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Sat, Mar 23 4:49pm · Relatives comments in Joint Replacements

@iloveoliver I am sorry you have this problem with your sisters. I do understand. I am 62 years old and have a twin sister. I have had many surgeries in my adult life, including a RTKR 8 weeks ago.

I have given birth to three children, with one pregnancy being traumatic due to gestational diabetes resulting in a 10-1/2 pound baby. The complications were dangerous and downright painful. My second child was a preemie due to a blood infection I had and tranfered to her. Her NICU stay was scary and exhausting. My third child was a breeze, and a good thing, too, because escrow closed on our house the day she was born. I had to check us both out of the hospital AMA and go home and move. Three days later we were all moved into our new place, and luckily the youngest was an easy keeper. All's well that ends well.

I suffered from extremely symptomatic fibroid tumors for 25 years. I had 2 surgeries where large fibroids and numerous uterine polyps were removed before finally having a hysterectomy at the age of 47. I have suffered from SSHL resulting in total deafness in my left ear. I have had malignant melanoma. I have had an appendectomy and a tubal ligation. I have LVH (left ventricular hypertrophy) and some days my blood pressure is scary high and then suddenly it plummets. Those days are hard because when BP goes so high and then drops so fast it makes me feel bad while it happens.

Prior to my TKR I had 2 failed knee surgeries on that knee. In 2016 I took a bad fall and broke my left ankle in addition to breaking my head open in two places and getting a concussion. For several months, my already struggling right leg had to become my "good" leg.

In April of 2017 I actually almost died due to an autonomic nervous system collapse.

I am currently dealing with a painful case of trochanteric bursitis in my right hip, and painful tissue damage in my right thigh from a too tight tourniquet during my TKR. My PT for the new knee is quite painful, but I have to do it. Luckily, the new knee is doing great.

I have lateral scoliosis and cervical lumbar stenosis. Pain is the name of the game, day and night.

I own a retail store and work full time doing everything but unloading trucks and cashiering. I can't just give up because my long time employees are like family to me and need their jobs. The business also provides health insurance for all of us.

My twin has never been in a hospital in her adult life. She and I used to own the retail business together, but in 2011 she just walked out one day. No notice, no explanation, just gone. She lives with an employee who still works for me, so he's one of the people who really needs his job as part of a single income family. Obviously, my sister needs his income, too.

My twin never had a fibroid or any female trouble in her life. When I would be at work suffering terribly from fibroid pain and other symptoms, she would be the one who went home sick. She would literally pull her theatrical suffering in such a way as to absolutely let me know she was mocking me. And wouldn't you know it? My hysterectomy cured all of her female issues? A true miracle.

The only times she could never "steal" my symptoms, and have them way worse than I did, were my pregnancies and my cancer.

After my TKR, every chance she got she'd send me articles about the people who had miraculous recoveries. Many of those stories were about people far younger than I am who had excellent health to begin with and had not had the deformity I was dealing with (valgus knee) due to the length of time between injury and the last and finally successful surgery, the TKR.

She tells other family members that I'm faking or malingering and implies that I'm just lazy. I wonder how she explains the fact that even after my TKR and my hysterectomy I was back to work part time in less than a week in each instance, and full time by the 2nd week?

Her house is so hoarded that she actually had a fire because an electrical outlet sparked in a room that was so full of junk that the junk smoldered for hours before finally bursting into flames. My house is always clean and orderly. Twenty years ago she would tell people the only reason my house was clean was because it was brand new. Well, it's not brand new now, but it's still clean.

I'm baffled by the venom she feels toward me. The night she had the house fire, she called me from her driveway. I got to her house so fast I think I broke a record. I was crying the whole way. When I got there, she was very calm and collected. She said the fire might be a good thing because now all the mess could be cleaned up!!

She always lands on her feet, and I will admit I wish I shared her good health. I don't resent her for it, but I do resent the way she downplays anything that has ever been or is difficult for me.

Whey my husband filed for divorce to marry his girlfriend (my kids were 2,4,& 6 at the time), I was extremely upset. I told her I was upset, and she was shocked. After all, look who I'd been married, to. As if because he turned out to be a jerk meant getting divorced from him was no big deal. When years later her husband left her for someone else, she sure thought that was a big deal, and she didn't even have three little kids. She landed on her feet again, though. In less than 2 months, her new boyfriend, our employee, moved in with her.

I'm so sorry for the rant. Your story really hit home. I am currently seeing a wonderful therapist who is slowly putting things in perspective for me and teaching me to not give so much credence to the way my sister treats me. I hope you have someone who can do that for you. Let me know if you ever want to talk about your situation. I'm happy to listen. Hang in there. All of us here know you aren't weak with a low pain tolerance. You had a big, painful surgery and you're dealing with it. Hang in there!!

Thu, Mar 14 3:58pm · Toe out in Joint Replacements

Sorry I have no time at the moment except to post a link to an article I found: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3323450/

Thu, Mar 7 6:12pm · Cortisone injection for trochanteric bursitis? in Bones, Joints & Muscles

@ellerbracke I’m almost 6-1/2 weeks post right TKR, and within days of quitting my cane, at about 2-1/2 weeks, my right hip became extremely painful. It hurt all day and all night. I woke up in pain multiple times a night. Heat and/or ice helped a little first thing in the morning, but it was downhill from there. I took 1600 mgs per day of Ibuprofen. No relief at all. My new knee is almost pain free, but the hip pain was ruining everything.

