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Severe Knee Pain - What Could it Be

Posted by donnam125 on July 16, 2010, at 12:27:03

I have had discomfort for awhile in my knee but nothing that wasn't tolerable. A little more than a month ago I was at the beach walking to a sand bar in the ocean and the waves were quite choppy and strong. I recall having to brace myself several times to keep from falling. Other than this activity, nothing else is remarkable.

The next day I had such severe pain in my knee that I couldn't walk two steps without being doubled over in severe pain; it got better briefly so I went to my high school reunion that night; the pain got so bad that I had to be wheelchaired out to my car. It lasted through the next day which was a Sunday. The following Monday morning, still in severe pain, I called an ortho dr. and made an appt. Before I left the house, like absolute magic, the pain and any side effects at all were completely gone like it never happened. The dr's. preliminary diagnosis was a torn meniscus, however the MRI did not show this, only "mild osteoarthritis." So I thought this was the cause and figured it was just because I must have really aggravated it in the ocean.

Last Saturday night, after no apparent physical activity whatsoever (I was standing in the kitchen washing a cup), when it felt like someone came and stabbed me with a knife in the right side of my left knee. The same exact debilitating pain had, just like that, befallen me again. I couldn't bend it, it felt swollen (although not red or warm), and once again I was relegated to keep it up all day Sunday and most of Monday with ice mostly, ibuprofen, etc. Later on Monday afternoon, again, poof, like magic, no pain, no residual effects, like it never happened.

Now I'm thinking this isn't just "mild osteoarthritis" doing this. Could it be something else that an MRI might not pick up?? Has anyone had this experience? Any info would help; my COBRA insurance runs out this month and I don't know where to turn. Someone suggested Synvesc shots, but this may not really be necessary if it isn't osteoarthritis. Thank you.




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