Knee Pain

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Hi,  I would like some advice about my knees.  I am a 66 female and have a problem with knees.each knee has its own problem. I dislocated my right knee when I was 18 and it never has been the same since.  I cannot extend my right leg as the knee seems to weak to support the weight of my lower leg, My left knee is painful especially when climbing or descending stairs.  The pain seems to be below the knee towards the inside of the leg and in the joint itself.  I have had this problem for about a year or so but seem to be noticing it more lately.  I would be grateful for any suggestions as i don't want to lose mobility.  

  

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    Sounds like you need an MRI scan of both knees to get to the bottom of this and to get the right treatment. 
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    Hi Marie

    Join the club!

    You are right to seek early help as that is the quickest way to recovery.

    It sounds to me like a meniscal tear. These can vary in severity. From your description it is in the early stages. I would try to get to see an Orthopaedic surgeon asap so that he can order an MRI scan to assess your knee properly. If you have tow ait for an appontment then I would definitely go to a physio privately for an assessment.

    At least he or she can give you a clearer picture of what is going on and I feel that that is the safest way forward rather than to second guess the diagnosis and end up with a major problem.

    Does your knee hurt more when you lie in bed?

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      No it doesn't hurt in bed, mainly climbing or descending stairs.  I have recently been on holiday and I think you notice things when you do things you don't normally do.  Any form of stairs were a problem, as I have no strength in my knees. A walking stick would help just to take the strain off the joints but I don't really want to go down that route.  I have put it down to my age but ladies a lot older than me seem to walk stairs better than me.
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    Same advice. I had cartilage in my right knee removed over 20 years ago. No problems until early this year when my knee deteriorated rapidly. It took a visit to a specialist knee surgeon, an x-Ray which showed how close my knee was to collapse. Slow deterioration over the years with rapid decline.

    You need specialist advice and MRI / X Ray. Maybe worst case could be TKN, although common it is major invasive surgery but for me the result has been great so far, 12 weeks on.

     Don't wait any longer, your problems are most unlikely to improve - by this time next year you could be the star on Strictly come dancing!

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    Hi Marie

    I agree with everything that all others have suggested. It very well could be a torn meniscus. Your description sounds like what I experienced several years ago. I had it repaired, but unfortunately my knee ended up deteriorating to bone on bone.

    I hope you get in to see a specialist soon and find out what is going on.

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      Hi Marie

      It is not hopeless a good physio can give you some exercises to strengthen /build up the muscles around the knee in order to support it.

      Obviousy still need to see a surgeon to assess the knee(s).

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