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Offline Kickboxerchick

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What would you do??
« on: February 11, 2007, 12:27:21 AM »
Hello everyone

Sorry for being a pest, but I wanted to put something to you and ask for your honest opinions.

I work as a teaching assistant in a school for children with special needs. 

I know a lot of you here have had/have,far worse than me with your knees, but I'm sure you can all relate to the discomfort, misery and the 'feeling down' syndrome it gives you over time.  I'm having quite a miserable time of it at the moment, my left knee has got a lot worse since July 06, it's now locking when I try to straighten, and the pain and soreness I get climbing stairs, getting out of a low chair etc is really getting me down.  My GP signed me off work for the last 2 weeks, because my job involves a lot of manual handling . . . and what are you to do when lifting???? . . . you got it . . . BEND YOUR KNEES!!  thing is, I can't!  I fell over a couple of weeks back and couldn't get up without a lot a difficulty :(  my knees had bent past the point that they were happy with (if you get what I mean) and I got a lot of swelling from it :(  I can't squat, and when I have to pick something off the floor, I end up sticking my backside up in the air and using my back!

What would you do if you were me?  am I right to be staying off work (I love my job, but I don't want to distress my knees and further and I sure as heck don't want to mess up my back).

Should I stay off work and wait until I see the specialist on March 5th to get his opinion?  should I go back to work, even though my knees aren't happy? I'm so muddled as to what to do for the best ???

This whole thing is really having a depressing effect on me - I was so active this time a year ago - I loved my kickboxing, and now I can't do anything of the sort :(  I feel unfit, and I even have to consider how far I even walk my dogs.

I'd really value and appreciate your views.

Thanking you all in advance


Diagnosed with Chondromalacia July 2006, really bad left knee . . .not quite so bad right knee!

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Re: What would you do??
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2007, 12:43:32 AM »
Hi Shirley

Sorry to hear that your having so many problems, knees can be such a nightmare. My opinion is, is that if your having so much trouble working on your knee then maybe it's best to keep of it and relax as much as possible. I know how frustrating it can be not being able to get on with things, but it's best not to push it just incase you make the situation worse than it already is, at least until you can get an opinion from a OS, they will know whats best for you.

Hope everythink works out


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Re: What would you do??
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2007, 12:51:03 AM »
Could you do "light duty" or "restricted duty" at work?  might be better than being home.  Maybe you should see an os sooner, could you call and get on a cancellation list? 
Seems there definatly is something wrong.  I wouldn't push it till you know. 
Try not to be depressed, it doesn't help anything.

sorry, but i have to run.  only had a minute to check in

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Re: What would you do??
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2007, 11:06:38 AM »
Good morning Shirley I too work with the mentally challenged and have really a bad knee that wont quiet hurting so when they did my surgery in Jan was off til a few weeks ago and then they (wc) sent me back to the office for light duty it is killing me not to be with my residents and just in the office since the policy is hands off even though I run the house
I would ask if there is light duty for you and if not would probably not go in til after your os apt that way you are not doing more injury to the knee and making return time longer in the end I know it is hard to do believe me I do know that one from the bottome of my heart but you have to take care of you first and then worry about the job and all that it entails
Hang in there it does get better so they say
Mentally I am not good with all that is goin on with my knee pm me if you want to talk more

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Re: What would you do??
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2007, 12:26:11 PM »
Hi Shirley ~ Given the symptoms is there any way you can get an earlier OS appointment? Perhaps calling your OS & at least asking to be on a waiting list for a cancellation might get you in earlier. It just doesn't seem you should have to wait so long for an appointment. Wishing you well...Ellie
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Re: What would you do??
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2007, 02:31:06 PM »
Hi Shirley,

I think maybe you should try to stay off your knees and rest them until you see your OS. If you really cannot bear the thought of sitting around doing nothing, is there any way you can do just a small part of your job at work, restricted duties, or a different post altogether? It would only be for a short time then you could work you way back into things gradually.

It may also be worth calling your OS's secretary, explaining how bad things are and seeing if she (or he) can get you into see him a little earlier than March.

First and foremost, you have to take care of your knees. If you don't mind me asking, what caused the problem with your knees in the first place? Were you injured? If your knees are locking up then there definitely something going on that shouldn't be. I also advise you to make a list of questions and take them with you to your OS appointment so you can get all the info you can on what's wrong and any treatment or rehab/physio plans that you may need.

Let us know how you get on and take care.

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Re: What would you do??
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2007, 10:49:57 PM »
Hi Everyone

Thank you so much for your kind words :)

Laura - I'm not sure, but I think my 4 hours of Kickboxing a week may be the culprit?  I had been kickboxing for 2 1/2 years, then last July 06 I noticed my knees crunching and the swelling behind the left kneecap. Sadly, I haven't been since :(  I was doing 2 hours in the week evenings, then Saturday mornings I'd do a 2 hour workout with and hour of sparring :)  I felt good, and was so fit . . . but now I'm wondering, at what price? . . .did I mess my knees up as a result?  :'(

My job - well, there isn't really a 'soft' option, it's a kind of all or nothing job.  I could I guess request that I don't participate in doing the childrens personal care, but then, that's a huge bulk of the job!  and we do have a lot of kids with extremely challenging behavior, so if I saw a colleague in trouble, I'd want to know that I could go and help rescue them . . . .I don't want to be a burden to my work mates, as we have enough to contend with.  I'm really thinking that maybe waiting to see what my OS says may be the best option - I'll call my GP and speak with him again to see what he thinks is best.

You've all been so very kind - thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Knees are like computers really . . . . they're great when they work OK, but they're a nightmare when they go wrong :(

Thanks again


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