst activities, like squatting, running, and twisting motions while bearing weight, off the bad knee.  There are some tests you and a friend may be able to do to demonstrate damaged meniscus or tendons or ligaments.  Keep in mind that a damaged meniscus causes further cartilage wear over time.

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