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Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Busted
My knee that is.

I spent most of the day in the ER getting tests and a diagnosis of "acute meniscal tear". Being the overachiever that I am - I have two of them.

I've been having pretty significant knee pain for the last couple of weeks, but a couple of Alleve throughout the day and I was OK. I thought it was actually getting a little better over the weekend, but yesterday and last night I was in so much pain, I couldn't walk without hopping and limping. Having worked with the best Orthopedic surgeons in Baltimore, I was going to call my favorite knee specialist and arrange to see him sometime this week.

This morning, I got out of bed and it felt like pieces of glass were grinding in my knee. I got dressed, but as I was tenderly going down the steps to go to work, about 4 steps from the bottom, I felt a sharp POP, my knee completely buckled, and I fell the rest of the way down the stairs into the foyer. It felt like someone had leveled a shotgun blast to my knee. The pain was really exquisite.

After about 10 minutes, I managed to make my way out to the car and drove straight to the ER at work. I was sure I had ripped or torn something. I could not place any weight on the leg at all and had to call for a wheelchair.

After a few potential diagnosis, the MRI revealed the meniscus tears.

Thanks to a knee immobilzer, ice pack, crutches and narcotics (which I may or may not take later), it feels a lot better now, but getting around on crutches is not a long term option.

Now it's up to my favorite ortho guy to figure out how to fix it and make it better...
posted by Broadsheet @ 7:28 PM  
4 Editorial Opinions:
  • At April 23, 2008, OpenID baltimorediary said…

    Ow. Ow, ow, owowowow. I've been there.

    When it was my knee, the choices were: surgery or physical therapy. I went the PT route and it worked out OK, but based on your description you've got it worse than I did. You may not get that option. Good luck!

     
  • At April 24, 2008, Blogger trigimper said…

    Ouch, that hurts to even read about. Heal quickly...

     
  • At April 24, 2008, Anonymous Butch said…

    Wow, that sucks! Which knee is it? Grandpa, Dad, and myself all have had bad right knees. I think there should've been a factory recall a long time ago. If you need surgery, don't put it off. I hope the brace gives you some relief in the meantime.

     
  • At April 24, 2008, Blogger Broadsheet said…

    Add me to the family tree bro. This is the same knee I trashed back when we were kids and I knelt on a piece of glass when we were digging up antique bottles in the woods behind our house. I spent the whole summer on crutches and the doc warned me that it would cause me trouble "later in life". Welcome to later in life.

     
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