It's been a while...
Sunday, November 07, 2010
Hey all. I realize that it has been a while since the last time I was on SP. About a month actually. It's been a long month, and I thought I would fill you in on what is happening.
I finally got in to see the orthopedic surgeon about 1.5 weeks ago. You know things could be bad when he sees you for about five minutes, gets a worried look on his face, insists you immediately get crutches, and tells his nurse that he wants an MRI done NOW. He thought I had a very bad meniscus tear in my knee and that it was going towards my knee cap...I believe he phrased it like this "this is NOT a good injury to have at 29."
So I rushed around and got crutches...I'm really not good on those things...and then had my MRI. The good news? He doesn't see a meniscus tear. The bad news: I have a problem. First off, my knee was extremely swollen. Second, I have some degeneration in my knee-they think caused by my past back injury because it had to do so much extra work for the two years that I was struggling with horrible pain and a left leg that had a lot of nerve damage.
Third, I was kinda sorta right when I kept telling doctors that when I initially hurt my knee, it felt like it was out of place, almost like it was dislocated. Apparently it probably had been, then popped in just enough to make me able to function and confuse the doctors. Most people, when they bend their knee, have a knee cap that goes smoothly up and down. For whatever reason, my knee cap is moving to the left. It causes a horrible snapping sound, and attempts to dislocate, but doesn't go all the way. The story of my life, I tell you.
I have no idea what we will do to fix this. I've started with four weeks of intensive physical therapy, crutches when I need them, taping my knee cap area when I do PT exercises and using a really aggravating brace when I need to go to the store. I am out of work for at least four weeks(and am praying that they continue to be understanding about this), and the bad news is, I am doing all of this, and I will probably end up with knee surgery. My doctor and physical therapist are both concerned that I am having pain in the meniscus area. He told me that even though it doesn't show up on the MRI, I could still have a tear somewhere in there-I just shouldn't be getting that pain there.
So the drama continues. I will continue to drop in here and there and update you. I hope you are all doing well.