First of all, let me say, I'm not looking for doctor's answers, and I know nothing said here is definite. I'll be going to the orthopedic doctor soon. I'm just trying to get an idea of what's going on, so I'm not shocked when I get there.
Two weeks ago, as of yesterday, I was injured at work. I work with the mentally handicapped, and we have to do takedowns on a regular basis. Another staff member did the initial take down, and I fell to the floor to control legs. In the process, I did something nasty to my knee. Initially, I thought it was just a twist or a sprain.
I went to the hospital that night. I was given a straight brace, with a curved piece of metal along the back, and the curve goes with my knee. I was told to go to an orthopedic doctor if it wasn't better in a week, but due to it being workman's comp, I had to follow what he wrote, which is to see my primary physician. She sent me to the orthopedic doctor, which is what I'm waiting to see now.
The symptoms I've been experiencing are weird, and unlike anything I've had with a normal twist or sprain.
1.) Not able to support myself: I can't support myself with that leg. If I put pressure on it, it just gives out on me.
2.) Immense pain: It comes in small spurts, but it's right in my knee cap, or so it feels like.
3.) Stiffness: No matter what position I put it in, it gets stiff after about 15 minutes, and I have to reposition my knee.
Tonight, it got quite a bit worse. I get shocking, stabbing pain from top to bottom in my knee cap, or so it feels like. The pain is constant. One stab, right after the other. I also have an immense amount of swelling right on my knee cap. It looks like someone cut open the skin, put in a golf ball, and closed it up. I've tried icing, and anti-inflammatory drugs, and nothing is helping the swelling or the pain. Even my pain pills aren't doing a lot.
I'm just curious what I might be looking at here. This is all new to me, and to be honest, I'm a bit scared after what happened tonight.
Thanks for reading, and all input is greatly appreciated.