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Offline Bex91

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Hospital inpatient - MPFL and so much pain!
« on: September 23, 2016, 10:09:15 AM »
Hi all,

Just looking for a bit of company really. I had MPFL reconstruction yesterday and despite weeks of research and mentally preparing myself nothing prepared me for this level of pain!

I woke up yesterday unable to see through the tears and in absolute agony. Pain management over night wasn't too bad and have a CPM machine on all the time, but this morning it's brutal.
I've had every pain relief on offer fron codeine to liquid morphine and the pain is still a high 7 / 8.

The physio came in and upped the degree on the CPM from 40 to 45 (wanted 60 but I couldn't get past 48) and I'm now being told unless the pain is under control (far from it) and I can bend my knee for myself, I'm not going home. I can't seem to move or lift my leg at all - physically as opposed to from the pain so I'm not feeling hopeful.

I'm not being given a brace at all, only crutches and physio starts in 2 weeks.

Anyone else found themselves insevere pain and feeling completely useless? :(

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Re: Hospital inpatient - MPFL and so much pain!
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2016, 04:43:06 AM »
Hi Bex91,

I'm so sorry to hear of your pain...I can't relate to your current pain, but I can relate to your frustration.

I've had chronic patella instability for years, with recurrent subluxations in both knees. In spite of this, I fell in love with ballroom dancing and was actually training for a competition that's in October this year. Unfortunately, even though I was diligently doing proactive physio, my knees had other plans. On August 17th (just over a month ago) I had my first full dislocation... the left kneecap stayed out for more than 4 hours while I sat in tears at the ER without painkillers, and now the kneecap doesn't want to stay put so physio is a real challenge. I thought the pain alone was bad enough, but then I discovered all the things I wasn't going to be able to do for a while, maybe never again... I won't go into detail on those since I don't want to take this thread off topic.

I really feel for you. I'm still at the stage after my injury where I'm just trying to get ROM back. It feels humiliating to be unable to do a simple thing like bend my leg when just a short time ago I was so active. There's a good chance I too will be going for MPFL reconstruction and maybe even trochleoplasty.

Maybe I'm not the right person to comment, but right now you're at the beginning of your recovery. It feels terrible now, but it will get better! As I'm sure you know, moving around is really important right now even though it seems impossible. This part of your recovery will probably be the hardest, but afterwards you'll be stronger than ever! That's what I'm telling myself at least, even if it seems delusional at times.