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Offline lucha86

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Re: An athletes mpfl reconstruction diary
« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2014, 08:53:15 PM »
Knee swollen

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Re: An athletes mpfl reconstruction diary
« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2014, 09:20:12 PM »
Top 4 news things learnt
1) small steps with crutches not large as it will pull the ligaments too much
2) acceptance of being uncomfortable due to range of movement
3) found lower leg and foot massage alleviates knee pain
4) keep flexing and walking  it will loosen up the stiffness and to stop cramps stand up  don't move and it will pass quickly

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Re: An athletes mpfl reconstruction diary
« Reply #17 on: May 16, 2014, 10:48:09 PM »
Day 10 frustrated and determined- blood clot injections
The nurse has been visiting me daily to give me DVT injections I have bruises all over my stomach but can't complain they are keeping me safe don't care how many needles they put in as long as it helps me to recover ....  And they are the best nurses you could ask for......
Today was a good day I managed to keep on my feet for three hours without sitting and got up two flights of stairs even though it took me one hour to do it I did it it would normally take me 20 seconds lol  the pain is still quite strong but it's the sharp lightning pains in my shin and sometimes in my foot forcing me to stop because the sharp pains are So strong I can't describe  hopefully they will wear off, my foot, calf shin and still swollen like balloons and still blistered just have to keep going
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Re: An athletes mpfl reconstruction diary
« Reply #18 on: May 17, 2014, 04:53:16 PM »
Hi Lucha

Where are you based, is it the UK? I was lucky enough to get a physio appointment 2 weeks after my surgery but I wish it had been sooner so I could have been working on bending my knee.

Hope you're doing okay. I've been trying to bend mine and I'm getting increasingly frustrated at how tight and stiff my knee feels. Also I'm really struggling coming downstairs. Hopefully it will all start to get easier soon!


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Re: An athletes mpfl reconstruction diary
« Reply #19 on: May 17, 2014, 07:06:10 PM »
Yes esm97 based in uk  the stairs I have managed to do 7 times now but as I live in an old house the stairs are deep so I have to go down backwards rather than forwards, but the tightness I agree is frustrating you feel like your knee if full of rubber bands, I'm trying to work with it but my feet are swelling which isn't helping I get the point that it is normal considering before the surgery I was doing 3 hours in the gym and a 2mile run every day now very immobile lol , I have found though resting it makes it worse, than when you keep going on it. Because I have to wait till June for physio I have hired my old pt trainer in the gym and I find I'm getting a lot more flex... Hope all is well with you and the pain management is going well

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Re: An athletes mpfl reconstruction diary
« Reply #20 on: May 17, 2014, 07:17:38 PM »
Day 11- intense training - swollen feet- controlling knee temperature issues- tightness
So today decided to go up and down a few flights of stairs by using my frustration of not being active which worked, I walked about in a few rooms in the house, then my knee went tight, would not move, so after this point decided to rest it, my feet have been swelling up especially my surgery leg and my feet feel pretty uncomfortable so I suppose going from 3 hours a day in the gym and a run to only being able to walk from room to room no wonder my feet are swollen.... I have also had an issue while I was trying to sleep with controlling my knee temperature even once I take the ice pack off it still feels hot, so I have to keep an eye on that, I'm finding with the bruising and swelling I'm having to moisturise my skin more as it's very sore and a little dry....my knee I'm also getting some nerve pain and cramp pain still which us to be expected during the healing process

