Have you had knee surgery for torn cartilege?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by granmama, Nov 14, 2002.

  1. granmama

    granmama New Member

    I went to the orthopedic doc today and he thinks I may have torn cartilege in my right knee, a MRI is scheduled for next week. What is interesting he saw no osteoarthritis in the knees, though I had a x-ray report stating that I did in both knees.

    Then he examined my back. He saw the fusion and told me my pain was above the facet area that had been fused. He also said that when pain comes back it is usually above the area of fusion and I might have degenerative facet joint disease...whoopie!

    He told me the pain I was feeling on my right hip was not my hip joint, it was an area of muscle/nerve...FIBRO!!

    He suggested that I contact the orthopedic surgeon that did my surgery 12 years ago and have him examine me.(He doesn't do back surgeries anymore) But going that route scares the hell out of me, cause I don't want major surgery again. I wore a back brace (bob) for 6 months, no driving for 6mo, and re-hab for 2mo. I don't have the support network now as I had before, so I would be stuck here alone without daily assistance. My daughter lives 2 doors down, but she has FM too and wouldn't be able to physically help me, maybe run errands. I wouldn't want her to be in more pain taking care of me.

    Boy, what a pickle I'm in now.
    But the doc said that I should go on to the Pain Specialist, he might be able to help me in ways I had not considered and might avoid surgery.
    He also said this pain specialist is good.

    So, getting back to my question, I would appreciate hearing from anyone's experience that has had knee surgery for torn cartilege.

    I'm in alot of pain now because of his exam. I hit the Darvocet and Klonopin when I got home.

    thanks ahead,
    granmama
  2. granmama

    granmama New Member

    I went to the orthopedic doc today and he thinks I may have torn cartilege in my right knee, a MRI is scheduled for next week. What is interesting he saw no osteoarthritis in the knees, though I had a x-ray report stating that I did in both knees.

    Then he examined my back. He saw the fusion and told me my pain was above the facet area that had been fused. He also said that when pain comes back it is usually above the area of fusion and I might have degenerative facet joint disease...whoopie!

    He told me the pain I was feeling on my right hip was not my hip joint, it was an area of muscle/nerve...FIBRO!!

    He suggested that I contact the orthopedic surgeon that did my surgery 12 years ago and have him examine me.(He doesn't do back surgeries anymore) But going that route scares the hell out of me, cause I don't want major surgery again. I wore a back brace (bob) for 6 months, no driving for 6mo, and re-hab for 2mo. I don't have the support network now as I had before, so I would be stuck here alone without daily assistance. My daughter lives 2 doors down, but she has FM too and wouldn't be able to physically help me, maybe run errands. I wouldn't want her to be in more pain taking care of me.

    Boy, what a pickle I'm in now.
    But the doc said that I should go on to the Pain Specialist, he might be able to help me in ways I had not considered and might avoid surgery.
    He also said this pain specialist is good.

    So, getting back to my question, I would appreciate hearing from anyone's experience that has had knee surgery for torn cartilege.

    I'm in alot of pain now because of his exam. I hit the Darvocet and Klonopin when I got home.

    thanks ahead,
    granmama
  3. Kathryn

    Kathryn New Member

    Several (at least two dozen) of the people that I used to work with it have had torn ligaments repaired and, with one exception, wish that they'd had it sooner. Two guys run marathons, and all the rest, with that one exception, are pain free. It has to be your decision, but if it were me, I'd go for it. They get you up on your feet right after the surgery, so you should be able to at least do some things for yourself. I know the pain will be nasty at first, but the result should be worth it. Stock up on groceries before so you don't need to shop for awhile, make sure the cable bill is paid, and relax while you heal.
    Kathryn
  4. HOUSEOFBLUES

    HOUSEOFBLUES New Member

    My husband had torn cartilage in both knees a few years ago.
    He had to undergo the surgery too. (Each one done separately of course)
    He has also had "Lubricating " injections done afterwards too. His knees still give him a problem tho and he has to take meds for the pain. A lot of the problem is due to joint desease and the fact that he is heavy on his feet. He stands 6'5" and 325lbs.
    If you are heavy, then losing weight is probably going to be a necessity for you as it does a lot of damage to the knees....

    LOVE,
    HOB
  5. klutzo

    klutzo New Member

    The pain for the first 3 days afterwards was horrendous, and I was fired from my job for "using their insurance too much", but after that recovery was swift, and I got a much better job.
    Recent studies supposedly proved knee arthroscopy to be a totally useless surgery...this was on the national news, so I'm surprised you didn't see it.
    It did seem to help me to have more mobility in my knees. I had double meniscus and did not know it, and had torn them up running in my teens. I still cannot sit crosslegged, but at least my knees don't dislocate spontaneously like they did before surgery.
    Klutzo
  6. JP

    JP New Member

    Hello granmama,

    My knee repair went very well. I think it has been about 3 years now. I have some noise in the joint and the locking joint and much of the pain is gone. I had a torn medial meniscus and a fairly large lose body that was causing the joint to lock. The doc smoothed the joint surface, trimmed the meniscus and removed the unwanted artifacts.

    As for your back, wow, can I relate. I use pain management. Even if I had a fusion, it would be 4 levels and the levels above are not so healthy. Too many injuries! I have facet troubles as well. The pain control has added to the quality of my life and I still have the 24/7 pain...just a bit less with the use of narcotics and other medications for nerve pain. I had an appointment for nerve blocks and facet injections and I decided to put it on hold for now...I do not hear good results from this approach. The pain swings are too dramatic and I would rather manage it with less drama, so to speak. At some point I will need some work to help with my spinal stenosis. For now, I have nerve displacment and the nature of the stenosis is to continue to worsen, resulting in increasing nerve pain.

    Hang in there....
    Jan
  7. teach6

    teach6 New Member

    I had surgery for a torn meniscus (knee cartilage) in August of 1997, less than a week before school started. This was on top of moving during the summer, having another son go off to college and my oldest go all the way to Illinois to grad school (no more monthly trips home).

    I think all this together, plus the finalization of my divorce put me into my first bad fibro flare and brought out my CFS symptoms out so they couldn't be ignored any longer. I was hospitalized for two weeks for depression, which I had, but I now believe it was secondary to my other health problems and my divorce. I think my physical problems are the reason I didn't see improvement for more than six months.

    I'm not saying this will happen to you. Note I had many other stressful events going on at the time. Before this my FM symptoms had been simmering and were more a nuisance than obvious, like they are now. My CFS was slowly getting worse, but I still had no clue that was why I was tired all the time, and couldn't keep up with other people.

    My healing took a lot longer than my doc expected, but I believe it was in part due to the fact that he, along with most people, had no clue how much walking is involved in teaching elementary school. When I finally was able to stay home and rest and stay off my feet more my knee improved dramatically.

    Barbara