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Title: what's the point??
Post by: maria1985 on April 17, 2007, 07:28:58 PM
hi everyone
well i had my doctors app and surprise surprise there was nothing he could do for me.
i went to see him about the fact that i wasn't happy with the hospital i'm at and that i am in so much pain that i feel like vomiting the whole day and he turns round and says there's nothing he can do and that i need to speak to the pain clinic specialist next week when i go.
he went through the whole list of pain meds that i have taken but didn't give me anything because i told him that none of those helped.he has written me a letter to take to the hospital next week which i have to pick up monday in the hope that the hospital can suggest something and told me that if i have no luck with them i can go back and see him and see what else he can do for me.
i can understand the fact that i need to speak to the pain clinic specialist but i feel like i'm getting no where and i honestly thought my gp would be helpful as normally he is.

the pain has been so bad the past few days that i constantly feel sick i'm really grumpy, annoyed, so much so that as soon as someone talks to me i get pissed of (which is a problem as i'm a sales assistant), i don't want to see anyone or even speak to anyone i just want to be left alone yet no one understands that and i have friends and family asking if i'm alright all the time, i no they're just worried about me but it doesn't help the situation. i'm feeling so down and depressed that i just feel like crying all the time, i've really had enough and don't no what else to do.

sorry this post is long and for the fact that i'm feeling sorry for myself because i know that there's people on this board alot worse of than me but at the moment i can't help feeling like this.

thanks for letting me vent of and reading my post

maria.xx

Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: trainwreck on April 17, 2007, 07:33:08 PM
I am sorry to hear things did not go well and your pain issues aren't' any better.  I hope things turn around for you soon.  Please let me know if you need to vent, cry, mangle some uncaring idiots knee, or anything else that could make you feel better.

Things will get better wish I could tell you when.  I am having a tough day too but yours is much worse.  I will be thinking of you.

Trainwreck
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maile433 on April 17, 2007, 07:42:19 PM
Hang in there Maria!  It's frustrating that your doctor wasn't able to help with the pain, but hopefully the pain clinic specialist can help next week.  In the meantime, know that we're thinking of you and hoping you feel better soon.  I totally know what you mean about just not wanting to talk to anybody - we can all get so grumpy when we are hurting and for me it's better to just not talk to anyone and avoid saying something that I'll regret later.  Problem is that it's hard to resist when my friends ask me, in a rather snide way, why I'm not talking to them.  Well, sometimes it's just not about them and it has to be about you.  Do what you need to to get through this, vent all you need to, have a good cry, then try to find one good thing about the day to cheer you up a little.

Take care,
Sarah
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maria1985 on April 17, 2007, 07:43:03 PM
thanks for your quick reply and your support.
i am also here if you need to vent, cry or just want to talk. it would be brilliant if we could swap a few hours with these stupid doctors and let them suffer like we do and see how they cope because they think that in a 10 minute app they know everything and know what we are going through.
i want to scream and shout at everyone and anyone that gets in my way or even those that will listen to me.
you said that you having a tough day i hope you ok (stupid thing to say i spose) remember i am here if you need to talk.

maria.xx
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maria1985 on April 17, 2007, 07:50:22 PM
thanks sarah
you're right about the friends things they seem to think it's about them when i don't want to be my normal bubbly self or that i'm just being cold towards them, they don't really understand what it's like sometimes they moan about stuff and i just think to myself "i wish we could swap just for a day" i don't mean it but i can't help thinking it sometimes so they know what its like to be in my shoes and that i'm not being a grumpy cow over nothing and that there is a reason behind it.

this is a night of ranting and raving for me so sorry for going on.

i hope you are keeping well sarah.

maria.xx
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: Nettan on April 17, 2007, 09:28:18 PM
Maria, if you went through the list of meds with him and nothing helps, what can he more do for you ?
A GP can a lot of stuff but for this problem you have you need someone more specialized.
I know you get angry that he can't help and that is totally understandable and frustrating for you.
Believe me I understand you. I have been there several times myself and when you are in so much pain and can't be offered anything you just want to scream..hey can you see me I am suffering !!!
But better that he says I can't help you and write a letter to try help you then pretend to be able help and that won't lead to anything at all.
I hope your appointment goes well.
Thinking of you !!
HUGS NETTAN  8)
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maria1985 on April 18, 2007, 12:32:07 PM
thanks nettan i really appreciate all the support from everyone. i can understand your point about the GP.
well i have a day of work today so i haven't done much just been trying to relax and chill out really as i am back at work tomorrow, hopefully the pain will calm down abit i still feel sick though, fingers crossed that the pain clinic specialist will beable to suggest something.

