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Old 09-02-2008, 02:52 PM   #1
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I have quite a few medical issues but for the last few month my knee was sore but nothing all that bad. Recently the pain has gone to the back of the knee. I have had four spinal surgeries and thought that perhaps this was related. Now I can hardly put my foot on the ground because the pain is so bad. I read through posts regarding knee arthritis but what I am experiencing is nothing like what I have read.
It is radiating into the calf now. I can't straighten my leg and it is very swollen. I spoke to my family Dr. about it but I think because I have other medical problems that are pretty serious. He feels that I can't undergo surgery. That isn't what I'm looking for I am just wondering what it is and is there anything I can do. Now it is also keeping me awake at night. I do have hip pain which is related to my spine. The family Dr. has never even looked at it. I am an older lady 74 but I don't feel it. I am pretty much housebound now because of medical problems. It doesn't bother me because I am lucky enough to be very content with my hobbies. I just wondered if anyone had experienced the type of pain I tried to describe I was wondering if a chiropatractor would help. One of my sons was home on Sunday and nearly had a fit when he saw it and said that I should be asking for a second opinion. I do have a lot of swelling in both legs and now it's in my toes but it doesn't seem to be related to what is happening with my leg. I also have restless leg syndrome but again I don't think it is related. Sorry to go on for so long but would appreciate any input. Thankyou.

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Re: Help Please with Knee and leg Pain

Is the pain more sciatic in nature? If so it would be coming from your lumbar region. If there is swelling I'd be concerned about blood clots or something similar. Your primary care doctor should be able to at least do an xray and if needed refer you to a knee surgeon.
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Old 09-02-2008, 08:25 PM   #3
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Re: Help Please with Knee and leg Pain

Like earlier poster, I'd be concerned about blood clot or DVT. I was told the symptoms of a DVT included"

swelling of the affected leg
pain in the affected leg - the pain may only be noticeable, or get worse when standing or walking
reddening of the affected leg
also warmness in affected leg.

Old 09-03-2008, 09:59 PM   #4
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Thankyou so much for your reply. No, it isn't sciatic pain. I have had four spinal surgeries so I do recognize that pain. I was referring to the back problems I guess I was thinking that perhaps I was leaning towards that side, but, when I thought it over it is my right leg that I have a tendency to lean on. I try not to do that but sometimes I forget. My leg isn't hot at all. The swelling is in the knee. My husband said when he is looking at it my leg almost looks lumpy. It has worsened again since I wrote in. It hurts when I role over in bed and is really painful even when I put my foot down. At times now it seems to be in the groin area. A few years ago my femoral nerve was entrapped with scar tissue. The neurosurgeon did a surgery and it cleared up. The problem is I have so many problems that are overlapping. My husband and I are going to our family Dr. tomorrow. He seems to listen to him more than me. I suggested to the Dr. that I thought it was a good idea to have my knee x-rayed. I have just got home from having a bowel obstruction which is a regular thing for me. I had a full gastectomy quite a few years ago and have had this bowel obstruction going for years only now it has happened 3 times since the end of April. The surgeon showed me the pictures of the spot where the intestinal bypass is and that bile is backing up into this area causing the blockage.He also said that it is a real mess. He said that I have too many health issues and that he wouldn't touch it nor would anyone in the big centres because it is a huge surgery. Now, they said that something is showing in my pelvic area. I had an ultrasound done today because the CATscan wasn't clear. The reason for this is that I just don't have any good veins and getting an IV in is almost impossible. They said the report besides the other problem showed something in the pelvic area but because they couldn't get a good image. The technician who was doing the ultrasound said that she could see something but is going to reccomend that I have a vaginal ultra sound. Sorry to go on like this but what I started out to say is that I think the family Dr. feels that it is just age and that there are more serious problems to be looked after. It is much worse though since I saw him. My husband said he is just going to let him know that I must have an x-ray done. I really don't have a lot of fight left in me now. Ordinarily I would stand up for myself but not right now.
Gosh, I am rambling on so much I do apologize and I do appreciate the tips that you have given me. Thankyou so much.

