Update after my knee surgery

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Nanners
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   Posted 3/25/2008 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I had my knee surgery yesterday.  I had a significant complex tear in my medial meniscus and had to have my medial surface shaved.  The numby stuff they shoot into your knee at the end of surgery didn't take with me, so I was in alot of pain when I woke up.  The gave me Fentanyl and a whole bunch of Dialadid trying to get the pain under control.  The surgery has been a more painful experience than I expected. 
 
My poor husband was up almost every hour last night either helping me to BR (only had to pee alot, due to IV fluids I got) and switching my ice pack for my knee and my heating pad for my tummy.  Didn't have alot of tummy problems, just like to put it on my belly at night.  I was in so much pain at night too and neither the Percoset or Dialadid was really much help.  I feel pretty dopey today, but the pain meds are starting to work a little better now.  Probably because I took so much.  HA!  Anyone else have this surgery and be in this much pain?  I have a very strong pain thresh hold but this has been even more than I can handle.  I kinda thought last night that I should have been kept over night in the hospital.  The pain has been pretty bad.
 
The doc also found that I had alot of damage in my medial femoral surface that will not ever heal.  So the total knee replacement will be a definite for me in the next 10 years or so. 
 
Thanks so much for all your prayers and support.  It really touched me.  Please keep me in your prayers that the pain will ease up some.
 
Also, I just wanted to share with you what an awesome guy my husband is.  He has been so gentle and caring with me I don't think I could ever love him more than I do now.  I keep thanking him constantly, and he just says no problem wifey, that's just part of being a husband.  He is my hero for sure.
 
Thanks again everyone.
 
God Bless,
Gail *Nanners*
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


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   Posted 3/25/2008 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
My Dad's first night was really bad too...just like you said. It will get better. Hang in there!

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   Posted 3/25/2008 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Gail
First I am so sorry for all the pain you are in and I DO pray it will ease very quickly
Are you on meds for anxiety as well still or no ??
I am a bit foggy on that one sorry
My thoughts and prayers are with you ......

Secondly
I really am grateful for my hubby too and I truly believe that the spouses that DO stick behind beside and do anything they can within their power to be maing things or at least trying better for us deserve recognition

I am so happy for you that you are one that is Blessed with a hubby like you have......
A Keeper for sure....lol....
Get better
Thinking and praying for you
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LYN
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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 3/25/2008 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Very normal, now you know why I was advocating the cryocuff. I love that thing! You might want to ask for it again at your secondary appointment if it still hurts at that time or earlier if you can get it. Yes I had to have help going to the bathroom too. Especially after they repaired my ACL/MCL/PCL. The only way to feel the best you can right now is to elevate (Knee needs to be Above the heart!), rest, and ICE!!!!!!!!!!! Please do not be up to do anything (no meals <have them brought to you>, no answering the door, use cordless/or use cell phone) but the bathroom. I have to emphasis how important it was for me to have ice on it and elevating the knee above the heart is because that is the only relief that I really got.
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Nanners
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   Posted 3/25/2008 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the advice MMMNavy. I am definetly only up to the bathroom. It hurts way too much just getting up. I do have the knee elevated and keep rotating the ice packs. I just am really surprised with how painful it has been. I knew it would hurt some, just not this bad. Before the surgery I had read up a little on it, but it seemed as if others didn't feel as bad. The nurse in the recovery said becuz I take pain meds daily that I would have to take more for this pain. Any idea how long its going to be this bad? I am already dreading the night again. My poor husband is absolutely exhausted. I keep trying to get him to lay down with me, but he is one of those people that thinks he has to keep busy all the time. He has been absolutely wonderful. I will definetly owe him big time after this. I know he isn't going to expect me to pay him back, but I will have to do something special just for him to show how much I appreciate his love and care.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 3/25/2008 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
The first three days suck! It does get a little better everyday, but give it a couple (3 to 4) of weeks to walk without visibly limping. This is weird I know, but you might think about have think about surrounding your entire knee with ice packs.

Most of the time I am on crutches after surgery. So if you have them, you might think about useing them...
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Post Edited (MMMNAVY) : 3/25/2008 3:42:50 PM (GMT-6)


Nanners
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   Posted 3/25/2008 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
MMMNavy been using hubbies shoulders and my crutches. Thanks for the time frame on the ease of pain. I had read alot before the surgery and some folks were saying how they were walking on it the next day. I think I would die if I tried to put any weight on it right now. I was thinking I was just being a baby, but you have made me feel like everything is going pretty much on schedule. Thanks again for your help and suggestions.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


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   Posted 3/25/2008 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Gail,

I'm glad everything went well. I'm sorry that you are hurting so much, but everyday you should feel a little better. I am surprised that your doc didn't admit you with a morphine drip since you are in that much pain.
Jodi

