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Offline LindaM

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Re: Another DR?
« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2012, 12:24:16 AM »
Hey Slope,

Age is all in the mind.  Since I expect to live to a healthy 100, by my standard 63 is just middle aged, not old.  And you are worth being repaired as much as any younger person.  We are way past the time in history when a person should be content to just settle into their chair and rot when they have mobility issues. 

There are tons of websites out there, I found this one when I was checking things out with my first meniscus tear.  Check out AAOS or some of the university sites and you will get a broader view and some ideas about the questions you should ask your OS.

Good luck!

Linda 
>20 yrs. osteo and inflammatory arthritis, fibromyalgia
meniscus repair Sept. 2009
right PKR June 2010
left PKR Feb. 2012

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Re: Another DR?
« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2012, 08:45:53 AM »
Hi all,

Do not misunderstand me. I said old, but I didn’t say I had lost ambition. In order to fulfill my dream I retired earlier to go climb mountains. That is why I am scared to loose any more mobility.

Update
The past (since yesterday) family Dr. thought different. In his opinion I should enjoy life in another, more relaxed, way. He has obesities, which is bad for his knees and may be for mine … He agreed there is some loss in mobility but not that significant for my age. In his words everything comes to an end. “Marathon running is not for people like us”.

Made an appointment with a new (now much better and improved) GP (this Thursday). Found an Orthopedic who is specialized in sports. Hope I can get the new GP to prescribe that I can see that O.

Lessons learned
Dare to change, if it doesn’t feel good. I waited over a year, which is too long.
As most of you said, see an Orthopedic to know going on.
Get a scan.
Talk, ask.
Get knowledge so you know what the O and you are talking about.

Final thoughts
Of course every one wants the best treatment by a famous Professor. But I am more then happy when treated by a lesser "god" with a good result. I think my case is not that complicated. It is the result that counts. That is what I realized I have to ask for, to get that pain and click out of the way.

Be good, be kind, be happy.

Slope
Started climbing at age 3 any attempt to stop since then has failed.

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Re: Another DR?
« Reply #17 on: February 21, 2012, 11:35:54 AM »
Slope,

The great part about being a knee geek is we don't rate anyone's pain.  If  you have a knee or any other type of injury it is the most important crisis in your life right now.  Everyone here has been great about listening to my issues.  Definitely don't hesitate....OS are like buses...wait 10 minutes and another one comes along.  Those very special ones who are very knowledgeable and are not working with blinders on you could count on one hand.  I respect all doctors, but have suffered greatly because of incorrect diagnosis.  I have had them take out my TKR so many times I am selling the left over titanium on EBAY!

If you are in pain...tell them to stop.  If a PT or a doc who is shoving a needle in your knee tells you to gut it out, walk away.  I am amazed at the number of PT therapists who have never had a paper cut telling me I need to be tough and take the pain.  I just giggle. 

Anyway, the only dumb question is the one you don't ask and no problem is too small to mention.  The small things make all the difference and there are half a dozen people here that have really helped me.  Russ < bowing in Missmyknee's and Renneshke's general location chanting "I am not worthy...I am not worthy!!!!""""  LMAO! 

Russ

Russ
80 Shattered patella 5 surg
09  TKR 
09  MUA
09  MUA
09  Knee infected??
10  TKR  Scar Tissue
10  2nd OS  Diagnosis Infection
10  TKR with antibiotic spacer, no joint
4/11  TKR
11  TKR PT
11  TKR
11  TKR  AF diagosis
12/11  HO diagnosed
2012  Intractable Pain
2012  OS split
amputation possible?

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Re: Another DR?
« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2012, 02:05:44 PM »
Russ and all,

Health issues can easily be viewed from different perspectives. Luckily for me it is not: laughing my a$$ off. Sadly enough it is for many a reality to get good treatment. I realize that very well. For most it is more the struggle to get advice and (good) therapy. In that sense KNEEgeeks is of great help.

As Vikster a.o. said to me:
You don't even know what is wrong and what will be needed.
Surgery should always be a last resort when conservative measures fail.
And as the moderator stated it is likely a normal variant of something.
That has put my feet on the ground.

I still feel ashamed that I misspelled the word scared/scarred/afraid a few mails earlier. Never the less you all reacted very kind with support. Thank you.

Back studying the anatomy of the knee.

Bye for now.

Slope
Started climbing at age 3 any attempt to stop since then has failed.

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Re: Another DR?
« Reply #19 on: February 24, 2012, 07:36:20 PM »
Slope,

You are fine.  I see someone who might be having surgery and I go psycho russ and want everyone to know that their are complications which are very treatable if the OS knows about them in advance.

The moderator is correct, you may not even need surgery and/or PT might even be the cure.  If you ever do consider surgery, just be informed prior.

Good luck.

Russ
80 Shattered patella 5 surg
09  TKR 
09  MUA
09  MUA
09  Knee infected??
10  TKR  Scar Tissue
10  2nd OS  Diagnosis Infection
10  TKR with antibiotic spacer, no joint
4/11  TKR
11  TKR PT
11  TKR
11  TKR  AF diagosis
12/11  HO diagnosed
2012  Intractable Pain
2012  OS split
amputation possible?

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Re: Another DR?
« Reply #20 on: October 23, 2014, 03:00:00 PM »
It is a long story….

Well, more scan’s were made. Visited two more Orthopaedics. One said my patella was fixed and had to get flexible. So physiotherapy. 2012-2013. The other one said tjeeh.
Knee went sort of okay. Still those click though. Got something done training wise.
Back to the GP with the question why does it hurt? The standard answer: on your age blah blah. In this way you deteriorate out of your self.

A brace
Got sick of it: went up Mnt McKinley/Denali in 2013. Not without pain.
After that I broke my foot, discovered that 6 weeks later, when physio made an echo.
Since my foot doesn’t hurt any more, I thought well mid 2014 : a brace. Up to a physio who’s specialism is brace’s. An other time a half years rest.

Diagnose
The diagnose was made in 5 minutes. A tear in the meniscus.
He just put his finger on the right spot, bang! Marked it with a pen. An other time, different position.
He was sure about it no photo needed. Consult was free. No brace, nothing only the advice to see a good Orthopaedist.

Operation
So an other Knee Dr.
Also here one conclusion: meniscus tear. 17 November = a meniscus saving operation.
He says that it is very likely that I can run again (without that click and pain).
Promises, promises! I am curious to face it.

What I learned
•   Check the info on meniscuses on this site. That helped a lot in the conversation, the DR didn’t need to explain the basics. I could talk with the Dr about the Gant people, Belgium, about ways of stitching, etc. What was on the scan, yes a tear!
•   There are You Tube films that explain a good diagnose protocol. (So the tear is there since 2011)
•   If you have pain, you have pain. If your knee doesn’t feel right it is not right.
•   If your Dr doesn’t … seek for good advise.

I keep you informed.

Slope
Started climbing at age 3 any attempt to stop since then has failed.















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