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#1 Clementine

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Posted 12 August 2008 - 05:25 PM

Hello,

I am going to see an orthopaedic Dr. tomorrow because I've had persistant pain in my knee for two months, and it has gotten worse over time..and when I got off the plane last week, it was majorly swollen and I couldn't walk without pain until I iced it and compressed it. It hurts when I walk up or down stairs, get up from a chair or move it around when I am resting. It doesn't really hurt if it's not in motion. It's not swollen now and it's not red but it's clicking. I am hoping it's not sclero related because then the chances of it going away are probably better. Also, since I don't have skin involvement, my rheumatologist told me I shouldn't have joint pain but I have in the past and it's always gone away soon. Actually, I think this is soft tissue because it is most painful at the back of my leg, behind the knee, and I injured it by sliding down a hill with my dogs. Since I am not really smart on sclero related knee pain, can ya'll give me some tips on what to say to my Dr.? I am not sure if he'll know much about scleroderma.

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 01:40 AM

Can't help you on the knee pain Jen. Just wanted to let you know I'll be thinking about you. I hope you had some special moments with your hubby while traveling out of the country. I hope to hear from you soon on what is happening.
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Posted 13 August 2008 - 05:59 AM

Hopefully they will be able to tell if it's sclero related or if it's some type of arthritis. I wish you all the best and I hope you get some answers and more importantly some relief. Good luck and please let us know how you are doing.

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 07:20 AM

Hi Jen ,
Knee problems are really common among the population in general. Two people in my office ( of ten people) both fit (one 31 and the other 44) have had knee surgery in the last 6 months for knee problems., and my 23 yr old son is also waiting for invstigations of a knee problem ( like you his knee clicks all the time and is painful).- so I think there is probably a good chance that it is not related to SSc. . I'm not sure what you can say to the Ortho, other than telling him you have scleroderma which can cause joint problems. I expect he will want to do a scan to try and determine what the problem is.
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Posted 13 August 2008 - 10:34 AM

Thanks! I've just torn my meniscus. The Dr. said the only way to fix it is by surgery. Bummer.
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Posted 13 August 2008 - 10:57 AM

Clem, hopefully it will be ortho-scopic surgery. You will be on the mend in no time. It is always something with us. We just need time between each problem. They seem to just keep cropping up and our bodies just give in to all these problems. Let us know when you will be recouperating so we can help cheer you up. Be careful not to over use it until you are all fixed.
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Posted 13 August 2008 - 11:24 AM

Clementine:

Did the doctor look at scans, or just manipulate your leg? Ten years ago I went in with similar symptoms. The doctor had only manipulated the leg to make the diagnosis. He thought it was torn meniscus, but it turned out to be chondromalacia when he did the arthroscopic surgery.

The doctor, as so many, believed that it might have had something to do with sclero, but it's fine now, ten years later


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Posted 13 August 2008 - 11:42 AM

Jen:

Just another block to climb. You'll get through it and do fine. Hope everyday for you is filled with self healing.

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 01:57 PM

Thanks friends.

Craig, it would not surprise me if it's not runner's knee, because I do walk 3-4 miles a day about 5 times a week and stairs and movement aggravate it. And, runner's knee is aggravated by prolonged sitting and I was on a flight for 9 hours when it really gave me trouble.

I had XRays and they were totally normal. The DR. determined it was a meniscis tear from manipulating my leg and by my symptoms. He was all ready to have me get an MRI and get the surgery but I told him I'd hold off and see if it heals on it's own (meaning, it would have not been the meniscus after all). I knew I was not ready to get the surgery at this time anyway, so why get an MRI, just in case it heals. It's good to know that the procedure is no big deal. I would have to have a spinal. Normally my dr puts people under.

Tomorrow is the traumatic day! I am finally getting those 3 dental implants and 2 extractions. I really hope nothing goes wrong. I get Versed so that is good.

Thanks again everyone! You all are the best.

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 01:58 PM

Hi Jen,
I have the same problem as you, having pain behind the knee, mine comes and goes but can get so bad that my leg gives way on me. I have to be very careful not to fall when this happens, I can't even bend my leg to get into a car.

I saw a physio a couple of months ago for something different, and whilst I was doing exercises, I was in severe pain and my leg gave way again. She seemed to think it wasn't the knee area but the top of my calf which was causing me pain.

But for me though it is probably all related to the fact that I have collapsed arches in both feet, my achilles tendons in both legs are not in the correct positions and my calves are not where they should be. When I walk, one of my legs (the one that gives way), in the knee is turned outwards.

I was told this is all sclero related for me and I just put up with it. The only time I was pain free was when I was on Prednisolone. I have not been on this for some time.

I hope I have helped some

Take care
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Posted 16 August 2008 - 06:11 AM

Clementine,

My doctor did the exact same thing - diagnosed meniscus by symptoms and manipulation, but it turned out to be chondromalacia. I believe chondromalacia is "runner's knee" - or some sort of it. It is the thinning and loss of cartilage in the knee joint, very commonly brought on by running and doing stair-climbing exercise.

I didn't do a lot of running, but it may have related to an injury or incipient arthritis. I had it for a long time, but had to do something when broken off pieces of cartilage interfered with the movement of the joint - kind of like a hinge that doesn't work right because something is stuck in it. Also, when the cartilage gets so badly worn that the bone is exposed ("stage 3"), the pain is so excrutiating that something must be done (cannot put any weight on the leg). If it's anything like that, you'll know!

The surgery did wonders - and didn't take long to get over. The only trouble I had was a recurrence when in heavy chemotherapy for lymphoma 6 years ago.

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 08:21 PM

Clementine,
Sorry to hear about your knee troubles. I would certainly rest it and give it a chance to heal on its own, but if it does not, make sure that you get an MRI to make certain that it is the meniscus. There are other things that could be wrong, (my daughter has knee trouble that is not necessarily operable and needs physical therapy to fix). If you do need the surgery it is not a bad one my husband had the surgery and was walking me around the mall the next day, pain free. Good luck and heal fast!
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Posted 17 August 2008 - 04:22 AM

Clementine,

I hurt my knee back in my early 30's horse playing around. I was playing, but the guy I was horse playing with, wasn't. :blink: To make a long story short, I ended up with a popped knee cap. Ouch! It hurt so bad. I had to kneel and roll to pop my knee cap back in place. I never went to the doctor and every now and then the knee cap would pop out. So I would pretend I dropped something, kneel, look around until I popped my knee cap back in. I don't advise you to do this. But this would happen at work (occasionally) in my early days when I was a legal secretary. It took several years to heal but it did heal. I hope your knee injury isn't as bad.

I just thought I'd add my experience. A doctor would give you a better idea.


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