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Re: Pleased to be on board! Hopefully someone can help?
« Reply #15 on: March 05, 2007, 08:31:42 PM »
Hi John. Best of luck with the appointment tomorrow.
Having had knee problems for a similar period of time as you, I can understand how frustrated you must be getting.
  I've had similar problems with getting it properly looked in to. My GP always does the same 'tests', which don't cause me any extra pain and I get sent on my way. I saw a different doctor the other day, he examined my knee, looked at my history and, after getting some more info from me, decided it was time for me to see an OS.

Knee troubles since 1997
Dec 07 - Scope, just a clear up.
Feb 09 - Plica removal
Nov 09 - Lateral release
Mar 11 - More done to LR and some 'tweaks'
Nov 12 - Fulkerson and possible vmo advancement, dont know yet!

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Re: Pleased to be on board! Hopefully someone can help?
« Reply #16 on: March 05, 2007, 10:20:01 PM »
good luck Claire, and to you to Garth! I've really had it with my knee........ border line depression!  :'(

Im 28 next week, and for eight and a half years i've been able to do nothing but walk and work. For the last two years the pain and problems have got worse and i'm now a broken man. Three disclocations in the last three weeks, umpteen almosts, a fall up the stairs on Saturday and a fall again tonight. My right knee is now twice the size of my left and a lovely combination of black, red and burning hot. I thought once i got my MRI and the results proved not one but several injuries i'd be okay, but the solution??? as decided by my OS...... you guessed it physio and taping??? In my three weeks of physio, three dislocations, almost all exactly a week apart resulting in my excellent physio ...and she really was great!!! totally commited to my care and rehab! phoning the hospital direct to arrange an emergency appointment at Orthopaedics... superb i thought balls rolling!! She gave me a detailed letter clearly stating i needed immediate attention and probable permanent cast to stabilise the knee with a view to surgery....... i turn up...more x-rays everything fine, and all before they looked at my leg!?!?!? then they finally do and agree its very badly swollen and bruised, but wait for it "sorry, we are really busy, can you come back in 5 days"  :(  :(  :'(  :'( no cast, no splint, no bandage?  ???

I've had it, i have the mobility of a 70year old! and at 28. I will be disgusted if i dont get offered surgery tomorrow or at least a return appointment with a view to solving my obvious serious problem.... god i wish i had a break... then they would have to fix it!

Good luck for tomorrow Claire!  ;)
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Re: Pleased to be on board! Hopefully someone can help?
« Reply #17 on: March 05, 2007, 10:23:56 PM »
you too john will check in to your post tommorrow to see how you got on!!  :-\
i had a motorcycle accident-landed on right knee!(mar 05)
...arthroscopy - 4th feb 06.
...VMO Advancement,LR+JMedial reefing - 24th jan 07.
...28 feb 07 i fell down 14 stairs.....more pain and stress!
...now at PT working on ROM and strenghening

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Re: Pleased to be on board! Hopefully someone can help?
« Reply #18 on: March 05, 2007, 10:33:22 PM »
I live in hope Claire!!  :o :o :olets hope we both get good news! It would be a great shock!! but a most welcome one!  ;)

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Re: Pleased to be on board! Hopefully someone can help?
« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2007, 11:04:20 PM »
Hoping to hear good news, John...Ellie
April, 2005 - ACL rupture, medial meniscus tear within posterior horn to articular surface, abnormal signal within lateral meniscus, partial tear MCL, bone contusions tibia/fibula, Baker's cyst.
No repairs.

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« Reply #20 on: March 05, 2007, 11:06:17 PM »
John. The most helpful person to me has been the physio too. It sound like our situations with only being able to walk and work are quite similar. Although my problem probably isn't half as bad as yours, I'm finding that after work and most weekends, I'm spending all of my free resting up for the next working day. I've got to admit this is hard to take living on a farm, especially with lambing just around the corner. Although I don't work on the farm (because of my legs) I do like to help when i can, especially at this time of year.

Hope everything goes well for you tomorrow. And you Claire.
Knee troubles since 1997
Dec 07 - Scope, just a clear up.
Feb 09 - Plica removal
Nov 09 - Lateral release
Mar 11 - More done to LR and some 'tweaks'
Nov 12 - Fulkerson and possible vmo advancement, dont know yet!

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Re: Pleased to be on board! Hopefully someone can help?
« Reply #21 on: March 05, 2007, 11:17:33 PM »
THANKS GARTH!!

HOPE I GET A GOOD PHYSIO!!  ???
i had a motorcycle accident-landed on right knee!(mar 05)
...arthroscopy - 4th feb 06.
...VMO Advancement,LR+JMedial reefing - 24th jan 07.
...28 feb 07 i fell down 14 stairs.....more pain and stress!
...now at PT working on ROM and strenghening

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« Reply #22 on: March 06, 2007, 07:18:31 PM »
Well Claire, hope you faired better than me!

No luck really.... got a brace from just below the hip to the ankle...unhinged.... basically i've got to live with it, thats what the top man says. He says i have a knee trauma which will last my lifetime, just build up my muscles above and below the knee and get on with it.  :(

Was kind of hoping for a quick fix..... but no such luck, back again in three weeks, hopefully swelling will have gone down, they can have a quick look and then forward me to physio. dissapointed beyond belief.

