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shelsangel posted:
Here is a update from the Orthopedic specialist yesterday:

After he had new X-rays done and reviewed old X-rays and MRI it has been determined that all of the cartlidge from the inside of my right knee is completely gone. The arthritis has eaten away a lot of the bone. My legimates are very stressed trying to hold the knee in place. I will need knee replacement surgery but of course we have to jump through all the hoops for the insurance company first. Series of 5 cortizone, steriod shots in the knee (first one was yesterday) and a knee brace . I was fitted for the knee brace yesterday and wore it yesterday and I currently have it on right now. I go back and see him April 15 after I see the liver specialist on March 24. No walking for a while. I'm still doing the upper body weights and leg lifts but would really like to get this surgery over with so I can start doing the treadmill or stationary bike with my legs. Still hanging in there and doing a lot of praying. HUGGS to all.
Everything happens for a reason. HUGGS, Jean
SW 301.2 CW 282.0 GW 165 could change after I reach it :-)
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blondie454u responded:
HUGGS back at you! I will keep praying for you!
Amber CW 135-139 maintaining, SW 250. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1Cor. 13:7
 
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bigred53 replied to blondie454u's response:
Jean, hugs from me too. I think part of the reason they want to check your liver is if you have taken pain meds that contain a lot of tylenol.

My sister's knees are both bone on bone with bone spurs. She was takink Norco 10/325's - probably eight a day at least. She was finally referred to pain managment and has been going to physical therapy and has also seen an orthopedic surgeon. Her primary doc has switched her anti-inflammatory and has also prescribed morphine extended release 10mg twice a day. So far so good. Her pain has been much more managable for her.

Before I had my hip replacement it was bone on bone and my right leg was actually about an inch shorter than the left one. I would not wish that pain on my worst enemy so I have a pretty good idea what you're going through. Hang in there. After your liver is checked out ask to go to pain managment. It certainly can't hurt.

I also know that chronic pain is very stressful and can also cause depression. Some doctors use antidepressants to help manage pain.

I hope you have good doctors so you can get the help that you need.

Michelle
 
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shelsangel replied to blondie454u's response:
Thank you for keeping me in your prayers I really appreciate it and can us them right now. HUGGS
Everything happens for a reason. HUGGS, Jean
SW 301.2 CW 282.0 GW 165 could change after I reach it :-)
 
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shelsangel replied to bigred53's response:
Thank you Michelle for all the information. All my doctors are working together so hopefully we will see some relief soon. Praying for it anyways. HUGGS
Everything happens for a reason. HUGGS, Jean
SW 301.2 CW 282.0 GW 165 could change after I reach it :-)
 
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mog1026 replied to shelsangel's response:
Michelle, we are in the same boat right now. We both need to keep bailing!
Kathy SW 235.1 CW 216.4. GW 165

Greedily she ingorg'd without restraint,
And knew not eating Death
Milton, Paradise Lost
 
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bigred53 replied to mog1026's response:
Kathy and Jean. My heart goes out to both of you. Being in pain sucks! It affects every part of your life 24/7. I've been there. Your doctors tell you that you need to lose weight before they will do surgery and duh, you know that but it seems the only thing that gives you any comfort is the thing you aren't supposed to have -food. they want you to exercise but you can barely walk even with a walker. You watch the clock to make sure you don't miss a pain pill if you have them. Pain makes you tired but staying in bed isn't an option because that hurts too and you have to go to work. Then the freaking work bathroom is half way across the building. And if you're a smoker like me you have to hobble your way outside. Driving hurts so bad that you take another pain pill on the way home. Then there's shopping. Omg why do you need to eat or brush your teeth or use deodorant or shower? Now showering is a real joy. If only the hot water would take your pain away just until you can finish. Do I have to get dressed? Can I have another pain pill yet. No it's not time. But I hurt so bad. Then you pray oh please God take the pain away. You ask why is this happening to me. Then you realize why not you. You can handle it. It could always be something worse. Your hip can be fixed/replaced. You're scared of the surgery but you get a blessing from the elders of your church and that comforts you. The surgery is finally here then done. There's still a lot of pain but you have a wonderful nurse and surgeon and your pain is managed. The next morning the pt guys come to get you up. You think oh no because you know it's going to hurt but WOW it's a different kind of hurt. It's the incision that hurts not that deep inside grinding pain and gosh your legs are even again and you CAN walk! Hurray! Every day the pain is less but you sure wish they'd take this damned catheter out. Finally it's time to go home virtually pain free just a little sore. I had my surgery on a Thursday and went home the following Monday. I was off work for two months but I felt ready after a month but my surgeon said no.

