kate. twenty. this is a blog about my life with hypermobility.
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my story

In November of 2007, my left knee started hurting out of the blue during a soccer game. Up until this point, I was an avid soccer player and continued playing until August 2008. During those eight months, I went back and forth between my Orthopedic surgeon and physical therapy and my knee only became worse. I had numerous x-rays and two MRIs, all of which were normal. After recurrent subluxtions, I was told to stop playing soccer. My first Ortho gave up and that led me to his colleague, Ortho #2 who performed my first surgery on November 7th, 2008. It was an exploratory scope in which I had a synovectomy and plica removal. That surgery failed along with the next two:  Lateral Release, partial mensicus removal, and plica removal on July 2nd, 2009, then Medial Reefing and Lateral Release on December 10th, 2009. Before I had the MR and LR done in December, I was diagnosed with hypermobilty and patella tracking disorder. Finally, in October 2010, I found a new Ortho who could help me. After going through more PT and failed Synvisc injections, I scheduled my Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction (MPFLr) for April 14th, 20ll. I spent three months in an ROM brace and had to have an MUA/LOA on June 21st, 20ll because I couldn’t bend my knee but, as far as I can tell, my knee is better. And by better, I mean, my kneecap doesn’t pop out of place randomly but I do still have pain most days…it just isn’t as bad and I’m okay with that. However, my other knee is still messed up and I need that fixed. I’m in the process of getting the details worked out. But, as of right now, my right hip is my main concern. I found out in December that I had torn my labrum back in July and it has been very painful since then. My hip Ortho recommended a cortisone injection before going through with surgery and I agreed. If the cortisone injection works, and it seems it has, surgery is more likely to work. I had surgery on July 6th, 2012 to repair my torn labrum. As far as we can tell, surgery has been a success. My hip Ortho is now looking into the possibility of me having Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome….After successful hip scope and labral repair, I started having right hip pain again in August 2013. All the same symptoms of the tear I had before. It took some convincing but I finally got my Ortho to let me get an MRI. It revealed a loose piece of bone about one in diameter in the socket and another slight tear in my labrum. Surgery was scheduled for February 4, 2014….still in pain after the surgery.

Currently dealing with:

  • Patellar instability: left—medial subluxation (surgery on April 14th 2011)
  • Patellar instability: right— lateral subluxation
  • Multi-directional instability + labral tear in right hip (surgery on July 6th 2012 & February 4th 2014)
  • Multi-directional instability right and left shoulders
  • Chronic migraines
  • Acid reflux
  • Pain in wrists, ankles, knees,  shoulders, hands, and r hip


Previous surgeries:

  • 2003: cyst removal- right jaw
  • November 7th 2008: exploratory scope- left knee
  • July 2nd 2009: lateral release- left knee
  • December 10th 2009: medial reefing- left knee
  • April 14th 2011: medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) reconstruction- left knee
  • June 21st 2011: MUA and scope- left knee
  • July 6th 2012: labral repair- right hip
  • Februray 4th, 2014: debridement of loose bone and labral repair- right hip