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Cartilidge problems

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Of course I will see my surgeon for this, but I am curious for feedback in the meantime. I as diagnosed with arthritis in my right knee after a painful winter last year. I had a bucket handle tear in the medial miniscus repaired 7 or 8 years ago and that was diagnosed as the source of the problem. I was told there was not much to do other than major surgery.

I have noticed that when it is hurting there is an audible, and somewhat painful, pop in the knee when I straighten the leg. I can be lying in bed on my side with the knee bent. When it starts to ache I will straighten it, hear the pop, then have some relief. Could this be loose cartilidge causing the problem?

I am 61 and am considering hanging up my skis because my knee hurts for weeks after a day of skiing. Even Celebrex doesn't do much anymore. However, if this might be loose cartilidge that could be removed with a 'scope I would be a very happy man. Would loose pieces show up on an x-ray?

Thanks in advance for any insights. And Lisa-Marie, if you read this, the problem really started getting me after that day we had at Copper December of '06. You commented in a post about skiing with all those "fast guys." I had a great day, but could barely walk at the end of it and couldn't go up and down stairs properly for weeks.

LewBob

PS Per my signature, I think I am beginning to wear out!
post #2 of 11
You're too young to give up! Loose pieces won't show up on X-ray because they're soft tissue. They'll only show up on MRI. If it's just a piece of cartilage flipping in and out of place (which is what it sounds like) then just get scoped so they can "Zamboni" it nice and smooth, 6-8 weeks of rehab and voila! You're good-to-go! Do it before that bad boy gets arthritic, 'cause then you're sucking! Get a second opinion too if your surgeon says there's nothing you can do. DON"T THROW IN THE TOWEL YET!!!
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Thanks for the encouragement. I at first I thought your screen name was doggiedoc and I thought you were a vet! What kind of doc are you? LewBob

PS I know a doctor's wife who always answers the above question with "a good one."
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What he said...

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Originally Posted by doogiedoc View Post
You're too young to give up! Loose pieces won't show up on X-ray because they're soft tissue. They'll only show up on MRI. If it's just a piece of cartilage flipping in and out of place (which is what it sounds like) then just get scoped so they can "Zamboni" it nice and smooth, 6-8 weeks of rehab and voila! You're good-to-go! Do it before that bad boy gets arthritic, 'cause then you're sucking! Get a second opinion too if your surgeon says there's nothing you can do. DON"T THROW IN THE TOWEL YET!!!
...I'm 59, a Masters racer, and I thought I was down for the count until a really good othopod scoped out the bad stuff on December 17. Two weeks later, I was skiing again...it's still taking some rehab, but the worst is over, and I'm racing again...
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...I'm 59, a Masters racer, and I thought I was down for the count until a really good othopod scoped out the bad stuff on December 17. Two weeks later, I was skiing again...it's still taking some rehab, but the worst is over, and I'm racing again...
Yeah...what he said!

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Thanks for the encouragement. I at first I thought your screen name was doggiedoc and I thought you were a vet! What kind of doc are you? LewBob

PS I know a doctor's wife who always answers the above question with "a good one."
Dermatologist.
post #6 of 11
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Great, we can all look to you for advice when we get melanoma from all that sunshine we get! Thanks for encouragement guys. I am calling my doc tomorrow. Lew Bob

PS, the X-rays do show arthritis, but you guys give me hope that there is something else going on.
post #7 of 11
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I have an appointed with my surgeon in April. I went over my notes from the last time I saw him and he diagnosed arthritis on the medial side. He also said I had tendonitis on one tendon. I wonder if that is what the popping is? If that is so I don't know what to do. The Feldene isn't working anymore. I even got some samples of Celebrex from a doc friend and that didn't do much. Tis a dilemmma. We will see what he says. LewBob
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Lew, so so sorry your knee is being so cantankerous. I hope you get a good, encouraging report from your doc and that you'll be back on the snow no later than next season. Keeping fingers crossed that we see you at LGC IV if not on the slopes then at least for a drink or a burger!
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Lew, so so sorry your knee is being so cantankerous. I hope you get a good, encouraging report from your doc and that you'll be back on the snow no later than next season. Keeping fingers crossed that we see you at LGC IV if not on the slopes then at least for a drink or a burger!
Thanks for the good wishes Nancy (or is it Nanci?). I will be there for sure. I am paying out of pocket for some Celebrex so I can work out a little over the next few weeks and I will ski at least one day. Lew
post #10 of 11
FWIW, I had an old school total removal of my medial meniscus in 1970, got 20 good years out of it, now osteo and pretty much bone to bone. Aches a bit off and on. But guess what? I'm skiing 50 days this year, including bumps and gates.

My ortho says that I'm not going to damage anything by skiing or summer hiking, just about discomfort. Key to that is keeping bone to bone smooth. When I ski or hike I wear a good brace (Donjoy) that aligns and stabilizes things, I pay attention to footbed and cant in my boots, and after a day on the slopes it's ibu and ice time. (Well, maybe a brew or two also). And I hit the gym, specially exercise bike, 4-5 days a week.

So don't hang up anything, even if your orthopedist says you're developing osteo. Ain't the end of the world. Or skiing...
post #11 of 11
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Thanks for more encouragement. I think stopping skiing will be the end of the world! But, of course it won't be. I have a dear friend that I made in my youth in Steamboat. He is a very talented skier, but was always happy to ski with me, if only for the conversation on the chair. We got together again at the 'Boat this year and once again were flying down groomers , each of us taking a side as in the old days. He was sad when I told him it might be my last year. I don't want that to happen.

I do think it is a pattelar tendonitis that is the biggest problem, but I don't know how to deal with it. We sill see what my orthopod says. Thanks again. lew
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