What the hell have I done to my knee?

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Have appointment but it is 3 weeks away.   I am taking Ibu 3x daily which helps.  I can walk out and about, if I am careful.  And go upstairs.  Going down is still not good.   So question to all you poorly knee experts, is it okay to wait 3 weeks, or should I be more pushy?    Bearing in mind that the only thing that keeps me sane is sport:  swimming/gymn and walking a lot.  I blame this on being so lazy after lockdown.  Kind of got used to doing nothing.

 

BTW UK doc friends think it is some sort of lateral miniscus or other similarly located thing.  Pain is on outside of knee, less than 1 inch under kneecap.  Ta.

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I would have my HA give me an ÜW for an MRI. Get that out the way. The radiologist will tell you the results but don't take that as an actual diagnosis until you see a specialist.

 

It's how I have rolled a few times.

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1 hour ago, snowingagain said:

BTW UK doc friends think it is some sort of lateral miniscus or other similarly located thing.  Pain is on outside of knee, less than 1 inch under kneecap.  Ta.

 

That's basically what I guessed. That part of the meniscus tore off and moved to where it doesn't belong, getting jammed and thereby damaging the cartilage lining of the joint. Because of that damage you have some pain. Should that sequestrum get jammed again, the pain will intensify. The fact that you had some pain relief when slightly moving your leg in bed was probably due to that it caused the sequestrum to move elsewhere so that it didn't act like a spanner in the wheels anymore. Assuming my guess is correct, that is.

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15 minutes ago, fraufruit said:

You cannot get a diagnosis on a chat forum

Really, are you sure?   I have been pushed back by the doctors.  However, I am crap on the phone with dragon reciptionists.  Even in UK.  Some stuff I have googled say if I do not go the emergency room, like last week, my leg is going to fall off.  I would miss it.

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I'm only telling you what I do. I have had 2 shoulder MRI's in the past year like that. Then I finally went to specialist who told me that radiology was wrong with their diagnoses. So always follow up with a specialist for treatment.

 

My HA has sent me for abdominal MRI, lower back and a few others with no problems. In emergencies, he has called radiology and gotten me in same day. I guess I'm lucky and also very sad that he will retire soon.

 

Tip - If a doctor recommends some kind of treatment, always ask them where they would send their spouse.

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21 minutes ago, snowingagain said:

Really, are you sure?   I have been pushed back by the doctors.  However, I am crap on the phone with dragon reciptionists.  Even in UK.  Some stuff I have googled say if I do not go the emergency room, like last week, my leg is going to fall off.  I would miss it.

Why not make your appointment online?

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Just now, jeba said:

Why not make your appointment online?

I did.  It is in 3 weeks.  Well, more like 2 weeks now.  Thanks.  Sorry for waffling on.

 

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17 minutes ago, fraufruit said:

I'm only telling you what I do. I have had 2 shoulder MRI's in the past year like that. Then I finally went to specialist who told me that radiology was wrong with their diagnoses. So always follow up with a specialist for treatment.

 

My HA has sent me for abdominal MRI, lower back and a few others with no problems. In emergencies, he has called radiology and gotten me in same day. I guess I'm lucky and also very sad that he will retire soon.

 

Tip - If a doctor recommends some kind of treatment, always ask them where they would send their spouse.

You obriously have a lovely HA.  I am glad he looks after you so well.   I am quite doctor phobic, so guess the HA here does not know me despite being a patient for almost 20 years. 

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1 hour ago, snowingagain said:

I did.  It is in 3 weeks.  Well, more like 2 weeks now.  Thanks.  Sorry for waffling on.

 

I'd make an appointment with a radiologist for an MRI in 3 weeks now already as you'll probably get a referral for a MRI and that way you'd already have an appointment without another longer wait. Should you not get a referral for a MRI, you can always cancel it.

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6 minutes ago, snowingagain said:

You obriously have a lovely HA.  I am glad he looks after you so well.   I am quite doctor phobic, so guess the HA here does not know me despite being a patient for almost 20 years. 

 

Most people are afraid to ask their doctors (or anyone else) for what they want and need. I am a master after a few seminars several years ago. Motto - If you don't ask for what you need, you will never get it.

 

Sounds like you don't go for regular check ups and blood work, etc. I hope you get mammograms and see a Frauenarzt regularly. No need to comment.

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30 minutes ago, fraufruit said:

 

Most people are afraid to ask their doctors (or anyone else) for what they want and need. I am a master after a few seminars several years ago. Motto - If you don't ask for what you need, you will never get it.

