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Offline kateplate

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op no: ...8....9....10....and counting
« on: September 29, 2008, 07:40:07 PM »
Hi there,

I totally stuffed my knees in a v minor accident 3 yrs ago. I stood up from a chair and my right knee cartilage snapped. This led to problems with my other knee (over compensation), and when the cartilage went in the left knee joint I ended up with permanent nerve damage - ALL FROM STANDING UP!!!!

Anyhow - I'm now on the waiting list for op no:7 in 3 yrs. This will be arthroscopy no: 4 plus 3 nerve blocks down the line too. There is a limit as to how much a person can take. I am also on the waiting list for a spinal cord stimulator and this involves 2 ops in a specialist centre. I will be in hospital for a further 2 weeks.

I am soooooo fed up with this now. I am trying to raise 3 children and hold down a job. I have refused to take sick leave from work to account for this, and I saw my GP today who informed me that my blood pressure is far too high. He thinks this could be another side effect from the pain meds for the damaged nerve.

How on earth do I keep this all going????

I am so desperate to carry on with life as normal as possible, but the pain and operations are really beginning to interfere with my life. High blood pressure is NOT what I need. Any advice???
Dec '05 RK plm; Dec '06 RK plm&pmm; Sept '07 LK pmm. Jan '09 LK pmm and synovial joint repair / removal of fat pad.
March '09 insertion of spinal cord stimulator for permanent nerve damage in L leg.

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Re: op no: ...8....9....10....and counting
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2008, 02:53:46 PM »
Dear Kate,

I've been off-line many weeks - also because my main problems now are not knee-related - and noticed your message only yesterday. I am sorry for your pain, and am sorry there is little advice I can give. I'll share with you my own experience, hoping that would help.

You mention the high blood pressure. It may also be the result of stress and overwork. If your doctor agrees, it might be useful to first try natural remedies (reduced salt and especially reflexology), because yet another set of medicines might complicate the side effects. But if the condition is persistent, it does need treatment. For me, reflexology was always helpful in complementing treatment, if not enough on its own.

As I remember your postings on this forum, you made thoughtful decision of surgery and this increases the chances for a good outcome, avoiding what you fear above (the 'toboggan' slide in surgeries, with more and more surgery needed to address the problem). I think the good preparation is a good rational :) reason for hope, and hope helps the healing. And: there is so much support on this forum - I am sure a lot of good energy flows towards you.

I understand your concerns, especially as you need the strength to care for your children (I also brought up my kids alone, had long-term health problems when they were young, so I wish I could better express my empathy). I admire your courage and strength.

My prayers are with you - and I hope all goes well with the surgery. Please let us know how things develop.

Lennie
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Re: op no: ...8....9....10....and counting
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2008, 02:15:40 PM »
Dear Lennie,

Thanks for your reply and kind words. Things have certainly moved on for me since this original message was posted. The GP felt that my high blood pressure was due to stress from the pain, and could also be a side effect of one of the other tablets. He has started me on ramipril, and already, on a pretty low dose my, BP has come straight down. I have had a couple of sets of blood tests and there is no harm being done by the ACE inhibitor for the BP, but I also have to have a check kidney scan this week, then I should be OK to stay on this dose for 6 months or so. Side effects are minimal.

To compound matters, my partner of 20yrs chose to leave me 2 weeks ago. His main reason is that he can't cope with my pain issues - how ironic. He has moved in with a new girlfriend already. This has been a pretty disastrous time for me, but friends of mine put me in touch with a counsellor to help me through these issues. I saw her once, to discuss the marriage breakdown, but we also focussed on the pain, and she has offered me a great deal of objective advice and support. I am seeing her again tomorrow.

As for the ops - next knee op should go ahead within a short time frame, but I am still waiting for an exact date. The new OS decided to speak to all other docs involved in my case, in order to make HIS operation productive. I appreciate his efforts and hope he can offer me some physical respite. I am worried about childcare now that I am a single mum, but I know friends and family will help me out.

A friend pointed out to me, that although I feel at rock bottom now, everything that happens from now on MUST be a step back up for me. I refuse to disappear into a swamp of sleeping pills, anti dperessants, pain killers etc. I have been having regular massage to help me 'float off' for a while, and I will take a serious look at reflexology.

Thanks, Kate
Dec '05 RK plm; Dec '06 RK plm&pmm; Sept '07 LK pmm. Jan '09 LK pmm and synovial joint repair / removal of fat pad.
March '09 insertion of spinal cord stimulator for permanent nerve damage in L leg.















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