Oh man... you guys have really scared me! I such a chicken about surgery.
I thought it was under a local, too... you mean they usually put people under a general for just an arthroscopy? I really hope I don't need surgery, but today, walking was extremely difficult and now I'm using crutches. I feel a lot of pressure in my knee medially and it is very difficult to straighten my leg all the way. Once I manage to losen it up enough to do so, it makes a clicking sound. The pain is at the very worst when I try to walk on it.
This knee has a long history of problems.... when I was 13, I dislocated my patella and sprained my ankle badly at the same time (I was en pointe in ballet). I quit dance because of it and I kept having 3-6 minor to major subluxations/dislocations over the years, to this day... but they always healed in a matter of a week or two. They weren't horrible.
In October, I got in a car accident and banged my knee up against the dash. That took a while to heal. After that, it became easier for me to dislocate my patella again and my knee has become increasingly unstable over the past several months, but if I'm easy on it, I always seem to get to the point where it feels normal again. And then this happens.... I'm so frustrated. I don't run, ride a bike, or do anything more strenuous than waitressing or swimming because of my knee. Now that I have health insurance, even though I really don't want to, I think I'm finally going to have the surgery I needed years ago anyway.
Thanks for the support, guys. It's glad to hear somebody else out there has similar problems. I've had a hard time getting doctors to believe my problems are as bad as they are. I've just dealt with the pain for so long... but now it's limiting my mobility and I'm fed up.