I do have a loose body on the inside left of the knee but its outside the knee joint and doesn't need to be removed?? Cant argue with the man, he says its fine where it is, get on with life.... all be it in pain.

On the bright side, at least i got 19 years of having good knees, got to play football and run and cycle etc etc. Only another 60 years of having a bad one to go!  :(

lovely.

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« Reply #23 on: March 06, 2007, 07:28:50 PM »
john thats terrible i can't see how they can make you live your life suffering? how many opinions did you get on this? i'd definatley get another if you can..........your'e far too young to carry on in this way..............i went to see x 3 different people and only the 3rd one really realised there was a problem and even them he did not seem too keen on performing the surgery but i insisited i was willing to go through with it even though he said it may not work............after that one was done the real problems were revealed which is what ive just had my second op for so it will hopefully correct it this tiime,
i posted my results from my specialists appointment today in the "rehab department" section under the heading.........."shortyclairebears specialist appointment" (after fall) or something like that!!
seems the os forgot to refer me for physio!!
i had a motorcycle accident-landed on right knee!(mar 05)
...arthroscopy - 4th feb 06.
...VMO Advancement,LR+JMedial reefing - 24th jan 07.
...28 feb 07 i fell down 14 stairs.....more pain and stress!
...now at PT working on ROM and strenghening

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« Reply #24 on: March 06, 2007, 07:33:46 PM »
Sorry to hear about that John, it can't be a pleasant situation to be in. If they are saying the same in 3 weeks, would it be worth getting a second opinion? I've been shifted around myself and just about every doctor I've has had a different oppinion on the problem.

Knee troubles since 1997
Dec 07 - Scope, just a clear up.
Feb 09 - Plica removal
Nov 09 - Lateral release
Mar 11 - More done to LR and some 'tweaks'
Nov 12 - Fulkerson and possible vmo advancement, dont know yet!

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Re: Pleased to be on board! Hopefully someone can help?
« Reply #25 on: March 06, 2007, 08:04:25 PM »
Bummer, John. Did the doctor suggest PT for you to build up the muscle? Is it worth going for another opinion? I can't believe you were just left with an immobilizing brace & told to get on with life. Surely there's more that can be done...Ellie
April, 2005 - ACL rupture, medial meniscus tear within posterior horn to articular surface, abnormal signal within lateral meniscus, partial tear MCL, bone contusions tibia/fibula, Baker's cyst.
No repairs.

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Re: Pleased to be on board! Hopefully someone can help?
« Reply #26 on: March 07, 2007, 12:27:09 AM »
bummer is an understatement!  ;) I'm buggered!  ;D Everyone i've spoken to says the same.... surely they can do something?? but it appears not. s**t happens as they say...i'm kind of getting used to it already. I'll see how it is in three weeks then i'll get reffered back to physio (the very people who told me last week after six physio appointments that i needed an orthopaedic surgeon!!!  ???  ::) )  But hey thats life.

Lets face it..whats the worst that can happen? I'll probably need to give up my job...fish farming and bad knees don't mix!! ........with that goes my house as that comes with the job!...... Re-train because this is all i've done since finishing University so i need more cash for that.... then get another job and another house, only to find out i cant do that one either 'cos of my bad knee.... then hit 55years old.... knee replacement.... then death?

Sounds good to me?? Or am i just being cynical? I'll give it the three weeks... see what happens then speak to my physio as she had already suggested a second opinion....failing that i'll give BUPA a call.  :( more money down the drain!

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« Reply #27 on: March 07, 2007, 11:17:05 AM »
hi john you definatly need that second opinion! as for the bupa thing it might be an option,i paid privatley for a consultation with a speacialist id been refferred to by the n.h.s for another matter,the waiting list was months away on the nh.s and i wanted reassurance sooner then a few months so paid private.(it was actually the me man i saw too!) i had the appt in the next two days and got referred for tests but had those done on the n.h.s so i didn't have to pay for those too.
it was over a hundred pounds to see him privtley but was well worth it as it was peace of mind and even though i had to wait for the tests on the n.h.s i got on those waiting lists earlier then i would have if id been refferred after the n.h.s' initial appointment with the 8 month waiting list.
if you do this and the private specialist gives you a more positive opinion he can refer you for treatment.
i had a motorcycle accident-landed on right knee!(mar 05)
...arthroscopy - 4th feb 06.
...VMO Advancement,LR+JMedial reefing - 24th jan 07.
...28 feb 07 i fell down 14 stairs.....more pain and stress!
...now at PT working on ROM and strenghening

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« Reply #28 on: March 07, 2007, 12:20:31 PM »
John ~ I don't know how your health system works but I am aware that it's nowhere near as easy to get help in a hurry as it is here in the states. But it would seem that if your life & livelihood are now at stake it'd be worth the investment to go private for that apparently needed second opinion. As Claire pointed out there may be loopholes in the system you can take advantage of so the cost isn't quite so prohibitive. Wishing you well...Ellie
April, 2005 - ACL rupture, medial meniscus tear within posterior horn to articular surface, abnormal signal within lateral meniscus, partial tear MCL, bone contusions tibia/fibula, Baker's cyst.
No repairs.

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« Reply #29 on: March 07, 2007, 01:49:39 PM »
Thanks for the advice Claire and Ellie, i think  a consultation with a private Orthopaedics surgeon would be a good option, I'll wait the three weeks and then take it from there. I shall keep you all informed.

All the best, John.