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Offline kawp33

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where do i turn now?
« on: January 12, 2004, 05:22:57 PM »
approx 12 weeks ago i was knocked to the ground after being hit sideways on by my mad pair of bull terriers. They were going at quite a speed and the impact severely bruised both knees. I carried on as normal with a little discomfort for a further 4 weeks until one day. whilst shopping, i took the stairs 2 at a time and my leg collapsed from underneath me with a popping sound and burning pain around the back and inside of my left knee. Following xrays and appointments with the knee specialist at my local nhs - it was agreed that mine was a classic case of torn meniscus so i was scheduled for arthroscopy. I have had this but all it showed was bruising and 'surface irregularities'. My knee is still tender to the touch at the inside knee - i cant kneel or put direct pressure on it. I struggle up and downstairs and hills - and it still feels like its 'catching' - especially if i forget and put my weight on the joint when twisting or turning. I cannot drive - so am unable to work - i am off on sick leave with no diagnosis to tell my employees what is wrong or when i can return! i have an outpatients appointment for 6 weeks time - but i am so frustrated that i just dont know what is causing my probs - but the symptoms are definitely not in my mind as one unhelpful nurse suggested immediatley post arthroscopy! Any advice would be welcome.

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Re: where do i turn now?
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2004, 06:26:14 PM »
Hey Kawp33,
Wow...you must be frustrated and I can totally relate, understand and sympathize.
If I were you... I would go for a second, third, fourth opinion. Obviously the torn meniscus was not the case, but obviously there is something going on in there.  I won't even begin to guess as to what the problem could be ...
Maybe get in to see a good physiotherapist, they have a really good handle on these things, and what can be the matter.
Until then..practice..RICE, Rest, Ice, compression and Elevation, try not to do anything that agravates it alot.
I hope that helped..wish I could offer you something more
HUGS and HOPE
Linds
1997 Scope RK
2002 LR RK
2002 Scope and hematoma evac RK
2004 LR LK
May 06 Fall from Horse, partial ACL tear and meniscus injury, Tibial plateau injury
2007 Scope, Plica Excision and Debride LK
2009/2010- Possibly Ankylosing Spondylitis?

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Re: where do i turn now?
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2004, 02:50:23 PM »
thank you for taking the time to mail me.

i find this site useful for info and its good to know im not alone.

i suppose now i will just wait until my next appointment end of feb and see what the consultant suggests - but it is just not right! I cant explain what it feels like very eloquently and i feel this is half my prob - i just cant get over to him what is going on in my knee.

maybe reading others experiences will help clarify things.

thanks again - karen.

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Re: where do i turn now?
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2004, 06:49:27 PM »
Hey !!

You should really need a closer look at your knee. Although the things you have gone through there seems to be something wrong. Are there no possiblities for you to for the first get a phys who can help you with a programme so you can strenghten the muscles around the joint ? After a scope even if it's only diagnostic you need to work with the muscles to get the knee in shape again. Maybe that's what you need. Remember a knee can feel very sore for a long while after. Try this while you wait for your appointment. And if you have big problems go see someone else. It's a good thing getting opinions from more then one doc..
Wish you luck.

nettan  ::)
Surgery 6 times left knee torn meniscus, RSDS,chondromalacia, nervdamage cause constant nervpain,chronic inflamm.
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Right knee damaged aug-06, use brace surgery 4/9-07.LCL tear.

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Re: where do i turn now?
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2004, 03:41:52 PM »
hello nettan,

thanks for mailing. coincidentally i saw my gp b4 i picked up your mail an he suggested exactly what u did.

My gp used to be in orthopaedics before he went into general practice and he says the bruised meniscus can take months to heal but as u mentioned the priority is now to strengthen the surrounding muscles as i appear to have lost a lot of density there.

He gave me some physio exercises and the usual r.i.c.e. routine and meds, so if i follow his advie things should start to improve.  thanks again - karen.















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