Good morning! I recently had an x-ray and MRI of my right knee. It seems, no matter what is going on with my medication, how much better the rest of my body feels, this knee gives me trouble all the time! My rheumatologist decided to order these studies to take a closer look at what is going on with me.
The results were not good. First, the reason my immunosuppression therapy does not seem to be helping this joint is because my problems are caused by my osteoarthritis.
"Sometimes called degenerative joint disease or “wear and tear” arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common chronic condition of the joints. It occurs when the cartilage or cushion between joints breaks down leading to pain, stiffness and swelling. pain." Source: Arthritis Foundation
I inherited my osteoarthritis from my mother. In addition to my right knee also have osteoarthritis in my cervical spine, shoulders and thumbs.
It is very important to have an MRI if you are in severe pain. The x-ray of my right knee showed "minor arthritic changes". My MRI revealed much graver news: torn meniscus, eroded cartilage (bone on bone) and a Baker's cyst behind my knee. Thankfully, my rheumatologist does not think surgery is necessary. I may need lubricating injections and physical therapy. Although I do have the images from my MRI, I have no idea how to read them. Below is a labeled image of someone else's knee showing a meniscus tear and Baker's cyst. Although the cartilage is not labeled, I do not see a large amount of space between the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone).
Needless to say, I have been suffering a bit for a very long time. Although I am discouraged by these study results, I am glad we now know what to do about it. I will keep you updated to let you know how the injections are going.