ligament, connective tissue, joint injuries

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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 12/16/2005 11:18 PM (GMT -7)   
i apologize right now because i know this will be a long post but here goes. Im currently 18 and I have severe joint problems, especially with my knees. Apparently at birth my kneecaps were a little out of place, but i never found out until my first knee dislocation about 3 or 4 years ago. My left knee popped out playing basketball and i had arthoscopic surgery to fix it. This helped somewhat because since then i think that knee has only popped out 2 or 3 more times. unfortunately my other knee has gotten worse popping out appx. 4-6 times. my doctor is talking about a major surgery involving drilling a hole through my knee cap and running a tendon through it and knotting it this would hopefully work unfortunately my growth plates haven't stopped yet and i cant get a surgery until they do besides that it is very expensive and would take me out of all physical activities for a very long time. i have tried stopping sports (which i really love and have trouble doing without) for awhile and lifting weights trying to strengthen my joints unfortunately lifting too much weight dislocated my shoulder earlier this year and tore ligaments in my knee a couple of days ago. its terrrible i did all that work and thought i might have finally fixed my knees and then it goes out again 8 months of hard work down the drain now ive got to start from scratch again when i finally get this immobilizer off today i looked on the internet about ligament problems and found some interesting stuff, there are supplements that can be taken to strenghten ligaments, special exercises i can do and something called paleothology. this involves a few injections into the ligament that hopefully strengthen it if anyone has any advice or suggestions on what to do, please respond im a senior in highschool these are supposed to be the best times of my life unfortunately ive been either injured or recovering from injuries almost my whole high school career while my friends are out having fun im stuck at home in an immobolizer and on crutches im sorry i don't mean to complain i just want to express how desperate i am for anyone that can help me thx for your concern   

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   Posted 12/17/2005 7:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi aosmiley8706 and Welcome to Healing Well! I'm sorry you are going through so much at such a young age. It is a lot to take on, and you're right, your highschool years aren't supposed to be spent in immobolizers and crutches... I do not have to experience to help you out with your situation, but there will be someone along shortly that can give you lots of info on what you can do I'm sure... These are a wonderful bunch of people with lots of experience and advice... I hope you continue to post with us and hope you find the answers you need... Good luck to you and please keep posting with us! - Duck
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   Posted 12/19/2005 11:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Smiley,
Welcome to HW!  It really stinks to be like this especially in highschool.  I totally know where you're coming from.  I suffered all through highschool & college & still!  Was quite the athlete too.  It's hard to watch everbody go by all normal and stuff without a care in the world.  If only they could spend a day in your shoes right?
I'm sure you have been through a lot of this but: have you consulted with an orthopedist? an orthopedic surgeon? (even though it's a surgeon, doesn't necessarily mean you have to have surgery...they are familiar with this sort of stuff).  Also, there are hospitals that specialize in bone & joint diseases that are GREAT for trouble areas like this.  All they do is connective tissue, joints, bones and rheumatics.
An occupational therapist might help too.  Help you stabalize and perhaps get about better.  Are you in physical therapy?
When I had to be pulled from sports (track and dance) I worked alongside my schools trainer.  I got to wrap ankles, fix cuts, massage, do PT and rehab.  It was great and helped me a lot in what I ended up doing career wise (nursing).
Since your long bones still need to stop growing, surgery like the doc said will have to wait.
What is your next step?  What type of docs do you see?
Hang in there!  I know it's tough.
Erin  :)

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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 1/2/2006 2:31 AM (GMT -7)   

Im sorry you are going through all this. I am also 18 so I understand where Im coming from. I hope it gets better for you.

Lots of Love and Gentle Hugs!

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