After all this time, after all my injuries, once again I accurately diagnosed a medical issue.
Last March I did a deep weighted squat and felt something pop in my right knee. My stubborn self chose to overlook the subsequent discomfort and stoically carry on.
We need a backstory here...This is the same knee that was injured when I carelessly pulled a full and very topheavy garden waste trash can to the street, blithely ignoring the fact that the wheels were tangled up in fruit tree netting.
I mean, for a split second the thought crossed my mind that I should probably untangle it before I rolled it down the hilly driveway but I did not.
So…as you can probably guess, my feet became entwined in the netting which then pulled the heavy can down on me, twisting my leg and knee beneath it.
I know, I know. I’m not bright, also extremely impatient.
Once I deduced that my knee/leg wasn’t broken, I iced it for a while and endured the pain on the lateral side of my knee. A few months later, I had some physical therapy which actually seemed to help and I was back to normal movement.
And that’s how I ended up doing a weighted squat. Again, I iced it and figured it would take a while to heal, whatever it was, but this time there was no specific pain location. I wore a brace and compression sleeve and that didn’t really help.
Finally, I was able to pinpoint the pain, did my research and thought it was a medial meniscus tear along with an inflamed bursa, right below the knee.
I waited a really long time before telling my doctor (too stubborn to admit defeat), but when the pain wouldn’t subside, I did. She ordered an x-ray and when the results were unremarkable, she ordered an MRI, the appropriate course of action.
That was my first ever MRI. For me, it was a pleasant experience, probably because only my legs were in the machine.
The results came back as I had predicted:
- There is a complex meniscal tear involving the posterior horn of the medial meniscus.
- Severe chondromalacia involving the lateral patellar facet (also known as Runner’s Knee)
- Mild joint effusion. (I believe it’s the pes anserine bursa.)
Now I have an appointment with the same orthopedic office where I’ve often visited for other dumb accidental broken bones and torn ligaments.
Just call me Doctor Rosebud BUT don’t be like me and wait months suffering before seeing a professional!