maria.xx
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: trainwreck on April 19, 2007, 05:42:05 PM
Hi Maria,
Just wanted to check in and see how you were doing.  You have been on my mind.
Allison
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maria1985 on April 19, 2007, 07:10:10 PM
hi allison thanks for your concern but to be honest with you i'm not really doing any better than i was at the beginning of the week. i'm still really down and cheesed of with everything, i feel sick all the time, i've gone off my food, i just been feeling really low and i don't want to talk to anybody all i want to do is cry!!
i seem to be having a bad week i thought it would only last a day or 2 then i would be fine but this time round i don't seem to be fine, i just want to give up with it all.i don't want to start crying as i'm worried i won't beable to stop so i keep it to myself. i don't know I'M FED UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HOW HAVE YOU BEEN FEELING WITH YOUR KNEE or in general really?? keep me posted on your progress ok.

maria.xx

Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maile433 on April 19, 2007, 07:17:56 PM
Maria,

So sorry you're still feeling lousy.  I'm sending a big virtual bear hug your way!!!  (Hmm, maybe I shouldn't squeeze too tight - don't want to hurt you more!)   ; :-[  Hopefully you're able to at least get some food in you to give your body some strength to keep on fighting each day.  I wish I could do more to help you out, but know that I'm thinking of you and hoping you find a couple good moments each day.  Maybe some days those last a little longer than the day before, and hopefully next week you can see your pain specialist and get some of the pain straightened out. 

Take care,
Sarah
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maria1985 on April 19, 2007, 07:28:26 PM
thank you sarah, how have you been feeling?

i'm really hoping that i will get somewhere with the pain clinic next week even if they just offer me something for the pain as this is what i'm struggling with. i am managing to keep abit of food down but the prob is that i don't even want to eat as the sickness feels worse as i then have stuff to bring up, which is also becoming a pain as today whilst at work i was becoming light head and dizzy through out the day. i feel as though i'm in a no win situation.
but hey fingers and toes crossed for next week i suppose. :(

maria.xx
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: jathib on April 19, 2007, 08:24:10 PM
Chronic pain is a bugger but there's not much you can do but live with it and try to control it. I've lived with it for 34 years. Been in pain management for only 3 of those. Don't spend a lot of time dwelling on it, it just makes it worse. People always seem to shudder and feel sorry for me when I tell them all the surgery I've been through. But I just count my blessings and move on. I figure if I wake up and I'm not in pain then I must be dead.
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maile433 on April 22, 2007, 04:56:31 AM
Maria...how are you feeling?  Been thinking about you - hope the weekend is treating you well.  When do you get to see the pain specialist?

Sarah
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: trainwreck on April 22, 2007, 05:12:16 AM
me too Maria, just checking in on you.  Hope you have had a better day.
Allison
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maria1985 on April 22, 2007, 12:42:24 PM
hi guys
how are you all doing? i'm ok thanks i'm feeling abit better than i have been all week. i got the day off work (i use to work sundays now i don't) my knee is still absolutly killing me but my mood is better. i have even decided to chop off all my hair and go short as i tend to do mad things when i want cheering up (my hair means alot to me so its big decision for me), i'm having it done on saturday for my brothers engagement i'm even having highlights done as i want a complete change.

i have my app with the pain clinic on tuesday and i have to say that i have it on my mind all the time i'm worried about what will be said and done, although i'm trying to hide it from everyone as i don't want to burst into tears or let on that i'm stressing about it.

thanks for all your help and advice in this really bad week i have had it has meant alot to me.
hope you are all well

maria.xx 
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maile433 on April 22, 2007, 04:18:56 PM
Maria,

I'm glad you're feeling a little better!  Have fun getting your hair done!   It should be a good distraction from everything else.  I hope the appointment on Tuesday goes well!

I'm doing OK - I think I pushed my knee a bit much yesterday so I'm paying for it today, and I have to go to a friend's wedding this afternoon.  No dancing for me, I suspect.  At least the rain stopped here so there's hope of a sunny wedding!

