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Hi this is my first post so please be nice!
I am very flexible and my knees hyperextend but before falling I never had any problems.. So about 2 years ago I fell whilst warming up for a hockey tournament. I landed on my leg twisted and felt my left knee give underneath me, next thing I knew I was on the floor. I couldnt put any weight on it and the pain was awful. The knee swelled up and after icing it I could put some weight on it but not much so my school sent me to the hospital. I was referred from A&E to the orthopaedic department where the consultant pulled and pushed my knee and decided he was sure I had damaged my ACL and the cartilage in my knee I was then sent for an MRI and started physiotherapy sessions. The physio told me the back of my knee was swollen and he thought I had bursitis too.
Eventually the MRI results came back and the consultant said everything appeared fine (I was shocked as by now my leg was very weak from not being able to use it due to stiffness and pain - the physio said I had lost a lot of muscle mass too) the consultant said he couldnt do anything and told me to continue physio. When I went to my next session the physio suggested that there was something on the MRI but when I said the doc said there wasnt he quickly backtracked and said my knee was fine. He did a test to see how strong my leg muscles were and despite the muscles being weak he said that I should just continue a few exercises at home and I would be fine.
So, a little confused, left hoping it would get better on its own. I quit hockey and stopped strenuous exercise to help rest it.
The problem now
2 years later my knee is still giving me pain. EVERY time I bend or straighten my knee I feel it grinding and it cracks very loudly. Every so often it will randomly give beneath me. I cant sit for long with my knee bent as the pain builds up and i am forced to straighten it to crack it so it feels a little better. I have to sit on aisle seats on planes or at the cinema just so i can keep straightening it and it is paricularly annoying in exams. If I am stood up for prolonged periods or walking any distance, as soon as I stop, my knee stiffens up and feels ice cold inside and aches like crazy!! The night after after this I cannot sleep because of the pain but in the next day or two it begins to feel little better. The pain becomes duller so I can get on with things (the dull pain lasts a few more days then stops. However recently this has been getting worse. The really bad pain now lasts for days after Despite walking not that far (around a shopping centre) 3 days ago I am still in agony. It does not seem to be subsiding and im so fed up as im having to sit with it propped up all day but it hurts even then.. It feels as though someone is jabbing their finger in the back of my knee and it really hurts. Im worried about the damage being done to my 'good' knee as i almost always walk with a limp. I have put up with this for so long as i thought it might mend itself but as it seems to be getting worse, im debating whether I should go to the doctors again or not. Im afraid they'll think im a hypercondriac as there was apparently nothing wrong before......
Has anyone had anything like this before ? Do you know what's wrong? What should I do? If anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated. I'm 18 and I want to be able to enjoy life and run like I used to, not hobble like an old lady!!
Thank you in advance x (sorry my post was so long - i had a lot to get off my chest)
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