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Re: An athletes mpfl reconstruction diary
« Reply #21 on: May 18, 2014, 03:47:46 PM »
Day 12 - shin tightness - stairs becoming easier- nerve pains - keep walking
So today been feeling a lot of shin tightness swollen calf, blistered whole bottom leg and swollen foot which is stretching my skin..... which I expect from the surgery,  so it is harder to walk the tightness on the inside of my knee is beginning to subside I find as long as I don't sit down for too long my knee doesn't seize up as much .......went up the stairs a few times today on crutches to build my hamstrings and quadriceps up, I am getting my quad randomly contract with my knee cap now and again so I have to be aware because when it happens my knee reacts to it......... The nerve pains that are like lightning throbbing bolts in my leg  are continuing but I have to make sure I have ice near me when this happens to numb it ....by walking a lot my knee is becoming more mobile another two weeks till I go to the hospital to start physiotherapy but in the meantime I will continue with my gym trainer it just seems crazy i have to wait so long to see a physio especially after knee ligament surgery, now looking into private healthcare
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Re: An athletes mpfl reconstruction diary
« Reply #22 on: May 20, 2014, 09:55:33 AM »
Day 13 - uncontrollable swelling- keeping active- hospital dash
So today I kept very active, pain was beginning to ease then during the evening my whole surgery leg started swelling and blistering so I began to get  worried as I couldn't control the swelling so rang 1111 for advice who got the gp to ring me back who they said she wasn't a specialist in that field and by what I was describing it sounded like DVt........so she asked me to make my way to the hospital I told her I couldn't as my leg was so swollen..... So I had to wait three hours for an ambulance, the paramedics were so nice the first one walk in and went...... Oh..... THIS IS DVT! We have to get you to the hospital......

I arrived at the hospital and the doctor came up to me and said so what's wrong and I said I had mpfl surgery he said " huh  what's that"
Again another doctor who doesn't know what mpfl surgery is so had to explain to him what it was so he said " well what do you want me to do" at thus point I was so irritated that I said to him while in tears just check my leg for DVT will you it's blistering it feels like it's burst open I have taken so much medication today end the pain isn't going I can't control the swelling my calf is very tight my shin feels its going to burst open  its so swollen and so hard i cant feel it....and im not even a doctor but my sister who is a pharmacist sent me up here due to her opinion it was DVT....I'm already on celaxne as well  Just do something will you by this point the paramedic came back over even to say to the doctor he reckoned it was DVt........,

so doctor he believes I might have a  blood clot so now I must go for a test to check for this he has raised my celaxne from 40mg to 180mg a day more injections then lol new buffer form for the nurses.... My knee is doing ok I'm getting a range of movement I am going up and down the stairs now on two crutches it will take time I know but I have to be patient
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Re: An athletes mpfl reconstruction diary
« Reply #23 on: May 20, 2014, 11:14:23 PM »
Day 14 - having to explain mpfl surgery to doctors/nurses - DVt tests, frustration, knee contractions,
Having to explain mpfl surgery to near enough every nurse that visits to do my injections as they don't have a clue what it is, and other doctors as they don't know what it is after a while it does get frustrating because, you would expect them to know what it is when they are medically trained, any rare surgeries i believe should have more notes written about them to confirm a description of the surgery because i shouldn't have to teach a doctor what mpfl surgery is and for them to be taught orthapedic surgeries by a patient.. that is the wrong principle of medical ethics etc
I  had my DVT test they could not find clots thank goodness but because my leg is so swollen they want to rescan me in a week as they are worried about the size of my whole leg........ Getting frustrated as my knee and quad is contracting so I'm not getting a lot of sleep each night and a burning/ knitting sensation , pain is ok my flex is still the same getting frustrated now .......
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Re: An athletes mpfl reconstruction diary
« Reply #24 on: May 21, 2014, 02:36:08 PM »
Two week round up  of mpfl surgery
Mpfl surgery should not be UNDER RATED as a EASY QUICK FIX surgery if you are considering this operation make sure you research this surgery and find out as much information as you can, as this is a knee surgery there is not as much information available except on the internet,  I found this as many doctors and nurses I spoke with didn't have an idea of what I was talking about, and mostly react with what's that?? or uh??? A message for the surgeons... be upfront.... give as much information as possible... and yes its a painful surgery and don't say it will be a little pain!
i wish i had read more information to prepare me better for this surgery.....
Make sure you ask the surgeon as many questions as possible so you know what to expect......One thing i will say is return to work is down to each individual for me it is not two weeks looking around 4-6 weeks........
 Finally pain management  keep on top of your Medications because if you don't the pain is persistent and extreme so make sure you keep dosing yourself up in the first week....... And understand that the knee will feel very tight like elastic bands in the first two weeks it can be frustrating but make sure you work with your knee rather than against it........
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Re: An athletes mpfl reconstruction diary
« Reply #25 on: May 22, 2014, 10:27:19 PM »
Beginning week 3 - separating quads from hamstrings - lowering the painkillers. Swollen feet
So this week I brought in my trainer from the gym she has given me some extra exercises to work my quadriceps only, to work on beginning to elevate my leg, it's amazing how when you are just working your quad muscle on the surgery leg the amount of energy and sweat it tears out of you and all the exercises are sitting Down this has been the first point today when I have felt the contraction of my quad so I have been working on these few exercises and I am starting to notice the difference...
 I have decided to try to lower the painkillers as I'm finding the pain is getting less and I get very tired when I am dosed up and i am fed up with feeling like dory the fish from finding Nemo.. I'm beginning to find my swollen feet are a nightmare its feels like they are on fire and i can feel the skin being forced to stretch....as it's not helping with my flex or mobility so the doctor has given me something to help so fingers crossed the swelling will ease  and also my calf, shin are massive they are hard as a rock ! cant feel them but hopefully this will also ease:)
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Re: An athletes mpfl reconstruction diary
« Reply #26 on: May 23, 2014, 06:06:30 PM »
Knee at beginning week 3 mpfl reconstruction
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Re: An athletes mpfl reconstruction diary
« Reply #27 on: May 23, 2014, 10:30:46 PM »
Day 16 determined to get quadriceps working- pushing through- nerve pain-
So my gym trainer I hired before my physio which begins on June 2nd has been making me concentrate on quad excercises I have been working on these and it's proving to help I managed to slightly elevate my leg today which I am happy with, I went up the stairs 9 times today as she said the more I can go up the more it will strengthen the legs, I had some of my plasters removed but I am being very careful with what I wear as they are still tender, so I have been pushing through and have dropped my Meds without any issues which I am happy with... I am trying to gain more flex so I can sit it a car comfortably... As I have to see the surgeon in two weeks,  but I am getting weird nerve pain in my foot and shin sometimes it stops me but I try mentally to control it as it can stop me in my tracks..........it's amazing I have looked on the net and there is very little information about mpfl surgery except for diaries or sites like these, so for me it us like trail and error and knowing what works and what doesn't .....

