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Offline sparrowhawk

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Knee pain...again...
« on: September 22, 2014, 12:31:00 PM »
Just to give some background, almost three years ago I injured my knee - someone jumped on my leg and it locked. Had a lot of pain & swelling, went through x-rays, MRI, physio, brace and crutches and got no diagnosis. Since then I've had intermittent pain, usually when I walk a lot or keep my leg in a position for a long period of time. 
Today I was doing light housework, I bent downward and my knee started to hurt in the medial area when I bore weight on it. Initially it was too sore for me to walk, and the pain is now more dull but still there. I have been elevating it, but wondering why this would have happened and whether I should go and try get some more treatment, though I 'm not too sure what can be done.
Any help is welcome!
Injury to right knee '11.
Diagnosed patella effusion & prob. sprain '12.
Re-injured knee '12. Suspected meniscus tear/MCL injury. Pain cleared.
Re-injured knee '14. OS suspected meniscus tear. MRI shows effusion, small plica & chrondomalacia patellae. No evident meniscus injury, likely MCL sprain.

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Re: Knee pain...again...
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2014, 01:57:54 PM »
Hello sparrowhawk: Sounds like you may of aggravated an existing problem or reinjured your knee.  Your symptoms sound very similar to  myself when I experienced a medial meniscus tear.
Maybe you could try the elastic wrap to see if that helps with the pain and to help you get around better.  RICE as much as you can.   Having intermittent pain for 3 years now,  I would definitely get it checked by the orthopedic surgeon.   Perhaps they could do another exam and MRI.  Your knee could have more damage now.   Best of Luck to you.   LAS

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Re: Knee pain...again...
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2014, 07:01:30 AM »
Thank you, LAS! I'm getting pain in a specific location (on the medial side, near the joint), mostly when I touch it, but also at times when I bear weight. I have been elevating my leg and resting, and it doesn't seem to be swollen and it's becoming easier to walk - which is good!
Injury to right knee '11.
Diagnosed patella effusion & prob. sprain '12.
Re-injured knee '12. Suspected meniscus tear/MCL injury. Pain cleared.
Re-injured knee '14. OS suspected meniscus tear. MRI shows effusion, small plica & chrondomalacia patellae. No evident meniscus injury, likely MCL sprain.

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Re: Knee pain...again...
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2014, 07:31:48 AM »
If it doesn't settle, go see a knee specialist.  Joint line pain is common with a meniscus tear, can often be missed by MRI (or you may just have torn it more / now)

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Re: Knee pain...again...
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2014, 12:10:38 PM »
Thank you. It is VERY tender along the joint - even just a light touch is uncomfortable. I had a little pain today but made sure I spent some time elevating my knee, which gave it a bit of a break.

I've also been experiencing clicking and pain in my ankle/foot on the same leg for a little while now. It doesn't really linger or cause much trouble, but I feel it got a bit more aggravated with this. Not sure if that is related to the knee issues, but I might get it checked also if I follow up on the knee.
Injury to right knee '11.
Diagnosed patella effusion & prob. sprain '12.
Re-injured knee '12. Suspected meniscus tear/MCL injury. Pain cleared.
Re-injured knee '14. OS suspected meniscus tear. MRI shows effusion, small plica & chrondomalacia patellae. No evident meniscus injury, likely MCL sprain.

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Re: Knee pain...again...
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2014, 12:30:45 PM »
Hi sparrowhawk:    In my experience my knees did affect my gait.   It sort of goes like this:   Your hips affect your knees and your knees affect your feet.  Now that you have the problem in your ankle and foot could means the problem has traveled and another reason to see a specialist.   Sounds like you are doing all the right treatments but even so you might need a little help getting to the source of the problem.    Hope this has helped you.    LAS

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Re: Knee pain...again...
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2014, 09:50:07 PM »
Hi sparrowhawk:    In my experience my knees did affect my gait.   It sort of goes like this:   Your hips affect your knees and your knees affect your feet.  Now that you have the problem in your ankle and foot could means the problem has traveled and another reason to see a specialist.   Sounds like you are doing all the right treatments but even so you might need a little help getting to the source of the problem.    Hope this has helped you.    LAS

Thank you - very helpful. :) I guessed that it would probably be connected to the knee, especially as it's not happening in my other foot. I will plan to see my GP so I can get referred to a specialist.
Injury to right knee '11.
Diagnosed patella effusion & prob. sprain '12.
Re-injured knee '12. Suspected meniscus tear/MCL injury. Pain cleared.
Re-injured knee '14. OS suspected meniscus tear. MRI shows effusion, small plica & chrondomalacia patellae. No evident meniscus injury, likely MCL sprain.

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Re: Knee pain...again...
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2014, 09:53:13 PM »
How come after those Xrays, check ups, etc. you don't get any results? Have you tried asking for second advice from other knee specialist? Based on what you said, I guess your problem is related to meniscus tear. Surgeries are not necessarily applicable if that's the case because there are exercises and othe alternatives that you can do to lessen the pain.

I have no idea. The closest I ever got to a diagnosis was my physiotherapist saying that it *may* be bruised bones, in which case it could take a while to heal. The orthopedic surgeon I saw initially (because I wanted a second opinion) said it would clear up in a matter of months...but that was in early 2012, and I still have issues. I hurt my knee again (just by bearing too much weight on my leg) later that year while overseas, and the doctor I saw did say it could be an injury to the meniscus or ligament...but the pain went away soon after, so I stopped worrying. I think I will need to get it checked, as the pain is still here after two days and I'm a bit concerned.
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Injury to right knee '11.
Diagnosed patella effusion & prob. sprain '12.
Re-injured knee '12. Suspected meniscus tear/MCL injury. Pain cleared.
Re-injured knee '14. OS suspected meniscus tear. MRI shows effusion, small plica & chrondomalacia patellae. No evident meniscus injury, likely MCL sprain.

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Re: Knee pain...again...
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2014, 01:21:48 AM »
So I went back to the doctor today to discuss the knee. She was concerned I've had issues for so long.
She showed me a letter the surgeon I saw back in 2012 had written. I was VERY surprised to read he had diagnosed me with a sprain - don't recall that in the slightest. At any rate, at the time he told me that it would take a matter of months to heal...but I've had pain on-and-off for much longer.
Do sprains usually last this long? I am going back to see the same surgeon I saw initially - should I perhaps question him on this?
Injury to right knee '11.
Diagnosed patella effusion & prob. sprain '12.
Re-injured knee '12. Suspected meniscus tear/MCL injury. Pain cleared.
Re-injured knee '14. OS suspected meniscus tear. MRI shows effusion, small plica & chrondomalacia patellae. No evident meniscus injury, likely MCL sprain.

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Re: Knee pain...again...
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2014, 06:11:04 AM »
Having an MRI next week, the doctor thinks I may have torn my meniscus. Thanks for all your help guys! :)
Injury to right knee '11.
Diagnosed patella effusion & prob. sprain '12.
Re-injured knee '12. Suspected meniscus tear/MCL injury. Pain cleared.
Re-injured knee '14. OS suspected meniscus tear. MRI shows effusion, small plica & chrondomalacia patellae. No evident meniscus injury, likely MCL sprain.