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  • 1 Post By Allison Finch
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    01-25-2012, 01:31 AM
I'm going to vent

I'm going to scream and yell and get it all out, then get on with dealing with life...

Some of you know I've been struggling with a dodgy knee for a while now, including ending up in the ER on crutches when my Bakers Cyst burst. Well it got better from there, but never good, so I went and saw my doc, who sent me to a orthopedic consultant in the city.

I went and saw him back last October, clutching my x-rays, and after looking at them and examining the knee, he said that the knee was clean, no arthritis, and there was no soft tissue damage, so he diagnosed a strain, told me to rest it. He the offered to inject it, but must of caught the waves of displeasure coming from me, so he grudgingly said he would send me for an MRI if I wanted..........well hell yes I want, before you stick a needle in me. He said he would book me in, but said if it stops hurting before then you can just cancel.

Last week I went for the scan, and get a call yesterday asking me to come in today for the results, well guess what?

The scan shows severe arthritis behind the knee cap and in the joint itself, and I have a torn cartilage, so I have to go see a surgeon and have an operation I'm glad that the OP will improve things a lot, but angry that it's going to be a while probably before I'm going to be fit enough to ride. Even more angry that I was told that it was my fault that it had got so bad, becuase I didn't come in earlier.

OK, moan over, even more incentive to stay on the diet, and work on the physio exercises I was given last time I had knee trouble, other knee....
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    01-25-2012, 01:36 AM
Awww, that sucks GH. Well at least it's going to be taken care of. We do what we have to do. I put off going the doctor for 7 years with my buggered up knee, finally did, had the operation & wish I hadn't waited so long. You'll be fine, recovery time will fly by. (It's doesn't, but I thought I would lie to you to make you feel bedder).
    01-25-2012, 02:11 AM
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Hey, look at it this way. If it has to be done, what better time than now? It is freezing a$$ cold, your horses are so covered in thick fur it is hard to find their head to put a bridle on...I could go on.

You will be rehabbing during the worst time of the year to enjoy your new guy. By spring time, when you can see dirt and about fifty pounds of hair sheds off, you will be ready to get on with the horses. Get it all done NOW!!
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    01-25-2012, 02:14 AM
Golden, welcome to my world, minus the arthritis that sounds a lot like me.

Back in 2004 I was doing up the girth on my horse and suddenly was under her. Doctors treated it as a knee dislocation and expected me better. But six months later I was still in pain and had an MRI - hello cartilage tear. Had surgery, got better, felt a lot better for about 1.5yrs ish and bam twisted the wrong way and it happened again!

Luckily I've not torn my cartilage again yet... BUT I now suffer from a kneecap that dislodges whenever it pleases and puts me on my darn crutches and takes me out of the saddle, sometimes up to a month (when its at its nastiest) ... because of the misdiagnosed knee and the constant behaviour of the area now, I have lax ligaments in that knee... currently actually out of action because it "gave way" last Friday, sigh.

Not trying to scare ya and I do hope you feel great after the op. But just want to point out that with time, you'll find a great way to fit riding in around the blasted knee... actually I've never had issues within the saddle minus aching and my foot going numb, but I have a lot more going wrong in my leg than just the knee...

Also got told it was all my fault too, was deemed by a specialist as a genetic bomb waiting to happen (as my kneecaps don't sit where they're ought to) but because I'm overweight, got told that I brought it on myself by a rather "pleasant" doctor that didn't help me in the slightest at keeping to my diet for a couple of weeks after that admittedly!!

All the best!
    01-25-2012, 02:14 AM
Allison, this is Canada, we have free medical care, which means, you have to wait until they call you. Winter time is when everyone wants knee surgery for the reasons you stated. It has the longest waiting list. I had my knee operated on in late September, as wintery as I could get.
    01-25-2012, 01:57 PM
Originally Posted by waresbear    
You'll be fine, recovery time will fly by. (It's doesn't, but I thought I would lie to you to make you feel bedder).
I had my left knee scoped and cleaned a while back, it didn't take long until it felt better than it did before the op, but I must admit for the first couple of weeks I did wonder if it was worth it

Originally Posted by Allison Finch    
Hey, look at it this way. If it has to be done, what better time than now?

Originally Posted by ohmyitschelle    
I'm overweight, got told that I brought it on myself by a rather "pleasant" doctor that didn't help me in the slightest at keeping to my diet for a couple of weeks after that admittedly!!

All the best!
I loved the surgeon who did my left knee, he did point out that less weight would help, but then said he knew it wasn't easy, doctors don't understand all the ins and outs of weight and weight loss.

It was though in respect to him, in part, that made me lose all the weight last time, it seemed a shame to disrespect the skill he put into fixing my knee, by continuing to overload it. Shame I couldn't of kept it off, but *sigh* all I can do is start all over again, 10 pounds gone already, many times 10 still to go

Originally Posted by waresbear    
Allison, this is Canada, we have free medical care, which means, you have to wait until they call you.
The last knee worked out really well, I had to wait 6 months to see the specialist, which wasn't so good, but once he decided to operate, I got the letter saying that I was on the list a week later. I phoned the number on the card straight away, and left a message on the phone saying that I would be prepared to take a cancellation, got a call back a couple of hours later, saying could I go in the next morning That was just great, and was in the winter time.
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    01-25-2012, 04:50 PM
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That stinks!! I am a very proactive health person, I hate when drs don't trust us to know our own bodies.
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    01-25-2012, 05:22 PM
Sorry to hear that GH. Hope you get to have your surgery soon and heal quickly.
    01-25-2012, 07:22 PM
Sorry you are going through all that, GH. Surgeries s*ck (excuse my french). The good thing though you caught it and it can be addressed! So I think it's a very positive thing. Wish you all the best!
    01-26-2012, 02:55 PM
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I'm sorry that you've to go through that.. it has to be frustrating.

Wishing you the best luck with the surgery and speedy recovery! At least it's over then.

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