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Your right Jo we never force them to do anything and they both receive pocket money weekly.

I am very proud of them they have coped so well with my knee problems :)
 

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Hello Natalie,

I don't get on the computer very often, but I've been reading some of your thread... Hoping your pain is better today!
I also saw your age... Im 34 myself & had to have a partial knee replacement due to problems with Lupus.
I also saw that your having problems with your ROM... I had similar problems with that as well... I couldn't get past 60 for the longest time & when I would get a few more degrees I would get excited & then I was threatened by my surgeon that if I didn't get to 90 by a certain time frame they would do the MUA.
At one point I just wanted to get it over with because I felt if I could break through that barrier I would get through the worst of the pain of trying to get that knee bending. I also got tired of everyone telling me to bend that knee... What they didn't understand was that it didn't want to bend! I also have a problem with scar tissue forming quickly...
Needless to say I had to have the MUA & it was the best thing I ever did... They were able to get it to 145 while I was under & when I was in recovery I was able to get it to 133 by myself... I had an epidural for almost 2 days on a CPM machine... Once they finally let the epidural wear off it was sore, but at that moment it was a good sore because I was able to bend that knee... When I went back to PT I was able to finally get around a bike for the first time after 9 weeks & was able to drive again after 12 1/2 weeks!
I'm now able to get my knee to 145 by myself... I still have a hard time lifting it, but I think I have problems else where...
I just wanted to let you know MUA is not bad at all & you usually get good results from having it done.
I hope everything works out for you & will keep you in my prayers!
Nicole

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Nicole thankyou so so much for your reply you have made me feel so so much better about my knee bend and the dreaded MUA I see my doctor Friday so hopefully I will get some answers from him :)
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It'll just be a nerve that's having an off day, maybe because you've been limping or walking differently! It should settle down in a day or so but if it doesn't, perhaps have a chat with your GP.
 
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Thanks Jo. Last few days have been a struggle to walk without a limp so that sounds exactly what it is. I was getting around the bedroom without crutches but I've had to start using them again.
 

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Hello Natalie,
I'm glad I was able to help lift your spirits a little... When I was first told about the MUA I was freaking out as well... After everything you go through the last thing you want is someone messing with that knee, but like I said it was well worth it & it's not that bad...
Good luck to you!
Nicole
 

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Natalie, I was reading about your condition (Synovial Osteochondromatosis, what a mouthful!) and wondered is this something you had only in your operated knee or do you have it in both? Is it something that is gone now that you have a new knee?

I was told that I no longer have arthritis in the new knee since all the parts are new. What a blessing that this surgery can be done! Now I just have to work with the left and try to keep it going.

I hope you're doing better today, thinking of you! :D
 
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Thankyou Nicole xxx

Hi Susie it certainly is a mouthful!it can affect other joints and I do have problems with my other knee but it isn't because of the disease at the moment thank goodness.
Replacing my knee doesn't mean I will be free from the problems but because I had developed arthritis it will have got rid of that.
The disease however could still re occur even though my surgeon said he took a fair bit out when he did my replacement so I'm hoping it's gone for good!
I will find out more at my appointment Friday he sent the diseased tissue off to histology too so I will get the results back on that too.
It is a tricky disease so I'm praying I'm rid of it xxx
 

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Hi Natalie..... yes, my other knee will need it eventually but it's in better shape than my right one was. It still has cartilage where the right one didn't. I'm hoping by having the right one done now that it will help the left one last longer.

I hope you are rid of your Syn Ost this time for good!
 
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I hope it does Susie I was bone on bone with my right knee and that was certainly putting more stress on my left so I am hoping I may not need an op on that one just yet!
 

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I was pretty certain I would need my left knee done before the year was out. In fact, my surgeon said as much too. The xrays look pretty ropey! But then he did a scope and a tidy up of the shredded meniscus and it's been good as gold since. You just never know with these joints.
 

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Hi Natalie
yeah it was a lovely day & we had the treats out to watch x factor 2! Pleased you've had a good day, really gives you a boost doesn't it? I'm hoping to loose the 7lbs I've put on. I'm definitely moving around more so I hope I can or I'll be struggling to get into some of my clothes! I hope you have lots more good days, I feel like mine are increasing now.
I'm sure your kids wont mind & they are of an age where they understand & it sounds like you have brought them up to be independent, which is a great thing.
Melanie :thmb: x
 
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Hi Melanie,

I put about 7lbs on too and I need to lose about another stone on top but I'm just healthy eating and hoping I lose it slowly.
Been at a funeral today so I feel shattered and a bit dizzy from extra meds that I needed to take and I have had my leg elevated all day so I am doing that now I think I may be asleep before tea!
Only 1 more day till my 6 week check up

Natxx
 

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Hi Natalie
Hope you feel better after resting. It's amazing how tired you get after going out for a bit isn't it? Good luck with your 6 wk check. I was starting to feel a bit more positive before my appointment but after it I felt so much better. It really gave me a boost when I knew he was pleased with my progress & gave me the go ahead to do more things.
I cant believe it is 7 wks for me tomorrow & it is for you today isn't it?
Melanie x :thmb:
 
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Yes 7 weeks today it has gone so fast!
Yes I hope my appointment gives me that boost too and I pray that my actual surgeon sees me tomorrow :thmb:
 
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