I had a medial meniscus tear treated arthoscopically back in Apirl - left knee. I'm 42 female and have always been very active. Doc said 6 wks max and I would be back to 100%. 5 1/2 months later, the knee is still causing me pain, different but still cannot do any exercising and pain wakes me up at night. I have been back to see the surgeon several times, and have had follow-up MRIs. He cannot say for sure what is causing the pain. He has said perhaps patella tendonitis, perhaps a deeper tear within the meniscus. He wants to do a follow-up surgery to "figure out what's going on". The latest MRI shows a shadow that could be another tear, or it could just be a shadow from the previous surgery.
My symptoms now include a weak knee that buckles/gives out at times, radiating pain around the top of the knee and down both sides of the knee cap. There is a "nobby" on my knee that was never there before.
I REALLY do not want to have another surgery "just to see if we can figure out what's going on". Clearly, my knee did not react well from the first and I don't like the odds. I know typically this kind of surgery is very straight-forward with few complications. Could the pain be from a tendonitis caused by the surgery? I feel like the whole leg is getting weaker from improper use. I just want to be back to where I was before the surgery. I can do little exercising, walking, biking all cause increased pain.
Any ideas?? Anything at all. I have recently seen an acupunturist to see if I can find some relief there, but I really just want to know why it's still hurting and what I need to do to help it heal.
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