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Offline FJ

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Four years in agony
« on: September 04, 2007, 03:57:22 PM »
I'm now approving year four of agony with my knees

first it was plica syndrome and then it was osteoarthritis.  I'm 33.  I've seen may surgeons, had numerous MRI's and an athroscopy.

Recently my right knee has become really really bad.  The symptoms start behind my knee travel down my calf (inner) and end in the inner arch of my foot.  Its becoming uncomfotable to walk and sleep.  Painful.
The pain is dull aching constant relentless
To me its not an arthritic type of pain (which i can feel in my other knee)

Can anyone think of what it might be.  HELP!
plica syndrome
athroscopy left knee plica removal
meniscus degeneration
osteo arthritis

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Re: Four years in agony
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2007, 04:16:38 PM »
Hi FJ,

This sort of pain and discomfort could be signalling any number of knee complaints to do with ither the bone or soft tissue areas of your knee joint. When was the last time your knee was examined physically properly? Was both diagnostic and clinical testing carried out?

There are surgeries available for both plica problems and arthritis, particularly with regard to resolving your pain issues.

You say you've seen many surgeons but have you had surgery yet other than an arthroscopy? Maybe you need a different pair of eyes again. When was this procedure carried out.

It could be that the back of you knee joint is the problem rather than the kneecap or ligaments, which is the problem I have.

I think maybe you should begin again. Get a new OS who specialises in knees only. Ask for MRI/CT/Ultrasound scans alongside x-rays and a full, thorough physical examination. Altogether, these should show up something. Maybe the problem is in another area of your leg or foot. Or possibly it could be a back problem if it's now affecting how you walk.

I'm sorry I couldn't be of more help. Let us know how you get on and what you decide to do.

Take care,

Laura x
Left knee surgery
08/06/02 - L/Release
13/08/03 - Fulkerson TTT
05/06/05 - Stabilisation & Medialisation/Tendon Transfer
13/01/06 - Proximal Hamstring Superior Stabilisation
06/03/06 - RSD/CRPS diagnosed
20/07/06 + 03/04/07- Excision of scar tissue
30/07/07 - PKR suggested by OS (no date yet)

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Re: Four years in agony
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2007, 01:07:52 PM »
Hi Laura
Thanks for your reply.

I have been having on going physio and recently started with an osteopath who have all examined the joints.  They are at a loss as to what the problem is.

I had plica removed from the left knee (the old bad knee / now the good knee).  I'm not keen to have athroscopy on the right because it took about 2 years to get normal range of motion back and to 'recover'.

I had 2/3 surgeons look at the knee and they all say wear and tear and that its caused by being knocked kneed.
It feels a lot more than that though.  To me.  I had a sleepless night last night i was in so much pain with it.

Ringing any bells with anybody? 
plica syndrome
athroscopy left knee plica removal
meniscus degeneration
osteo arthritis

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Re: Four years in agony
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2007, 05:08:47 PM »
Fj you sound a lot like me,
I had arthroscopy for Plica removal twice (it grew back???) both took me several months to recover from with no real release from the pain.  Then they did a lateral release hoping to alleviate pain and pressure that way.  I am a student and was at the point where i could not sit through my hour leture the pain was so bad.  Finally I went on a search, 5 or 6 orthos in 3 months until I found my current one who was willing to listen and I think he took on my case as a personal project for himself.  We went through the whole rehab, rest, ice, exercise, bracing, modified activity, gait training, orthoditcs, etc... nonsense with no help and he finally booked me for the Fulkerson Osteotomy which I had on August 24.  For the first time in 10 years my knee does not hurt.  The pressure is gone, as I start my ROM exercises this week I've noticed a lot of the grinding is gone and I can sleep through the night without the burning sensation.

The point I'm trying to get at is keep looking, somewhere in your insurance/healthcare system is the right doc who will listen and do his absolute best to solve the problem, if your current OS isn't doing that keep looking.  I just went down the list in my insurance directory until I found one.  Have him do a whole new set of X-Ray's, MRI's and a bone scan along with the physical exam like Laura said, make sure he does it and not his intern, and before you go make a log of your pain, what you were doing before it spiked, what helped to alleviate it and take that to him, it may help him to pinpoint what it is.