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Offline lisal11

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Cyst on meniscus and other mysteries
« on: July 17, 2007, 11:04:38 PM »
Hi, I'm new here, so bear with me if I don't know much knee terminology.

About three weeks ago I injured my knee on a stone table. I fell down on it, caught my patella and the patella rode up my knee toward the thigh. Big pop, some inflammation and minor pain followed. I iced and rested it for a couple of days. It has not been horribly painful but the knee feels "unstable" when it is fully extended, like it's going to keep on extending out the back of my leg. It is also very sore by the end of each day after I've been walking around on it.

So, after seeing no improvement for two weeks, I got an MRI and awaited the results. I thought for sure that something was wrong with the knee because it feels so unstable when extended. I saw my general practitioner today and he told me the MRI was mostly normal except that I had a super small cyst on the front of my meniscus. He said the cyst wasn't a big deal and that there was no reported tears, then he said to go to physical therapy for knee instability. He suspected it was some simple tissue damage that PT could take care of.

Well, to be honest, I'm feeling kind of unsure about this diagnosis. I know he's a trained medical professional but my knee has been out of wack for nearly 3 weeks and feels totally weird. I went online to look up what a cyst might be doing on my meniscus and read that a cyst is the result of a meniscus tear. The doc didn't say anything about a meniscus tear and didn't seem to think the cyst was of consequence. Is a meniscus tear something PT can take care of?  ???

Do you knee pros think I should seek a second opinion from an orthopedic surgeon? Is my general practitioner right? I'm a really active person; yoga, hiking, running, and want to remain that way so my knee health is really important to me.  Thanks!
« Last Edit: July 17, 2007, 11:27:12 PM by lisal11 »

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Re: Cyst on meniscus and other mysteries
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2007, 11:21:56 PM »
Hi

No question about it---- GET A SECOND OPINION from an Orthopaedic Consultant -


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Re: Cyst on meniscus and other mysteries
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2007, 02:00:54 AM »
Thanks for the response. I'm definately going to get a second opinion before I go back to my normal work-out regime. I don't want to be in the middle of standing bow in yoga class and then fall on my face because I made my injury worse!  :o

I retireved my MRI films and records from the hospital and it reports a small parameniscal cyst but no sign of a tear. I've got an appointment next week with an ortho surgeon to re-evaluate the films. Even if my general practitioner was on the money, I'll feel safer about stressing the knee once a specialist gives the go ahead.

Thanks again! 
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Re: Cyst on meniscus and other mysteries
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2007, 07:52:57 AM »
I can only agree. Get a second opinion and that from a OS specialized on knees.
A cyst is seldom if ever not caused by anything. You have probably a meniscus tear that isn't visible with MRI. MRI's aren't 100% accurate.
Surgery 6 times left knee torn meniscus, RSDS,chondromalacia, nervdamage cause constant nervpain,chronic inflamm.
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