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Meniscus or MCL?

Posted In: Knee conditions 11 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 15, 2007
  • 07:59 PM

Hi
I injured my knee two weeks ago at the gym. I was in an aerobics class and turned - I twisted my knee and fell. I couldn't get up (and very embarrased since I am a regular there):( . My husband had to pick me up and bring me to the ER. They did an x-ray and I did not break any bones. The ER doc thought it could be the medial meniscus but because my knee was extremely swelled he could not tell. I went to my own doc last week - she also thinks it is meniscus. I have also been attending physio every day. The physical therapist does not think it is mensicus but MCL. I have been healing pretty well. I don't have alot of knee pain anymore. In the past two weeks I went from not walking to using crutches to walking...but I am still not walking completely normal. I can straighten out my leg and bend it...but not all the way yet. I still have alot of swelling however it has gone down. I went to physio today and the physical therapist is a little shocked that I can walk and bend however the pain is localized near my knee cap (joint) and now thinks it MIGHT be meniscus because of where the pain is located. The only time my knee hurts is when I actually put pressure on the side of my knee. Occasionally there is a little pain when I am walking and twist my knee. No one knows what the problem is. I have an appt for an MRI however I can not get in until June!!!!(way too long however waiting times where I live are long!). Since I am progressing well....should I be worried about meniscus? The physical therapist said something about surgery. I have a 3 yr old and a 7 month old baby and have no choice but to care for them..walk up stairs and run after a toddler. I also miss the gym and want to get back to my only stress relief...which is working out. No one can tell me when I can go back.

Frustated that no one can give me an answer!:confused: Also..how long before swelling to go down...it has been 2 weeks?

