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Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
« Reply #180 on: January 08, 2007, 08:55:44 PM »
I was just curious about the pain meds. I am on three other medications also, prescribed by my pain management doctor. It sounds like I'll be on them until I am done with my rehab, my OS releases me and I don't have any pain. Then we'll slowly start taking the meds away one by one. I am trying to cut down on my "breakthrough" oxycodone, and that hasn't been as hard as I thought it might be. But it looks like I'll stay on everything else for a while. I guess that's good....I certainly don't want that horrible pain to return!

I guess Anja's right. We just have to do what is right for each of us.

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Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
« Reply #181 on: January 08, 2007, 08:59:29 PM »
darn right Janet!

I actually had to take 2 lots of tramadol today - that's 6 months post op - my knee was just horrible today - might be all the steps I had to climb yesterday - about 50 of them and very steep - had no trouble at the time just must have been too much ???
1978 - ruptured acl and all cartalidge removed.
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TKR 10TH JULY 2006 http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=28257.0  Aug 07 patellar maltracking - more physio! Still pain - but so much better !
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Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
« Reply #182 on: January 09, 2007, 02:10:56 AM »
Janet,
As long as your are under the care of a specialist - your good. Pain is not a good thing, and makes us cranky too.  So take care of yourself.

Anja, wow 50 stairs!  Can't do stairs yet.   How is your son?
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1987 - LK arthroscopy, 4 mos non-weight bearing, 6 wks full leg cast
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« Reply #183 on: January 09, 2007, 11:22:06 AM »
Hey Bonnie - 50 steps - easy NOT I have been sufering ever since - have pulled the quadricep on my good leg and the knee hurts so much I would not have gone into work today :o - now my new knee - that held out much better - think I must have favoured the good one, def not going to the gym either today.

My son - well his MCL is intact but strained and will heal with time, the bad news is he has torn the meniscus / cartalidge again - which is a shame as he has already had it trimmed. Waiting game now - if the pain has not gone in 4 weeks then we have to go to the GP for a fast track referral back to the OS. No rugby for now either ( up side -  I get a lay in on sunday - down side - I swopped all my short sunday shifts for rugb and am now working long saturdays grrr)

Hope you are doing okay today.
1978 - ruptured acl and all cartalidge removed.
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TKR 10TH JULY 2006 http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=28257.0  Aug 07 patellar maltracking - more physio! Still pain - but so much better !
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Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
« Reply #184 on: January 09, 2007, 03:33:43 PM »
Anja,
Its always something.  Soounds like you and your son may have a few more lay ins....trying to keep a teenager down must be a task.

I still  can't believe you walked up 50 stairs, maybe a hot bath and a deep muscle massage?
1969 - LK partial meniscus removal
1987 - LK arthroscopy, 4 mos non-weight bearing, 6 wks full leg cast
1988 - LK arthroscopy
1991 - LK arthroscopy
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Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
« Reply #185 on: January 09, 2007, 03:42:44 PM »
LOL Bonnie
I have to kick him out of bed every morning!

Bath sounds good - got to do the ironing now - have to confess that I have been catnapping nearly all day - I put the heating on and sat watching daytime tv and that was it............... :) must have needed it!

Have a good day!
1978 - ruptured acl and all cartalidge removed.
several debridements over years
TKR 10TH JULY 2006 http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=28257.0  Aug 07 patellar maltracking - more physio! Still pain - but so much better !
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Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
« Reply #186 on: January 09, 2007, 03:57:20 PM »
Hi:  I am kinda new to the board and have been "talking" to Anja quite a bit.  I had tkr in june as well.  I am on pain meds still 2 tabs in the morning and again mid to late afternoon.  It is oxycodone. 5 mg. each.  Seems that i have soft tissue inflammation around the new knee.  The pain is incredible.  I have a knee brace that goes from my thigh to my ankle and locked so that my knee does not bend.  Is this the kind of pain you are going through.  I read Anja going up 50 stairs, i dont think i could do it.  My job i sit on my butt all day typing.  Dont quite know if this is good or bad.  Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
Ellenmarie


darn right Janet!

I actually had to take 2 lots of tramadol today - that's 6 months post op - my knee was just horrible today - might be all the steps I had to climb yesterday - about 50 of them and very steep - had no trouble at the time just must have been too much ???

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« Reply #187 on: January 09, 2007, 04:12:00 PM »
Anja,  if anybody does, you sure deserve to catnap on your days off. Enjoy what you can in between your chores.

Ellenmarie,
I'm 3 months post-op, but have no knowledge of what you are going through.  Considering your pain level, maybe another trrip to your OS for an x-ray and update.
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1987 - LK arthroscopy, 4 mos non-weight bearing, 6 wks full leg cast
1988 - LK arthroscopy
1991 - LK arthroscopy
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« Reply #188 on: January 09, 2007, 07:06:55 PM »
Hi Ellenmarie - good to see you agan - hey they climb up the steps was amazing at the time but paying for it now! :( Done virtually nothing today so will be fit for work tomorrow.

