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I am 8wks out bilateral pkr. Roller coaster emotionally/physically. This forum saved me at 3wks out. I walked 1st day po. Had some bleeding complications but iced and elevated NONSTOP. I used the CPM all night, never in day, for 3weeks. Each time i got up to bathroom, i swapped cpm to other leg. I had a lot of scar tissue. Finally week4 most of it broke loose-endless rubbing and wriggling it around like an obsessive crazy person,lol. I quit walker at 3 weeks. Pain meds 24/7first 2 weeks, night only for next 2.5wks. Advil only now. 0/-1 extentions and 124/128 readings at 6wks. I'd lose flexion after workouts because of swelling. PT 2x/wk. BUT i push at home, small bike peddles ($20 i started day 3), already owned a treadmill (.5-1mile 2x a day started at wk 6) and i use a stretchy band for leg AND hip exercises. I spend more time stretching than exercising. All the grabby, toothache feelings in my knees usually feel better AFTER exercises even if swelling persists. I've cried through MANY sessions knowing it was the SCAR tissue that i was breaking up and if i didnt do it now, later would be worse...I used saran wrap around knees at night(only) a few times when the sensitivity was so bad the sheets made me crazy. The nerve gets cut and as sensitivity returns-sometimes it never comes back- it seems SUPER-sensitive! LACK OF SLEEP night after night made me nuts, irritable, frustrated and magnified ALL the recovery process. When i slept, i was "normal". Sleep in 3hr blocks didnt come until week 6. All the swelling in my legs, wks 0-6, would shift when i laid down at night and make me have to go to the bathroom every 1-1.5hr!
My endurance is better. Week one i could barely put the pillowcases on wo being tired. I now can do 2 loads of wash, change the sheets, bake cookies, wash the floors and do my exercises. BUT I have to rest and elevate (legs still get some swelling) for 20-30 min increments. I still get tight muscles and soreness and aches in knees,hips and pelvis but I've come to realize THE MORE I DO, THE MORE I ENGAGE MORE MUSCLES that were not used and got VERY WEAK very fast.
Sorry so long. But everything you guys wrote SAVED me mentally. I got so depressed and even when i knew the surgery was necessary, i cursed it, cried and wanted to quit. It seemed like most people said the 5-6 week period things improved. They do, but NOT PERFECT EVERY DAY!!! Know this. But the good days get more, and the strength gets better. I still cant go down stairs normally but i can go up!
I hope i gave someone hope like you all did me. Ps. I lost 34lbs b4 my surgery, i was still overwt but the doc knew i could do it. Find someone who lets you vent, believes in you and BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! We can do it!
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