Injured my knee slipping on the kitchen floor 4 days ago. Help !!

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Hi,  - slipped 4 days ago.  Immediatly could not weight bear.  Crawling around on my backside to get to the toilet, ect.  Went to A & E Monday night, xray was fine, ie nothing broken.  However I had a call to attend A & E yesterday - the xray showed fluid around the joint.  At this point I feel I will never walk again.  Although I have full range of movement, still slightly swollen - now can stand but not weight bear still.  Ordered some crutches.  Taking the ibrufen tabs and cream and ice pack and elevating my leg.  Has anyone had similar, how long to weight bear ect.  When down, I feel I shall never walk again !!!   Help.  Ps previous physicall injuries, hip replacement 5 years ago and successfull bowel cancer outcome last year - early detection,  So have been through it  !!  

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     Hope it turns out that  nothing is broken, and there is no damage to the meniscus, Then I suppose it will heal at its own rate, and eventually be OK. . but if there is damage to the cartilage, there are arthroscopic operations which can help to repair it. You need professional advice from a a specialist, and probIably an MRI to see the damage. if any.  An xray will not really show much.
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      Thanks for your quick reply.  I am optomistic, its just that - from being able to walk and then suddenly being in a postion of crawling is such a shock.!!  Its nice to get some reasurrance at this early stage.  My seventeen year old daughter is on her 2 week colledge term break.  Thank goodness. She has gone from - I cannot do Nothing - ie -  socially media addicted teen to a proficient cook and cleaner !!  Never thought she'd be capable. Again thanks for the reasurance.  My dog now a little shitzu terrier, thinks that I am his "play toy" crawling on all three's  ( not four's ),  being at his height level, being brought down to 'his' pecking level !!  xx

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      I agree X-ray would only show if it was broken. 

      I damaged my knee and had an X-ray ,they said all was fine . They said just carry on with everything it's fine. 

      Constantly had pain in it ,followed by swelling and stiffness then got told 9 months later I had severe arthritis in it. 

      It was absolutely fine before injury ,can't help thinking if I had insisted on getting it looked at further maybe mri then some soft tissue might have shown damage and maybe there might have been something to repair it. 

      Who knows 

      so my advice would be push further. 

      Best wishes 

      suzie 

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      XRay always seems to be their first test, but it really doesn't show much. although, strangely, for my ankle pain they did MRI's ultrasound, and eventually it was the xray which showed the problem . .osteochondritis.  All these different tests seem to show different problems, and often they just aren't prepared to do them all, unless of course it is privage insurance paying for it!!!

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      HI Suziemo,   Thanks for your reply,  I suspect I have osteo artharitis, as I had a hip replacement 5 years ago due to this.  I am seeing A & E on Tuesday due to the fluid found.  They did not tell me this monday night immediatly after xray, no broken bones.  Got the call to attend tuesday.  Just feels like you'll never walk again at this early stage.  You know the outcome for a hip replacement is rehab and full recovery, this is like being in -  apprehensive do not know outcome land !! After your trauma, can you walk ok now. ??

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    Falls are the most emotionally degrading action possible. If you notice when you fall the first reaction is to look around and see if anyone else is saw it happen.

    From the physical side, it generally takes 2 to 3 days for everything to start sliding back info place AND the major pains to start. My last one 2 1/2 years ago was due to dehydration caused by a UTI that sneaked up on me. I went head 1st into the hardwood floor, split my head open and laid there bleeding because I was too weak to get up. I also completed a 3 point landing, falling directly on both knees as well as the forehead. It just shakes you to your inner core.

    Take your time going again. Rest as much as possible because the trauma really takes a lot out of you. My wife is in advanced stages of Parkinson's and falls come a little more readily as the disease moves forward. I know each time I have to help her up (last week for instance) she had to go to bed just to recover from the emotional aspects even is nothing is broken or bent.

    Keep moving the body just don't strain or overdo things. Ice is best but only with the consent of the dr, you can alternate ice and heat, 20 mins at a time. Don't put it as you can have nagging set backs.

