Update on knees - after the fall

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deejane
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   Posted 6/13/2006 10:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Almost three weeks after my fall and subsequent injury, I go back to the orthopedic doctor Wednesday afternoon.  I should find out the results of my MRI.  The doc thinks it's a torn meniscus or possibly a small fracture.  But, whatever it is, it sure still hurts like h***!!!  The orthopedist says there is more pain than there should be and there is too much tenderness than normal but I guess you get used to this stuff after awhile.  Oh the "good" side, I am scheduled for my Remicade infusion on Thursday, the next day.  I do need it this time!!!  Too many aches and pains in all kinds of crazy areas!!  Even the palms of my hands that I fell on have flared!  I guess I'm just thankful I live in Houston where there are an abundance of good doctors!!  Keep me in your prayers.  I really don't want to do through surgery #6 on my left knee - not the way I'd planned on spending my summer.  As a matter of fact, my husband and I are going to St. Maarten on Sunday for a week.  I'll take my cane, my tennis shoes, and all my pain meds and keep on going but that's one trip I don't plan on missing! 
 
I'll post tomorrow after I get my results.  I appreciate everyone's support and kind words.  It sure helps to know people who really understand the pain.  You are all God-sent people! :-)

deejane
 
Current DX:  psoriatic arthritis/rheumatoid arthritis/spondylitis/fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel, degenerative disc disorder, nerve damage, high blood pressure
Current meds:  Remicade 400 mg. every 5-6 weeks, methotrexate, celebrex, lortab, folic acid,
flexeril, topamax, toprol XL, lortab 10-500
Previous meds:  Enbrel, humira, bextra, vioxx


yalinda
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   Posted 6/14/2006 4:39 AM (GMT -7)   
deejane, praying for you and good luck at the ortho *~ yalinda

Ducky
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   Posted 6/14/2006 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck to you deejane! We're pulling for ya!
Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
Additional Supplements - Multi-Vitamin/Bromelian/Acidophilus/Green Tea


RAGirl
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   Posted 6/15/2006 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Was your appointment yesterday?  Or did you mean next Wednesday?  If it was, how did it go?

deejane
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   Posted 6/15/2006 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay guys.....here's the latest.  My ortho appointment was yesterday.  The MRI showed torn meniscus, almost NO cartilage left in the knee so it's pretty much bone on bone.  Bone spurs are developing, bits of bone are "floating" around in there and the inflammation due to the arthritis is plentiful!  I  need another surgery (this would make 6!) but he doesn't want to do another one until the inflammation is cooled down.  I had my Remicade infusion today and have another one in 5 weeks so I'll see the orthopedic surgeon after that.  He may do Supartz injections to tide me over, until surgery is absolutely unavoidable.   I had injections done on my right knee before I had that knee replaced.  So, right now it's just a "wait and see" game.  I guess game is not exactly the right word but I'm sure you all know what I mean!!  My husband and I have this fabulous trip to St. Maarten planned next week and we're going to go even though I'm not walking well.  I mean, I can sit under an umbrella on the beach and read as well as I can sit at home so I hope I make it okay on the flight!  That's my concern.....the flight and sitting for that long.  I can stretch out, ice my knee and rest when I get there. 
 
Thanks, you guys, for all your care and support.  I'm so glad I found HW!  It's been such a lifesaver!  Sometimes it's hard to explain to the rest of the world what life is like in this body but you all know and that is such comfort!  I do have to say that this orthopedic surgeon is so knowledgeable about all this autoimmune stuff.  I'm really grateful to have found him!   Well, you all take care and I'll check in when we get back from our trip.

deejane
 
Current DX:  psoriatic arthritis/rheumatoid arthritis/spondylitis/fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel, degenerative disc disorder, nerve damage, high blood pressure
Current meds:  Remicade 400 mg. every 5-6 weeks, methotrexate, celebrex, lortab, folic acid,
flexeril, topamax, toprol XL, lortab 10-500
Previous meds:  Enbrel, humira, bextra, vioxx


