Re: Knee arthroscopy - 2 wks ago swelling around Portal
I'm 42yrs. Have had problems with my knees for over 20yrs. Struggled massively to get a diagnosis, mainly because nothing ever showed on xrays. Later found out this was due to xrays not being taken at correct angles, as have patella femoral Osteoarthritis which is behind the Knee cap, so Grade 4 OA only diagnosed after first arthroscopies 2 yrs ago. Probably didn't help my self a bit in this over the yrs, just kept getting very frustrated at never getting explanation for pain, difficult to live with pain and always find strength to try and justify or reason it all the time; so almost became easier to live with it best I could. Now, believed to be as result of initial knee problems also have damaged in my back, years of not flexing legs properly when walking with pain, and a damaged ankle (diagnosis still pending!) from fall yrs ago knee giving way, again neglected to pursue proper diagnosis/treatment due to my frustration and becoming disheartened with medical system. I was told 2 yrs ago required TKR's - so know this day is approaching!
With regard to arthroscopies, it is strange and true to say each one is different. Last time both done bilaterial same time , and walked out hospital unaided - no stick crutch or anything. This time, the pain was excruciating first 2-3 days - (unable to weight bear at all) - and I also do have high pain threshold. Recovery been much more difficult.
Glad to hear your TKR went well - see OS in 3 wks for follow up - this subject will come up again for me - hence doing ' my research' on these boards, so always reassuring to hear when has gone well. From what I can gather the successes do seem to out way the regrets. Take Care
Last edited by aqua12; 05-02-2012 at 12:41 PM.