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Offline briane75

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Recurring left knee problems
« on: December 23, 2010, 12:25:02 AM »

Last January I suddenly could not bend my left knee. Even letting it free hang the knee would only physically bend about 10% and was very painful. I saw an Orthopedist, who sent me for an MRI. The MRI indicated loss of a good amount of cartilage and the Doctor decided to do some Arthroscopic Surgery.

After the Surgery the Doctor said the MRI had been misleading, there was very little damage to the knee, but he cleaned it up some. The knee was bending fine, and all seemed to be ok. But after a couple of weeks went by, the knee was back to not bending again.

I received three Cortisone injections  in the next month, which would relieve symptoms for 2-3 days.

The Orthopedist seemed stumped as without a meniscus tear he said the knee should be able to bend. He sent me to see a rheumatoid arthritis  specialist that tested me, but the tests came back negative.

Finally he sent me to physical therapy and that seemed to work, by this point it was early may.

Last night it started again. Over the course of two hours, the knee started to feel like it needed to 'pop' but would not, then grew stiffer and stiffer until it will no longer fully bend.

So, while I have many concerns at the moment, my main one is that this is some sort of weather related phenomenon and that I'll spend every winter unable to walk.

The knee is only slightly swollen, if at all. It is sometimes warm to the touch.

What it feels like is some sort of tendon or muscle locking, the knee is painful to the touch, especially on the outer top rim.

Any ideas of what it could be?