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Offline soccermom13

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Just diagnosed and need some ideas
« on: July 09, 2007, 05:51:02 PM »
Hi,

I'm new to the board, and was just diagnosed with the following:

1. subtle oblique tear at the posterior horn of the medial meniscus, same to the inferor articular surface, and a questionable horizontal tear at the atnerior horn at the lateral meniscus.

2. Osteochondral defect at the posterior mid patella has grown in 3 years and now have a minimal chodral defect at the lateral facet of the patella, which is stable.

I go to a specialist Wednesday, and would like to have more knowledge so that if he recommends something, I'm not just a happy puppy agreeing with him. I also have rheumatoid arthritis, and my knees are hyperextensive (as are my elbows). Sometimes the knee pain is so bad that it keeps me from sleeping more than 45 minutes to an hour at a time. What I need to know is if surgery is going to be the best solution. HELP PLEASE!

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Re: Just diagnosed and need some ideas
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2007, 06:31:25 PM »
I doubt that he will suggest anything else then surgery as you are in so much pain.
One question, are you going to OS or rheuma specialist ?
Surgery 6 times left knee torn meniscus, RSDS,chondromalacia, nervdamage cause constant nervpain,chronic inflamm.
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Right knee damaged aug-06, use brace surgery 4/9-07.LCL tear.

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Re: Just diagnosed and need some ideas
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2007, 09:16:51 PM »
Nettan,

I just found this site today, so thank you for your answer! I've read a lot of your posts as I've navigated the site, and I'm happy to have someone as informed as you for my first response!

I see a RA Dr., who has me on hydrochlorquine and prednisone (4 mg./day). I'm 51, and about 35 pounds overweight, but have started a healthier eating program (hate the word diet - just not an inspiring word!). I work at a high school, and am on my feet a lot, plus work with high-school kids as a mentor, and have a teenage son (and his friends) of my own to keep up with! My son who is an active soccer player, has just come out of a wheelchair due to torn muscles off his anterior superior illiac spine, and is still rehabbing his right leg. The biggest problem with my knee is the constant, underlying ache, but I just haven't had time to give in to the pain very much! It seems to be worse at night, but I theorize that's because that's when I finally try to just relax! I'm leary of the surgery, as I've already gone through 6 years of casts and surgery for my right ankle, and some of the posts have me wondering if these Dr.'s actually know what they're doing. Do you recommend getting a second opinion, no matter what?

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Re: Just diagnosed and need some ideas
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2007, 10:01:07 PM »
A second opinion with a OS that specializes in RA would be a benefit for you. Or a OS that can work together with your RA specialist. Maybe a cleaning out surgery could lessen pain a bit, at least for a while. Though before decide anything make concerns of what would be the best options in longterm for you as you have a disease that effects on your joints.
Sorry to hear about your son, I hope his recovery goes well.
Surgery 6 times left knee torn meniscus, RSDS,chondromalacia, nervdamage cause constant nervpain,chronic inflamm.
Spinaldamage wheeler 100%.
Right knee damaged aug-06, use brace surgery 4/9-07.LCL tear.