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Offline hopalong24

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« on: December 22, 2007, 03:54:58 AM »
Hello all.  I am new to this site and am looking for advice.  I am a 24yr old male.  I fell on my left side on the ice and have had problems since.  I have had two knee surgeries on my left knee since 2006.  The first was a normal arthroscopic to clean out some cartiledge.  The second was a lateral release. 

I had fallen down the stairs after this surgery, but completed PT and was fine at the end.  After 6 months of normal routine, I am increasingly worse with pain into my hip and back.  Not only am I worse than before any of the surgeries, but I have had 2 orthopedic surgeons tell me they were unsure and are trying to send me to a knee specialist. I have seen a osteopathic doctor who also told me she was unsure and very concerned about nerve pain throughout my leg.

 I have had two bone scans, 2 MRI's, cortisone shots, and unfortunatley have relied on pain killers to keep me going until I can get an answer. I am also located in a very remote area of the U.S.  and have had a lot of difficulty getting the right answers.  Any advice would lift my spirits about my problem.  I am a very active and fit 24yr old however everyday feel like a crippled old man.  I have lost my job due to failure to pass a physical fitness run test.   

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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2007, 05:31:55 AM »
Hi Hopalong,

Welcome!  Sorry to hear about all the problems you're experiencing. If your current OS is unable to help you I would find a doctor who specializes in knees. Did the bone scans and MRI show any kind of damage? Presently do you have knee pain or just the back and hip pain? I can tell you from personal experience that it is better to find a doctor who specializes even if it means some travel time. I travel about an hour, which isn't that long, to see an OS who specializes in treatment of cartilage defects. There isn't any OS in my  immediate area who does any of the cartilage restoration procedures. Your knee issues are drasticly effecting your life. You may want to talk with your OS and request him to set up an appointment with a knee specialist, insist on it. Explain to him that you feel worse then before the surgeries and you need to have a correct diagnosis and treatment. good luck.

Robin
Lt. knee- 6/04 scope and chondroplasty of MFC,11/04 Synvisc injections, 11/05 mosaicplasty, 3/06 scope,LOA and MUA, 1/08 degeneration entire knee, 5/12/08 TKA, 7/21/08 MUA
Rt.knee- 10/06 scope,,plica removal-OA, 3/07 HTO, 9/09 hardware removal  12/7/09 TKA 1/10,3/10 MUA, 11/10 LOA,partial revision

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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2007, 04:52:16 PM »
Hey,

I agree you really need to insist on seeing a specialist. I have waited 8 years for a decision to be made that i need surgery, if i had of had this done 6 years ago i wouldn't need such a serious operation as i do now.

If i could go back and do it again, i would be much more insistant and keep badgering people to get me my appoinments.

Good Luck!!!
1995 - first trip to the doctor with 'growing pains'
1998 - xrays show left patella is out of place
1999 - first dislocation
1999-2006 - Physio therapy every week
Jan2007 - Traumatic dislocation
feb 2007 - OS suggests surgery
Jan 2008 - date for surgery 30th jan

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« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2007, 07:31:45 PM »
Has anyone had a bone scan done?  IF so,  is it routine that a doctor would say the bone scan came back normal, when it shows a increase in uptake in the upper tibia. (where most of my pain is)  He said that I am too young to have problems with my bones, unless it was broken and its not!  I feel like Im not getting the right answers.
      Thanks.

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« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2007, 11:45:44 PM »
I'm not sure on the medical terms but i do think it's slightly bizarre for a doctor to say that you are too young to  have bone problems??!!

i would definately consider getting a second opinion, I don't think age can define wether or not you can have a bone problem, and if you are in pain there clearly is some kind of problem and you need answers before you can do anything about it.

I really hope that you can get to the bottom of this, i know only too well how frustrating it can be when you have to try and prove that you have pain, only you can feel it and as a doctor they should take your word for it and get a answer, not brush off by telling you tou're too young!

Sorry for the rant, I hate to see people get messed around while they are suffering.
1995 - first trip to the doctor with 'growing pains'
1998 - xrays show left patella is out of place
1999 - first dislocation
1999-2006 - Physio therapy every week
Jan2007 - Traumatic dislocation
feb 2007 - OS suggests surgery
Jan 2008 - date for surgery 30th jan















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