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Offline Maria*08

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Finally decided to do something!
« on: June 17, 2010, 06:42:18 AM »
Hi all, new here as you can see but have been on the site many times over the past 18 months or so.

Finally dragged myself off to the doctors after 7 years of knee pain (19 now, had ignored it hoping to join the army but got far too bad), and she asked about other joints etc, some of which are bad but nothing in comparison to those knees! I had blood tests for arthritis and she spoke about x-rays and going to see a specialist, as well as prescribing diclofenac.

Results are due next week and just wondering if anybody wanted to share some of their knowledge on what to expect from here? Cheers, Maria.

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Re: Finally decided to do something!
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2010, 08:06:09 AM »
Welcome Maria sorry your pain has brought you here but it is a geat place to get iformation and support.
What exactly are the problems that you are having, if you dont mind explaining what is going on with you then I'm sure someone here will be able to help you,
Take care Tez
L K injured 25th June 2008
scope Jan 5th 10
diagnosis ACL rupture
fiberous band excised from acl
ACLr July 19th 2010  scope on 24th Sept 2011
ACL has failed incorrect tunnel placement
23rd July 2012 1st stage of a 2 stage ACL revision
10th May 2013 2nd stage ACL revision

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Re: Finally decided to do something!
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2010, 09:08:10 AM »
What kind of symptoms are you having?  Do you actually feel yourknees could cope with being in the army even get passed the physical exam?  Are the tests for rheumatoid arhtritis?
Feb 08 Inurred right knee
18 months of physio, knee tracking but knee still painful
Aug 09 Scope - Small tear in acl, fragment found in postereo-lateral compartment, suprapatella and lateral plica and small defect in mfc.
May 10 Right knee feeling better but left knee causing trouble as a result o

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Re: Finally decided to do something!
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2010, 02:19:14 PM »
Sweet! We're all quite proud of you for taking the step forward!

As far as what's wrong-- what symptoms are you reporting? What's been going on for you?

The army sounds like a great way to get into even better physical shape. I have a friend who joined the army and had knee problems before he left, but he said that the exercises and training that he did there helped him out sufficiently that he no longer has knee pain. However, I feel that it is very, very important to get physical therapy down first so that you can have good tracking of your patella-- basic training and hauling lots of weight will not strengthen a poorly tracking patella! I hope your x-rays and results come back with no arthritis-- either osteo or rheumatoid!

Take care and good luck! :)

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Re: Finally decided to do something!
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2010, 09:12:34 AM »
Yes, testing for RA in there. The knees hurt, not aching, but hurt inside. The only way I've ever been able to describe it is like ramming a really rough rock through a metal pipe that's far too narrow, strange way of putting it I know. As well as stiffness when coming from sitting to standing and occasional shooting pain below the patella when I put weight on that leg. My left knee is most comfortable when at 90degrees and the right when more straight, but not straight. Stairs are rediculous, I get to about the fourth step and I'm using my arms to drag myself up, and had a little giggle today at the methods I've developed for getting the washing basket or whatever up the stairs.

All my joints are really clicky, just basic movements of the wrist by the doctor caused painful clicking, so I assume that's where her RA concerns come from, I also suffered from a bad neck on and off when I was much younger but nothing ever come of that. If my knees are going through a bad week my hips and very lower back will start, sometimes also my right ankle, I assume that's a result from the limping and inactivity.
In regards to army fitness, I have very little faith in my knees allowing that, well, I'm confident that there are many things I just wouldn't be able to do, for example I used to be a keen walker but the last 6-12months even that has been put on the back shelf, hence why I decided on going the docs.

Well, that was a good ol' whinge, nice to be able to come somewhere to do that. Thank you for your support.