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Offline feebee

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Kneed help
« on: November 02, 2008, 02:01:48 AM »
Hello and I'm wondering if anyone can give me some advice regarding my knee.  History with this knee is partial removal of the medial cartilage and a lateral release both over ten years' ago now.  In the intervening period the knee has been OK(ish) with just a bit of creaking and clicking which never bothered me too much pain-wise until about two weeks' ago when I developed the following symptoms.

I started getting a weird sensation on the medial side.  Sort of numb.  Sort of a full feeling.  A lot of swelling.  A lot of stiffness.  And a definite weak feeling when putting weight on that leg but no buckling etc.  Then I woke up one morning and could hardly move for the next two days.  The pain was unbelievable and nothing I've ever experienced.  It wasn't only on the medial side but right in the centre of the back of the knee.  All I could do was drag the leg around and hobble from the couch to the bathroom etc when I absolutely had to get up.  The pain has gone now but I still have the symptoms first described above.  I can't straighten it fully and limp a bit.

I went and saw my GP when I was finally mobile and he thinks I've done damage to the cartilage again.  But I didn't fall, don't play sports etc so I don't know how this could be.  He has referred me on to a knee specialist who I know will order an MRI and I want to avoid this if I can (both seeing him and having an MRI).  I'm thinking now that the knee has settled it may have just been a sprain.  Has anyone had a similar thing happen and it returned to normal without intervention?

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Re: Kneed help
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2008, 12:05:20 PM »
If your knee feels better and you think it might just be sprain, why don't you ask your GP to hold off until you see if it starts up again. In the meantime don't over use it and give it time to heal. Why would you want to avoid seeing a knee specialist and gettting an MRI. I wish I had done this 8 surgeries ago. Regardless of what you find out, don't you want some answers.  A knee specialist is different then an OS and so your GP is doing the right thing.
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Re: Kneed help
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2008, 09:20:49 PM »
Feebee,
you need to see the specialist and have the MRI if he suggests it. You don't have to make a decision about treatment if you don't want to, but you need to at least find out what's going on. The pain in the back of your knee could be anything from a torn ACL or PCL to a Baker's cyst. Pain or no pain, it's worrisome that you can't full extend the leg and limping for any length of time is going to throw off your other joints. You could then end up with other problems. At least go and see what's wrong.
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Re: Kneed help
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2008, 03:27:02 AM »
I am no doctor, but I do know that when I was coaching gymnastics my PT always reminded me that the knee twisting can cause a tear in the knee.  Not just falls.
If I knew I'd be like this now, I'd do it all again.
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Re: Kneed help
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2008, 12:07:46 PM »
Thanks for your responses.  I have made the appointment to see the specialist and I'll probably go but the reason I'm reluctant is having MRIs that involve even the tiniest bit of my head going in the tunnel become a major production for me.  I have to have sedation and if I can avoid them I do.  Besides I even read on this site that knee MRIs are not all that accurate for picking up stuff.  I just thought that maybe the knee would settle and wondered if anyone else had experienced a similar set of symptoms and it turned out to be nothing.

On a separate note, I have to say this site has a ton of information but to the uninitiated it's a mess to navigate.  It would also help to have a section regarding symptoms - it's set up for people who are already diagnosed with conditions.  I don't know what part of my knee if causing the problem but I get the distinct feeling this site is not for people like me.  From reading other posts no-one is really interested in helping people understand their (undiagnosed) symptoms.

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Re: Kneed help
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2008, 12:27:47 PM »
Hi

Just wanted to say good luck, and I think you are doing the right thing. Putting things off is not always a good thing.
When you go for your MRI ask what type of machines they have, I know this sounds odd but if you are having an MRI on your knee, may places have machines where you will have to lay down but only your legs go into the scanner so your head and torso are out of the machine.

I hope it all goes well.

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Re: Kneed help
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2008, 05:21:08 AM »
Ask for an OPEN MRI-  no tube and a life saver for those who hate inclosed places.  I ahve a friend who has brain MRI's 2x a year and that is what she has to do.

If I knew I'd be like this now, I'd do it all again.
1998- Lf ACL replace (failed)
1998- Lf ACL replace (worked)
1998- Rt LR
1999- Rt Scope
2000- Rt ACL replace
2001- Rt hardware replace
2002- Rt Scar Tissue Removal
2005- Rt Pattella Scraped
2009- Rt clean-out the mess
To Come: 2 Replace















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