I am a 24(will be 25 in 4 months) year old female. When-ever I was around 13, I crouched down to get some clothes out of our dryer and my knee locked, I thought at first I just needed to pop it but I couldn't force my knee to bend any further and I couldn't stand up. I ended up having to call my uncle to come help me, and eventually it unlocked itself. Well Here in the last 1-1/2, 2 year it has been giving me alot of problems. It stays Swollen, I can't bend it after sitting, It is constantly in severe pain, locks up to where I can only slightly bend it, just gives out while I am walking or standing andis tender to the touch at the vry top. I went to the E.R. once over it, and he said that he thought it was 1 of 2 things, either my knee cap was messed up or down in my knee was, My question is this, what will happen if I don't go to a doctor ( he told me some kind to go to but i forgot, and I currently have no insurance), and does anyone know what it could possibly be and what kind of doctor I need to see?
I have had both an X-Ray and MRI of it, they said it was Normal, but the pain is getting worse and the swelling also, you can hardly tell where my knee cap is anymore. I recently got copies of the MRI and x-ray on a dvd and on one of the images of the MRI it shows what looks like a rip on one side and like black watery image on the other. I have looked at Images of other MRI's of knees and cant find any that look the same. I was wondering if maybe it was a rip somewhere in my knee and it be blood? I know they said it was normal, but where I am from th ehospital isn't the greatest, they told a friend of mine she was fine and her back was broke, and a boy I went to school with was told he was fine after x-rays of his neck and a week later found it was broke, so you can imagine my weariness. Thank you.
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