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I am posting this as I'm currently at a bit of a loss. I've had knee problems for about 2 and a half years and I've had not much progress in terms of getting better. I'm hoping that you can help and provide me your opinion on what I should do next.
My story starts back on 18th May 2014. I was playing football for a local football team when I was tackled quite hard. As soon as I was tackled I heard a loud crack. It probably didn't look like anything happened from anyone watching but to me the pain was excruciating. I ended up coming off and within minutes I knew there was something wrong, my knee was clicking and popping more than usual.
Weeks later after the swelling had gone down I went to see my GP who said that my knee looked fine but probably needed draining. I had it drained and my GP said give it another month and go back if there was no improvement.
A month later I went back and was immediately referred for an MRI scan. This took a further 6 weeks before I got my appointment.
After having the MRI scan it took another 6 weeks before I the had my follow up appointment. It turned out that I had torn my meniscus which required surgery to fix.
I was booked in to have this surgery 3 months later, by this time a year had passed since I initially injured my knee.
7 weeks later and I had my post op appointment with the consultant. Everything seems ok from my side. The popping was still there but was told it would stop as the swelling went down.
Another 3 months passed and my knee was still popping, locking and clicking. I went back to see my GP who referred my to physio. I had my first session and within 30 minutes the physio said this wasnt right and to go back to my GP. I went back and was once again given an MRI scan. The results came back ok. My meniscus was still in tact and the surgeon said there was nothing wrong.
Since then I've been in the gym for 6 months building my strength up. I still have had popping, locking and clicking and had no improvement.
Anyway I got a call last week to play in a local 5 a side football tournament, I decided to give it a go and within 5 minutes I had to come off. I got this weird feeling in my knee, like it was very tight and being crushed. It progressively got worse. I went straight home to ice it. Three days later and my knee is swollen as big as a football. I believe I need it draining again too.
I'm at a bit of a loss as to what I'm supposed to do next. I'm 29 years old and struggling to do the sport I love. I can barely do any fitness and it seems to me like there is obviously something else that must be the matter. I can't afford to go private. What in your opinion is wrong with me? Why is it taking so long to get this sorted? What am I to do next?
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