Airam

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  • I tore my medial meniscus a few years ago during wintertime in the Midwest. My pain was around the inside of my knee mostly and it hurt walking. Sometimes I felt a clicking or catching which if you have these symptoms it probably is a tear. Surgery options for a torn meniscus are either cut out the torn part or repair it. Repairing it save the cartilage but takes much longer to heal and sometimes they have to go back in and just cut it out anyway because it doesn't heal well enough. I had to have surgery where the surgeon cut out the part of the medial meniscus that was torn and than folded it under to provide a little more cushion for me in the future (I am only in my 20's). The surgery is pretty cool because they only make three small holes in your knee to complete the surgery. I was on crutches for about 5 days and could not drive because it was my right knee. My knee was huge after surgery and I actually had to have fluid drained out of it because the swelling would not go down. When you get your MRI done and if you find out you have to have surgery I would strongly suggest you get help with your kids. I was drugged up the first day or two after surgery and actually got sick from the medicine bacause it was so strong. I am extremely glad I had it done though. After surgery I was extremely weak in my right leg for quite awhile. I could not even tighten my quads and do a leg lift because my muscles had weakened so much. If you have to have surgery do not overdo it afterwards because you want to allow your knee to heal as much as possible as quickly as possible. Good luck!!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 18, 2007
    • 03:57 PM
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  • Thanks for the reply!My knee injury appears strange. My knee is still swelled and it now feels "squeaky". The knee pain changes...sometimes in the middle of my knee and down my calf but usually down the side of my knee (medial?). Every day seems a little better however there seems to be more pain now that I am actively trying to walk. I don't feel any clicking or catching in my knee and it does NOT feel like it will 'give out'. If just feels stiff..with some pain. I am bending it more and can almost fully straighten it. Stairs are tough...one by one (sometimes hard with my 7 mnth old..up and down all day!) Physio has helped. I am doing exercises to strengthen my thigh muscles and I can move my knee however it feels squeaky. Acupuncture and TENS machine also helps. The only thing I don't have is a diagnosis since no one can figure out if it is the MCL or meniscus ..or could it be something else I wonder??? I really really really want to start working out again...and I am frustrated that I can't run..or do any cardio. When will I be able to start exercizing???? If no one can diagnose me.....then I can not actively heal this injury!O
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 18, 2007
    • 11:34 PM
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  • Hi,I am glad I found a post about this. I slipped on ice and twisted my knee on 12.29.08.. the doctor thinks is the meniscus...I can walk now and climb the stairs, but I cannot straighten my leg completely- I notice a slight change in the size of my calf...it seems to be smaller... that is why I think my MCL is also injured. Please post here again if you have additional information on your condition. Thank you.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 20, 2009
    • 09:54 PM
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  • Have you had an MRI of the knee? That should give you the answer pretty quick.
    pegasus83 6 Replies
    • January 21, 2009
    • 00:47 AM
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  • No...how much do MRIs usually cost...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 21, 2009
    • 06:06 AM
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  • I haven't a clue how much they cost. My insurance paid for mine 100%, so I don't know. I have torn both of my menisci and twisting injuries are a common way to do it. When mine hurt, it was inside and just below the knee caps. I've had surgery on both and they are about 95% back.Good luck...
    pegasus83 6 Replies
    • January 22, 2009
    • 03:20 AM
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  • I injured myself on the inner side of the knee, and it seems like my calf has gotten smaller...I'm worried because i straighten my leg about 90% and when I try more it hurts...I'd like to avoid surgery if possible...If I were to get an MRI, are they able to tell if it will heal without surgery? Thanks again
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 23, 2009
    • 03:45 AM
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  • I don't think an MRI can tell if or how it will heal. Meniscus injuries rarely heal on their own, although it's not unheard of, especially in children. I put up with my first tear for 7 years before finally having surgery. I was soooo glad I finally had the surgery. When I tore the second one, I gave it a couple months and just went ahead with the surgery. I would never put up with the annoyance if it can be fixed again.
    pegasus83 6 Replies
    • January 24, 2009
    • 00:56 AM
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  • Please consider trying acupuncture to help with your healing. Acupuncture works! Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • January 24, 2009
    • 02:43 AM
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  • Money is an issue right now, I have to figure something out. I don't know if the injury is getting worse for me. I can walk fast and climb stairs and so on, I can bent my knee... but straightening my leg completely is the problem, and when I try I know sense pressure not only on the inner side of my knee but under (where it bends) as well. Thank you all for your responses =).
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 25, 2009
    • 00:27 AM
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  • HiI injured my knee two weeks ago at the gym. I was in an aerobics class and turned - I twisted my knee and fell. I couldn't get up (and very embarrased since I am a regular there):( . My husband had to pick me up and bring me to the ER. They did an x-ray and I did not break any bones. The ER doc thought it could be the medial meniscus but because my knee was extremely swelled he could not tell. I went to my own doc last week - she also thinks it is meniscus. I have also been attending physio every day. The physical therapist does not think it is mensicus but MCL. I have been healing pretty well. I don't have alot of knee pain anymore. In the past two weeks I went from not walking to using crutches to walking...but I am still not walking completely normal. I can straighten out my leg and bend it...but not all the way yet. I still have alot of swelling however it has gone down. I went to physio today and the physical therapist is a little shocked that I can walk and bend however the pain is localized near my knee cap (joint) and now thinks it MIGHT be meniscus because of where the pain is located. The only time my knee hurts is when I actually put pressure on the side of my knee. Occasionally there is a little pain when I am walking and twist my knee. No one knows what the problem is. I have an appt for an MRI however I can not get in until June!!!!(way too long however waiting times where I live are long!). Since I am progressing well....should I be worried about meniscus? The physical therapist said something about surgery. I have a 3 yr old and a 7 month old baby and have no choice but to care for them..walk up stairs and run after a toddler. I also miss the gym and want to get back to my only stress relief...which is working out. No one can tell me when I can go back. Frustated that no one can give me an answer!:confused: Also..how long before swelling to go down...it has been 2 weeks? Airam I was put through the same wrong diagnosis as you, first I was told it was my meniscus, then my MCL and come to find out it was my ACL. Ask someone to do a test on your ACL to see if it is more lax then the other. thats the only way mine was diagnosed and I had surgery and have been out for 6 months..
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