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Offline dm

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Other knee now causing grief
« on: October 28, 2009, 01:05:52 AM »
I lost my insurance when I got laid off. I've got some bare minimal access to health care through social programs in my area. Saw the clinic GP for my left knee, as it's been bothering me for some time, and getting worse. I suspect a torn mensicus, given my history with my other knee which gives me a frame of reference. GP says PFS, which I think is a cop-out, I doubt the ability of a GP to rule out a torn meniscus w/o an MRI, which a social services plan won't pay for. He did do a throrough exam, I'll grant that, complete with instability tests, but I know enough to know the problem has nothing to with my knee stability. The problem is pain under my kneecap and in the anterior medial aspect of my knee. I've been self treating, including a prednisone dosepak, and some painkillers, which hasn't alleviated the symptoms. I will not let a GP do a cortisone shot in my knee... no way. The care I have access to is excruciatingly limited, it doesn't cover specialist care, so seeing an OS is out of the question.

Any thoughts?
multiple arthroscopies 2/00,3/01,6/01,1/03, 12/07,10/10. chondromalacia, severe medial joint space narrowing following 3 partial menisectomies, chronic pain problems, kneecap problems, OCD lesion, failed mfx.

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Re: Other knee now causing grief
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2009, 02:01:32 AM »
Did you have an injury on this second knee, or did the discomfort just come on by itself? Do you have any patellofemoral symptoms, like crepitus (crunchy noises), pain with stairs, difficulty getting up from a crouch? Did the GP exclude a medial plica on examination?
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Re: Other knee now causing grief
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2009, 03:43:34 AM »

hi
Dont know if this helps but... I live in NJ and we have Charity Care. Depending on your income, you can get reduced or almost free medical care through your local hospital. If you really need to go see a OS, sometime they are willing to work with you. My insurance denied a claim I had, and my doc gave me a super reduced charge and allowed me to make small payments each month. You want to be careful, after a certain time without insurance, your problem could become a pre existing condition. My insurance also pulled that one on me . that becomes  HUGE problem when you do get insurance back!
good luck!

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Re: Other knee now causing grief
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2009, 11:25:39 PM »
The knee just gradually just started acting up. The (crepitus) crunchy noises have been there for a while, have been very minor until recently, and I have not had any pain in this knee (left one) until just recently. The pain that I feel when I lay down, have my leg bent with my foot tucked under my right knee with that leg straight (using foot as knee suppport like I often do), then go and straighten out my left leg is not fun. It never used to hurt to do that. I find myself assuming that position automatically, as it's one I use out of habit to support my wrecked right knee but it now hurts to straighten out the left leg and it stinks.

The social services care I have access to is a form of charity health care, it's limited in scope to basic health coverage intentionally. It's not meant to cover everything. The state also gave me medicaid's "medically needy" but they gave me a montly deductible that I haven't a prayer of affording, but at least one can argue that coverage for catastrophic events is available, and that the program constitutes "creditable coverage" for insurance purposes, to kill the preexisting conditions clause. Between the two, I still cant get the knee treated by an OS, but at least I can get basic treatment for it. At least I can show that I did make an effort to take care of it, and the social services plan is still creditable health care, although limited.

multiple arthroscopies 2/00,3/01,6/01,1/03, 12/07,10/10. chondromalacia, severe medial joint space narrowing following 3 partial menisectomies, chronic pain problems, kneecap problems, OCD lesion, failed mfx.