After nearly a month of seeing my personal doctor (which I can't stand!) as well as an orthopedic surgeon, it seems my left knee does not suffer from a tear to the meniscus or the MCL from a soccer injury picked up 3 weeks ago.
The doctor originally told me I had sprained my MCL. With unbearable pain I saw him a second time inside a week, at which time I was diagnosed with a torn meniscus and a strain to the MCL. I see the orthopedic yesterday and we view X-rays of my left knee. Without any actual examination of my left knee he tells me I have osteoarthritis in my left knee.
He explains the lubricating substance, hylauronan, which cushioned the knee has been depleted, which is causing a bone on bone type of pain. Of course big pharma comes to the rescue, as he offered me a series of injections (of Supartz) to reintroduce the fliud back into the area.
Any OA sufferers out there? I have this nagging that I can't shake. Given the luck I have had with doctors the past 4 months, I am not trusting them very much. The pain is unbearable at times, night is usually the worst as I just cannot get comfortable to relieve pressure on the knee. Every step I take with the left leg there is a loud pop associated with the knee, stairs are even worse. The knee continues to swell up and only staying off my feet will help decrease it. There are times I can walk okay, but a quick turn of my left leg and the knee seems to buckle. Those are just some of the things I am experiencing.
I was hoping there were others who were diagnosed with OA in the knees, to see if the pain and symptoms I am suffering are common.
I was diagnosed with arthitis in my right knee after a fall, probably 4 yrs ago, also have bone spurs. Was told I needed a knee replacement. But McDougalling has kept it in check until last Nov. I did something to my right knee. I have no idea, I was just walking thru my kitchen when I could no longer bend my knee without pain. I immediately iced it, but it continued on. I had a lot of pain. Finally sometime in Dec., towards the end, it started to feel better. But then in maybe end of Jan, beg. of Feb, it started whole hog again. I was like you, I really had a hard time sleeping. Because I tend to pull my legs up around myself, if I tried to move, I would have a lot of pain bending the right one, lots of popping, snapping. The pain would run down my leg to my shin. I also had a lot of swelling the knee & it is very sore & very stiff & I would get cramps in my thigh & also my knee. I was miserable. It continued on. I became depressed & very frustrated, as I am unemployed I do not have insurance so could not even go to the dr. To make a long story short, I decided to start an elimination diet to see if it could be related to food. I have never really thought that I had allergies to food. As I have gotten older, I do know that I dont tolerate certain foods like I used to. Like I dont think I have Celiac disease, but I do think I have a sensitivity to gluten. Anything with whole wheat leaves me feeling bloated & not so good. I also have been waking up with very sore hands, although I do not have arthritis in my hands & I keep getting cold sores on my mouth, about every 3 wks. Dont know if that is connected or not. Fruits, well, I dont really like fruit that much so I can't say I think that is an issue. I started last Sat. I checked the elimination diet that Dr. McD. has here & also re-read some of Burgess's stuff from his anti-itis blog. So my diet became brown rice, sweet potatoes, frozen cherries, papaya. I only at e the papaya because I forgot to buy more cherries at the store & I was pretty sure I was fine with that & I had it in the freezer. I wanted to buy a box of puffed rice but they didn't carry it so I bought a box of the gluten free rice chex but I dont really like it that much. Mainly I am eating only cooked foods, as the elimination diet says to do. I can say that Sat. night, I had a better night, no cramping, Sun. night, a bad night. Yesterday I had a lot of pain when I got up. It pretty much stayed that way during the day. A couple of my friends said I looked like I was limping more yesterday. But I was not expecting overnight miracles. So this am, when I got out of bed & my knee felt so much better, I was leary. I thought, well, it will start hurting after I start moving around. But today has been very little popping, just a little when I stand up. Not painful though, so that is an improvement. I just looked a bit ago & the swelling is definitely subsided. When I am at my computer, I can stand up after I sit for a while, without nearly as much pain, stiffness, etc. So what did I take out? The last 10 days or so, I became quite depressed, so my diet was not as good as it could have been or it had been. I told myself why bother, when I was McDougalling when this happened. But most of this time & when it first started hurting, I was McDougalling, MWL. I took out russetts, oatmeal. As I said, fruits I do not eat as much, I used to have oatmeal with the frozen cherries on top almost everyday. I took out my hash browns, as they were made out of russetts. I am having no condiments, no sugar. I also like bananas, but I had read something about them possibly causing pain, so I took them out. I can't really blame the last 10 days, because this was going on before I chose to feel sorry for myself & eat off plan but I am sure it didn't help. I have not eaten any leafy veggies & I want to but I want to wait until tomorrow to see if I am at least the same as I am today. So not a lot of stuff, but we will see. Yesterday getting out of the shower, I could barely raise my right leg up to step out, so much pain in my knee, but today, I tried to lift it & it was much less painful. I think this is the best it has felt since it first happened in Nov.
I am encouraged, but I am trying not to get to overlyexcited, until I have strung more than a couple good days together. I know for a while, it will be hard as I have been moving way different & I am so ready for it to hurt when I just move a little. But I want to start walking again, so as soon as I feel it is definitely improving, that is when I will start walking. Starting slowly at first, building the endurance & strength back in that knee.
Good luck with your knee issues.