After knee replacement surgery

Posted by beatricefay @beatricefay, Jun 16, 2016

Had left knee replaced 9 days ago. Right knee two years ago. Having a problem with inflammation so hard to bend knee and exercise. Trying to ice and raise knee above heart. Doctor suggested getting compression hose. Anybody have this experience and can offer suggestions. So tired all the time from pain interrupting my sleep and painkillers. My insurance refused to pay for the painkiller recommended by surgeon so have to take one with more opiates. That’s frustrating. Two years ago it was covered but now too expensive for me to use. Seems the drug companies, not our doctors are determining what we use.

Hi there Abby. Ah yes, the “titanium years”, I like that also! Did you perchance see the post I sent about the project I have here on the retirement community campus and my walking? Don’t know if it still available on Connect? If you are computer literate, and if you can find me on a side bar somewhere, all my posts may still be there. I find I forget more than I would like to forget so even my (not smart) cell phone is getting more difficultfor me to use. I trust I am not wearing out my knees with my “project”. Since mid August I have walked 19 miles just doing my project. Gail

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Computer literate ….. hmmmmm ….. well, I can open it, start it, do e-mail …..and search for things, but that’s about it. Phone wise … well, that’s another issue. About 1-1/2 years ago (just before I moved here) my “flip phone” fell in the cat’s water dish. So, I went to get another and what I got was what they said was the next one made after the flip phone. Well, to me it’s one of those new fangled things that has so much stuff in it that just looking at it makes me dizzy. I tried for over a month to use it and finally in total frustration gave up, put it back in the box, went on Amazon and got a new “flip phone” and had my son transfer all my info. to it. That’s what I use. So, you see ……. a teckie I’m not. I suspect the day may come when I just won’t be able to use any of this new stuff, but it is what it is.
Are you doing a lot of walking? That’s the best exercise you can do for your entire body ….. good for you. My little street is 2 duplex sets long and goes right out onto a highway, so I’d have to drive somewhere to do any decent walking. I do have a small stepper here which I use, but walking is sure a whole lot more fun! I’m sorry I didn’t see your other post about your project, but 19 miles is wonderful! Wow! You must have a pedometer. I had one but it got lost in the shuffle of moving. Probably should get another. There are actual walking trails at the place where I lived in MD, all marked with half mile markers, etc. That was great. I’d take my little dog and she and I went out and trotted right along ……. then came home and collapsed!
Take care,
abby

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@gailfaith

Hi there Abby. Ah yes, the “titanium years”, I like that also! Did you perchance see the post I sent about the project I have here on the retirement community campus and my walking? Don’t know if it still available on Connect? If you are computer literate, and if you can find me on a side bar somewhere, all my posts may still be there. I find I forget more than I would like to forget so even my (not smart) cell phone is getting more difficultfor me to use. I trust I am not wearing out my knees with my “project”. Since mid August I have walked 19 miles just doing my project. Gail

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Hello Gailfaith,

Are you recommending a post that you made previously on Connect to @amberpep? You are able to see earlier posts by yourself or other members by clicking on your own or his or her’s photo. If you have an idea of when it was or where it is, we may be able to direct Abby to it. Also, by clicking on another members photo you can then send them a private message by clicking on the envelope symbol. These are all options on how to get Abby the conversation you are referencing.

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@amberpep

Computer literate ….. hmmmmm ….. well, I can open it, start it, do e-mail …..and search for things, but that’s about it. Phone wise … well, that’s another issue. About 1-1/2 years ago (just before I moved here) my “flip phone” fell in the cat’s water dish. So, I went to get another and what I got was what they said was the next one made after the flip phone. Well, to me it’s one of those new fangled things that has so much stuff in it that just looking at it makes me dizzy. I tried for over a month to use it and finally in total frustration gave up, put it back in the box, went on Amazon and got a new “flip phone” and had my son transfer all my info. to it. That’s what I use. So, you see ……. a teckie I’m not. I suspect the day may come when I just won’t be able to use any of this new stuff, but it is what it is.
Are you doing a lot of walking? That’s the best exercise you can do for your entire body ….. good for you. My little street is 2 duplex sets long and goes right out onto a highway, so I’d have to drive somewhere to do any decent walking. I do have a small stepper here which I use, but walking is sure a whole lot more fun! I’m sorry I didn’t see your other post about your project, but 19 miles is wonderful! Wow! You must have a pedometer. I had one but it got lost in the shuffle of moving. Probably should get another. There are actual walking trails at the place where I lived in MD, all marked with half mile markers, etc. That was great. I’d take my little dog and she and I went out and trotted right along ……. then came home and collapsed!
Take care,
abby

