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I went to the knee doctor on Thursday. He thinks I have a torn medial meniscus and told me to get an MRI.

So I somehow get an appointment for Friday morning. I'm strapped into the MRI machine and after 10 minutes the tech comes out. "Well, the power went out," she says. There were crazy storms in Tempe Thursday night, and they apparently affected the MRI system for both of their offices at 9 a.m. the next morning. I proceeded to lay stuck for the next 40ish minutes. Fun times.

Hopefully the doctor will call me on Tuesday.

Meniscus tears, from Wikipedia:

Tears can lead to pain and/or swelling of the knee joint. Especially acute injuries (typically in younger, more active patients) can lead to displaced tears which can cause mechanical symptoms such as clicking, catching, or locking during motion of the knee joint. The joint will be in pain when in use, but when there is no load, the pain goes away.

The doctor seemed pretty certain this was the case. He thinks it somehow became injured during a misstep, then got worse little by little as I kept running on it. Eventually it manifested itself in the crazy pain I had the first time. Then after two weeks, it went away, only to come back 5 weeks later. It's been 4 weeks without running and he thinks the cycle will continue. He says the stiffness I'm experiencing in the back of my knee is a "referral pain" caused by the possible tear.

Cartilage never repairs itself because it gets little to no bloodflow. My dad tore his in college and has had two surgeries to repair it.

Let's see what happens.

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kill_buddha
Sep. 2nd, 2008 05:20 am (UTC)
I'm sorry this happened Celeste. I hope for the best and wish you a speedy recovery!
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