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Offline jamesjoyce

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knee/ balloon noise
« on: September 05, 2006, 09:04:44 PM »
My aunt is 89.
Years ago she was diagnosed with osteoarthritis.
However, in the last few months her knee  is making
an odd sound when she stands.
I can not find anything about it on the internet.
When she stands, her knee does not click,
but rather it makes a short noise that resembles
air going out of a balloon.
It is the oddest thing.

Has anyone heard of this, or know what is causing this?

All in all, she is in quite a bit of pain.
A while ago, one doctor talked about knee injections, but said my aunt
first had to have an xray to see if there was any cartiledge in the knee.
If it is bone on bone, she is not a candidate for the injections.


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Re: knee/ balloon noise
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2006, 02:30:12 PM »
Hello,

Gosh, I have no idea what it could be. I've had weird noises from excess fluid moving around in my knee, but nothing like you described.

It really sounds like your aunt may need to have the x-rays done so the doctor can figure out what to do next. Hopefully, she can get some answers and relief soon.

Sorry I can't offer any other suggestions to you.

Best wishes,

Jaci
10/03 Twist injury
12/03 Menisectomy- tears ACL, MCL, & LCL missed by OS
Arthrofibrosis ROM 38-68
3/04- 4/08 Multiple scar tissue procedures:
6 scopes w/LOA, AIR, LR, chondroplasty, synovectomy, bone spur & plica removal
3 insufflations, many injections
Chronic AF, patella infera, IPCS

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Re: knee/ balloon noise
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2006, 05:59:16 PM »
Thanks, Jaci --

I was thinkiing that the noise may have something to do with fluid,
but it sounds like air being pushed out.
On a lighter note, when she stands up and the knee "sounds off"
she always announces, "that was my knee" so that no one thinks
it was 'something' else.
Now, whever some one coughs or makes a noise we
just say, "and that was my knee.'
This makes her laugh---which is nice to see in light of the difficulties.

She has already had a hip replacement, a knee replacement,
and hip surgery following a fall.
She probably needs another knee replacment,
but she doesn't want to go through with more surgery.

so--thanks for your comment---I think an xray would be helpful.




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Re: knee/ balloon noise
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2006, 06:05:56 PM »
Jamesjoyce--

I have to admit that I originally wanted to say something about possibly having a 'whoopee cushion' in her knee, but decided to spare you the bad knee humor. 


Take care,

Jaci
« Last Edit: September 06, 2006, 06:10:14 PM by Jaci »
10/03 Twist injury
12/03 Menisectomy- tears ACL, MCL, & LCL missed by OS
Arthrofibrosis ROM 38-68
3/04- 4/08 Multiple scar tissue procedures:
6 scopes w/LOA, AIR, LR, chondroplasty, synovectomy, bone spur & plica removal
3 insufflations, many injections
Chronic AF, patella infera, IPCS