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In high school football I managed to dislocate my left knee cap 5 different times. Five was enough for me (meaning the doctor) to call it quits, and as fate would have it, watch my team go undefeated my senior year. Heart-breaker for a 17 year old, to the point that I was in tears for about 5 hours straight when I found out the news =/.
According to MRI images then, my knee should have healed fine, and I would not need surgery unless pain persisted over the years. Well, it has. Usually it was once or twice a year, and never for more than a few days. The pain would typically have nothing to do with exercise — although I’m sure being a “cardio” fanatic for a few years on end didn’t help.
There have been no dislocation events since high school, or any other injury for that matter.
Apparently there is a small bone floating around in my knee, and at the beginning of February 2012 I think it got “stuck” somewhere it shouldn’t have, causing me massive amounts of pain for weeks on end, to the point of not being able to walk. The duration and severity were unusual in all the years since the initial injury, so I finally got X-rays and an MRI done.
Here is the report on what the MRI revealed in total.
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I wouldn’t know the first thing about interpreting what any of this means, but I did get to talk to someone on the way out of the office today and apparently part of what this means is that (yes) there is a small chunk of bone in there (maybe the small bead-like object in the images?), and my kneecap is slightly off center, probably from the initial series of injuries.
I see the M.D. soon, and the plan will be to discuss what all of this means, and what should be done about it. Last I spoke with him the plan was to “scope” (minimally invasive surgery) the knee, remove the bone, and fix anything else possible while diggin around in there.
If I can get it on film I certainly will, and will be happy to post it here =).
All in all, not very fun, but I will be happy to have this damn thing fixed.
Also, I find it interesting how I have “scattered areas of synovial hypertrophy”, because I’ve been taking MSM/glucosamine for about 4 months straight now. Wonder if that has anything to do with it? If I can get my old MRI image from 2005 I would be damn curious to see if there is a difference there.
If anyone is interested in seeing more MRI images (there are a ton), and know how to read them, feel free to comment here and I can post more…
— Anthony Dream Johnson