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Offline PreservedSwine

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Help me diagnose my knee problem pls :)
« on: February 17, 2007, 05:23:07 AM »
37 years old, experiencing gradual loss of strength in my knees (noticed 1st in my early-mid 20's).  No severe injuries, just  wear and tear I think.  Extreme pain when bending my kness, the closer to fully straightening out, the more severe the pain.  I used to be able to jump and touch a basketball rim just a few years ago, today, I can get  two, maybe three inches of lift. 

Jumping off one foot is impossible.

Been very active my entire life, football, basketball, biking, swimmiing, and my favorite love, hockey.  But my knees are really limiting activity.  Since my knees have really been going downhill fast the last year or two, my hips are beginning to feel a bit weak and painfull as well.

Going upstairs is getting to be a real challenge intsead of an inconvience, especially when carrying my 18 month old son up or down from his bedroom.

I've been to a specialist twice, he took X-rays, and gave no explanation of what may be causing my pain.  I wen to Physical Therapy for a few months, it might have helped a little, but not much.

If I know I'm going ot be active, taking some anti-inflammaotry will help a bit, but the next day I feel much, much worse.

Knees pop very loud and grind a bit, but are fairly stable.  Going up or down the stairs, however, I feel they could go out if I mistep.

Going up the stairs, if I don't push off the bottom foot, I'd not be able to propel myself up, if that makes any sense.

I've been searching the web, but honestly I'm a bit confused with the plethora of information.  Walking on my knees on a hardwood floor isn't partucularily painful.

~Ben
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Re: Help me diagnose my knee problem pls :)
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2007, 05:43:34 AM »
Hi Ben.....
My guess is arthritis, for one thing.Maybe some instability to go along with it. I would go back and see my OS again, and tell him that this is just getting worse, and insist on something being done. Have you had an MRI? Or just x rays? I know exactly how you feel. I had no problems whatsoever with my knees, until I twisted my left knee coming down a ladder at work in 05. Since then, Its been all downhill. I just had a LR/debridement,on Jan. 23, which you can read about in my post op diary. This procedure is done to help keep the kneecap in the groove and give stability. A debridement is a cleanup. My OS said that the arthritis under my kneecap is grade IV---bone on bone. Also have mild to moderate arthritis throughout knee. Its no fun, I know. But, be persistent. We are too young to sit back and be told there is nothing they can do, because I know there is. Keep me informed. This is a great site with good people willing to help and listen. Welcome. :)

Donna
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Re: Help me diagnose my knee problem pls :)
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2007, 06:50:25 AM »
Hi Ben

Read your posting - Think it is about time that you saw an Orthopaedic Consultant - the longer you leave your current situation, your knees will get worse.   Seek a second opinion and get a MRI scan.

Keep posting

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Re: Help me diagnose my knee problem pls :)
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2007, 07:21:22 AM »

agree with John.. I definately think you should get a second opinion and something other than xrays.  Did the xrays show anything? If not then it is likely a soft tissue thing and MRI's and CT Scans are better for that sort of thing than xrays, which only show bone.

Hope you get some help soon.

You only got two knees, and you'll miss them when they are gone, take care of em.

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Re: Help me diagnose my knee problem pls :)
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2007, 12:49:32 PM »
Hi Ben

I would definately go and seek a second opinion. If your having problems like this it's best to get it delt with sooner rather than later. Your last OS should have least of investigated the situation more with MRI scans to get a more difinate answer not just to say theres no explanation. Find an OS whos been recommended cause some are a waste of time.

Hope all works out

Sarah

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Re: Help me diagnose my knee problem pls :)
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2007, 07:43:02 PM »
Thanks for the replies and concern- I'll make an appt, and post results in hope of helping anyone else in similar circumstances.