Howdy y’all! I have been staying low and under the radar since this past January working hard to bring my repaired knee back to 100%. As of today, I am not close to 100% yet.
To bring all of you to a quick update, I saw surgeon on 5-February. I told him about my subluxation (quick knee pop out/in) 3 times prior to seeing him. He asked me to continue working with therapist for next 3 months as he has seen similar situation before. I continued with physical therapy until last week of February when my health insurance decided that I no longer required physical therapy as they wanted me to wean off. I contacted my surgeon asking him what to do about this situation and he told me to continue with home exercise program. We cannot do anything about my health insurance because if we file an appeal and it will take around six months for them to decide if it is medically necessary for me to continue with my physical therapy. It is where I have to choose which battles to battle. *sigh* Meanwhile, I have been going to the gym at least 3 times a week doing some exercises via weight, treadmill, and swimming pool. I am doing yoga on daily basis to stretch and build up some strength in my leg/knee area. I thought to myself ok, just continue work on getting my knee stronger and healed on my own until May.
However, over the last weekend of February and first week of March, I experienced subluxation (quick knee pop out/in) twice which left me into very painful condition especially on inside knee area – MCL area. It was harder on me because I became stronger and was able to move, but my knee was not working with me and popping out on me if I moved in certain direction each time (squat and move left laterally). I decided that there was something not right about my knee since it felt the similar way prior to the surgery. Since subluxation occurred, I am still limping and managing my pain with popping in NSAIDs. It is so painful to get out of the car and bathtub. It is hard to get up in the morning when I move my knee. I groan, grunt, moan, and whimper a bit from time to time. My family hears me and sympathizes with me. Not fun at all.
Since something is not right with my knee, I asked for an appointment with surgeon right away. I just saw him past few days on 12-March. I explained my dilemma with him. He checked my knee and we both agreed that my knee was feeling solid with repaired ACL and meniscus, so there must be different issue in different area. I told him that it means a new challenge for him and he said yes. :) He ordered a new MRI, so I am awaiting for my insurance to approve. He told me that I no longer need to wear brace, but wear brace for high impact/athletic activity until beginning of December 2015 (approximately one year from my surgery). So, it was mixed news – bad news – my knee is not 100% and the issue with subluxation is ongoing and good news – my knee is strong enough that I can resume wearing my pants especially jeans and yoga pants/leggings once again!!!!! Hellloooooo pants/leggings!!!!! Yeah, I am frustrated, but count my blessings that I am able to move around at least. Gonna balance out with good and bad stuff and just move on.
So, I move with caution as not to squat risking myself to cause my knee to pop out/in and fall down on my hands and/or face onto floor/pavement. It is not easy because I do not feel pain while walking/hiking (due to NSAIDs kicking and repeated motion causing my knee to acclimatized by numbing out my pains). When I am forced to squat for some reasons like to scramble across boulders, descending on the steep trail, or climb up/down on some rocks, my knee just pops out/in without any warning. Scary!
*sigh* I continue to keep myself active and safe as best as I can – the Spring is just around the corner. I hope that in next few weeks after my MRI, my surgeon and I will able to get some answers on why my knee keeps pop out/in. Please continue with prayers for me.