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Abby, I hope I am not repeating myself but I started an memo to you after Moderator Justin so kindly told me how to find my post of Nov 5th to which I was referring. Did you see his post and already see my memo? I hit something and my memo disappeared so here I start again. I don’t want to bore others on Connect by repeating myself about my project. (Thanks Justin!) As of today since Aug 13 when I started this project, I now have logged 20 miles. My PT, Brian, loves it and he loves my motivation, but of course he is my motivation. I work hard to see his smile. He owns a practice with 3 sites that are about 10 miles apart. He is only 44 now, married with 3 kids and we have a ball together. Gail

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WOW! You go girl! That’s fantastic. Gives me a bit more motivation to get up and get going!
abby

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@gailfaith For those of you who have had a knee replacement and have any limited flexion, has any one accidentally over flexed their “new” knees which in turn interfered with your balance? Trying to get up from a restaurant booth, my friend, trying to help me get up, pulled me off the seat and I landed on my knees. I immediately knew that my knees were over flexed. Knowing there was no way I could get up and because of the pain, I started to scream. People came to help me up, but I didn’t want to try standing until I knew what, if any permanent damage was done, so I went by ambulance to the hospital where they found no major damage. Because I also have myotonic dystrophy my balance is a little bit compromised already, but now much more so. My physical therapist says that I should be OK in 2-4 weeks, but it has already been 1.5 weeks and I see little progress. If this has happened to you, how long did it take you to get your balance back to where it was before you fell?

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@gailfaith

@gailfaith For those of you who have had a knee replacement and have any limited flexion, has any one accidentally over flexed their “new” knees which in turn interfered with your balance? Trying to get up from a restaurant booth, my friend, trying to help me get up, pulled me off the seat and I landed on my knees. I immediately knew that my knees were over flexed. Knowing there was no way I could get up and because of the pain, I started to scream. People came to help me up, but I didn’t want to try standing until I knew what, if any permanent damage was done, so I went by ambulance to the hospital where they found no major damage. Because I also have myotonic dystrophy my balance is a little bit compromised already, but now much more so. My physical therapist says that I should be OK in 2-4 weeks, but it has already been 1.5 weeks and I see little progress. If this has happened to you, how long did it take you to get your balance back to where it was before you fell?

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I DONT KNOW IF I HAVE THE SAME BALANCE PROBLEM BUT THE WAY MY DR.HANDLE IT WAS USING A WALKER ALL THE TIME DOING MY BALANCE EXERCISES. HOPE THIS HELPS . TAKE CARE TAKE IT SLOWLY.
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@gailfaith

@gailfaith For those of you who have had a knee replacement and have any limited flexion, has any one accidentally over flexed their “new” knees which in turn interfered with your balance? Trying to get up from a restaurant booth, my friend, trying to help me get up, pulled me off the seat and I landed on my knees. I immediately knew that my knees were over flexed. Knowing there was no way I could get up and because of the pain, I started to scream. People came to help me up, but I didn’t want to try standing until I knew what, if any permanent damage was done, so I went by ambulance to the hospital where they found no major damage. Because I also have myotonic dystrophy my balance is a little bit compromised already, but now much more so. My physical therapist says that I should be OK in 2-4 weeks, but it has already been 1.5 weeks and I see little progress. If this has happened to you, how long did it take you to get your balance back to where it was before you fell?

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My problem was lack of flexibility” worked hard at but swelling never went down and it’s been three years. I play golf and that knee hurts, stem cell knee does not. Would like a do over.

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Sorry I feel your pain – like at 3 am this morn. Do I get up and eat then take my med? no Just suffer.
“I got a new drug” DICLOFENAC SODIUM 50 MG. LESS HARM to innards – organs – stomach. Takes an hour to kick in but, really last more than 1 day. I do not need every day and only needed 2 in 1 day for walking the Rose Parade. I still try to hold off b4 I give in to taking 1.
I had torn meniscus /, cleaned – operated on 3 yrs. ago – like childbirth pain 4 – 3 days. Yikes meds did almost nothing – then a little better on 4th day out. Crutches, misery.