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Nanners
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   Posted 3/25/2008 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I wondered that same thing Jodi. Because when he came in to see me afterwards, he was saying he was sorry the numbing stuff didn't work better. And then they were giving me really strong meds (Fentanyl & Dilaudid) in the recovery room. And when I got home I was using Percoset and Dilaudid and that didn't hardly touch the pain. The ice and elevation are helping now, but still am taking the Percoset about every 4 hours. The post surgery pain really surprised me. I knew it would hurt, but not as bad as it has.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


dunny2
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   Posted 3/25/2008 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Gail, I'm glad it's all over. I pray the pain subsides soon. LOL.
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broomhilda
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   Posted 3/25/2008 8:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Gail- I'm glad the surgery is behind you and hope the pain will soon be too. My husband had this surgery several years ago. The removed a piece of bone & cartliage about the size of 1/2 dollar from his. Sent him home with about the same instructions as you. The ortho did recommend he only stay on the crutches for a week. I'm sure you are in a full knee splint too. He was trying to become dependent on the crutches by the end of the first week. Came a time he had to use the bathroom and the crutches were across the room from him. He hated me at the time but I told him, "If 'ya gotta go, you're gonna have to walk across this room and get these here crutches"! Boy, what he didn't call me! But he did it. They ended up having to go back in on him about a year later. Seems a small piece of cartilage broke loose in the knee fluid and grew to about the size of an almond. Soooo, they went in and ground it up. He doesn't have any trouble with that knee any more, surgery was about 10 years ago. Now the other one is beginning to act up. I'm sure you didn't really need all that information except to know that you aren't alone and I know how painful it is for you. MMMNavy is right...ICE, ICE, and more ice! Feel better soon!
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.


FallColors
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   Posted 3/25/2008 9:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello! Glad to hear that you have such excellent support at home!! He sounds like such a sweetie!!

It might be worth a phone call to your Dr tonight or the physian on-call. Maybe they can give you a different pain med. Its worth a try!!

One thing that has really helped me -- keep remembering that with every hour that passes, you are closer to being healthy and pain-free! Lets say you expect 3 days of pain which is 72 hours. A number of hours have already past! Yea!!! Even the minute or two you spent reading this post brings you even closer! YEA!!!! Dumb, I know, but keep practicing it and it may help. Keep your mind as occupied as possible as a distraction to pass the time! I'm praying the pain relents very soon!

Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/26/2008 5:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I think maybe a stronger pain med for the time you will need it would not be out of order Gail at all
You should not have to suffer sweetie
Your hubby is definitely a great guy and ya I guess you will ahve to do something nice fo hm eh lol
Be well my friend ans as Navy said ICE.lots of it ........
Luvs
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   Posted 3/26/2008 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gail So glad to hear you got your surgery done. Hoping you"ll get some sleep and pain relief soon. Hope you have something to distract you like TV or something . Was wondering if you packed your monitor and PC in bed with you but guessing your hubby has his limits ha ha. Hoping your recovery goes fast or at least good. I am on the mend but got the pink eye now. So glad when it goes away.between that and staying off the smokes I'am brain worn. Thinking of you often and soon you"ll be up and at it again give hubby our thanks for taking care of a great friend. lol gail

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   Posted 3/26/2008 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I sure hope your pain eases off soon! I'm glad to hear the operation went OK. Let the doctor know if you don't get some relief soon. You shouldn't have to suffer like that.
By the way, your husband sounds like a sweetheart! Can I borrow him next time I'm really ill -lol

All the best,

Bev

jellybean1887
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   Posted 3/26/2008 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Nanners!!! Being in pain sucks. I hope you feel better soon!
"Of one thing I am certain, the body is not the measure of healing - peace is the measure. ~George Melton~"

Current Meds include:Sulfasalazine and Zofran. With a new doctor, forced to retry all the meds that haven't worked in the past :(


Nanners
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   Posted 3/27/2008 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Knee is still hurting some, but it is getting better as time goes on. I get to take the bandage off today and get to finally take a shower. Yeah!! Not sure yet how I am going to do it, will have to ask hubby what he thinks best. Maybe one of my lawn chairs in the shower so I can sit and clean up. I do have one of those hand held shower things so that will help. I have been forcing myself to put a little bit of weight on that side, but still use the crutches for support. And I am very proud of myself I have been going to the BR by myself. I can see my husband peeking at me to see if I am okay. I had a kinda maddening day yesterday, because before my surgery I asked my doctor exactly what to expect after surgery. He told me no weight bearing for 3 days, no showers, and to see his RN in two weeks and him in 4 weeks. Got looking at my post surgery notes they had me seeing his nurse in one week and scheduled physical therapy in one week also. Strange thing is a PA called me back but we missed his call and in his message he said seeing the nurse was ok, but the PT had to wait awhile. Still had more questions and called back and then the nurse called and said the total opposite. I am really confused. I think I am just going to go by what the doc said before surgery. Grrrr!

