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Need a knee Doc

Discussion in 'Gator Country Health and Fitness' started by sandmangator, Sep 23, 2013.

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    About 6 weeks ago I started experiencing a sharp pain on the inside of my left knee. Right above where the bend there is a bad varicose vein ( At the end of a long scar where they opened me up to get some veins in 2001) open heart surgery

    Laying in bed causes much discomfort, but none when sitting as I am now.... The pain has moved up into my kneecap area... It is terrible the sleep I am losing at 66 years old

    Waiting on VA to get me an appointment...Any advice is appreciated
    Thank you

    David
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    with VA in the picture, not sure what your options are. Having been there done that: Get a reputable doctor that is middle aged (will have plenty of experience and still not to far away from the latest techniques). Get an MRI and go from there. Again IMHO, having pain in your bed is a good indication that you have a joint problem. If surgery is required and this the most important thing I can tell you, get adequate rehab. You are not under medicare which covers a weeks stay in a rehab hospital that gives you 4 0r 5 rehab sessions a day. You will be walking out of the hospital with tolerable pain.

    If your choices are impassive rehab at home with 2 or 3 visits a week from a rehab specialist , I strongly advise you to get your primary doctor to schedule you, as soon as possible, daily rehab sessions at a good rehab center.

    Good luck.
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    Unless you live in the SF Bay area, where the nations best VA hospital is located, I would go outside of that network. Not sure where you live, but Chicago has one of the best rehab hospitals in the world and the top rehab specialist at Shands just came up here a year ago. (He and his son go to my gym.) Rush Medical has a great Ortho team and handle most of the professional sports teams in Chicago. I don't know what there is in Florida, but I'm assuming Shands would be the best place to get a diagnosis and a treatment plan to take back home with you. Any good PT will fine tune the treatment plan after working with you for a few visits. Again, if you live in Florida, seek out PTs with UF diplomas. It's an outstanding program, especially the continuing education component.
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    I found out it is a part of diabetic nuropthia.. sp They gave me some meds for it
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    Glad it was an easy fix for you. I suffer from Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome. This is a technical term for "You have pain in the front of the knee and we have no earthly idea what causes it. We recommend terminal knee extensions. No, there is no evidence as to their efficacy, but you pay us to tell you to do something."
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    Wow Dream, you have a progressive doctor. Most of them will end that statement like: "You have pain in the front of the knee, here is a script for it. Come back in a month and update me on how things are going. What causes it? Well, honestly, we have no idea but you pay us to write you a prescription for some meds."
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    Haha, it works slightly different in a town with a drug problem. For example, I twisted my knee up doing nothing interesting and told my doc about it as it wasn't getting better in the time frame I figured was acceptable for a sprain. He tells me its probably just some torn cartilage and to take ibuprofen for a month and see if that helps.
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    It is what it is. We probably know more about space than the knee or the spine, the point being that sometimes you have to fix yourself. For me a combination of rest and restraint has worked best. The pain is manageable and may always be a part of my life.
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    Honestly, in college I was a tennis freak. Acquired a nasty case of Tennis Elbow. Doc told me to give up tennis. Rested two weeks and got right back to it. Finally cured the elbow by switching to raquetball and screwing up my shoulder instead.
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    Haha, reminds me of the beginning of "Major Payne"

    Wounded Soldier: Ahh, I've been shot! AAHH.
    Major Payne: Hey pal, I know a trick to take your mind off that pain. Give me your finger.
    <wounded soldier raises index finger>
    <Major Payne grabs it and breaks it>
    Wounded Soldier: AAAHH, my finger!
    Major Payne: Works every time! heh heh.
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