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Posted By : Queener - 6/29/2017 7:14 AM
I believe that I may have a meniscus tear in my left knee. I had one in my right knee repaired back in 1984 which probably started in 1978. It's been so long that I don't remember all the symptoms I had in 1978. I do remember that I had sharp pain on the inside of my knee (medial) and that I had trouble standing from a squatting position. The symptoms I am having with my left knee are sharp pain on the inside of the knee (medial), feeling like the knee is bending backwards and like it is going to give out. I have had the last 2 symptoms off and on for the past 7 or 8 years, just not the sharp pain. At the time of my right knee repair, the surgeon said that I would eventually have the same thing with my left knee. Was he right? Guess I'll soon have to make an appointment with orthopedic doctor for x-ray and MRI.
Kayly
GERD/Fibromyalgia/Degenerative Disc Disease/Osteoarthritis

Post Edited (Queener) : 7/5/2017 10:53:26 AM (GMT-6)


Posted By : straydog - 6/29/2017 8:44 AM
Hi Kayly, been there & done that with the knees many times over the years. If possible look online with your insurance & try to find an ortho that deals with knees only. When I first started out with knee problems in the late 80's I used a regular ortho. He scoped my knee & could not find the tear & became very frustrated because he knew there was a problem going on. He said I am referring you to the best knee dr in this city & did. I really figured at the time I needed PT, my symptoms were a lot of swelling, however, my quad muscles had atrophied really bad, a lot of pain & weakness. I was wrong, lol. The knee dr said PT will not fix this, you need it scoped. He scoped it & found the tear. Over the years I have had 4 scopes on the left & 1 on the right for various problems. So, please try to get a knee only ortho. After all of these scopes the best thing that helps me keep my knees moving is getting into the pool & moving these knees. I am at the point my only options are replacements & I am not there yet. For sure you will need an MRI. Depending on the results will depend on whether a scope is needed. Some tears can actually heal on their own.

Take care.
Susie
Moderator in Chronic Pain & Psoriasis Forums

Posted By : Queener - 6/29/2017 9:31 AM
Susie,

I already see 2 ortho doctors in one practice. One is back only (he did 2 of my mom's back fusions and monitors my DDD) and one is elbow/wrist/shoulder only (I have problems with all 3 areas). I will stay with the same practice and book my appointment with a doctor in their sports medicine area that specializes in knees. I remember having my right knee scoped...I remember it felt like jelly for a couple of hours after it was done. Yes, the scope is what showed the tear in 1984. I will say that all of my medical conditions do not present textbook and all my doctors know this. I am very hard to diagnose and sometimes have to have tests/imaging repeated more often than most people in order to find what's wrong and how to fix it.
Kayly
GERD/Fibromyalgia/Degenerative Disc Disease/Osteoarthritis

Posted By : (Seashell) - 6/29/2017 1:46 PM
Queener:
Your current symptoms (sharp pain to the medial aspect of the knee and feeling as though the knee is giving out) are less specific for a meniscal tear and more in line with possible debris in the knee and weakness of the quadriceps (front thigh muscle).

Meniscus tear symptoms tend to include: specific pain along the joint line, medial more than lateral; catching and locking of the joint, especially during the last 20 degrees of extension; difficulty with rapidly flexing and extending the knee.

Certainly do feel free to contact your MD for an assessment. But also feel free to begin isometric strengthening of the quadriceps and gentle exercise (short arc quads, straight leg raise) with focus on strengthening the quadreiceps muscle. Use ice to minimize inflammation (a bag of frozen peas works well as the peas conform to the contours of the joint.

If you are overweight, losing 5 or 10 pounds can go a long way to decreasing knee pain and the load forces placed on the knee.

Also, look at your shoes. Shoes that are tired and worn can be a source of knee pain due to altering the alignment of the hip and knee angle. Women have a wider pelvis then men, and this contributes to a more hip to knee angle - placing more stress on the medial aspect of the knee. Getting a new pair of athletic shoes with a pronation correction can also help to reduce knee pain, especially knee pain in women. The hip and knee angle, called the q angle, places more stress in the medial aspect of the knee in women as compared to men.

Just a few ideas that you might explore to bring you relief.

Nameste,
Karen
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Posted By : Queener - 7/8/2017 7:34 AM
Karen,
Thank you for your response. Will research the conditions you mentioned. As for shoes, I never let them get worn and I always buy ones with the most support.
Kayly
GERD/Fibromyalgia/Degenerative Disc Disease/Osteoarthritis

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