Enjoy your day off!
Sarah
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maria1985 on April 23, 2007, 07:36:46 PM
hi sarah
how are you? how are you feeling with your knee today as you said you pushed it too much yesterday.
so how did your friends wedding go were you able to do abit of dancing?

i am feeling better today i went and picked my letter up from the gp to take with me tomorrow but i'm am really nervous about going to the pain clinic i'm hoping that i'll come out of the app abit happier than previous app.

wish you well and hope you feel better with your knee soon

maria.xx
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maile433 on April 23, 2007, 11:44:20 PM
Hi Maria,

The wedding yesterday was so beautiful - they did a Hindu ceremony followed by a traditional ceremony - both were so gorgeous.  My knee was still quite sore from the day before, so I stayed off it and didn't dance, but I enjoyed myself anyway.  The knee is feeling a bit better today - I'm hoping that it just needs a little more rest and nothing more.

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you tomorrow!  Glad you're feeling better today. 
Sarah
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maria1985 on April 24, 2007, 07:11:05 PM
hi sarah
i'm glad you had a good time at the wedding,sometimes you need something different to take your mind of everyday going ons.

i went to the pain clinic today and left feeling really down and upset so now i feel my mood has gone back to what it was last week.
they have basically said that there aren't any pain meds that they can offer me as i can't tolerate them and i should consider the pain management program and i'll get a follow up app for next month. i was in my app for an hour and by the end of it i was in tears. i asked her what would happen if this pain management didn't work and she just said that i would then have to learn to deal with it as there aren't any other routes for me to go down.

i haven't got my hopes set on this pain management because i have spoken to previous patients from my 2 week stay in hospital for intensive physio and there were about 2-3 people doing the PMP and none said that they benefited from it.
i now feel like i'm at the end and there is nothing else for me to do with it, other than to just suffer.

maria.xx
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: Nettan on April 24, 2007, 07:50:48 PM
Maria, what about something in your spinal..like spinal cord stimulator ?
Is that something that have been brought up ?
Don't give up girl..here's for you...
(http://annn.blogg.se/images/hug4u1_1161120895.gif)

NETTAN 8)
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maile433 on April 25, 2007, 05:02:45 AM
Maria, I don't have any suggestions for the pain issue, but I'm so sorry the appointment didn't go well.  I hope your day brightened up a little bit towards the end!

Have you ever done any yoga?  I have been doing it for a few years and it has been very helpful helping me get through the recovery.  There are a bunch of articles that I've read about how it has helped people manage their pain, both physical and mental.  I'll search around and see if I can find some links for you. 

I'm sending all my best thoughts your way!
Sarah
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maile433 on April 25, 2007, 05:23:09 AM
Maria,

If you're interested...

http://www.yogajournal.com/health/570_1.cfm
http://www.yogasite.com/chronicpain.htm
http://www.womenfitness.net/yoga_pain_management.htm
http://www.healingchronicpain.org/content/introduction/comp_movement.asp
http://www.yogajournal.com/health/549_1.cfm (more geared towards depression, which can go hand in hand with pain)
http://www.yogajournal.com/health/1161_1.cfm (yoga and knees)

Here's a compilation of many other articles:  http://www.iayt.org/site/publications/painmanagement.pdf

Sarah
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maria1985 on April 25, 2007, 07:14:06 PM
thanks for the articles they made interesting reading. i might give yoga ago and stop the other exercise classes i have been doing.
nettan no one has ever mentioned anything about spinal cord to me, they have checked my hips which they said were fine but never mentioned or have looked at my spine.
i have been doing alot of thinking and crying today and have decided to discharge myself from the hospital because i feel that they have given up so i no i will never recieve the correct treatment from that hospital.
i was discussing with my family about the possibility of going to see a surgeon in italy in the summer when we go back home for a holiday, i have heard that they are meant to be good, but at this precise moment i feel i haven't got anything else to lose at this stage and so think its worth looking into.

maria.xx
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: Nettan on April 25, 2007, 09:37:44 PM
Make them look at your spine..also painmanagement can be done trough spine...read here...
http://www.ans-medical.com/patient/basicsofscs/index.cfm
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maile433 on April 26, 2007, 02:13:55 AM
Maria,

If you do decide to try out yoga, just make sure you tell the instructor about your pain and any other injuries.  They can make modificatons to poses that will help protect your knee and avoid other pain. There are a lot of different types of yoga - some may be better than others.  I'd recommend a gentler Hatha or Iyengar style yoga as opposed to a more rigorous Astanga-style yoga. 

Definitely a good idea to talk to some other people about other options.  Hope it helps!

