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Joint pain left knee - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Excellent Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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User :   hello
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :  
How can I help you?
User :   I have the begining of a menincus tear in my left knee
User :  
i have had it for about 3 years
Doctor :  
ok
User :   I have tried 600mg IBprophun does not work, a heat pack does not work. I elevate it with pillows at night, i stoped wearing my knee brace today. an ice pack kinda works
Doctor :  
Ok
User :   right now I have no insurence and want to know what I can do at home to help
User :   ????

Doctor :  
Ok I understand
Doctor :  
Was an MRI / Arthroscopy done previously over the knee joint?
User :  
no just an xrsy
User :   xray
Doctor :  
Was it confirmed that it was a meniscal tear?
User :  
the start yes
User :  
the start yes
Doctor :  
What is your age?
User :  
24
Doctor :   What are your current symptoms apart from the pain?
Doctor :  
Do you have swelling ?
User :  
a u shaped bruse under the knee cap and limping when i walk
Doctor :   You can apply ICY HOT EXTRA STRENGTH BALM

User :   ok i will try that next

Doctor :  
If you are not able to flex your leg, you can apply FLEXALL
User :  
i can flex it
User :  
but it just hurts
Doctor :  
Since the muscles are in spasm
User :  
k
Doctor :   it helps

User :   should i be walking on it
Doctor :  
No
Doctor :  
In fact I suggest you to rest atleast next 48 hours
User :   well i have to work and do my daily life stuff
Doctor :  
When I say rest I mean complete bed rest, except using toilet and sitting for eats
User :  
it burns right now
Doctor :  
I understand
Doctor :  
but it takes longer time if you do not rest
User :  
ok
User :  
it burns on the right side of my left knee right now
Doctor :  
IF you rest you can resume the work effectively
User :  
k
Doctor :   Put the same cold pack

User :   what can I take for the pain if 600mg Ibprophun does not work

Doctor :  
wrapping in a thin cloth
User :  
have been using cold pack
Doctor :  
yes it is best for burning pain
Doctor :   If you can take Paracetmol + Codeine combination
User :  
should i wear my knee brace durning the day
Doctor :  
or Brufen 800 mg
User :  
k
Doctor :  
I suggest you to rest
User :  
k
Doctor :  
so that it heals fast
User :   k

User :  
should i wear my knee brace durning the day
Doctor :  
Last thing but important is getting a physical examination done if you get an insurance done fast
Doctor :  
If you rest you do not need brace
User :   k

User :  
i am working on getting insurence this week
Doctor :  
If you do not rest brace might not help as effectively as rest but still ok
User :  
k
Doctor :  
Did the doctor did some test by pulling knees and passively extending them to say yu have a meniscal injury
Doctor :  
Did he not suggest you for MRI / Arthoscopy
User :  
he took and exray and that is how he found out i hade the begining onf one
Doctor :  
Ok
User :  
but he does not know how i got it cause i never played on a sports team\
User :   so we are lost as to how i got it
Doctor :  
ok a simple twist or bending of knee can cause such injuries
User :  
oh ok
Doctor :  
How many times did you get the episodes of swelling
User :  
could it be caused from me spraining my ankel back in 2001
Doctor :  
since these 3 yrs
Doctor :   How many times did you get the episodes of pain since these 3 yrs ?

Doctor :  
It could be a reason of spraining the ankle
User :  
once when it first started and then like 2 weeks ago
Doctor :  
More importantly the doctor should understand whehther your other ligaments are fine
Doctor :  
Ok so the symptoms are not too frequent and bothersome
User :  
he told me 3 years ago they were
User :  
they have been bothersome for the past 2 weeks
Doctor :  
Ok
User :  
he told me 3 years ago that my ligaments were fine
Doctor :  
Fine, just follow what I said just now. I suggest you to review back with the Orthopedician once more as you get you insurance
User :  
ok
Doctor :  
Did you follow what all I said ?
User :  
should i be excerciseing it at all
User :  
yes
Doctor :   Not at all for the next 48 hrs
Doctor :  
You shall slowly resume the movements slowly
User :  
ok but after that can i
Doctor :   Slowly resume the movements
User :  
ok
Doctor :  
Once you feel that you do not have any pain and no bruise that you can resume the movements
Doctor :  
of the knee joint
Doctor :  
I hope all your other joints are fine
User :  
yes they are
Doctor :  
Ok good
Doctor :  
Is there anything else I can help you with?
User :  
what can i do for TMJ
Doctor :  
Ok Please fill the feedback form while I answer your other question
User :  
k
Doctor :  
Do you mean Temporomandibular Joint
User :   it is in my jaw joing

User :  
joint
Doctor :  
Do you have pain on both sides?
User :  
my jaw pops out of place when i yawn
User :  
it is more on the left
Doctor :  
Is it just popping out or does it cause problem in chewing or pain after yawn?
User :  
it causes paing not in chewing always but after i yawn it hurts bad
Doctor :  
Jaw pain may go away with little or no treatment
Doctor :   simple things you can do yourself
Doctor :   such as eating soft foods or applying ice packs
User :  
Last time i went to the dentist they said there was nothing they could do to help me
Doctor :   yes as I told you it goes on its way
User :  
never tryed the icepack thing
Doctor :  
Yes yoiu should
User :  
it has been getting worse in the past year
Doctor :  
Eat soft foods, Try not opening your mouth fully while yawn
Doctor :  
Be conscious while yu yawn
User :  
i am i have to put my left hand on my jaw joing and push in when i yawn
User :  
sometimes i force myself to not yawn
Doctor :  
Try these movements of lower jaw, such as opening and closing the jaw from side to side.
User :  
ok
Doctor :   repeat three to five times a day, five minutes continuously each time, for about two to four weeks.
Doctor :   Did you follow?
User :  
yes
Doctor :  
Fine
Doctor :  
Anything else
User :  
i think that is it thank you so much
Doctor :  
I have a patient waiting for me in the queue.
User :  
k
Doctor :  
Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :  
Bye for now
User :  
your welcome
User :  
bye
Doctor :  
Please follow up after few days
User :  
k
Doctor :  
how you are doing
Doctor :  
Bye
User :  
good
User :  
bye
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