This isn't regarding osteoarthritis, but I was not sure where else to post it. A little over a month ago, I had an arthroscopy for a torn meniscus that I sustained at work. They found a smallish tear, and also that it had brought the cartilage up when I tore it; both were fixed. I started PT the day after surgery, and have been keeping up with it ever since. I've also been using the GameReady device for cold & compression therapy.
I was doing a LOT better, and recovering quickly, according to the doctor and my therapist. My range of motion was great, it was just a matter of getting the strength back. However, things were rapidly improving. I wasn't really having much pain anymore, stairs were much easier, I could walk/stand for longer, and so on. Of course I had some soreness after PT, but it was nothing intolerable at all and nothing that hindered daily functioning.
On Monday I returned to work, at a ~500k sq. ft. warehouse. Restrictions were to walk/stand for 3 hours/day, and do the rest sitting down. After 3 hours of work, I was almost in tears by the time I left for PT. Ever since then, I have been limping (haven't done that since the week of surgery), unable to stand even long enough to shower or cook myself dinner... so baths and takeout it is, I'm not able to do 90% of what I had been doing at PT, and have had nights I could not sleep because the pain was THAT bad. I am doing cold/compression, Dicoflenac, rest & elevation every chance I get. I saw my therapist yesterday, and he was surprised that I slid back as much as I did since I was doing so well.
I saw my doctor on Tuesday, and he put me back on sedentary duty only. That doesn't change the fact that I need to walk around the warehouse (breaks, meetings, etc) and I'm STILL in the same amount of pain. I have put in another phone call to him, but am waiting to get one back today.
Has anyone else gone through this? Is it normal? Was I just sent back too quickly? I was perfectly aware I'd have some soreness and was fine with that, but I didn't think it should be so bad that it impeded everyday functions