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The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: jbksmomma on June 14, 2007, 08:36:42 PM

Title: Surgery
Post by: jbksmomma on June 14, 2007, 08:36:42 PM
Well I was supposed to have surgery today on a torn meniscus and a cyst, but they called me yesterday and rescheduled it for june 26 kinda made me mad now I have no more pain meds and he wont give me any so what do I do now!!??
Title: Re: Surgery
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 14, 2007, 09:29:30 PM
Who won't give you any pain meds, your OS or your regular doctor.  Are they aware that your surgery was rescheduled?  It seems unfair to have to be in pain for a week or more.  Try asking again.  I've had my GP give me a weeks worth of meds when the PT was trying to put my hip back in alignment.  Let me know what happens.
Title: Re: Surgery
Post by: jathib on June 14, 2007, 11:48:21 PM
Are you really in pain or do you just want the pain killers? I ask because a torn meniscus and cyst doesn't necessarily hurt. I walked on one for 17 years.
Title: Re: Surgery
Post by: Berta on June 15, 2007, 05:54:16 AM
Sorry to hear that you have to wait, that must be a real bummer. What meds were you on? I also have cyst and possible tear, but STILL waiting for date for MRI and to see OS.
Are there no over the counter meds that will tide you over? I can't believe that you cant get them prescribed, go scream in someones ear.
Title: Re: Surgery
Post by: Brown Dog on June 15, 2007, 06:08:06 PM
Ok, I have to post here.  I tore my  meniscus in feb and limped around in a significant amount of pain until I could get in for surgery in may.  Most days I did Ok on 800mg of ibuprofen but here were several days that I needed something stronger.  I know some people have no pain at all, but some like me have a lot.  Call your GP, if you know hime or her well and they know whats going on they should call in a refil for you.
Title: Re: Surgery
Post by: jbksmomma on June 15, 2007, 10:05:23 PM
Well first I'd like to say to the person who posted the reply about if I just "wanted" the pain pills thats not the case. I have been through this going on 5 years now and the first OS didnt want to do surgery now the new one wants too. He says the cyst is very large and is about 4 inches in size, so yes it does hurt!! I just recently tore my meniscus. To eveyone else who replied thank you for your comments, he gave me tylenol 3 which helps but not alot. Also the medicine he was prescribing wa sHydrocodone 5/500mg that seemed to help alot better butwhat can I do? Only 10 more days till my surgery and I will hopefully never have this problem again!!
Title: Re: Surgery
Post by: holly101 on June 16, 2007, 05:59:37 PM
I also need to reply to this one.  Good for you if you didn't have pain, but some of us aren't as lucky as you.  Most of the people on this board are in a significant amount of pain.  Just because YOU walked for 17 years with your problem doesn't mean that everyone else should be the same and have the same tolerance.  That was one the the ugliest comments I have seen posted.
Title: Re: Surgery
Post by: tanyap on June 16, 2007, 08:37:18 PM
hey jbksmomma,
i hope your surgery goes well, im sorry to hear youve been having a lot of pain.
Ive had a lot of pain over the years with my knee, it wears me out so much somedays that i just start getting sleepy from dealing with it!!
I dont really take anything, anti inflammatories tend to upset my stomach, so usually i just grit my teeth. I did try a natural supplement for a while - Devils Claw, you need to take it for a while before it builds up enough in your system to help pain - i think it worked a little.
Mostly I just ice my knee. I like to ice it then get into a hot bath - thats the best help - the ice relieves pain and swelling to some extent - then the bath relaxes me so im not so tense from dealing with the pain itself.
10 days will pass quickly - post and let us know how it went for you.
Ill be sending good vibes your way......
tanya
Title: Re: Surgery
Post by: jathib on June 16, 2007, 09:38:55 PM
I also need to reply to this one.  Good for you if you didn't have pain, but some of us aren't as lucky as you.  Most of the people on this board are in a significant amount of pain.  Just because YOU walked for 17 years with your problem doesn't mean that everyone else should be the same and have the same tolerance.  That was one the the ugliest comments I have seen posted.

Hey, I was just asking. And I didn't say I wasn't in pain. When it comes to pain and pain meds you need to be honest with yourself. If you get that defensive about it then it should be settting off a red flag.
Title: Re: Surgery
Post by: Berta on June 16, 2007, 11:54:29 PM
The trouble is that pain in personal to all of us, and the way we can deal with it varies. The Doc was amazed when I didn't flinch at all when he injected my knee, but then it didn't hurt to bad at all. He also was suprised that I have so much day to day pain, but we have worked up through Brufen to Celebrex, with Statex to take care of the breakthrough pain.
I'm new to this whole bad knee thing, but I tend to presume that most people are like me, good days, bad days, and the odd bl**dy awful day.
Title: Re: Surgery
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 17, 2007, 12:42:39 AM
You know, each and everyone of us that come to this site either has had surgery or we're headed to surgery. Just like each and every one of us has a different pain level and pain tolerance. I for one have a very low tolerance for pain and if the pain meds help me to be comfortable with less pain, then I will worry about addiction if and when that time comes.

