According to the orthopedic surgeon, the MRI scan shows a small tear in my meniscus right beneath the place where I had surgery on the one before. He is not going to operate on it because it is so small. Because I think this does not explain the amount of pain I have in my knee, I am mystified and I am now dubious about the orthopedic surgeon. He is going to write a letter with his findings to my GP and I will see my GP and ask her opinion about whether I should pursue this. The orthopedic surgeon also thinks I should be on a less strong anti-inflammatory medication and that I should not be taking 3 to 6 paracetamol tablets a day. He is going to let my GP know this also.
Needless to say, after I saw him, I felt a lot of frustration and for someone like me that is bad news. I was very upset about it his attitude, which made me feel like I was a hypochondriac, and ended up having to take a long nap so that I could reset my mental system and start all over again. I slept deeply for a few hours and had a cup of coffee when I woke up and felt a lot better. I have been able to gather my thoughts over another cup of coffee and make sense of everything.
Of course, I have fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis and that can explain the pain in my knee also. I know that with fibromyalgia there are pressure points in your joints that can be very painful. Possibly that is part of the problem.
I can't afford to have this become a long and complicated problem. I will not be able to deal with it well emotionally, so I would rather have a physical problem that can not be resolved, than have emotional chaos. I will not be able to deal with the pressure of having the problem in my knee possibly not be resolved in a long, drawn out process. My mental health comes first.
All of this makes me not have so much faith in the medical profession. I think specialists are not infallible and that their knowledge is selective and may not apply to your particular problem. It seems everybody is stuck in a box and is thinking inside of one.