Ducky
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   Posted 6/16/2006 5:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Be safe on your trip and take care of those knees! See you when you get back
Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
Additional Supplements - Multi-Vitamin/Bromelian/Acidophilus/Green Tea


deejane
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   Posted 6/16/2006 10:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Ducky!  I am very excited about this trip!  It's been 7 years since my husband and I had a vacation - just the two of us.  He said today that he does realize that alot of walking is definitely out of the question for me and that it would probably be out for him, also. (Unless he goes while I'm napping).   :-)   Hope you all have a good week and stay safe!  I'll reconnect next week when we get back.  I'm very grateful for you all at HW.  You've been such a lifesaver!!!
deejane
 
Current DX:  psoriatic arthritis/rheumatoid arthritis/spondylitis/fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel, degenerative disc disorder, nerve damage, high blood pressure
Current meds:  Remicade 400 mg. every 5-6 weeks, methotrexate, celebrex, lortab, folic acid,
flexeril, topamax, toprol XL, lortab 10-500
Previous meds:  Enbrel, humira, bextra, vioxx


Ducky
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   Posted 6/22/2006 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I made it... how'd your vacation go?
Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
Additional Supplements - Multi-Vitamin/Bromelian/Acidophilus/Green Tea


deejane
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   Posted 6/27/2006 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys!  I'm back from vacation and it was absolutely incredible!!!  St. Maarten is beautiful!  The resort was right on the beach.  Ten steps out our hotel room we were on the beach.  The food was out of this world also!  I'm rested, relaxed, but a bit sunburned thanks to a wonderful sail!  Now, I have to make some decisions about what to do about this knee.  It doesn't hurt when you don't walk on it very much and that's what I did this past week.  I did have trouble with the flight(s) home - too long.....  I've been sleeping pretty much for the past two days but I'm so glad I was able to make this trip!  Unfortunately, it's back to reality.  Hope you all are surviving!!  I'm traveling again this weekend to see my Mom so I'll see you all in a few days.  Take care!  And thanks for asking about my trip, Ducky!
deejane
 
Current DX:  psoriatic arthritis/rheumatoid arthritis/spondylitis/fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel, degenerative disc disorder, nerve damage, high blood pressure
Current meds:  Remicade 400 mg. every 5-6 weeks, methotrexate, celebrex, lortab, folic acid,
flexeril, topamax, toprol XL, lortab 10-500
Previous meds:  Enbrel, humira, bextra, vioxx


yalinda
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   Posted 6/27/2006 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
welcome home! glad it was a great trip...... dont let reality hit u too hard, enter slowly if possible.... ~*yalinda

deejane
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   Posted 6/27/2006 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   

That's what I've been trying to do ......ease back into life slowly.  Even though the trip was great, the body is tired and achy....moving very slowly and I think I'm getting sick with this bronchitis/cough/cold  kind of thing. I'm also running a little bit of fever so I've got a call into my rheumy to see what meds I should add.


deejane
 
Current DX:  psoriatic arthritis/rheumatoid arthritis/spondylitis/fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel, degenerative disc disorder, nerve damage, high blood pressure
Current meds:  Remicade 400 mg. every 5-6 weeks, methotrexate, celebrex, lortab, folic acid,
flexeril, topamax, toprol XL, lortab 10-500
Previous meds:  Enbrel, humira, bextra, vioxx


Ducky
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   Posted 6/28/2006 4:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey dee.. how are you today?
Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
Additional Supplements - Multi-Vitamin/Bromelian/Acidophilus/Green Tea


deejane
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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 73
   Posted 6/28/2006 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm okay.  Got an antibiotic started so I should be feeling better soon.
deejane
 
Current DX:  psoriatic arthritis/rheumatoid arthritis/spondylitis/fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel, degenerative disc disorder, nerve damage, high blood pressure
Current meds:  Remicade 400 mg. every 5-6 weeks, methotrexate, celebrex, lortab, folic acid,
flexeril, topamax, toprol XL, lortab 10-500
Previous meds:  Enbrel, humira, bextra, vioxx

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