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Offline KneeZilla

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Can't get medical care
« on: July 10, 2012, 02:06:00 PM »
Hi there my name is Steve. I'm 21 years old and I live in Maine USA. I don't know what to do so I figured ranting on kneeguru was the next best course of action. Here is a summarized chopped down version of my plight. This Feb of 2012 I was working for a guy I know running a wood splitting machine on his property. I was working for him and had an accident with a pulp hook. It hit me in the right knee damaging my femoral articular cartilage. It hurt really bad and I stopped working. I was lucky enough to be covered by mainecare because I was under 21 at the time. I was able to have an MRI and a scope. The doc said that it was only grade 2 and maybe if he left it alone the symptoms would reside. Well for about 2 weeks after the scope I felt pretty good then the pain came back. My right knee now crutches whenever I move it and hurts ALL of the time no matter what I do. I am getting around on a cane an d sometimes a crutch. These help me to reduce the amount of pain I get at the end of the day from all the movement and especially stairs. Its starting to look like my lesion is getting bigger and badder. Unfortunately now I have no means of treating it if I wanted to. My mainecare ran out because I turned 21. I am also pretty sure I can't get workmans comp because the guy I was working for paid me in cash and does not have any kind of workers insurance. So basically here is where I am at. I need to find out how bad this lesion is getting and also if I will need a cartilage repair procedure in the future. I think I might even have to wait till it wears down to the bone before they will consider a repair procedure. In that case will the lesion be too big to treat? Right now it is rather small but I cam concerned that it will grow too much if left untreated. So how do I go about getting treatment and possibly an ACI surgery without any health insurance? I can't really work due to my leg but I am looking for desk jobs. I have no parents to help me out. The only reason I am not homeless is because of one of my friends. I feel pretty stuck here. Having a possibly permanent health condition is bad enough. But the fact that I don't think I can get it treated is even worse. Anyone know of any cartilage repair specialists that do charity cases? I don't know what to do. Anyway thanks for listening to my rant guys.
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RK
- Injury with a pulp hook :O jan/12
-MRI possible articular cartilage damage
-scope + debridement 3/22/12
-Pain is back :(

Offline shobbs

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Re: Can't get medical care
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2012, 02:26:26 PM »
Wow - bad situation to be sure.  A few suggestions would be 1) check with an "Accident Recovery Team"....lawyers who help when you are not at fault. 
2) Check with your state insurance commission about Mainecare.  Your condition started while you were covered; there should be something that they can do for the continuation of care. 3) Are you currently employed?  Barter with a doctor for treatment....Just some thoughts.

Offline maryc

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Re: Can't get medical care
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2012, 04:28:52 PM »
You are 21 - check to see if you can be covered by your parents insurance - under the new Affordable Health Care you may be carried on your parents insurance until you are 26.
http://www.healthcare.gov/law/features/choices/young-adult-coverage/index.html
8/4/07 fell
8/5 diagnosed TPF
8/6 surgery plate and 6 screws
8/12 out of hospital NWM
8/21 staples removed
9/18 OS appt - WBAT with crutches
10/10 - WBAT with cane
10/27 - back to work w/cane
12/26 - no cane, slight limp when tired
1/25/08 - released from PT, no limp
2/3/09 - Released by OS

Offline kneepaincure

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Re: Can't get medical care
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2012, 11:49:36 PM »
I think shobbs may be right. If you visited a doctor when you were covered by insurance, you may be able to get a continuation of the insurance, something like COBRA perhaps?

Don't give up hope, and definitely intensify the hunt for a job. Job benefits will be very useful.
Have had tilted kneecaps for many years, and occasional patellar tendinitis.

Offline dm

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Re: Can't get medical care
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2012, 03:18:56 PM »
Here's another way to pursue it.. if you were "working" on his property, as you were not an employee of a company the guy owns, but could most likely be considered as being employed by the homeowner in a "handyman" capacity, you may be able to pursue a claim under his homeowner's insurance. Its an option to look at, as you were injured on his property. Now if the property was only woods, with no home on it, then the land may have had no insurance... but it's something to look at.
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: Can't get medical care
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2012, 04:17:54 PM »
kneezilla:  Did you check with the local hospital.  I know that there is Dr. and hospital care at clinics associated with the hospital.   You may have to apply for their freecare or government plan.    I don't think Drs. fall under this plan but they will charge you at a reduced fee.   I hope this helps Good Luck.
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Re: Can't get medical care
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2012, 07:51:03 PM »
Thanks guys I am looking around. I don't really have parents so I can't try to get on their insurance. My mums disabled and my dad is not in the picture. I have checked into my local hospital and they do have a free care plan. I am pretty sure this plan won't cover any kind of surgery due to the costs. Another problem is the fact that my last job was under the table and had no home on the property so its looking next to impossible to collect any kind of healthcare from that. Another problem with this is Its looking like I might need a cartilage repair technique. I don't really want to get microfracture because I know the failure rates at 5-10 years are pretty high and that it makes subsequent procedures more likely to fail. So I would really prefer to have ACI done but it is an expensive multi step procedure that most places won't cover for free.  I am going to look into COBRA but it is really hard to find a desk job with no specialties and no car. I wish I was a citizen of a country that had universal health care. Anyway still on the lookout for options. I am really concerned that my lesion will get worse the longer I wait. Thanks for these suggestions guys maybe I can get lucky with something. Hope everyone has good luck with their own knee issues.
Knowledge is power.
RK
- Injury with a pulp hook :O jan/12
-MRI possible articular cartilage damage
-scope + debridement 3/22/12
-Pain is back :(

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Re: Can't get medical care
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2012, 04:16:52 AM »
Hi KneeZilla:   If you get the free care the doctor will charge you at a lesser rate and perhaps you could go on a payment plan with the Dr.  There will be someone who will take you cause I know the hospitals have Drs. that do this.  There are always the good samaritans  that will take care of you. 
Keep trying and good luck!  LAS

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Re: Can't get medical care
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2012, 05:18:45 AM »
There must surely be some skills that you have picked up. Have you thought about sitting down and listing out your experiences so far? There's a good chance that you will come up with some useful things about yourself.
Have had tilted kneecaps for many years, and occasional patellar tendinitis.