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Offline lily35

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Horse riding accident 2yr ago catching up on me
« on: August 02, 2007, 09:11:36 PM »
Hi all, obviously my injury has got that bad ive now resorted to searching the net to see if others have ever had similar experiences with their knee injuries.

I had a bad fall 2yrs ago being thrown off a looney horse at 100mph at full force on to both my knees. They did swell for a couple of days but life has to go on. I have a very high pain threshold so never take painkillers and just generally get on with life.

They have caused me tremendous problems over these past 2yrs and i have many symptoms.

Legs below knees and above ankle have poor circulation and are mostly nearly always cold.
The first year-When straightening the legs there was a sharp pain making it hard to bear weight on i.e. going down stairs, running very painful and driving use of clutch. The two latter symptoms can still be unbearable and running is a deffo no no, just much too painful so sadly i dont run anywhere.

My knees sweat loads when in vigorous work, like I have knelt in puddles, it is very very embarrassing. I am on my feet most of the day in work and leisure time. But whilst at work , my knee areas sweat loads and loads, its really unusual and people think im a freak .. in a lovely way of course, they all just think its very odd.

The first year my Left knee was the worse one as that took the brunt of the fall so most of the symptoms of the right one for the first year is that it felt heavy with fluid, lots of tenderness in it (still with some of the symptoms of above).
However this past year (the symptoms above on both knees have got milder (except the sweating business thats just as heavy and cold legs still), the right knee has started to really be unbearable (still wont take painkillers as its not a cure), but at times i can hardly walk on it, its very painful, the knee tends to give way alot, its pretty unstable, it has no swelling and very sharp pain if i try to run/jog, sometimes at driving etc. Cycling is fine, walking for a while is fine, driving is ok sometimes.Horse riding is ok except until the next few days after where the knees just ache and ache.

I have never seen a doctor about it as thought, really what can they do, i was wondering if i should see a doctor or someone that specialises in it or if i can get an MRI on them privately, where would you go first? dont doctors just refer you on really?

Its got to the stage where though i can cope with pain, this is getting too much and really starting to interfere with my life, im always grabbing at my knee or it gives way alot and just generally painful.

Any help appreciated many many thanks :'(

Offline tanyap

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Re: Horse riding accident 2yr ago catching up on me
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2007, 12:29:34 PM »
hi lily35,
i would say go to your GP (or regular doc), explain the situation and history, and ask to be referred to a specialist (an OS). An OS will then take a look and then decide if you need an MRI (they would probably do x-rays first, and then if needed an MRI).

That should start you off on the right road anyway. If you have been experiencing knee problems since your accident 2 years ago and have a lot of instability now you may be sent off to physio for starters, or if they find something they may decide on less conservative treatment. but you need to be examined by an OS, they have a range of physical tests they perform to check out the condition of various ligaments, tendons, they will poke and prod around, check for areas of tenderness, see how well the knee performs mechanically, listen to what you have to tell them and make a diagnosis and plan of treatment.

i wouldnt delay on this - if you ignore joint problems they can become much worse. best addressed early.

good luck and let us know how you get on.
1986 - recurrent dislocations of right patella began
1988 - Modified Hauser Procedure
1991 - dislocations started again
2005 to 2007 - 150 dislocations in 2 years - OUCH!!!
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Oct 2007 - VMO woke up
Mar 2008 - big quads, still dislocating
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Re: Horse riding accident 2yr ago catching up on me
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2007, 01:02:04 PM »
Hi Lily35 ~ Welcome to this forum. I think you'll find several others of us who are here as a result of knee injuries with thanks to our horses. I had a less than spectacular fall from my own horse several years ago & just landed wrong. Major damage. But I did start with my internist who ordered an MRI & when the results were in referred me to an OS.

Although I opted to live with my injury I'm probably several times (& then some) older than you & I can deal with what I have. My OS did say that he would scope & clean my knee if the torn menisci presented major problems but given that you're younger (I presume), I'd sure have it looked at. You have too many years ahead of you to have ongoing knee problems if there's something you can do to makes things better now. 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.