Sarah
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: bella287 on April 26, 2007, 03:16:44 AM
about the friends thing. i get the" i want my old friend back" maybe if you went off your meds you would be like you used to be.....wrong i,d be a blubbering baby  at I try to tell them that its the pain that affects my personality not the meds   bella,
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maile433 on April 26, 2007, 05:56:02 AM
I hear you, bella - folks who haven't dealt with injuries or pesistant pain just don't understand how much it affects your mood and your ability to handle everyday tasks.  Sometimes it doesn't take much to make any of us a blubbering baby!  I realized today how much my frustration with my knee is affecting how I'm dealing with things at work.  I had a complete meltdown in my boss's office today.  I've been working with him for 5 years now and we have a good friendship as well as a great work relationship.  I get frustrated with work a lot but I always manage to avoid letting that out when I'm talking to him, but for some reason today I couldn't hold back the tears and unfortunatley they kept coming and coming.  I think I caught him a bit off guard. :-[  We worked out some of the issues at worked and I had recovered and was ready to get up and get back to work, then he asked if I had been swimming or doing yoga or anything else that I typically do to work through my normal stress and then I just started up all over again!  I realized then that the knee thing is affecting me mentally much more than I thought it was. 

I don't have the awful pain like some folks have, just more of the frustration that the past four years I have been basing my life around my knee and it's still causing me problems.  Story of all of our lives!!! 

Hmm, didn't mean to turn this around to me - back to Maria...I'm sending you all kinds of well wishes.  I sincerely hope you are able to find some relief for your pain, whether through other medical help or alternative methods, or a combination of both.  The spinal stim looks interesting...

sarah
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maria1985 on April 26, 2007, 10:04:47 PM
alot of mates don't really understand what it is we go through, even the doctors don't. the other day when i went the first thing she asked me was "am i depressed" which sent me on a ranting moment as i was annoyed by this question, i don't see myself as depressed just absolutly frustrated and fed up with it all. yesterday one of the older women i work with ask me how i got on at the hospital and as i was trying to tell her i just started crying, i think this being part because of my moods lately and part because of what they were saying that irritated me.this whole knee thing has affected me mentally more than i relised but i definatly wouldn't class myself as being depressed. 

i have decided to go to italy in the summer with my parents and see a specialist out there, my family who live there book me an app so that as soon as i arrive i will be seen within a couple of days and go from there, i have given up with the medical system in the uk and so have decided to discharge myself from the hospital i'm at.

sarah i hope you are feeling better after your conversation with your manager but if you need to talk or just want to vent then i'm here for you, you have helped me so much in the past couple of weeks along with everyone else when i have been feeling really low and i wanted you to know that.

bella i hope your friends begin to understand that they have still got there friend in you, its just that you have other things going on in your life, and you might need there support every now and then (if that make sense).

nettan thanks for the link i will look at it soon asap. hope you doing well.

best wishes to you all

maria.xx

maria.xx
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maile433 on April 27, 2007, 07:04:36 AM
maria - are there other medical facilities that you can try in the UK for the time before you can get to italy?  I don't know much about the medical system in the uk, just the stories I hear on this board.  The place in Italy sounds like a good option but I hate to see you in pain for so long until you can get there.  how soon until you go?  Hopefully some of the other options can help you out and you can deal with the pain once and for all.  I'll cross my fingers!  How as the pain been in the last week?  Are you feeling any better than last week?

Bella - I hope your friends start to recognize your pain and help you in whatever way you need to deal with your pain.  We'll do everything we can as well! 

I generally had a good day today - most of the day my knee felt great and I was finally able to get some work done and feel like I accomplished something, but I'm still having some pretty crazy mood swings.  One minute I'll be just fine, then the next I am fighting back the tears.  I don't really know why they're coming - in general I still feel pretty good about things, but maybe i"m just really supressing the frustration with the knee and it's running out of places inside to hide.  I know that i should be focusing on the fact that the knee feels good and not the fact that it will just feel worse later, and generally I'm pretty good about that, but right now I'm not.  Kind of ironic - one of my friends is always commenting that it's actually annoying how positive I normally am, probably becuase I'm always trying to remind her of the positive things when she's focusing on the negative.  I guess sometimes it's just hard to practice what you preach.  Hmm, I think hormones are getting in the way of things too, but I also feel like this has been building for a while...

