Some good news . . . hopefully it lasts :-)

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PV
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   Posted 11/19/2009 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
We got the MRI report on his knee and took it to the orthopedist. The report said that there were some degenerative changes in the cartilage in the medial head of the knee . . . so we were thinking that he had some osteoarthritis of the knee in addition to whatever was causing all this swelling. The orthopedist saw the MRI today and he said that my husband's knee looked great. He was not at all concerned about the things that the report noted, and said that he was very happy with the way the knee looked, and saw nothing to be concerned about from the MRI. So, thankfully there's been no lasting damage to his knee from this inflammation, and there's nothing mechanically wrong with his knee that is causing these problems, so we are on the right course of treatment.

In the meantime, after the remicade infusion and the 40mgs of pred, my husband's knee looks more normal. There is some slight swelling still, but absolutely nothing like before. And it seems to be going down as well . . . hopefully in the next few days it'll be back to normal, with no visible swelling.

The orthopedist wants my hubby to start physical therapy for that knee, because he's been keeping it still for so long, that there is some muscle atrophy in that leg . . . but the rheumatologist said to use the leg sparingly until this was under control. We see the rheumatologist again on Dec 1st.

So far, even though he doesn't need it, he uses the cane, and puts his leg up and ices it every hour or so. Now the orthopedist wants him to resume normal activity and begin PT. So, I made a compromise with my hubby - to take it slow. Today and for the rest of the week, he's going to walk around without the cane, but still put his feet up when sitting and ice it. Next week, he's going to walk around without cane, and sit up with his leg down, and work from home, but still continue to ice it. And then slowly resume more normal activity, but still postpone going to PT until after the rheumy visit on Dec 1st. All this of course only if the swelling is completely gone, and doesn't return.

I hope the swelling goes away completely in the next few days. And that he can taper from the pred soon. It's been good progress, but I am still anxious . . . because I am waiting for that darned other shoe to drop . . . this disease really eats away at your ability to enjoy each day. We're both actually taking the day off from work today, so that we can try to relax and enjoy it together. I hope all of you have a good day.

PV
Husband with Crohn's
Diagnosed March 2003 Ulcerative Proctitis
Diagnosed March 2008 Crohn's & C-diff, hospitalized 45 days
Canasa, Lialda, Remicade, VSL#3, Florastor
In Remission since June 2008
Stopped vancomycin for c-diff Jan 1 2009
C-diff free, until Sep 2, 2009
Fighting c-diff, I guess for life


AzJohnny
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   Posted 11/19/2009 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad you had some good news, hopefully it will continue in that direction.

Good luck.
AzJohnny
 
I feel a whole lot more the way I do now than I did a little while ago.


lilcrohnieUK
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   Posted 11/19/2009 8:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Thats great news! One thing my doctors always told me to take comfort in during bad joint flares was that Crohn's arthritis doesn't cause lasting damage to the joints like RA does, difficult as it is at the time!
 
 


PV
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   Posted 11/19/2009 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks you two! I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best. He's walking around quite a bit more today, which makes me anxious, but I can hardly keep him tied to a chair for the rest of his life :-)

We'll see I guess over the next few days how it goes with his leg. I hope he continues to improve and we can get him tapering the steroids soon. We managed to have an ok day - just keep thinking about how the next few months are going to play out . . . though I am trying to put those thoughts away and just enjoy the day.

I hope we all have a good weekend to look forward to.

((Hugs))
PV
Husband with Crohn's
Diagnosed March 2003 Ulcerative Proctitis
Diagnosed March 2008 Crohn's & C-diff, hospitalized 45 days
Canasa, Lialda, Remicade, VSL#3, Florastor
In Remission since June 2008
Stopped vancomycin for c-diff Jan 1 2009
C-diff free, until Sep 2, 2009
Fighting c-diff, I guess for life

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