Some of you know that i was injured nearly a year ago -I fell off a ladder and tore my lateral meniscus. I had arthroscopic surgery in June of last year. I still have soreness, am unable to bend my knee back all the way, cannot kneel even with a soft pad, and cannot squat and hold up my legs long enough to squat at work. I've been back to the dr. and he prescribed PT for hamstring tendinitis in both legs. I also have a back issue going on too--L4-5 is herniated and I have a disc totally dried out. Also...T6-8 have tiny herniations (not caused by the fall by the way). I have severe DDD, and some complicated nerve damage/pain. By that I mean that the pain, severity, and frequency changes daily. I had 3 ESI injections last year to help calm the inflammation.
It's been 4 weeks and I've had PT. It's helped a little (my legs don't feel quite as tight, but I still cannot squat enough, and so I end up doing part of my job on the floor b/c I cannot hold myself up.
I've been researching what else could be wrong. On this board, (or one of the other forums, I've read about RSD, and thinking I may have symptoms. Dr. wants to do an EMG b/c he now suspects my back may have something to do with the pain in my knee. (My right knee does not hurt the same way as my left one does--the nerve pain is more severe there, but I have much more flexibility in my right leg than my left. My left leg is weaker, and the knee sometimes feels like it buckles from time to time, causing me to trip sometimes.
A couple weeks ago, I fell and landed on that knee (slipped on ice) and it's severely bruised and that's taking forever to heal.
What do I do now? Do I suggest the possibility of RSD, fibro (both of which I have symptoms of? Whatever the deal is, I know for certain, or at least I think so, that i should NOT be in as much pain as I am now and I just don't know to do about it.
I've been treated for the meniscus injury through surgery and PT. I am being treated for the back issue. I've seen a rheumatologist to rule out RA or some other inflammatory issue. Do ask to be admitted? Do I /can I ask all 4 dr. (Knee, back, pain management and rheumie, to all meet and discuss this issue and what we can do to get better?) Do I just let Knee dr. figure it out or what?