That’s why I’m holding out for “stem” cells. People that have shoulder or knee surgery and get cells have less pain and heal quicker. Kerlan Jobe (Drs. to L A athletes). Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic.

I would have gotten a new knee long ago if I did not have hope with stem cells instead of replacement.

We need to influence insurance co. and politicians to get insurance co. to cover stem cells. Others have said – do the math – $2,000. – $4500. for stem cells. & $60,000 4 a nu knee. + PT + not being productive for a few months + my cousin was so apprehensive @ going thru TSA that she stayed in hotel close to airport after a visit. (Wanted to be close to airport and get there super early)
What do you think?

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@mari

Sorry I feel your pain – like at 3 am this morn. Do I get up and eat then take my med? no Just suffer.
“I got a new drug” DICLOFENAC SODIUM 50 MG. LESS HARM to innards – organs – stomach. Takes an hour to kick in but, really last more than 1 day. I do not need every day and only needed 2 in 1 day for walking the Rose Parade. I still try to hold off b4 I give in to taking 1.
I had torn meniscus /, cleaned – operated on 3 yrs. ago – like childbirth pain 4 – 3 days. Yikes meds did almost nothing – then a little better on 4th day out. Crutches, misery.

That’s why I’m holding out for “stem” cells. People that have shoulder or knee surgery and get cells have less pain and heal quicker. Kerlan Jobe (Drs. to L A athletes). Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic.

I would have gotten a new knee long ago if I did not have hope with stem cells instead of replacement.

We need to influence insurance co. and politicians to get insurance co. to cover stem cells. Others have said – do the math – $2,000. – $4500. for stem cells. & $60,000 4 a nu knee. + PT + not being productive for a few months + my cousin was so apprehensive @ going thru TSA that she stayed in hotel close to airport after a visit. (Wanted to be close to airport and get there super early)
What do you think?

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@mari, I think you may find this Mayo Clinic News Network article and video relevant to this ongoing discussion, http://mayocl.in/2hemqhr. It in no way is meant to sway your decision either way, just an interesting read about stem cells and the early research taking place at Mayo Clinic.

I had a total right knee replacement when I was 19 as a result from a genetic bleeding disorder that caused repeated trauma to my knee from early childhood. I too wish there was an alternative, but the damage was too severe that no other options were available.

Mari, do you have arthritis in your knee or knees? Are you a candidate for Knee Replacement surgery or are you not to that point yet and that is why you are wondering about stem cells?

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@amberpep

Computer literate ….. hmmmmm ….. well, I can open it, start it, do e-mail …..and search for things, but that’s about it. Phone wise … well, that’s another issue. About 1-1/2 years ago (just before I moved here) my “flip phone” fell in the cat’s water dish. So, I went to get another and what I got was what they said was the next one made after the flip phone. Well, to me it’s one of those new fangled things that has so much stuff in it that just looking at it makes me dizzy. I tried for over a month to use it and finally in total frustration gave up, put it back in the box, went on Amazon and got a new “flip phone” and had my son transfer all my info. to it. That’s what I use. So, you see ……. a teckie I’m not. I suspect the day may come when I just won’t be able to use any of this new stuff, but it is what it is.
Are you doing a lot of walking? That’s the best exercise you can do for your entire body ….. good for you. My little street is 2 duplex sets long and goes right out onto a highway, so I’d have to drive somewhere to do any decent walking. I do have a small stepper here which I use, but walking is sure a whole lot more fun! I’m sorry I didn’t see your other post about your project, but 19 miles is wonderful! Wow! You must have a pedometer. I had one but it got lost in the shuffle of moving. Probably should get another. There are actual walking trails at the place where I lived in MD, all marked with half mile markers, etc. That was great. I’d take my little dog and she and I went out and trotted right along ……. then came home and collapsed!
Take care,
abby

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No Gail, I’m sorry to say I didn’t see your post……:(
abby

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In mentioning getting out of a booth in a restaurant, I was reminded of how I look when I’m sitting on the floor with my grandkids …. when I go to get up, I look like a hippopotamus! Nothing like getting older!
Abby

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