Oh goody - I got a reprieve on the surgery. I have a Baker’s cyst, but there’s some question about the torn cartilage (yep, that darn meniscus) - the doc that read the MRI says he sees a tear, but both my G.P. and the ortho doc say my physical evaluation is inconsistent with this diagnosis (I don’t scream with pain when they twist my knee).
So that’s on hold while we deal with the priority knee problem, which is arthritis and the searing, disabling pain that occurs whenever one particular spot is touched (the pressure of my pant’s leg is too much). The ortho doc said he thinks I literally bruised the bone - that when I fell I drove the end of my femur into the back of my kneecap with enough force to damage the kneecap, and possibly the end of the femur. He wants to get that healed first, then see where we stand with the rest of the damage.
So I have a nifty knee brace, a long-term prescription to Celebrex, and another appointment in 6 weeks. I also had a REALLY NIFTY CORTISONE SHOT!. I don’t think they put more than a half-a-gallon in my knee, and honestly it was nowhere near as bad as the cortisone shots I’ve had to take right into a hot nerve. I only said one really ugly word!
The ortho doc is pretty cool - I think I may have a serious crush now. Young, handsome, smart, and funny as hell - and kept saying “That’s okay, that’s okay” every time I apologized for my language. (Well, he located that super-sensitive spot, which I had already gaspingly assured him was right under his finger and letting me know it . In typical doctor fashion, he then says “So how bad does this hurt?” and mashes it! I think he got a very clear understanding when I screamed “SHIT!” and levitated about a foot straight up off of the table. “That bad, huh?” Smart ass doctor.)
Oh, and I have a nice pad for my elbow where I have cubital tunnel syndrome - I get to wear it like a normal person when I’m up and about, so that it cushions the nerve. When I go to bed I have to turn it over so that the pad is inside my elbow, to keep me from sleeping with my elbow bent. That is sooo comfy. :rolleyes:
Anyway, I’ve escaped the knife (or laser, or whatever) temporarily, so racer is the next victim, then elgar. If y’all think about it, pop back in here and let me know what it’s like - I may have the option of skipping the surgery, as the doc isn’t sure it will help very much.