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Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by Elad1002, Jan 5, 2019.

  1. Elad1002

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    I ordered the tights. Will let you know what I think. If you go the jobst website, they are having a sale!
     
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    @traceys
    Hello there. I also have a prescription for Lorazepam but it's only for .05 for anxiety. It helped me sleep. My doc only gave me 30 days worth, wants me to go on Zoloft for anxiety, not sure I want to start an antidepressant. I do have more anxiety than I've ever had in my life, but trying meditation. Hope the med continues to help with your sleep.
     
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    I hope with more sleep your anxiety will be reduced. Sleep helps both physically and emotionally.
     
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    I have been on antidepressants before at various times in my life for anxiety. The trauma of this surgery seemed to trigger some anxiety that I did not anticipate. I had a rotator cuff repair in 2016, which was a very painful recovery but it was not triggering. This surgery recovery is like walking through uncharted territory, the doctor told me I was doing fine, but I dont feel fine. Glad for this website.
     
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    When doctors tell us that I think they are looking at certain physical aspects, which are fine, but they miss the whole picture.

    I was so shocked by my recovery. Many of us are unprepared for this recovery because they don’t tell us. I’ve had acquaintances who had a knee replacement but the discussion about recovery never came up. They just said they were happy with their results and wish they’d done it sooner.

    I had a partial. My surgeon’s office made it sound like no big deal. I googled it and it sounded like no big deal.

    Oh my, what a wake up call, the day after I got home from the hospital. :hairpulling:

    I thought my recovery was slow, but I’d had unrealistic expectations, like many of us. Others in my 55+ community thought I was recovering slow, but either they all had fabulous recoveries, or forgot the details. They made me feel that I was not up to par, which caused me a lot of stress.

    I stopped getting together with my friends. I stopped going to get togethers at our community center. I couldn’t stand what I thought they were thinking of me. I was embarrassed to still be using my cane.

    I found Bonesmart after my first month. I started doing what Bonesmart said because it made more sense to me. I lost faith in my surgeon because he told me to do things Bonesmart said not to.

    Of course, everyone I came in contact with told me how important the exercises were, which created even more of a gap, because I took on board the advice that it wasn’t exercise that brought my ROM back, it was time.

    The whole first year of recovery was so hard for me, emotionally.

    All this to tell you, you are not alone in your anxiety. We’ve all been there, to some extent, at some point. That’s what's so great about Bonesmart. Those of us who join enjoy a special camaraderie that helps us through this recovery. Maybe we each have different fears, or different conflicts, or varied versions of the Bonesmart approach that we follow, but in the end we all get there, one way or another, and we support each other. Because that’s what Bonesmarties do! :console2:
     
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    @Jockette
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with me. I too know people who have had this surgery done and when you tell them.you are having some stiffness or some pain, the first thing they say is, are you doing your exercises?
    Recently someone just said to me, "ya know , you get out of it what you put into it...what the heck does that mean?"
    Yesterday a friend who had a tkr said she used to do gentle stretches when she became stiff...like sitting on the floor and reaching for her toes.
    Yesterday I overdid it. I went to BJs to walk around and practice my gait training, I ended up being on my feet about 1.2 hours on those hard cement floors. I'm paying for it today very swollen and stiff. On the other hand, I'm getting my energy back but my body is not ready to do that much at 10 weeks po. Frustrating.
     
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    @Roy Gardiner
    Hello Roy. Just wanted to ask you what you would consider appropriate stretching exercises for
    10.5 weeks po. I'm planning to return to work in a few weeks and I'm walking (even with a broken bone in foot)so not worried about strengthening but I would like to stretch more, due to my muscles being sore. I appreciate your suggestions.
     
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    @Josephine
    Good day. I am considering taking an antidepressant, maybe sertraline. Do you know if I could continue with my Tylenol schedule on such a med. Don't know if there are any contraindications. Are their some that are better than others with regard to continuing on Tylenol. I really need the Tylenol right now, still having pain at 10.5 weeks po.
     
