Anyone with other health conditions had knee replacement ?

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If so, how did you cope?

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    One day at a time, one step at a time. Understand it is a journey. You have crossed one thing off your list that will make you stronger.

    Listen to your inner voice, you will improve someting in your life because of this surgery. You made a decision to better your health. I have to tell myself this every day.

    Take care and bless you.

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    Hi Cynthia, 

    Yes I had both knees done, at separate times and have been disabled due to degenerative disc disease, for years and now spinal arthritis.

    I coped because I realised I had to work with it. My knee pain and mobility were so severe beforehand, that anything was an improvement.

    I basically wrote off a couple of months, and only did what I had to, plus excercise.

    I planned it both times so that I had it done in the spring/ summer, and basically lived in my conservatory, gave me access to the garden, kept doing short walks, and was next to the kitchen for food, and freezer for ice packs.

    I knew I wouldn't be able to do much, so all shopping done online, housework had to wait.

    I was worried that using walking sticks would make my back worse but didn't need to use in the house after first week, only in garden, when I started off doing a couple of laps, and built up to twenty laps three times a day, this gave me the confidence to go for walks up the road where I live, it's only a small garden, but it worked for me.

    I still have the spinal problems plus others, but I am so glad I went ahead with the knee replacements.

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    Yes, currently waiting on THR next, and eventully back to the Neurosurgeon;s for Spinal instability and DDD.

    I just get on with it, no point feeling sorry for myself, others are far worse off with terminal illness etc.

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    Hi Cynthia

    Yep, I had Thyroid Cancer & was diagnosed with Diverticular disease 6 months before going on the list.

    As someone else said take each day as it comes.

    Although getting the nursing staff to understand the importance of having my regular thyroxine at the correct time was a 'mare! It was a bit hit & miss I'm afraid! They even pinched one of my 100 mcg thyroxine for another patient who hadn't brought theirs in!!

    You survive because the alternative is absolute disability! I do not want to be sitting in a wheelchair the rest of my life! I consider myself to be young enough at 63 to enjoy my life!!

    Good luck to you & don't worry too much. If you're in the States I'm sure you won't have to deal with understaffed wards.



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