Old 09-05-2008, 09:35 AM   #5
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Re: Help Please with Knee and leg Pain

Please don't lose heart, when there are so many medical issues it's hard to sort it out, that is the doctor's job, you shouldn't have to be stressed out because of it. You are so right, you just get so tired of it all, and when you are use to being pro active in your own health care, its even more difficult. I have multiple health issues and I keep trudging along until I get the care I need. I have changed doctors, medical centers, etc. etc. do not be afraid to get the care you need. I do know it is hard, especially when you do not feel well, let others fight for you. I just wanted you to know you are not alone. Wishing you the strength and perserverance you need to overcome this new problem.

Old 09-05-2008, 02:24 PM   #6
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When I went to see my orthopedic surgeon this last week he told me if I have pain in the back of my knee that it is because of swelling.. Not sure if that has anything to do with your pain.. but, I would definitly get a second opinion.. It cant just be nothing if you are in that much pain. I know my mom has alot of medical issues and sometimes the doctors act like it is nothing & all in her head.. but you shouldnt have to deal with doctors who act like its nothing.. Go get a second opinion.. Not sure if the chiropractor would help.. but it could possibly help.. and feel good too. Hope that helps!!!

Old 09-05-2008, 04:29 PM   #7
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Oh my goodness you have no idea how much your words help. I'm 74, my health problems started when I was 23 when I had Viral Meningitas. It isn't the worst kind but I do remember the terrible headache. It seems from that time on except for a few years it's been one thing after another. This is the first time that I have felt like I want to hide my head in the sand.
Kellereyez83 what you said does make sense. I can feel the swelling in the back of my knee. Wildflowers, your words of encouragement were so helpful.
I don't know if anyone feels the same as I do but I don't talk to anyone about my health. One day I just felt I would like to talk to someone. My husband is the dearest and most wonderful man. He has had to put up with so much. I had an ultrasound on my pelvic area on Tuesday. The reason being is that even though when I had the CATscan they couldn't get the dye in they could see what they were looking for in the small intestine but they said there was something else in the pelvic area, they couldn't be sure what it was but recommended that I have the ultrasound. The ultrasound technician said that she could understand that they questioned what they saw. She said there is something there which she felt shouldn't be but said that a vaginal ultrasound would be best. I told her that I had, had a hysterectomy when I was 32 and I do know they stitch across the top of the vagina. I questioned whether she would be able to see anything. She was a lovely young woman and said that she wanted to do it on Tuesday but was going to talk to the radiologist to get his opinion and would send the report to the family Dr. My husband went into see the Dr. yesterday and got me an appointment for the x-ray. This Dr. thing is a problem in our area. Our family Dr. is no longer able to use the hospital. He told them he wouldn't do all of the
paper work. I had a wonderful Dr. when we came here 34 years ago. This Dr. is very nice but he doesn't talk. He is a good Dr. for men but not for women.
We just don't have any other Drs. who are taking new patients. When people go into the hospital and their Dr. is not associated with the hospital we get a Hospitalist. These are Drs. who have family practises. I have been very lucky and have had wonderful care when I am in the hospital. They don't rush out of the room but actually sit and talk to you. I have one Dr. in particular that I wish was taking new patients. Our family Dr. will get his patients to a specialist if he thinks it is warranted.
I am so lucky to have my husband, he has had to go to battle for me several times. I was always able to fight for myself but I don't know what on earth is wrong but I just don't have the energy to do battle anymore.
I'm lucky too that I have hobbies such as designing on my computer and I have a beautiful new sewingroom. I have a chairlift that takes me down to the room and my chair just wheels around for me. I have learned to do a lot of things in new ways. My husband took early retirement from education so that I wouldn't be alone. We are so lucky to have so many years of retirement together. When we came to this area I had a lot of friends who came at the same time. Unfortunately the women all left the area and went back to the city. So, I was really alone. I worked in palliative care at the hospital for years and also was the Chair for the Ontario Cancer Society. I had over 100 clients. They would often phone just to talk and I would try to encourage them to find something to look forward to when they were off of treatment for awhile. I did it for several years and had an office at home.
I have a saying that I am using more often for myself lately.
"Today is the tomorrow I worried about yesterday." I do hope that time will help all of you ladies and if it a chronic illness I pray that you have the strength to keep plugging on. I want to thank all of you for answering my post and giving me encouragment. I will stay in touch.

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Old 09-05-2008, 06:11 PM   #8
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Re: Help Please with Knee and leg Pain

This is a really good forum to discuss worries and to get advice. People are good about sharing their experiences and knowledge. It is tough when you have to fight with doctors to pay attention to your complaints. Please keep us posted as to how you are doing.


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