And yes all, I do have the most wonderful and supportive husband. And NO, nobody can borrow him. He's all mine:) Thank you all for your many good wishes, they are truly appreciated. I'll keep you posted on how things are going.

God Bless,
Gail *Nanners*
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


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   Posted 3/27/2008 4:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Nanners it is great to hear you are able to get to the bathroom now I know how evrey little achievement we make sometimes makes us feel better. Must say you are greedy with that man of yours but am glad you have him. Times like this we would be wishing for a walk in shower. Do you have any places there that you can rent something for the shower up here they have VON rentals. Do keep getting stronger and yes keep in touch we all are loving yah!! lol gail

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   Posted 3/27/2008 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the good wishes Gail. Luckily we do have a walk in shower here so I didn't have to step over anything. It was pretty funny because the lawn chair wouldn't fit thru the shower door, so we used a little 3 stair ladder and that worked well. Felt good to be clean again. I got alot of the orange betidine off my skin and its back to its lovely WHITE color again:) Except for the black and blue marks of course:) got the bandage off too, so thats really nice. Still pretty swollen and I will definetly be babying it a little longer.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


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   Posted 3/27/2008 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Nanners! Glad to hear you're squeaky clean. Nothing beats a shower does it! I was just talking with my daughter tonight about installing a walk in shower in one of our bathrooms. I bet that was a life saver! My next major purchase I think will be one of those craftmatic beds that you can position any way you want. I'm getting tired of the recliner! Keep that knee moving as soon as you can. I know it's painful. Have they scheduled for any physical therapy yet?
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.


Nanners
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   Posted 3/28/2008 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah Broom my shower was wonderful. It felt good to be clean again. I am so with you on the craftmatic beds. It would be so nice right now. I wish I at least had a recliner. That's my next big purchase. Not just for my knee, but when the gut isn't doing well that reclining position is comfortable for me.

And my first physical therapy is on April 1st. A little nervous about that, because some of my friends who had to have the same surgery said the PT was the worst part of all. They talked about the gross noises your knee makes. Yuck, definetly not looking forward to it, but heard it really does help to get your knee moving too. So I guess no pain, no gain! LOL
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 3/28/2008 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah there is gross noises...LOL
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   Posted 3/28/2008 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Nanners I'am a great beleaver in therapy .Cain't wait to hear what kind of noises your going to be making. As long as it's doing you good I guess go for it, it did wonders for me when I had the frozen shoulder and it was a lot of work but got things going again. Lucky you with your walk in and I'am getting envious of you and Broom with all that bed talk and lounger chairs. I guess that's OK though I'd crash anywhere when I'am sick . Keep the progress going cain't wait to hear what your doing next.lol gail

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   Posted 3/28/2008 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Nanners- The Pt will be tough at first and then you'll start looking forward to it cause it feels so good to get the blood pumping through the joint again. Heck, my right knee is making gross noises now, doesn't hurt yet...sounds like a cricket when I go down stairs. I bet yours will sound like a cricket drowning! Gachrons-I didn't know you had a frozen shoulder too! That's what I went to Pt for. Gotta hunch I'm not too far behind on the right shoulder either! Oh...I can forget the bed for awhile...my washer caught on fire this week! Nanners...I can't imagine my CD without my recliner & heating pad! Make sure when you get one to get the leather. Cloth ones get funky after awhile with the night sweats!

Hey, as long as we're wishin' how bout one of those lift chairs that would throw you out on your butt when you have one of those "God, I can't face today" mornings!
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.


Nanners
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   Posted 3/30/2008 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah I have heard that the PT is the worst part of it. I am a little scared, because my knee hurts soooo bad in the mornings and just before bedtime. I have had to take alot of pain meds before it finally settles down.

I went downstairs for a little bit yesterday, but just wasn't as comfortable there so had my hubby help me back upstairs. My bedroom is more comfortable and the BR is only a few steps away. I have been trying to walk a little without the crutches but it still is pretty difficult. I try to do leg lifts and move my ankles around to help loosen things up some. Just still a little concerned that almost 1 week out of surgery and it still hurts so much. I get the stitches out on Tues, so will look forward to hearing just exactly what the doc did in there.

Pretty bad when you take a family member with you to find out the info you need to know becuz you are too dopey. My daughter got grossed out at the pictures and just didn't pay attention to what the doc said. And the pictures aren't even gross, it looks like a moon to me, no blood or anything gross. She's such a brat, I know I won't asked for her help in the future. I'll keep you posted on how things are going.

Thanks for your continued good wishes.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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