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MRI report on my knee

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

I got the results of the MRI on my troublesome knee today. The news was a little frustrating because I do have a horizontal tear in my meniscus which can be helped with surgery but I also have mild thinning of the cartilage (arthritis) which can't be fixed. Since I'm 60, I shouldn't be surprised, but I was.

If I didn't have any arthritis, the meniscus repair surgery could likely relieve about 95% of my symptoms, but the dr said bc of the arthritis, I get knocked back to about 65%. Still, that's pretty good really. I have a gut feeling that most of my symptoms will resolve if the meniscus surgery is a success. I'd at least like to see how much can be fixed with surgery before I assume it can't.

I was able to do whatever activity I wanted until last October when I took a flying leap over a puddle during a run...how I wish I could go back and undo that. Since my knee was normal until then, I have to assume I sustained some level of an injury that day though I also remember feeling a sharp pain a few weeks later while doing mountain climbers...so I might have sealed my knee's fate then.

My symptoms seem worse lately...nearly constant swelling, pain during the night, stiffness in the morning and after long periods of sitting....I can no longer get up from the floor without grabbing onto something bc my knee doesn't bend like it should and it hurts! I DO NOT like losing the ability to get off the floor independently. That is new for me and I'll say it again: I DO NOT LIKE IT! If there is a chance that surgery can restore that to me, then it's worth a shot.

Finding time to have surgery is a separate issue. Still trying to get the house back together after the remodel and we have our normal summer trip to church camp coming up at the end of next week Then we bring 3 grandkids home with us for a week and after they leave, I have about 3 days before my daughter and I make a two week trip to the Philippines with our pastor and his wife. Who has time for surgery?! LOL End of July or beginning of August is about as soon as I see it happening. I'm concerned about the long plane trip to the Philippines, but I'll just have to get up and move around as much as I can to keep the swelling under control.

The good news is that my entire 7 mos of weight maintenance has taken place during the time I've dealt with knee issues. One of my lingering fears is that a lower activity level will take me out of maintenance one day, but I'm still hanging in there! Thank goodness for the most part, I have no trouble walking...even if it takes me a few minutes to get started. ;) In retrospect, I feel like I was not well prepared for what the doctor told me this morning and I didn't ask as many questions as I should have so I can see a consultation appt in my near future...and that I will make time for!
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  • KRISZTA11
    I'm sorry about the tear and the cartilage thinning, I wish you all the best to the surgery, if you choose that.
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    It is so annoying to have limitations in physical activity that you enjoyed,
    congrats to maintaining your happy weight despite less activity.
    Your success is another proof that eating well matters more than exercise, when it comes to weight management.
    838 days ago
  • NOMI_822
    So sorry to hear these results. I agree that if there is a chance that surgery will help then I say definitely and I think getting old stinks too.I try to work around what hurts but when you can't do what you have always done it is frustrating. Prayers for healing and many positive vibes to you girlfriend! emoticon emoticon
    839 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2775527
    emoticon Praying for you, Dianna. God can work all of this out for you.
    839 days ago
  • JEANKNEE
    Sorry to hear about the tear in the knee. Sounds like you are doing a good job of sitting with the news and responding to it.

    I understand the fear of being knocked out of maintenance due to inactivity. I'd been in maintenance for 9 months, when the pelvic injury emerged. The fracture was diagnosed 3 months later and activity was severely reduced for 15 months and I have not returned to the previous level of activity. Although, some semblance of normal did return 2 years later. Weight gain as feared? No. I adjusted nutritional intake accordingly, knowing that I had no need for the additional caloric energy since I wasn't moving as much.

    Best wishes to you.
    839 days ago
  • MARTHA324
    Dianna, I am so sorry to hear about your knee. Getting old is no fun emoticon
    Unless we consider the alternatives! emoticon

    Two things: you want to do the surgery as soon as you can IF delaying it will increase the severity of the surgery and/or the healing process.

    Second, while exercise is important, we can maintain our weight by paying attention to what we eat. I don't know the recovery time for the type of surgery you're considering, but hopefully there will be things you can do.
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    839 days ago
  • NANHBH
    Dianna,

    I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis. But take if from someone who has had 2 meniscus removal surgeries - on the same knee - that there is much better life after surgery! My first surgery was at age 24, and the 2nd one at age 33. I'm nearly double that age now, and I do triathlons. Yeah, I still have arthritis - you can't remove more than half the meniscus and expect there not to be some arthritis. But I am so much more healthy and active at 65 than I was at 33. And I weigh less, too. So don't think that surgery HAS to slow you down or change your activity level - once you have recovered. I know that you'll follow the PT's orders.

    Sounds to me like the meniscus is catching in the joint - that might be why your knee isn't bending as it should. I have a vague memory of how that felt - and it didn't feel good. Ice daily pre-travel to keep the swelling down. I'm holding you in prayer that all your activities over the next few weeks will happen without much pain. Take good care.
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    Nancy
    839 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    You might be able to ask the flight attendants for ice for the knee, occasionally. Limit sodium intake before the flight, keep it moving. The longer you wait, the longer the recovery time. Enjoy your summer and I am glad it is only one knee.
    839 days ago
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