Post Edited (erin kachmar) : 4/28/2006 11:35:17 AM (GMT-6)
true, the prednisone can mess up test results, bummer. it would have stopped a lot of this pain & swelling. but if the appt is in a few weeks, i think you could take a few steroids just to get out of the flare.
i've noticed when sometimes i take the first step down a flight a steps, my knee kinda locks and WHOA! pain! and after that...impossible to use it for the rest of the day. don't really know what the cause of that is. but i do find it harder to go down stairs than it is upstairs & harder to go downhill than uphill. anatomicall, i would think that the knee joint isn't stabilized...if the hamstrings were stronger the knee would less likely lock & pop going down stairs; that's my only theory. LOL.
who knows! we all figure each other out as we go.
i am glad you went to the ER. can you take a few steroid pills? or is your bloodwork too soon in coming?
i really think the are working on it. i remember when i had to get TWO rheummies to correspond over the phone, one in NJ the other in Manhattan...and it felt like FOREVER. in my head i was like, "yeah right, the office receptionist isn't relaying my messages and they're never going to go over my case....i'm gonna get to NY and the rheummy is going to say WELL I NEVER TALKED WITH YOUR Dr IN NJ!"
but i was wrong...it just took A LOT of time. and getting my appt set up & the ball rolling...that took a while too.
i don't think they're forgetting about you. but do at least once a week give a call just to see what progress is being made.
you'll get there! hang on!
a normal knee can click or pop sure! many athletes have a pop or snappy knee. kinda like when you crack your knuckles. just the fluid moving around. many times it is normal.
but what the doc feels around the knee and the amount of fluid is what's important. when the rheummy asks you to bend and flex your knees, he'll be able to asses the fluid in it & feel with his hands any friction coming from it.
your fiance isn't being hard on you is he? perhaps he's just scared?
you're totally right on with your teen! they should do there own laundry or at least help. the less that you have to stress your knee over the limit that is therepeutic the better!
hang in there girl!
i m ust have been a weirdo kid. every weekend i would tear apart my bedroom, clean the floors, re-do the clothes drawers, rearrange the furniture, and even color arrange my clothes! LOL. can we say OCD? LOL
but i guess i made up for it when i was a teenager. i never came home! oh my poor mother! curfew 10?...walk in at 1am. man, i feel bad that i did that now that i'm older...i think i would go nuts if my kid didn't come home on time.
hey, i turned out pretty darn good though.