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Re: An athletes mpfl reconstruction diary
« Reply #28 on: May 24, 2014, 03:39:43 AM »
Hang in there.. getting the quad firing again can be one of the most difficult and frustrating parts of recovery. What worked for me was while trying to flex my quads on my bad leg, i'd lift it with my foot of my good leg. At first it was all good leg.. but slowly I could start feeling my bad leg do some of the work.. up to the point where in a few days I was getting my bad leg up by itself.. (of course, doing a 'straight' no-lag lift is another story- that took 2 months)

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01/1990 - R Knee - removal of bone chips
05/1990 - L Knee - dislocation
Fall 1991- L Knee - 2 dislocations
12/1991 - L Knee - LR/MR
1992-2013 L Knee subluxations
04/2008 - R knee reconstruction (torn patellar/quad tendons)
04/2013 - L knee - dislocation
01/31/2014 -MFPL reconstruction

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Re: An athletes mpfl reconstruction diary
« Reply #29 on: May 25, 2014, 10:19:32 PM »
Day 17 - screaming in a bed - knee jolting - physically exhausted
So I thought I would try to get into my bed which is abit higher wrong move !! Screaming my lungs off could not get out of bed  or change position due to my knee mpfl surgery the pain was immense I can't remember half of it lucky my sister and brother in law who are both pharmacists managed to get me out of bed I could barely stand......The sweat was dripping off of me i dont know why... So decided I have to leave it longer till I have more flexion..... My knee keeps jolting and the pains are so sharp it takes me off guard....... When I sleep my knee jumps and it keeps causing me to wake up so I'm finding I'm tired and exhausted I just hope it is part of the healing process and it will disappear in time.......

Rob I understand  about the quad  and it is frustrating because  you have to work with it rather than against it and it's annoying because I have 10 months to get myself sorted till my next competition and my knee is taking its time
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