jbksmomma -
  I hope your surgery went as expected and that your os has made sure you get the pain meds you need to be comfortable while you recover. If he/she didn't call your primary and explain to them what is going on and they will usually take care of you. One should not be expected to try and heal when suffering from pain. Good luck to you and if you just need to talk, my email address is on my page, just drop me a line.


holly101 -
   Thank you, you said it right, that was a mean and hateful thing to say. We are all different in our injured knees and pain tolerances.


Angel

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Title: Re: Surgery
Post by: Graceful1 on June 17, 2007, 01:49:30 AM
At the end of the day, comments or opinions posted by a stranger in an internet forum are immaterial. Jathib's remarks are her opinion, and the forum is as open to her point of view as anyone else's. What's the purpose of wasting precious effort paying tit-for-tat?

The relevant question here is why won't the doctor give you the script? If you are truly in need, you must speak to your doctor, and soon!

Best wishes!

Title: Re: Surgery
Post by: jbksmomma on June 18, 2007, 08:04:05 PM
Well thanks again for all the comments I did finally get some relief!! I didnt get offensive about addiction part i know what that crap does to you and I do not want to be addicted to it or anything else. It is a horrible thing to be on but when you hurt and have a low tolerance for pain its the only thing that will help with the pain.

Angela
Title: Re: Surgery
Post by: Brown Dog on June 18, 2007, 09:08:13 PM
Good Luck with your surgery!!  Make sure you take your pain meds after too.  LOL I sure did I needed them until about 3 weeks after I am now 5 weeks PO and just using ibuprofen.  In retrospect I should have taken the pain pills for about another week it really would have helped in PT. Pain and swelling  can shut down your quad muscle , its your body defense mechanisim to ward off further injury. This held me back that first 3 weeks after surgery and its taking me a lot longer to rehab from this simple procedure because of it. I still have moments when my knee just buckles.  the problem is I usually am walking along a ok and the bam. happened at target yesterday I'm sure people were like what is she doing as Im clucthing my knee.  thank god I didn't fall LOL. 
Title: Re: Surgery
Post by: jbksmomma on June 18, 2007, 09:34:29 PM
LOL, yea that does suck. I havent had that happen yet but when Im sitting down indian style and try to get up I have to catch myself on something and my fiance laughs at me. I just hope it doesnt take me too long to recover also Im only going to take a week off from work and hoepfully Ill be ok to go back to work, I got rid of my stick shift and bought an automatic just because of that.
Title: Re: Surgery
Post by: Berta on June 18, 2007, 09:46:18 PM
Make sure you leave yourself enough time to recover before going back to work, don't want to undo all the good work by being in a hurry. How long have you known about the tear and the cyst? Just seeing how long it takes to get from diagnoses to treatment. Good luck for the op, and keep in touch
Title: Re: Surgery
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 19, 2007, 04:50:30 PM
LOL, yea that does suck. I havent had that happen yet but when Im sitting down indian style and try to get up I have to catch myself on something and my fiance laughs at me. I just hope it doesnt take me too long to recover also Im only going to take a week off from work and hoepfully Ill be ok to go back to work, I got rid of my stick shift and bought an automatic just because of that.

Angela,

You can still sit indian style?  I'm so jelous.  I haven't been able to do that with out my knees screaming for years lol.  Oh well.  As far as driving goes, I managed to drive with my left foot.  It's not easy, but doable.  Good luck.

Milly
Title: Re: Surgery
Post by: jbksmomma on June 19, 2007, 07:24:39 PM
Lol, I can sit indian style but it hurts when I get up. My dr told me I would be out of work for 2 weeks but I dont have any vacation or sick time yet so Im going to try and go back in a week. Ill see how I feel first.  rm185western... I found out about the cyst in Dec 04, that OD didnt want to do anything then so I found another OS that is supposed to be really good and as soon as he saw my MRI report he said "we can do 2 things, cortizone shots or I can schedule you for surgery" I said go ahead and schedule for surgery Im tired of dealing with this. So it took a really long time, I guess I just had to find the right OS.
Title: Re: Surgery
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 20, 2007, 04:50:30 PM
I hope your surgery goes well.  I am looking forward to mine as well.  I hope is gets rid of the pain and the "stuffed" feeling behind my kneecap.  Last time I had a scope I went back in a week.  I just took it easy.  I thankfully have very understanding co-workers.  Just remember to listen to what your knee is telling you.  If it says get off me, do so as soon as you can.  I did go home total beat after work for a while.

Best of luck.  Let us know how you do.

Milly