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Old Hat
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   Posted 5/15/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Old Clumsy tripped on uneven sidewalk a couple days ago & banged up Old Knees. (The irony of this event-- I was on my way home from annual gyno check-up!) Left knee is bruised; right knee bruised, scraped, & cut. Right now I feel pretty much o.k. standing or lying down, but getting up from a chair really bothers right knee. Any suggestions for dealing with this? Right knee is also more swollen & still feels a bit hot. (First night after fall I had chills-- kind of a UC-flare type reaction!) I dabbed Neosporin pain relief lotion on as initial 1st aide so infection should not be an issue. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)

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   Posted 5/15/2008 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh no! Have you tried ice or heat? I can't remember which one you are supposed to do! I always use a heating pad if I have any aches. Hmm if the swelling doesn't come down and the chills continue I would say head in to see your primary.
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   Posted 5/15/2008 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   

At this point ice is what you need to do and probably several times per day.  But if you still have chills or if the knee is hot you need to seek doctor's advice.  Funny, I always thought Old Hat was a guy but guys don't go to gynos!

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   Posted 5/15/2008 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Ice it!!! Did you ice it as soon as you got home? Before bed, have as hot a bath as you can with tons of epsome salts in it(I'd do this every night until the pain is gone and it looks like it's healing well)...won't sting, it'll help heal, even the inside, epsome salts are know to pull out toxins and pain from the body...suppose to be great for your grass too.

Feel better soon!

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   Posted 5/15/2008 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't you just love those little accidents??!! I'm sorry you are so sore! According to my primary (which is also my hubbys) that after a strain, sprain or fall that heat only works for a few hours after the initial fall then you should apply ice. The hubby did some damage to his knee while bowling a few months ago so he went to see her for it - finally (men can be so stubborn I tell ya!). But I too think you should see your primary to have your red and swollen knee checked over.
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   Posted 5/15/2008 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Ice, 20 minutes per hour. You can use a bag of frozen peas or crushed or cubed ice in a zip-lock bag. Be sure to put a towel between it and your skin. Keep your leg elevated, but you'll probably be more comfortable with a small pillow or rolled towel under your leg to keep your knee slightly flexed. If it bothers you when you're in bed, put a pillow under your leg or between your legs if you lie on your side.

I have a long history of knee problems, so I feel for you.
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   Posted 5/15/2008 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Old Hat. I don't have any advice to add to the above posts, but wanted to say I hope your knees heal up and you feel better soon!
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   Posted 5/16/2008 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   
How are you feeling today?
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Old Hat
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   Posted 5/16/2008 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, all! (Suebear, lol!!!!!!! Definitely not a guy!) Yeah, I got lazy about the ice. Left knee is recovering & I think right will progress when the cut/scrape hardens over. I can walk well on level surfaces, but doing stairs or bending knees still hurts a bit. Happily, my boss & dept. head were o.k. with my missing a couple days of work; some extra rest certainly helped. / Old Hat
 

JewelsOK
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   Posted 5/16/2008 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
And all this time I thought you were a man, LOL!

I'm sorry about your fall. Hope you're feeling better soon!
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Old Hat
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   Posted 5/16/2008 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Keylime & Suebear, you must have missed a debate several of us had re douching in another thread some months back. Strictly female topic/participants! But I do try to sound unisex most of the time in case any of my doctors are reading HW-- in hopes that they don't recognize my posts. I was "found out" in one instance late last yr-- probably because someone else clued in my doctor, who's way too busy to follow patient blogs. So there you have it! / Old Hat

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   Posted 5/16/2008 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
glad you are feeling better today, hopefully you'll be back to normal in a few days
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roxZ
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   Posted 5/16/2008 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Red swollen, and hot are signs of infection sometimes, so keep an eye on it.  If the redness and heat continue, see your Dr.  Especially if the redness increases.  Swelling and bruising can be signs of fracture, another concern from a fall.  Otherwise like everyone else said rest, ice, compression, elevation is what to do.

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Old Hat
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   Posted 5/19/2008 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks again, everybody who replied! Most of the discomfort has gone, the main exception being a nickel-sized booboo on right knee that is finally drying out. Wait 'til you hear this: at the office visit I had with gyno right before I tripped/fell, this doctor recommended that I schedule another bone density scan because it will be 2 yrs come autumn since I had one done. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!! So I may write a note to tell the gyno that my bone density was tested another way-- at least w/o more exposure to radiation! / Old Hat

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   Posted 5/20/2008 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad your knees are feeling mostly better. Lol @ your self-administered bone density test!
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bluepurl
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   Posted 5/20/2008 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
lol, that's one way to test bone density I suppose! glad to hear you're on the road to recovery, please watch your step :)
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