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Knee Sprain (MCL)

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  • Posted By: KeepOnSingin
  • April 8, 2009
  • 10:37 PM

I did something to my leg last Wednesday. That night, I went to urgent care and they x-rayed it, said that was fine, and told me that I had strained my hamstring and I should see a sports doctor the next day, so I did. On Thursday, the sports doctor also took a look at the x-rays, said they were fine, said I had a hamstring strain but it wasn't a big deal, to get a brace, and use crutches. I asked him about performing (my school's musical opened that night), and he said I could do what my body would allow me without doing any damage.

Well, being a performer, and having been given the OK, I did the show. All four days. I left out most of the dancing (there was a little that I did, but not full out), and limped on and off stage and up and down the stairs on the set.

On Sunday, after the last show, I was in an incredible amount of pain. I went home and rested.

Monday, my knee hurt even more and I didn't go to school. I tried to go to school yesterday, and left after the first 3 periods. I thought, well, if my knee still hurts this much tomorrow, I'll go see someone. I called the sports doctor's office, and they told me he was out all week.

That brings us to today.

My knee hurt just as much today as it did yesterday, so I decided I had to go see someone. All the specialists in the area require a referral, and the only one other than the sports doctor who's out that I'm a patient of is a surgeon in another city that it's almost impossible to get an appointment with...So, I scheduled an appointment with one of the physicians at my regular doctors office.

The doctor I saw I had seen before. He asked about the history of the injury, and I told him everything. Then he examined my good knee, and next, my bad one. After manipulating it, poking and prodding at it and such, he told me that I have a sprained knee, more specifically, I sprained my MCL (medial collateral ligament).

So, I'm still in my brace and on crutches, and he prescribed Tylenol w/Codeine for the pain. He said that I should be 50% better in a week, and I hope that's right!

Anyone else have experience with a knee sprain? Any words of advice? I've never sprained my knee before, just my ankle countless times, and knees are harder to deal with.

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