I don't think I could sit on my bum all day, but then I have never had a sitting down job - quite fancy an office job sometimes! I do think walking around a lot helps keep my leg on the move. Can you drive with this knee brace on?
1978 - ruptured acl and all cartalidge removed.
several debridements over years
TKR 10TH JULY 2006 http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=28257.0  Aug 07 patellar maltracking - more physio! Still pain - but so much better !
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Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
« Reply #189 on: January 09, 2007, 11:28:52 PM »
Yes i can drive wth the knee brace, alot it is a little difficult.  I have been faithfully wearing the brace but cannot find my cane.  I think one of the kids was playing with it and now it is no where in site.  I am curious on what days and hours you work.  Do you work one day on and one day off?  the sitting down job is okay but it seems like lately all the attorneys are going through pms at the same time and they are making me very stressed.
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Hi Ellenmarie - good to see you agan - hey they climb up the steps was amazing at the time but paying for it now! :( Done virtually nothing today so will be fit for work tomorrow.

I don't think I could sit on my bum all day, but then I have never had a sitting down job - quite fancy an office job sometimes! I do think walking around a lot helps keep my leg on the move. Can you drive with this knee brace on?

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« Reply #190 on: January 09, 2007, 11:43:18 PM »
Ellenmarie:

My pain is different than yours. I also have a desk job, and hope to return to work at about the three month mark. Time will tell. My previous OS told me that going from sitting to standing and back is very hard on the knee because it is loading and unloading during those activities. I don't know how that relates to people with TKRs, but it makes sense that it would still hold true for the muscles. But you're in a brace, so I don't know...

Do you have a pain management doctor? If you are still in "incredible" pain, perhaps you need different meds to handle your pain. I just read an article on pain, and it was interesting to hear that it is better to treat pain than "tough it out" because the body makes a "path" from the nerve to the brain. Even after the pain is treated, if the pain was there too long, the brain still uses the "path" and you still can feel the pain....thus, chronic pain. I know in my case we needed to interrup the paths from the nerves to the brain to get my pain under control. My OS had no idea how to treat this (as he said, he knows a lot about knees but not about pain), so he referred me right away. It's something you might consider.

Janet
Torn quad tendon repair & VMO advancement 4/99, MUA with LOA 10/99, Patella baja and arthrofibrosis, LR & medial release & LOA 5/01, LOA & chondroplasty 6/03,TKR on 11/06, MUA 12/06. From perfect knees to a TKR in 7 years, all from a fall on a wet floor...and early undiagnosed scar tissue.

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Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
« Reply #191 on: January 10, 2007, 01:15:09 AM »
Thanks for the advice.  What exactly is a pain management doctor and how do they go about treating you.
Ellenmarie
Ellenmarie:

My pain is different than yours. I also have a desk job, and hope to return to work at about the three month mark. Time will tell. My previous OS told me that going from sitting to standing and back is very hard on the knee because it is loading and unloading during those activities. I don't know how that relates to people with TKRs, but it makes sense that it would still hold true for the muscles. But you're in a brace, so I don't know...

Do you have a pain management doctor? If you are still in "incredible" pain, perhaps you need different meds to handle your pain. I just read an article on pain, and it was interesting to hear that it is better to treat pain than "tough it out" because the body makes a "path" from the nerve to the brain. Even after the pain is treated, if the pain was there too long, the brain still uses the "path" and you still can feel the pain....thus, chronic pain. I know in my case we needed to interrup the paths from the nerves to the brain to get my pain under control. My OS had no idea how to treat this (as he said, he knows a lot about knees but not about pain), so he referred me right away. It's something you might consider.

Janet

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Re: Bonnie's (bonstarr) 10/10/06 LTKR
« Reply #192 on: January 10, 2007, 10:35:26 PM »
Anja, good luck to us on our OS appointments tomorrow!

How is your son doing?

take care everyone,
bonnie
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1987 - LK arthroscopy, 4 mos non-weight bearing, 6 wks full leg cast
1988 - LK arthroscopy
1991 - LK arthroscopy
1994 - LK allograft, open incision
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« Reply #193 on: January 10, 2007, 10:48:01 PM »
HI Bonnie - hope you are having a good day!

Yep OS tomorrow.

My son was feeling much better today he actually walked from college to my workplace today for lunch - about 2 miles - I was suprised to see him there but he said that walking on a flat even path was ok - just uphill/downhill/stairs were uncomfortable
1978 - ruptured acl and all cartalidge removed.
several debridements over years
TKR 10TH JULY 2006 http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=28257.0  Aug 07 patellar maltracking - more physio! Still pain - but so much better !
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« Reply #194 on: January 10, 2007, 10:51:14 PM »
Anja,
like mother, like son  :)  glad he's doing better.  what about you?

I had a good day, a little pampering - a mani and a pedi before my trip.  Almost finished packing.

take care
1969 - LK partial meniscus removal
1987 - LK arthroscopy, 4 mos non-weight bearing, 6 wks full leg cast
1988 - LK arthroscopy
1991 - LK arthroscopy
1994 - LK allograft, open incision
1996 & 2001 - LK arthroscopy
10/10/06 - LTKR















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