 

Sounds like you don't go for regular check ups and blood work, etc. I hope you get mammograms and see a Frauenarzt regularly. No need to comment.

What seminars did you attend, please?

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Physicians certainly study for years and have lots of knowledge, but (one hopes) they have not suffered most of the maladies they treat. People suffering a condition have knowledge the doc does not have, and can read up to become Laienexperten, amateur experts.

 

I think there have been experiments, where different docs were presented with a patient, their treatment suggestions varied a lot.

 

I bet I am not the only one here who reads 'RentnerBravo' (Apotheken Umschau).

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Just now, Fietsrad said:

What seminars did you attend, please?

 

They were in the U.S. and no longer available. It was part of a residential program that my son was in years ago. I think the parents got more out of it than the kids did. Still in touch with a lot of them.

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My HA is Dr. Max. He's a specialist in internal medicine.

 

I'd been on his patient list for six years before we finally met.

 

Dr. Max: "I'd always wondered who you were?"

Me: "Like when deleting your dead patients from your annual list and still thinking "who is he?""

Dr. Max: (bursts out laughing): "Something like that..."

 

He knows I work in a Kita/Krippe (which is a petri dish of viruses) so is always interested when I have a stomach bug ("Stool sample tomorrow please") or a fever ("Blood test tomorrow please") which I do. Someone's trying to help me, so I try to help them, to help me.

 

When I passed 50 we started our bi-annual 'Man Medicals' and he also sent me for a preventative colonoscopy. All clear. Interesting experience.

 

My next 'Man Medical' is scheduled for August.

 

I have no problems with Dr. Max sticking his finger up my bum and 'paping' my prostrate. It's over in seconds.

 

But I do know that many men over 50 shy away from the experience. Thinking, I'm Ok. No symptoms.

 

Please don't, because prostrate cancer is a silent killer.

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3 hours ago, snowingagain said:

Have appointment but it is 3 weeks away.   I am taking Ibu 3x daily which helps.  I can walk out and about, if I am careful.  And go upstairs.  Going down is still not good.   So question to all you poorly knee experts, is it okay to wait 3 weeks, or should I be more pushy?    Bearing in mind that the only thing that keeps me sane is sport:  swimming/gymn and walking a lot.  I blame this on being so lazy after lockdown.  Kind of got used to doing nothing.

 

BTW UK doc friends think it is some sort of lateral miniscus or other similarly located thing.  Pain is on outside of knee, less than 1 inch under kneecap.  Ta.

 

How about just going to A&E?

 

Just graze your knuckles/elbows a bit on the nearest wall, look slightly dishevelled, and say: "Sorry! Had a problem with my knee for the last few days and fell over tonight. Can't get an appointment with my HA so came here."

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snowingagain - sounds to me your got medial meniscus problems, the spongy cartilage that surrounds your knee. I had 2 ops in the UK NHS to try and rectify the problem, so I know all about it! It will be a good idea to take it real easy on the knee for the next 2 weeks.Your doc will probably send you for scan or xray. I'm not too sure how it works in Germany but in the UK the procedure is called knee arthrosocy (key hole surgery), minimaly invasive surgery. 2 tiny scars on the knee afterwards. Some good advice to all you folks out there - take care of yor knees and hips. I had hip replacement a few months ago, the doc here has nearly crippled me, got to go in for hip revison surgery soon.

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4 hours ago, snowingagain said:

I am taking Ibu 3x daily which helps.

 

 

Assuming that's 3 x 400mg daily, I hope you have some Pantoprazol handy. Or a strong stomach.

 

Get to A&E! The minimum is a scan/xray.

 

Note: I am not a doctor. Nor have I played one on TV. Nor have I pretended to be one on a chat forum.

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Speaking of knee pain had a bit of arthritis in my knee, nothing much but starting to but me. Go to doc get xray, doc concerned so MRI scheduled and follow up appointment the next day. And wouldn’t you know it few days before my knee goes to hell! 

 

Unfortunately for me got an email rescheduling the appointment as Doc is off sick for the week (assuming covid exposure) so new appointment booked in 3 weeks. 
 

dying to know I paid an online doc to interpret the results - turns out to be a massive bone cyst scary as hell especially as I can barely walk. 😡

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On 21/03/2022, 21:42:52, Yellowsnow said:

Some good advice to all you folks out there - take care of yor knees and hips. I had hip replacement a few months ago, the doc here has nearly crippled me, got to go in for hip revison surgery soon.

 

Ouch what the hell went wrong!

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