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Offline Melody87

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Hello, tips please
« on: July 04, 2012, 10:11:22 AM »
Hi all,

I'm new to the forum, this is my knee story I hoped I could get some tips on avoiding pain on here :)

I have been suffering with my left knee for about 2 years now, not sure how I hurt it I think it may have been falling off my push bike but I spent a long time unable to walk far, unable to drive and unable to cycle any great distance! not great for an active 23 year old :(

I saw my doc who sent me to a phisio who told me nothing and gave me some exercises that didn't help. I then came across a private injury specialist at my local gym about 12 months ago who said my knee cap was mal-tracking and gave me some similar exercises but far more intense that really seemed to help. I realised also how much strength I had lost in that leg trying not to use it for so long as well!

After about 4 months of training I left the gym and enjoyed a long spell of being able to do what ever I wanted including some off road mountainbiking. However only a month ago I got my car back on the road looking forward to being able to drive again and one month down the line, I'm in pain again.
I can't quite figure it out but it seems to be the high biting point on the clutch that's causing it. it's a big car and I need to lift my foot completely off the floor each time I change gear and it's really aggravated it.

To fix this problem I intend to swap it to an auto (did a manual conversion on it once already lol), but that doesn't explain why just driving seems to cause a problem. Will I have to avoid driving manual cars altogether?

Any ideas or tips would be very welcome. :)

Mel

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Re: Hello, tips please
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2012, 10:22:37 AM »
Hi

I think before you consider changing car you should get to the root cause of the problem.  Where do you get the pain is it directly in the kneecap or on the sides or lower or higher?

I think you need to visit your gp and get some scans done as it could be a number of problems and anything your doing not just driving could be impacting on it. 

I know going to the docs and getting referrals takes time but it may be more simple to fix than you think!  :)

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Offline Melody87

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Re: Hello, tips please
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2012, 10:32:18 AM »
Hi thanks for the advice I will go see the doc again and see if he can refer me. It's frustrating cause at my surgery I never get to see the same doctor!

I get the pain under the knee cap, generally to one side, it used to be on the outer side but this time it was on the inner side. It never seems to hurt at the time of the activity that does the damage either, it's alwasy at least a day later.

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Re: Hello, tips please
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2012, 10:42:34 AM »
It probable never hurts at the time cos your mind isnt on it.  i could play a whole round of golf and only suffer towards the end cos my mind wasnt on it.

If its on one side and below your knee it could be any of the ligaments although i would say that that is normally a sharp stabbing pain from experience and what ive read on here. Definately think you need some mri scans as the docs dont really know anything until youve had these. I left mine too late as docs werent sure and i should have been more committed to getting it scanned earlier.

Do you get any medication for it like anti inflams? cos if the joint is swelling it could help
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'09 Arthroscopy/cartilage repair
Diagnosed with Grade 4 OA no medial cartilage and significant varus alignment
'11 fitted with off loading knee brace
'12 HTO, meniscus transplant, acl reconstruction & microfracture all in 1 go!

Offline Melody87

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Re: Hello, tips please
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2012, 11:11:53 AM »
True I could be just not noticing until it's too late.

It's on the side but closer to the top of my knee cap, not the bottom and yes it's a sharp stabbing pain. I will ask for an MRI when I go. It's nice to know what to ask for cause I usually sit and wait for them to tell me what I should do then they just dismiss me and send me home!

Everyone I have seen has just told me to take ibuprofen which I take when I am in pain or before I do any activity. However swelling is not noticeable until the pain is really bad, still then it is only slight and just around the area that hurts. One thing that I found odd is very occasionally my knee will get really hot (enough to turn the skin red). Not neccesarily when I am in pain or when doing any activity.

At the moment I am hoping I can heal up enough to get me through my holiday to the Lemans Classic 2 hr race which I go on tomorrow. Last time I went I missed half the holiday cause I couldn't walk far enough to see everything. I'll see if I can get an appointment with the doc for when I get back next week.

Thanks for the advice :)

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Re: Hello, tips please
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2012, 03:34:37 PM »
I would ask for a referral to an orthopaedic surgeon - assuming you are in the UK and reliant upon the NHS?  Or you could pay a couple of hundred to see someone more quickly privately.  You need to see a specialist ideally

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Re: Hello, tips please
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2012, 09:39:21 PM »
Melody, had a similar problem years ago driving my standard car, I think it was that I just didn't have the strength to keep the clutch pressed down and the back pressure from that hurt my knee.  I was injured at the time, had a meniscal horn tear and a bakers cyst, but even after surgery it did produce pain trying to press the clutch. In the end I did switch to a automatic, not that it cures your knee problem, but it did help one more thing that was causing me pain.