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Posted by
joan on November 24, 2003 at 06:38:41:

Hi,
I've read everything on this site and i still have some questions.
I fell and banged my knee last May. There was a small cut but not one that I thought required stitches and I figured I could take care of any swelling with ice and advil.(I live on an Island and there is no doctor or hospital here and I have to take a ferry and then drive for twenty minutes to the nearnest hospital) The knee was sore only to touch for several weeks. Then it started swelling until it was so swollen I couldn't bend it. I went to my GP who drained it and told me to come back in a week to see what they found in the fluid. In that week I began to have severe pain in my knee and down the back of my leg. When I went back he told me I had a torn minicus and would need to have a scope done on my knee by an orthopedic surgeon. An appointment was made for Nov. The pain in my leg was getting worse and it was now going right up my thigh and down to my foot. The strange thing about it is that this only happens when I walk or stand on it. If I am sitting down there is very little pain but after walking or standing for more that 15 minutes the pain is unbearable. If I sit down for a few minutes when the pain starts it will go away and I can stand and walk again for another ten or fifteen minutes. So this is how I live sit, stand, sit, stand all day long. I went back to my GP and expressed some concern about this. After examining me he told me I also had a torn Hamstring and a bakers cyst, told me to get a knee brace and ordered an ultrasound. Since I was going to the Ortho Dr. in a few weeks he told me to take my xrays and utra sound to the Ortho. He has told me a different times to walk, not to walk, walk not to walk. The brace made my leg worse. I was in constant unbearable pain the whole time I wore it. Anyway, I finally went to see the Orthopedic Surgeon who did not even examine me or look at my ultrasound or xrays. He said he needed to do an MRI and then decide if I needed a scope and repair. When I asked him what I should do to keep my knee in the best shape I could he told me he didn't know. so now I am waiting for an appoinment for an MRI which could take up to three months. I am going back to my GP and demanding he find me another Orthopedic Dr. I want a second opinion.My question is what should I be doing with this leg. Should I be putting weight on my leg or resting it? How do I keep from further damaging it? Would a bakers cyst cause pain all the way down my calf and into my foot and up my thigh and into my hip????? The pain in the knee is a stabbing pain and when it goes down and up my leg it feels as though my leg is being burned. Why did this pain start after I had the fluid drained from my knee?
I would appreciate any feedback anyone can give me. The Dr. only comes here twice a month and since I am normally a very physically active person I am having a very hard time dealing with this. I need to know what is best keeping it moveing or not.

Thanks



Re: bakers cyst (More than.) (Archive in knee.) Only in a monopoly!

Posted by Walt Stoll on November 25, 2003 at 07:26:43:

In Reply to: bakers cyst posted by joan on November 24, 2003 at 06:38:41:

Hi, Joan.

Hindsight is always easier than foresight. In retrospect, you had a much more serious knee injury from your fall than you realized and the first doc to examine it should have been astute enough to see that there was some kind of intra-articular damage (any sports medicine doc would have known within a few minutes of examination)--your torn meniscus--and ordered the MRI the first thing. Then your next visit would have been to the orthopdist and you would already have had your surgery.

In the meantime, while they are all futzing around, underwater exercises and as few weight bearing steps as possile is what I would recommend. Since you are not going to be doing much of anything else, I would suggest you occupy yourself by becoming an expert in knee injuries (see the knee archives and the arthritis archives [since you are going to get arthritis in this knee mostly because of the delay]) and start the glucosamine and omega 3 oils suggested in the archives. They cannot harm and will probably significantly reduce your symptoms within a few weeks to a month or so.

Let us know what you learn and how you do.

Walt

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