I had my 6 week post op TKR visit today and told my ortho about the hip. He put his finger near my hip and kind of to the outside of my thigh. He pushed his finger deep into my skin and I almost jumped off the exam table. He said it’s classic trochanteric bursitis.

I took him up on his offer to give me an injection. When he gave me the shot, I had several seconds of pain in my hip. Then I got a pain down the top part of the top of my thigh. I mentioned the thigh pain and he said that was because he got the shot in just the right spot.

He said after the numbing agent wears off later today, I can expect to have pain for the next day or two. Then he said “then the pain should stop and hopefully not come back”. Here’s hoping. 🤞

I have had many injections over the years, all for shoulders or knees. This is the first I’ve had in my hip. Over the years I think at least 95% of the shots I received gave me good results.

I should know in a few days if this shot worked. I will keep you posted. My overall experiences with steroid injections have been very good. I hope you find the relief I know you badly need. Hang in there.

Thu, Feb 28 2:35pm · Knee replacement surgery in Joint Replacements

Hi, @lucbeau . I'm sorry you are having this problem. I would want other forum members to weigh in, but I experienced something quite like this for about the first week to 10 days post right TKR. I believed it to be caused by full circulation returning to my leg and especially my calf area after I had elevated the leg. I experienced the same sort of sensation 2 years ago after fracturing my left ankle and would lower the leg after a period of elevation.

I'm only giving you my thoughts and experience, but like you, I wouldn't mind finding out for sure what might cause this. Good luck to you, and thanks for posting this thought provoking topic.

Sun, Feb 17 7:31pm · Using a knee wedge after total knee replacement? in Joint Replacements

Thank you for your reply. Tomorrow I am 4 weeks post-op. I’m happy to report that I am doing very well. My flexion is at 113 after being stuck at 95 for about 5 days. Once I got past that it’s been easier to make progress each day. I’m using Ibuprofen and icing and elevating for pain control. Now that I’m off the Rx pain meds I have resumed talking Rx sleep meds. Most nights now sleeping isn’t a problem, but some nights I wake up with discomfort that keeps me awake for awhile.

I love walking with my new knee! After 14 years of progressive knee pain, I’m amazed at pain free walking. Overall, my TKR has been a good experience.

I hope you have great results with your new knee. Be well!

Sat, Feb 16 12:35pm · Knee replacement with post traumatic osteoarthritis in Joint Replacements

Hi, @rtbadleg. I just had a total right knee replacement on 1/21/19, due to post-traumatic osteoarthritis. Like you, I had a cortisone injection 3 months prior to my surgery. I had one in July, 2018, and another in November of 2018. After years of getting relief from injections, the last two did nothing, plus I started having a reaction to the shots. After wasting years postponing the surgery, it was time for a TKR.

I had to wait 3 months and by then I had basically been without relief from injections for about 9 months. During those 3 months I tried several “non prescription” braces. I used an Ace brand with Velcro straps most often. It was a less than perfect fix, but better than nothing. I did feel it was very helpful when walking downstairs or downhill.

I also tried various rubs like Aspercreme with Lidocaine, and Icy-Hot. The relief would be minimal and short lived. I even used CBD oil for a time, but got no results.

My doctor prescribed Hydrocodone 5-325 for the last month. It helped, but it didn’t take all the pain away.

I own a business and can mostly work at a desk. I don’t have a farm, but I have horses, a cow and dogs and parrots. I am lucky to have a husband who stepped up and cared for them. I still managed to cook, do laundry and keep a clean house, but I did have to lower my standards a bit.

I wish I could tell you that I found the perfect answer for you as you await your surgery, but I can’t.

I can tell you that the TKR has changed my life for the better, and I improve more and more every day. I had a Valgus Deformity so I got a Zimmer Biomet Persona knee. Even at less than a month post surgery, I am experiencing very little discomfort. Walking feels great for the first time in 14 years!

I hope your wait for the surgery passes quickly. I think you might remind yourself that each passing day gets you closer to your cure. You are going to be amazed at how great it is to have a normal leg again. Good luck to you.

Please visit this group often to talk. There are so many kind and helpful folks here. Be good to yourself every little chance you get. 👍🏻

Tue, Feb 12 2:19pm · Weaning off zolpidem (Ambien) in Sleep Health

I have never heard of a situation like yours, and I am so appalled that you have been left hanging like this. Have you asked that pharmacist about what you can expect when long term Ambien use is discontinued “cold turkey”? Would your doctor lower your dose and prescribe something to work in conjunction with the Ambien?

I was an insomniac for 40 years. About 3 years ago my dr. finally prescribed a safe combination of anti anxiety meds and I have been a 95% normal sleeper since.

Good luck. I’m so sorry this is happening to you.

Tue, Feb 12 2:19pm · Weaning off zolpidem (Ambien) in Sleep Health

He prescribed .5 mg Alprazolam and two 50 mg Trazodone. It turns out I'm one of those people for whom less is more. He said on nights when I still have problems I can take a 3rd Trazodone 2 hours after the first 2.

Ambien didn't work for me and made me feel lousy.

Costco/Kirkland makes a sleep aid that doesn't use diphenhydramine. I accidentally left my meds at home when I went out of town earlier this year. My daughter had me try those and I had good results.