The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: UCIGimp on November 16, 2005, 07:36:11 AM

Title: ice and heat
Post by: UCIGimp on November 16, 2005, 07:36:11 AM
Has anyone else gotten to the point where when you put ice on your knee or a heating pad you just don't feel the heat or cold anymore.  As I am typing this I have a heating pad on my leg, and I feel it above and below my knee (its a big pad) but not on my actual knee.  Is this normal?? I'm a little worried.  Any suggestions would be great.

UCI Gimp
Title: Re: ice and heat
Post by: Nettan on November 16, 2005, 07:46:15 AM
If you nip yourself on the knee or stick with a needle can you feel that ? Have you had lost of sense earlier after surgeries ?
Is it just the knee area or other areas in the leg ?

Title: Re: ice and heat
Post by: ChrisAngel on November 16, 2005, 11:24:36 AM
Interesting situation. I can only say, that maybe our knees are so used to icing or heating, that they don't feel it as much anymore. Of course, after surgery, some of the areas can be a bit numb. Especially around the scars. I haven't had that problem, (mine were SUPERSENSITIVE, and still are), but I've heard it happening to people here.

Sometimes when I've been icing my knees (heat does not work for them), I hardly feel the cold. I think it must be they are so used to the feeling, that it doesn't cause the same kinda sensation anymore. I've proven that by placing the ice pads little elsewhere, testing if they are still cold....and BOY have the other ares been chilled! Skin around knees must just be so used to the cold already.

I cannot say this applies to everybody, but just throwing my opinion and experiences in..

But your situation sounds a bit different. Do as Nettan suggest, and indeed try pinching or something to the area that does not feel cold/heat. If don't feel a thing, I suggest u bring it up to ur doctor. Loss of sense can occur after knee surgeries.

Title: Re: ice and heat
Post by: heather k from wales on November 16, 2005, 08:02:46 PM
Ive had loss of sensation in my knee area since 1995 when I had my 1st ACL recon.  The numbness is a fairly large area starting from the lateral side of the patella tendon graft scar, covering about 5"x12".  Its odd to touch, unbelievably sensitive, yet numb :-\  I have absolutley no sence of temperatures in that area.  I HATE anyone touching it, if the dog paws the area......look out!!  Coffee tables are no fun to knock into.

Heather ;)