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Offline lindsay7

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Help?
« on: February 08, 2004, 09:53:14 PM »
Hi... I'm new here, but I have just recently injured my knee - not as badly as most of you in here, but I didn't go to my doctor - can't afford it, and its kind of embarrassing how it happened anyway.

I fell down a flight of steps, heard a pop from my ankle and a kind of wrenching feeling in my knee, which I landed on. There was intense pain, and I definately could not bear weight on that leg. It was swollen from about the middle of my thigh down through my foot. I heavily iced it, and fortunately had already requested the week off from work. I had hurt my ankle years ago - so had some crutches and ace bandages in supply. I've been relying on those - plus heavy doses of pain killers ever since. It has been feeling a bit better (its been almost 4 wks.) except this morning as I was getting out of the car for church, I ended up putting full weight on my knee and luckily, collapsed back into my car. Needless to say, I didn't make the service and am now in so much pain - it feels almost as intense as the initial day I injured it.

Sorry this is so long and so whiny - there's probably nothing anyone can do anyway - I just feel so helpless - and want this pain to go away so I can just get on with my life.

Thanks.
Lindsay

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Re: Help?
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2004, 10:49:31 PM »
Lindsay,

You've got to see a doctor.  No one here can even guess what happened...if you are still unable to bear weight after four weeks it could be that you have a serious injury and are doing further damage by trying to treat it on your own and get around on it.

I know you dread what the doctor will say, but it seems like you've given it a good run on your own and things aren't getting better...wouldn't it be a good idea to go to the doctor, preferrably an orthopedic surgeon, and see what kind of damage you did?  If your best friend were in this situation, wouldn't you get into the car and drag her kicking and screaming to the doctor to get appropriate treatment?

Trust me, ignoring an injury won't make it go away!  I had a bad fall after Thanksgiving on an already trashed knee.  It took me 3 weeks to see my doctor, because the pain and swelling were not going away.  I'm still waiting for an MRI to see what happened in there.  I feel relieved that I'm finally getting it addressed because once I know what the problem is I can deal with it.  This is much better than constantly wondering what I did....

I hope you see the doctor soon.  Don't bother with the GP or family doctor unless you have to go through him/her to get a referral.  GP's are not knee specialists and can't help you much if you have damaged the joint.  They'd probably send you to an orthopedic surgeon to find out what's going on in there...

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Re: Help?
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2004, 10:03:55 PM »
Thanks Heather,

I decided to finally go see a doctor (kicking and screaming of course  ;) )

Unfortunately, I wasn't sure of any specific dr's around here (just moved here) so I did go through my gp. He said that there was probably nothing they could do anyway because it was still swollen. I felt like he just kind of wrote me off , saying stuff like - "well if it hurts when you do that, don't do that" kind of attitude. I did get a name of an OS and have an appt scheduled for friday.

Is my gp right? Is there nothing they can do yet anyway while its swollen? And this is my first time to an OS - what kinds of tests and stuff should I expect? I'm a little nervous about going....

Anyway, thanks for all your help and advice!

Lindsay

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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2004, 10:08:50 PM »
Lindsay,

The orthopedic surgeon will probably manipulate your knee (bend it, straighten, press here, tug there) and do a visual examination.  It won't be anythign scary, so don't worry.

He will probably also send you for some type of diagnostic imaging--x-rays or an MRI.  Again, no big deal.

He will use the hands-on tests and others to try to figure out if you've done any damage or 'just have a sprain.'  If that is the case, push for a referral to see a physical therapist to help you get better faster.  They have a lot of exercises and treatments that can help you out.

Good luck.

Heather
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