Hang in there my beauties! I know it's hard. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

Xoxox

Michelle
 
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mog1026 replied to bigred53's response:
Wow Michelle! Thank you so much for sharing your story and I am so glad that this is all in the past for you. It's very encouraging to hear your happy ending. Were you able to lose a significant amount before the surgery? It seems ridiculous that anyone can accomplish that without being able to move around! You really are a WONDER WOMAN !
Kathy SW 235.1 CW 216.4. GW 165

Greedily she ingorg'd without restraint,
And knew not eating Death
Milton, Paradise Lost
 
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bigred53 replied to mog1026's response:
Aww thanks Kathy. I'm no wonder woman. I lost about 80 pounds but afterwards I gained it back. What I did to lose weight that time is I would have a cheese sandwich and a banana for breakfast. Then I would have a good lunch usually leftover Sunday dinner (I would cook a big pot of something) and I wouldn't eat dinner or I'd have some fruit. That's what worked for me then. Now that I have diabetes I should eat a little something in the evening so my blood sugar levels don't drop too low. Sometimes if I have a late snack at work I'm not hungry so I'll just go to bed early. I need all the beauty sleep I can get. ..lol.

I still have some pain - mostly in my lower back and left hip. The right hip is good except when I sleep on that side too long but I think that is more of a soft tissue thing. For sure losing weight will help it last longer. I've already gotten 12 years out of it.

I really wanted you, Jean and Kim to know that I understand about pain. I know what it does not only to your body but to your mind and soul as well. Kim I was 48 when I had my hip replacement. Don't continue to suffer if you don't have to. Kathy and Jean I feel for you that you can't take pain meds. I know it must be hell for you most of the time. It must be indescribable. I get shivers thinking about it.

I wanted you to know that there was someone else out here who knows pretty much what you're going through. Have either of you thought about going over to the pain management community? There are some very knowledgeable and helpful folks there.

I'd better go now that I've bent your ears again. I'm here if you need a shoulder to cry on.

Xoxox

Michelle
 
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shelsangel replied to bigred53's response:
Thank you Michelle for all of your words of wisdom they do help, knowing that we will get through this like you did. I just have to jump through the hoops now for the insurance but hoping that surgery will be by the beginning of May. WE'LL see.
Everything happens for a reason. HUGGS, Jean
SW 301.2 CW 279.4 GW 165 could change after I reach it :-)
 
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bigred53 replied to shelsangel's response:
Jean, believe it or not but I was just thinking about you. I've been wondering if the knee brace is helping at all.

In the scheme of things May is not that far away and it will be here before you know it.

Michelle
 
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shelsangel replied to bigred53's response:
Actually the knee brace is making it ache more I think because it is holding it in a certain position all day that it's not use too. I'll keep wearing it like the doc wants and see what he says next month. I do know that the cortizone and steroid shot he put in my knee is not doing anything for it. Looking for a better tomorrow. HUGGS Jean
Everything happens for a reason. HUGGS, Jean
SW 301.2 CW 279.4 GW 165 could change after I reach it :-)
 
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bigred53 replied to shelsangel's response:
Bummer. I was hoping the brace would help. My sister was going to get some of those Tommy Copper knee things. She got some for her wrists and hands and she said those help with her carpal tunnel pain.

I've heard that if you are bone on bone that any kind of injection pretty much won't work which is too bad.

I hope the brace starts feeling better for you.

Michelle


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