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    Tylenol is pretty accommodating when it comes to being taken with other medications. So no worries there. Take it with impunity!
     
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    Leaving the choice of implant to the surgeon isn't a bad idea. As long as you choose an experienced surgeon, his skill is far more important than the type of implant. No implant will give you a good result if the surgeon lacks skill and experience.

    You aren't experiencing any symptoms of allergy to the metals in your implant, so I don't think you need to worry.

    To set your mind at rest, you could ask to have the blood test for metal allergies.
     
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    @Denny39
    Thanks for the info about the metals. I have been nervous about this surgery from the get go. I'm surprised I had the nerve to do it at all. I could never watch the YouTube video if the actual surgery, I decided to just trust my surgeon who did a fantastic job with my rotator cuff repair. He does knees too, but is not a knee specialist like is recommended on this site. I was pretty naive going into it...I have amazing insurance which would've paid for the best of the best. I chose someone I trusted instead, I was afraid if I chose another OS and didnt have a good outcome, I would've regretted that not going with my gut. When you have excessive anxiety, choices become difficult. Well, it's over, I'm 11 weeks post OP tommorow and recovery is slow. Still swollen and stiff but am walking without assistance, just quite slow and minimal pain. I dont feel that the surgeon did anything wrong, the xrays look good, the PA actually came to me in the hospital and said he assisted my OS and it looks perfect. Just impatiently waiting to heal, with way too much time on my hands and a case of the nerves. Thanks for caring.
     
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    @Celle
    I worry now that though my surgeon is a joint replacement surgeon, he said he does about 4 to 5 knees a month. Had I found this website prior to my surgery I would've known which questions to ask, that is not a lot of knees. He does hips and shoulders as well. I chose him because he did a fantastic job on my rotator cuff, but as I know now, shoulders arent hips. So I went into this surgery a little naive, and all I could do now is hope for the best outcome.
     
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    4-5 knees a month is about 48 to 60 per year and that's not an amateur at knees.

    Your knee replacement seems to be doing well so far, so try to stop worrying. Chances are, everything is going to work out just fine. Trust your surgeon and trust your knee.

    Can you find a new hobby - something you can learn or do without being too active - so that you don't spend your time worrying?
    You need to keep your mind busy with other things, so you don't keep worrying so much.
     
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    @Josephine
    I am having success in limiting my pain with the Tylenol schedule you outlined for me several weeks ago. I also take 2 coated baby aspirin since the surgery per my OS to act as a blood thinner.

    I saw recently where you don't like NSAIDs. I read the article enclosed and agree. Is there an alternative blood thinner that wouldn't be as dangerous as baby aspirin?

    Thanks Dale
     
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    @Celle
    Thank you for your suggestions. Believe me, I would prefer not to be so anxious.
     
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    I'm pleased you got the message about NSAIDs and also that the Tylenol is working for you!

    As for the aspirin, it's actually pretty mild when compared with things like ibuprofen and diclofenac and tyou are taking it for a very specific reason so I wouldn't worry about it too much. And the small aspirin is usually only 81 mgs per tablet which is very small. It's also been used as a low factor anticoagulant since about the year 2000 and is reckoned to be pretty good and pretty safe!
     
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    @Elad1002 - you will see that I have moved several of your posts from Denny39's thread to your own thread.

    By putting the above post in his recovery thread, you were disrupting his thread, which should be about his own recovery.
    Forum etiquette: being polite when posting

    Please post any updates or questions about your recovery in your own thread. We will see them there, as someone checks all the new posts every day.
    If you need an urgent response to a question, just tag a member of staff.
    How to tag another member; how to answer when someone tags you

    If you prefer a different thread title, just post what you want and we'll get it changed for you.

    Just in case you couldn't find your thread, here are the instructions on finding your thread,
    How can I find my threads and posts? . Many members bookmark their thread, so they can find it when they log on.
     

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