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      Thankyou for your reply.  It is so re-assuring to talk to people who have some idea about this situation.  It keeps me from going down the black hole of permanant crutchers, wheelchair possibilites.  I have great admiration for the disabled to this extent, must be a trial every day.  xx
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    My husband had a bad knee injury years back and it took a while, but he recovered fully, though he is now much more careful of his knee.

    ?I'm sure all will be well, but it does take time. I'm in recovery from a knee replacement surgery at the moment and it is a very painful area to restore, the knee is so complex and a joint that takes a lot of stress and strain, hence it needs longish recovery time. You have done so well with your hip op and cancer treatment, which proves you have the strength and bravery, but we can feel vulnerable from an unexpected injury.

    ?Take care and get well soon - post how you get on if you can. x

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      Thanks Cynthia with your reply and encouragment.  I can atleast stand with both feet flat on the floor, did that yesterday but dare not weight bare on it at present.  Ordered some elbow crutches, comming next Monday. Surprised how cheap they were with delivery.  £13.00.  Last year at a flee market, saw a comode on sale for 10 pounds, wish I had bought it now.  !!!!  I'm managing with a kitchen rubbish bucket to manouver and sit on for the no. 1, but the number 2 entails me crawling on all 3's with the 4th injured limb being carefully moved along.  Have got good upper body strength due to a lifetime of swimming which I SO appreciate that now.  For some people less able, to get onto that toilet seat, must be like climbing everest.  I know - too much imformation, but I have a nursing history and nothing is ever "off" topic.  Will imform about major improvement and time taken.   May help others at a later date who are in shock and contemplating like as an invalid.  xx

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    Several years ago, did the same, flat out, car keys in hand, one of the keys had bent and gone into the palm of my hand, knee twisted, couldn't get up.

    The staff at the supermarket I had been in took me to hospital, had key removed, knee strapped up and was given elbow crutches.

    Needed surgery on the hand, damaged nerve, needed surgery on the knee as well, torn cartilage.

    Fortunately knee recovered well and lasted for about ten years, before I had to have a tkr, one knee then the other, arthritis, don't think the fall had much to do with it.

    So you might need an arthroscopy if it's cartilage, but hopefully will soon recover.

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      THANKS SO MUCH for your reply.  Immediate aftermath you do wonder if you will Ever walk again.  I am becomming more optomistic reading the replies to all of you here, cannot beat talking to folks who have been there and done it. !!
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      Don't do like I did, I hopped along on my crutches for weeks, then went to see an orthopoedic bod who told me off for leaving it so long. In for arthroscopy, bits of floating cartilage removed and after a couple of weeks was doing hydrotherapy, then surprisingly got back to swimming, breastroke.

      I have a fused spine so swimming was great for me.

      When I later needed tkr I just went and had it done, never looked back after the second one, I'm walking better than ever now!

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      So Laura, Was you told of for being to reliant on your crutches ?? Or was it because you were not trying to weight bear and try to do without them.

      I am getting my crutches this Monday.  Feeling a little better everyday. Woke up this morning with my left leg in the position of an upside down U shape on my belly, the good leg straight.  Was not possible the day before that.  I could do with a 360 degree zimma frame to aid a confidence walk  !!!??? x

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      No I was told off for leaving it for so long, I got used to the crutches, and my gp wrote a letter which I later saw, expressing surprise that I was still using them, and why.??

      i had insurance so had arthroscopy fairly fast after that.

      How on earth did you get your leg up there? Good grief!

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      Well Laura,  The injured knee is my left leg.  I had a total left hip replacement 5 years ago, so this bionic leg is very flexible compared to my normal R leg. Can touch my left toe to my nose and I am 56 !!.  You must be American or Canadian mentioning health insurance.  I am from the UK - Lincolnshire - so free on the NHS.  I have had alot out of this over the years.  Ovarian cysts aged 27, hip replacement, bowel cancer ect.  Would have left me on skid row in another country. !!
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      No I'm in Yorkshire!

      I have Bupa though. I dared'nt stop it, I've got so much wrong with me.

      Both knees done, ovary plus cyst removed and prolapse repair last year. Spine fused, hysterectomy.Arthritis in hips, and going for ct and sigmoidoscopy/ endoscopy in two weeks,to establish cause of severe anaemia.

      At least my knees bend now! Not as much as your hip 😄

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