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post #61 of 68

sounds like you might be a candidate for unhappy triad... I really hope it isn't the case, but loud noises come from snapping under tension (ACL) not very common for MCLs

That brace is a lateral/medial instability brace, won't be of much use for an ACL.
Also your rotula (patella) should not be out of place by now... It's a very simple, straight forward relocation...

post #62 of 68
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I'm sick and tired of this, I get 5 hours of sleep a night because I'm uncomfortable and the more I look at my knee, the worse it looks.

I try to stay calm but it's really hard, sometimes my knee feels better and sometimes it's still painful.

 

Will the ultrasound show the MCL and ACL properly?

post #63 of 68

depends on a lot of things... but MRI is the best imaging technique

post #64 of 68
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Okay, some bad news.

My MCL looks very thin, it's obviously taken quite a lot of damage. It might be the MCL which cracked so loudly.

I have major tendonitis on my "bad" knee. My tendon is really thick and it shouldn't be like that. It's extremely painful when someone presses on it (that's why I only get 5-6 hours of sleep a night: no matter how I sleep, I'm uncomfortable.)

 

The doctor doesn't think it was the ACL also, but he doesn't know. He says all of this sounds like a busted meniscus. I can't fully extend my knee, but it might be another condition.

 

He says I can walk (very carefully) with the knee brace, maybe with crutches/a cane also.

He told me several times to use walls/ railings to keep my balance because if it's the meniscus I might end up falling for no reason while walking.

 

I am not allowed to walk without a knee brace for the next four months. Tendonitis/MCL healing is very, very low. I need to rest as much as possible.

 

I'll do an MRI... in October. I'm currently trying to get an appointment for August 15, but my mother has to go to the hospital to take the appointment. I can't really go with her right now. I've had to cancel all of my other medical appointments because I was told to walk as little as possible.

 

Also, no PT for now since we still don't know what's wrong (besides the MCL, the thickened and very sore tendon, and the fact that I can't fully extend my knee.)

post #65 of 68

Sorry to hear about this, Kayla.  I'm wondering, why is the MRI all the way off in October?  Does the Dr. want to wait in order to let other things heal as much as they will first?  From what others have said, it sounds like MRIs sometimes get put off by Drs intentionally.

post #66 of 68
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Sorry to hear about this, Kayla.  I'm wondering, why is the MRI all the way off in October?  Does the Dr. want to wait in order to let other things heal as much as they will first?  From what others have said, it sounds like MRIs sometimes get put off by Drs intentionally.

http://www.european-hospital.com/en/article/8808-France_ranks_low_in_Europe_for_MRI_equipment.html

post #67 of 68
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Thank you for your kind words, LiquidFeet.

 

My mother managed to get me an MRI for July 24. That sounds much better. It will be done on a brand-new MRI machine but they haven't decided whether they will do the exam old school (three pictures) or 3D yet. It depends on my knee and whether I can keep it still long enough or not. I have spasms in both knees from time to time. I've been told it's a neuro disorder, not much I can do about it. It usually happens when I'm worried about something.

 

Yesterday the doctor told me "Well, the crack was one of your ligaments being completely torn... or hopefully the MCL which was torn quite a lot but not completely."

I'll know a bit more when I get the ultrasound report this afternoon.

 

The doctor said we could wait until it heals for the MRI, but that's if the bones were bruised. They're not bruised, so I don't get it. It was a non-contact injury, and my cartilage (beside the meniscus) is fine. I have no swelling and no haematoma. Basically, like segbrown said, we don't have enough equipment here.

The tendonitis won't be gone by October; I've had it since the beginning of May and thought it was gone.

 

If I end up having to do both MRIs, then so be it. I do *not* want to walk on a crushed meniscus until October. I think it's madness.

post #68 of 68
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Just posting to update.

I've finally done the MRI, and it came back clean.

I think it's nothing short of a miracle... but my knee still hurts.

 

It seemed like it had healed okay until I moved into my new room on campus and had to climb a lot of stairs.

I've had the sensation that little needles are poking my knee constantly ever since.

 

I still can't fully extend my knee but my doctor says I need to try to extend it a little bit more every day on my own.

My doc gave me until October 15th to heal, after that he will probably either have me start PT or do more exams.

 

He says I still have a partial tear (MCL, meniscus? It's too small to show up on the MRI...) but that it will heal on its own.

So, no stairs (called my university and they just got brand-new elevators, hurray).

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