Hi, I have posted in several other forums, including recently the Pain management forum, but for this question I am postting here. I am a 55 year old female with a long standing back injury, Sept. 1999. I just recently saw a Neurosurgeon for constant back pain and with a current MRI. Unfortuanlaty he said he could not help me. My back has deterortated so badly, that I now have five levels of bad disks, herniated and or bulging. I also have SI disease and Facet Disease. The cartilage is eroded, bone on bone. He said he could not fuse anything as there are too many levels and it is moving steadily up my back. He said I need a whole new back, and that is not medically possible.
Because of this long pain issue, I have adjusted the way I walk due to pain. I also was hit by a truck in 2001 and had a broken foot for seven months, with very slow healing. I also have had 3 foot operations on the same foot in less than a year and a half, and because of foot pain and increasing hip pain on the opposite side, I have somehow in the course of this last year injured my knee.
My knee has been swollen all this time and pain is constant . Not only does the left knee hurt but now the right knee has sharp stabbing pains but is not swollen. The neurosurgeon while examining my back, looked at my knee. He said it looked to him like a Torn Menisces? He reccoemended I see a Orthopedist so I have a appt comming up . I am wondering if anyone else has had this happen to them, from having a bad back, hip etc. The Dr. thought I had this happen because I was compensating for back pain and the way I walked caused the knee injury.
I don't remember exactly when it happened as I have been in pain for so long with my back and I also take Methadone for my back pain. I do know that it has been swollen for a long time, it is very obvious when looking at it and it is tender when touched. Also the other knee is beginning to get sharp stabbing pains towards the middle front of the knee. The one that is injured is the inside front of the knee.
Can anyone tell me about this type of injury and have you had this type of injury? What were your symptoms and what did the DR. do? I was told I needed a MRi. Does the MRi confirm this type of injury or other injuries to the knee.? I really appreciate any and all answers as I am a little afraid of what may happen to my knee after all the other problems I am having. I already have a hernated disk and DDD, SI disese, Facet Joint Disease, and Bad hips and a Bad foot that has lost it function to bend at the joint. ( oppisite side of the body.) If anyone can tell me what to expect or what type of injury it sounds like I would appreciate it very much. I knew I could get more help possbily here.