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Offline sloth

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Knee pain is severe after failed ACL
« on: May 13, 2012, 09:20:49 AM »
Hi Guys I really hope I can pick up some sound advice from you.

Without boring you all too much I suffered a total dislocation of my left knee in 2008 resulting in ruptures to both my cruciate ligaments and my MCL.
I then had reconstruction to all three ligaments using hamstring grafts from my other leg. I have had a few minor set backs in the last few years but nothing to hideous and I managed to get a good level of fitness back and even returned to full duties ( I am a police officer).

However in the last few months the pain in my knee was bad so I went and had an arthroscopy. There I was told that the wear and tear in my knee was "terrible" and I had very little in the way of meniscus or cartilage left. They took out some sutures which I think had become loose around some kind of cartilage repair  and I was told my ACL was so loose that it wasn't serving any purpose.

I am awaiting my date with the specialist again but at the moment the pain in my knee is bloody horrendous. It is so bad it keeps me awake and I cant drive or walk any distance at all. I am a fit 34 year old male and was wondering why my knee would be so sore......my knee is sore but I cant really localize the pain and I really don't have any swelling. Basically I am after any advice as to why it would hurt so much and anything I could do to relieve the pain. I have broken numerous bones and had numerous surgical procedures in the past but I can say this is, without doubt, the most bloody painful injury I have ever had.
Also the doctor mentioned the bone that my knee cap tracks up and down on is wearing (?).....at least I think thats what he said but I had just come round from surgery and struggled to take it all in!!

Thank you.... 
 
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Re: Knee pain is severe after failed ACL
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2012, 08:33:58 PM »
When was your scope done? Recently?
Bilateral patella OA since 2009, no surgeries.
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Re: Knee pain is severe after failed ACL
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2012, 09:18:10 PM »
Scope was on the 26th March 

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Re: Knee pain is severe after failed ACL
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2012, 10:25:47 AM »
I would suggest you start with using basic over the counter anti-inflammatory product for pain to see if that help your discomfort, perhaps try something topical. You may have to experiment a bit and see if one product helps more than another. Also plain old ice or heat, see if one helps more than the other. Are you in the US or UK? that would help us to know which items are available to you. Some products are available in the US but not UK and vice versa.

You might also find a knee support that athletes use, one of the ones that's got some stiffer support in it than just elastic, might be of some aid if you've got blown ligaments. If you can ride a bike or swim to strengthen your knee muscle groups and help tighten up the knee joint while taking the body weight off the knee, you might get some pain relief from that kind of physical therapy - would be worth consulting with a therapist to evaluate that option for working on non-surgical alternatives, as some don't get their acl fixed and live successfully without it by strengthening the muscles to tighten the knee up as much as they can.

Just some thoughts for you to consider. There's also some prescription arthritis medications out there that can offer some relief from the discomfort, but you gotta see the doc for those. I imagine you want to be careful about what you take being an active duty officer.

Have they told you if they can reconstruct your ACL/PCL and give you your functionality back? Why didn't they go into the scope they did prepared for an ACL recon if they knew you likely had an issue and just do it all at once?
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.