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Offline chixlax

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Normal MRI but knee pain continues
« on: October 22, 2011, 10:06:41 PM »
I had a T-3 MRI done about two months ago that was clean, however, I am still experiencing medial knee pain, catching, and clicking. The original injury occured during a 10k race about 4 months ago. I have tried physio and rest with some success. My OS is willing to scope but I am not sure if they will find anything and it is a very expensive surgery.

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Re: Normal MRI but knee pain continues
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2011, 03:15:51 AM »
If you go in for a scope just be prepared for worse case scenario-you could come out with MFX and be on crutches, NWB for 6 weeks. Just keep your pain in perspective.  My husband has the same issues-he has pain skiing (water and snow) but not all the time.  I had MFX a week ago and I would never wish this on anyone. Just my two cents

Offline dm

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Re: Normal MRI but knee pain continues
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2011, 03:41:18 AM »
the ultimate decision to go for the scope or not has several factors - the improvement in symptoms over time, or lack thereof, the financial factors - what you'll be on the hook for in deductible, copays etc from your insurance, possible recovery times depending on what your doc thinks the likely cause of the pain is, and being prepared for up to a couple months of downtime, depending on what they find is wrong.

so, you have to do the homework and weight the factors involved and decide if you can afford the surgery, if you have a portion to pay, and if you can afford not to, with the problems you've got.
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: Normal MRI but knee pain continues
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2011, 02:19:01 PM »
I too had a clean MRI ,PT for 3 months with little or no success.  I opted for a scope just too look around they suspected plica removal or something small.  I came out with a pretty large MFX and was laid up for weeks.  I am luck in that I don't work and only pay $25.00 for surgery no matter how big it gets.  Well MFX failed and I am now scheduled for ACI in 9 days.  I am not trying to scare you but I think going in with your eyes open is important too.

Hope it all works out,
9/2010 fell broke nose and injured L knee
10/2010 MRI  negetive
1/21/2011 diagnostic arhtroscopy woke up with MFX
8/11/2011 new MRI showed failed MFX
9/1/2011 Biopsy for carticel
11/1/2011 ACI
5/31/12 scope and microfracture again 1/2 ACI failed
9/2/12 Scheduled OATS,Osteotomy

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Re: Normal MRI but knee pain continues
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2011, 02:30:31 PM »
I had a completely different problem, but may be useful to share my experience

For 10 years I had complained to over a dozen surgeons of patella maltracking after a dislocation. 

I had 3 MRIs done and 3 arthroscopic surgeries - Nothing came back that would explain the maltracking.

I saw two world renowned specialists in the USA (travelled from canada) who diagnosed my MPFL (medial patellofemoral ligament) had become very deficient from the disolcaiton, and was the source of the problem.

Finally, after a 4th MRI, they detected the MPFL was thinned out at femoral attachment .... this was only after the specialists diagnosed it, and they took a closer look at it.  I had mentioned the MPFL as a possible issue a few times, but what I said was ignored, because these people typically think the patient is an idiot even though they live in their own body and can feel the symptoms every day.

There is probably something on the MRI, they are just to blind to see it.

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Re: Normal MRI but knee pain continues
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2011, 03:26:19 PM »
Hello ,
   Just like the others have said , I don't want to vere you in the wrong direction as for the after affects . I had an x-ray and MRI with no defects . After exploritory scope they realized I had blown out some of my cartlidge and it was floating in my knee . I woke up with debridement and MF . The recoup was about 1 1/2 mnths . I am now 3 weeks into recoup after having an OAT's procedure and reconstruction . This scenerio is ongoing and will be for the next couple of months . I actually blew a large hole through the cartlidge this time and was bone on bone . This MRI did show the results . Wish you the best , but do take into consideration that not everything will show up on MRI's no matter how good the tech or machine .
Knee Scope and Microfracture 03-2010
OAT's procedure , Reconstruction , Femoral nerve block 10-2011

Wishing everyone a healthy speedy recovery and good luck to all...
Brian S