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Re: MegTX's Patellar ACI & Fulkerson 2/6/08
« Reply #75 on: December 23, 2008, 04:59:19 PM »
Hadn't posted an update in some time, so thought I'd poke my head in.

I've had a rough autumn, not with the knee, but with other stuff going on.  Have been sick with one thing or another, off on trips, or dealing with a health crisis with my youngest daughter.  (Nothing life threatening, she's 11 and started 6th grade this year and had all her hair fall out just at the beginning of the year -- turns out she has alopecia areata, and that's really all it does is make the hair fall out so no cancer or anything like that, but it's been rounds of specialists and figuring out wigs & head coverings and lots of worrying.)

So I've spent precious little time in the gym.  To the point that my knee started hurting like the devil.  I even had to dig out my last bottle of pain pills to get to sleep about a month ago.  Decided it HAD to be a priority to get back to the gym, and have been managing it through the holidays about once a week.  ::headdesk::  Not nearly enough, but it's keeping the aching at bay.  Seems I'm not going to be *allowed* to be a couch potato with this knee.  Which is ultimately a good thing, but the scheduling is killing me.

Overall, the knee is doing pretty good.  ROM is holding about where it was, if I work at it in the pool I can get a bit more out of it, so I know there's still some flexibility to be had.  Strength is still good, but it would be better if I were getting to the gym more, I know.  I don't have a noticeable limp unless I'm really tired or have been walking a long time (like with all the holiday shopping).  I still can't kneel down on the knee even with a pillow or something cushioning it.  I know that may never come back, but I keep trying a bit every now and then to see if maybe I can manage it.  Getting up and down from the floor without being able to kneel is a pain.  I'm thinking about getting back to some basic belly dance, as long as I stay away from the floor work it should be ok.  I am coming to terms with the fact I probably won't go back to martial arts, but being able to WALK and GO to the GYM is so great, I will take losing martial arts if I have to.

The other knee is starting to ache with all the increased activity.  I know I'm going to end up needing to get it scoped, probably next year, and we'll find out what the course of action will be with it.  I really want to put off major surgery on it until my hubby is out of school and teaching (with better insurance than what I have), but we'll see what happens with the scope.  I'm not looking forward to dealing with this knee, and part of me says it doesn't hurt really bad so leave it alone, but it's making as much grinding noise as the other one so I know we'll have to do something or risk it getting too bad to treat.
Lateral Release, Medial "Reef" - '91
{16 years of grinding, pain, swelling and lots of ice}
'scope 7/07 - .7cm2 tibial plateau microfracture, 2.5cm2 grade4 patellar CP debridement
ACI & Fulkerson TTT 2/08 (patella lesion then 4.5cmx3cm)

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Re: MegTX's Patellar ACI & Fulkerson 2/6/08
« Reply #76 on: December 23, 2008, 11:40:30 PM »
Meg,   getting the screws out helped me with the kneeling.  It still hurts some, but it's alot better than it was.  Now it just feels like if you had a deep cut that will be fine once it heals.

Your daughter must be going nuts (and taking you with her).  I remember girls that age starting to be self conscious about their looks.

I completely understand about the exercising, I haven't been doing much since October when the weather started to change and then more when the time changed.  I don't get home until after dark and don't want to risk walking the neighborhood in the dark.  Keep up as much as you can.


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Re: MegTX's Patellar ACI & Fulkerson 2/6/08
« Reply #77 on: December 24, 2008, 12:28:10 AM »
Meg,

Your poor daughter...hopefully she has been able to adjust.  Sorry to hear that your knee is not feeling as good as you would like.  I too struggle to make it to the gym all the time on a consistent basis. 

I totally have the same problem with my "other" knee acting up.  I just had my hardware removed in my ACI knee and my other knee can't stand taking up all the slack for my operated knee and today it has been aching almost as much as my operated knee.  Does it ever end? 

Happy Holidays! 
LOA #2 and hardware removal 12/15/08-new cartilage from ACI looks "GOOD"
LOA on left knee 3/18/07
ACI and HTO on left knee 10/22/07
scope of right knee on 6/21/07
microfracture left knee 3/18/05

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Re: MegTX's Patellar ACI & Fulkerson 2/6/08
« Reply #78 on: January 07, 2009, 08:57:57 PM »
Well, got over my traditional Christmas cold fairly quickly and have been ramping things up at the gym.  Feels good, but my muscles are asking me what in the HELL I'm doing!!  ;)  I even took my first Advil in over a year today.  I debated long and hard, and finally decided that the cells should be long past the building stage where the 'profen is bad for them, and my muscles really needed it... so I downed them, and am feeling MUCH better.  I know some docs don't even warn against the NSAIDs, but I've been super careful to only take aspirin and tylenol and use them sparingly all year.

I'm getting more clicking/popping in the knee now, as I'm increasing the exercise and load on the knee.  It hurts when it's actually clicking, but there's no residual pain.  My next appointment isn't until March, so unless it gets really bad I'll just wait and let Dr. B know about it then.  I'm assuming it's probably a bit of overgrowth, but I'm going to start doing more isometrics/ quad sets and straight leg lifts (I've slacked off on those as I've increased my other activities) to make sure my patella is staying stable and see if it clears up with more activity.  It's not *horrible* but it's getting worse, so I'm starting to get a little concerned about what's going on.

The left knee (the "good" one) is really becoming a pain now.  I'm about to have to get into an icing routine with it after exercise.  It's bringing back bad memories.  :(  I'll let Dr. B look at it in March, too and I imagine we'll be talking about a scope this spring or summer.  I really REALLY do *NOT* want to talk about ACI this year, mainly because of the insurance  go-round, but also because I'm going back to school and am going to have to figure out when it'll be best to take off a few months to do the ACI dance again.  Though I'm technically jumping the gun, we may be looking at something completely different with the left knee.  ::snort:: yeah, right.

When are they going to start doing the cloned bodies thing for us?  I'd like to see about an upgrade...
Lateral Release, Medial "Reef" - '91
{16 years of grinding, pain, swelling and lots of ice}
'scope 7/07 - .7cm2 tibial plateau microfracture, 2.5cm2 grade4 patellar CP debridement
ACI & Fulkerson TTT 2/08 (patella lesion then 4.5cmx3cm)















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