Ah, well, I hope your Friday is a good one.  It's supposed to be a gorgeous day here (I'm in northern California) - maybe I'll wear a skirt to work and show off my beautiful scar.   :)   Are you still chopping off your hair saturday?

Hugs to all,
Sarah
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maria1985 on April 27, 2007, 07:23:52 PM
hi to everyone
hope you're all keeping well. i'm feeling better mood wise but the pain is still really bad but i have my brothers engagement party tomorrow night so that's keeping me busy at the moment and obviously getting into the spirit of things has helped alot, and i am still getting my hair cut short i need a change which i think will cheer me up aswel, i will let you know if i do actually go through with the drastic hair change tomorrow though.

i'm off to italy 31st july and my app will be booked for around the 6th august just so it gives a couple of days to settle in at home.i'm hoping i will get alot more help or advice or even some sort of clue about whats happening to my leg there.i have had alot of people say to me that i should try either italy or germany, so i'm trying italy and fingers crossed. in the mean time i'm just going to do what i have done for the past few years and put up with it for a few more months till i get there, there's not really any other option for me here so the doctors have told me and nothing they can prescribe me for the pain so i think its bit pointless in attending any more clinics.
whilst on the subject does anyone know how i would go about discharging myself from a hospital clinic, do i just ring them or do i go through my GP?

sarah you were commenting on the "friends" and mine tend to say that either i'm being to positive or to down about things, yet they have always said to me that they don't understand how i cope with the pain 24/7 as they generally complain about their pain that comes and goes.i find it amusing as i see it as either i get on with life the way it is and if i hadn't done that for the past 12 years then i would have lead a very miserable life.sure i have my bad moments but lucky for me i have more good ones as i have hated the person i have been the past couple of weeks so i would've hated it even more if thats how i was all the time.

i hope you're ok sarah and if you want to talk i am here to listen and offer advice where i can. sometimes you will feel down and fed up its natural as we have a lot to put/cope with on an everyday basis so we won't always see the positive in things.just remember i'm here for you.

all the best

maria.xx


Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maile433 on April 27, 2007, 07:33:58 PM
Thanks, Maria.  I am actually having a pretty decent day, though one of my employees just dropped a bombshell on me.  After this little meltdown of mine my boss kept reassuring me that I'll get the work done and the future work is under control because we've been good at succession planning and we had this great employee who started recently that has been taking on a lot of the work.  Things were looking up, then he just told me he's leaving for another job!  Now we have to start back from square one!  Oh well, that's next week's problem - it's Friday and I'm bound and determined to enjoy the weekend.  You actually inspired me to get some of my hair chopped as well, so I think I'll give my hairdresser a call and get an appointment. 

I hope you enjoy your weekend.  I'm so glad you're feeling better, mentally, at least.  I wish I could wave a magic wand and make your pain go away!!! 
Sarah
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maria1985 on April 29, 2007, 02:21:23 PM
hi sarah
hope you have had a good weekend. and yes i got my hair all chopped off (chin length but shorter at the back) and i absolutly love it and i don't regret doing it. it has even made me feel loads better i have had brilliant comments made about it.

my knee is killing me especially after last night it was my brothers engagement and i was dancing all night and really paying for it now.

maria.xx
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maile433 on April 29, 2007, 04:31:14 PM
HI Maria,

Good for you for chopping your hair!  How long was it before?  I bet it looks great!  And how fun to be able to show it off to a bunch of people - I never can get my hair looking as good as it does when I leave the hairdresser.  I was going to get mine cut yesterday but it was such a beautiful day so I spend the day plannt tomatos, eggplant, herbs, and strawberries.  A good distraction from everything, but like you, I'm paying for it now - knee and back are both a bit sore.  It sounds like you at least had fun last night, sometimes the pain the day after is worth it for the chance to get out and have some fun and lift our spirits. Take it easy today, RICE, I'll be doing a bit of the same.  (Though I am going to call the hairdresser and see if I can get in today!!)

