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A Specialized MRI

Saturday, October 03, 2015

I had my knee specialist appointment yesterday. The good news is that my knees are no longer loose at the lower part of the leg. Thank you physical therapy! The bad news is that the X-Rays show that the replacement on the right knee is sinking. That is the knee that currently doesn't hurt! The replacement on the left knee looks good. However, the doctor could feel something moving around on the section of the knee that isn't replaced. (This knee has a partial replacement.) I asked him if the pain could be coming from the hip or lower back and he said that he didn't know, but wants to check the knee because it is buckling. So, he ordered a specialized MRI that can block out the partial prosthetic and focus on the other part of the knee. He wants to check the arthritis in that part of the knee.
Just as an aside here, before I had the partial replacement on that knee, the MRI on it showed a loose piece of bone floating around inside the knee. It makes me wonder if this
has happened again. Usually this type of bone fragment is a spur or some of the arthritis that has broken loose. I can say from experience that it makes the knee joint very painful. This is, of course, just a guess on my part. The MRI will hopefully tell us the real story.

My MRI is scheduled for this coming Thursday, with a follow up the following Thursday. My doctor wanted to do the whole thing much faster but his schedule is too packed to get me in any faster. He wanted to do it faster because of my pain level. Bless him for that!

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