View Full Version : I need major help!!!

Giggle Squirt
02-02-2009, 09:31 PM
Ok i will make this short. When I was 13 i was hit by a van on my bike. (driver ran a red light) My leg got twisted in my bike and I have been having knee problems ever sice, have had some surguries to remove some damaged cartledge and to repare some legaments. Over the years I have had every test done under the book mri's xrays, physio therapy, some test where they injected radioactive stuff in my viens and then scanned my legs, you name it i have had it. I have seen every doctor in this city and the last one said it was all in my head. I have had orthotics made which helped for a month. Well i have always been active and still try to be active but it is to the point now where i am 25 and need help out of bed. I tried to do a cardio kickboxing thing because i figured it would be fun. what a mistake that was. I am at the point now where i need hlep down the stairs, help getting up off the couch if i go to the bathroom i can't get back up. At work i am leaning on the counter to support myself. I have another appt next week with my doc and i am looking for any sugestions as to what to do for treatment. I could eat a whole bottle of ibpurofen and my knees will still be swelled. I can't sit on the floor and play with my son because within 3 seconds my legs are numb and have the pins and needles thing. i can't carry him because i don't trust myself because my knee will give up. This just sucks and my 70 year old granfather has more mobility then i do.

02-02-2009, 10:51 PM
Have you been to see Dr. Cataina (sp) he is a knee specialist. Another thought if u could afford a trip out of town, I would suggest asking to be sent to an out of town DR. especially if the last DR you seen said it was all your head. Just a thought anyways. Sorry if it isn't all that useful. They have some knee exercises too that may help Dr. Cataina (sp again) gave them to me years ago. Keep ice packs on them to try with the swelling down if you haven't tried that already. Best of luck to you!

Jackie B
02-02-2009, 11:24 PM
Is it possible it's another issue that has been overlooked, not pertaining to the car accident?

02-03-2009, 08:24 AM
I'm no expert, but it sounds like Secondary Osteoarthritis. People with previous joint injuries are more susceptible to this. I'd ask to be refered to an Arthritis Specialist if I were you.

02-03-2009, 09:04 AM
I would get a referral out of town. For exercise....swimming. It's the easiest on your body and the most beneficial. Take some water aerobics or something. It can be fun. I know that Rheumatoid arthritis can exist but not show up on any x-rays when it's in the early stages, maybe some other arthritis is the same way. Could it be nerve damage I wonder? Have the looked for that? The only way my Dr. new I had Rheumatoid was from blood tests. My tests were weird though 2 times they came back positive and once they came back negative. First time positive, second negative, third time positive and greatly increased(whatever that means). My doc said that was very strange, but who knows why the body does what it does. They should at least be giving you an NSAID to try and treat it to see if that helps. It's not like they are addictive or harmful. I would see someone else out of town and if they can't figure it out than your just going to have to try and deal with it.

02-03-2009, 09:21 AM
i gotta agree with lizzard, i would try to go out of town if you can. i know how hard it is to do so, but to get that other opinion it might really be worth it.

02-03-2009, 02:30 PM
Ask to see an orthopedic surgeon, they have options other than surgery. Get an other opinion. There are injections just for knees that help a lot of people.
Could you have some other problem than your knee or leg?
The pool is the perfect place to exercise if you have any physical problems. Weight can be hard on joints.

02-03-2009, 06:11 PM
I would suggest Dr Brian Shamess. You will need a referal but he has treatment options that are very helful with joint,nerve and muscle pain. He does all types of injections that are for pain and such and is not afraid to send you for further testing or to see other specialists. The wait to see him may be a while but believe me it is worth the wait.

02-03-2009, 06:57 PM
Ya, make sure you clear your whole day if you plan to see him! lol

Giggle Squirt
02-03-2009, 08:38 PM
I have seen dr fife for my knee surguries when i was younger. He also did my sisters hip when she was 4. then her halo on her leg when she was 6. After his stroke i went to see another orthopedic surgon who said that he didn't think the treatment plan that dr fife set out for me was necessary. Then it went all down hill. I have tried swimming for exercise but even the kicking part kills my knees. i can't wait till next week hopefully this is the appointment that makes the difference..

02-03-2009, 09:57 PM
ya try seeing shamess
try to get the first appt of the day, starts at 7.30 but at least u wont have to wait like 6 hrs
try to get as many opinions as u can
and i was going to suggest swimming too....i guess not though, if that hurts

02-04-2009, 05:22 AM
You don't have to exercise in the pool, just float. If you feel like kicking your feet every now and then do it. Water removes strain on the joints.
Have you tried acupuncture? Has your Dr checked to see if something else maybe going on other than the knees?
hope you get some relief soon