Have a good day!!!
Sarah
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maria1985 on April 30, 2007, 07:45:27 PM
hi sarah
at least you enjoyed your gardening thats the main thing. my knee is still killing me but the fact that i have been getting loads of compliments today about my hair has help me stay in a good/positive mood.
my hair use to be middle of my back if not abit longer and now the longest bit is near my chin and the back even shorter but i don't regret it.
so did you get your hair cut?
how have you been feeling today? i want to ask something actually about my knee.
lately i have been getting this pain on the outter part of my knee i get it alot when i tense my leg or if i'm sitting down it's like a stabbing pain around the bottom of the outter part of my knee.
any suggestions on what that could be?

maria.xx
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maile433 on April 30, 2007, 09:37:59 PM
Hi Maria,

Yes, I chopped my hair too!!!  I didn't get cut as you - it was originally mid-back, now most of it is about shoulder length but the front is a lot shorter, and more layers.  Got some highlights touched up as well (actually, she used a different color, so I'm blonder than I normally am - kind of hard to get used to!).

Hmm, your knee...I'm thinking maybe IT band pain?  The IT band crosses over the lateral femoral condyle and often causes pain, then it attaches down onto the outer part of the tibia, kind of in front of the fibular head.  Is this the right area where you're getting the pain?  There are lots of other things in that area that could be painful...there's a bursa in that general area that could also be inflamed (hmm, maybe from lots of dancing??   ;)), IT band, hamstring tendon, plus other issues like meniscus tears, scar tissue formation from any previous surgeries, arthritis...the list could go on.  I'd definitely rest & ice as much as you can, and if it's still bothering you try and see a doctor about it.  Have you tried rolling on a foam roller?  This is great for IT band tightness in general (whether or not you are really bothered by ITBS).  Just lie on your side with the side of your leg on the roller and support your upper body on the floor with your hands and roll back and forth along the whole length of the IT band, knee to hip.  It will hurt like crazy at first, but it's so good in the long run.  A tight IT band will pull your kneecap over to the side, so your quad, specifically your VMO, will have to work extra hard to compensate.  With all of our various surgeries and other knee problems, the VMO is typically weaker than it should be, so it can't do the extra work necessary, thus more kneecap-related problems occur.  And on and on...

Don't know if this helps at all...let me know how it goes.  Hopefully just a little ice will do the trick!

Hope you're having a good day otherwise - mine is OK, just trying to plug along at work.
Sarah
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maria1985 on May 01, 2007, 07:18:17 PM
hiya
your hair sounds really nice, it makes you feel loads better and also its a change to your style, i've loved my new hair style and so has everyone else.

thanks for the info about the knee, i have a feeling i'm going to have to go back to the gp because today the pain has been partically bad today especially when walking up the stairs, i can't ice the knee as its really sensitive even if the ice is wrapped around towels.
i'm going to wait and see how i go before i make an app i feel abit stupid making an app because it's probably nothing!

i hope all is well on your side.

maria.xx
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maile433 on May 01, 2007, 07:38:39 PM
Don't feel stupid going to the doctor if something hurts - if it hurts, it's probably not nothing!  I know what you mean about not wanting to waste their time, but that's what they get paid the big bucks for!   :D  What about seeing a specialist instead of a GP?  Might have more insight into the details of the knee if you can get in to see one.

Things are plugging away slowly here - I swam yesterday for the first time since before my surgery last summer - the knee hurt a bit more than I would have expected but it wasn't really that bad, it just felt good to move it a bit.  No pain yet today, even after PT, which is good.  (I almost feel bad saying that given the amount of pain you're in!   :()

Hope the knee feels better soon!  Enjoy the day!  (Or is it night already...just before lunch here, so I guess it's pretty late over there.)

Sarah


Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maria1985 on May 02, 2007, 07:46:25 PM
hiya
don't be silly i'm glad that you are getting on ok pain wise, how do you feel now after the swiming? i hope your still pain free. they swimming is meant to be a brilliant form of exercise for your knee, only thing is i hate going simming on my own and my friends tend to let me down with it.

i'm still thing about the app with the gp i'm not really going to bother with my surgeon now as i see it as a waste of time with them and i'm trying to hold on till august which is when i can get to italy and see someone out there.

well hope all is well on your side.

maria.xx
Title: Re: what's the point??
Post by: maile433 on May 02, 2007, 10:03:23 PM
Hi!

Do you have an appointment with your GP?  How is the knee feeling today?  Here's hoping the trip to Italy will solve all your problems!!!!! ;D

My knee is actually feeling pretty good after the swim - I thought it would be worse but it's not too bad.  It was raining this morning so the knee was a little cranky, but not too bad in all reality.  I'll take it.  Things in general are going well - just busy working.  Had some good productive meetings today, always better than the nonproductive kind.   ;)  My spirits are up this week, things are just so much more manageable!  (I hope! :-\)

How has work been for you? 

Sarah