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A bit of optimism....re: pain and recovery...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The physical therapist said once a week sessions should be enough. I really have fantastic range of motion but need to work on strenthening of the quad and other muscles around the knees. I probably should be walking more and need to religiously do my home exercises. Yesterday I started out the day with 10 minutes on the recumbent bike and I should increase gradually until that is up to 30 minutes a day (perhaps 15 minutes in am and p.m.) and will start walking around the block again. My walking speed is still quite slow (about 1.5 miles per hour) partly due to balance and fear of falling and injuring myself. I think the first few trips around the block I will bring my walker or cane depending on how I feel.. From there I will gradually progress and try not to over-do.

Need to try the TENS unit for muscle pain. I have a problem with a large muscle knot of spasm in the quad that I have been icing at night and the therapist said the TENS should work for that. I hope so. First thing is to find the device as I haven't used it for over 5 years. emoticon

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CATLADY52 7/28/2010 9:12PM

    You are dong well. Just remember to not overdo anything.

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DEDICATED2HIM 7/28/2010 12:41PM

    I am recovering from a hip replacement....and I had TERRIBLE muscle spasms in my groin and legs which would wake me up at night and make it very difficult to stand after arising from a chair. The surgeon assured me that this was "normal"...and sure enough...it's almost gone now...just once in a while does it come back.

Hang in there! You're doing great!

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 7/28/2010 12:20PM

    The tens machine really helps me with my pain. I hope you get one. Insurance pays for it. After a year they let me keep the machine. emoticon

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EREZAK 7/28/2010 7:57AM

  Stay positive, always.

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Heat wave coming...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The heat index is supposed to be about 100 this afternoon. I hope the forecast is wrong.

Since I went to bed really early last night it only stands to reason I woke up and had stiffness during the night. I didn't do much exercise yesterday as I was tired from not sleeping the night before.

Today I have PT after work today and then plan to go to the pool at the gym after that. I promise myself to take it easy.

Next Monday I will have to work full time which I am not looking forward to. Hopefully I will be sleeping better by then. I am thinking of trying Melatonin to help with the sleep.

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TEDDYTEDDY 7/27/2010 6:13PM

    Therapy went well. I have good motion in the knee up to 125 degrees. The thing I need to work on is strength. The therapist said once a week will be often enough as long as I do my daily exercises. I happened to mention I have a TENS unit that was prescribed for neck injuries quite a few years ago and she said the TENS unit could also help the pain in my knees. I am anxious to try it out but have to track down some new jel-pads before I can do that. I hope the therapy office can order those for me. I used to get them from my chiropractor but I haven't been to see him for quite a few years.

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FVHORVATH 7/27/2010 7:25AM

    I understand your feelings about the heat wave. We have it too and I am not happy either. I don't mind the heat as much as the humidity that goes along with it in our part of the country.

I know you will get though it and that next week will go just fine for you. Just take one day at a time and everything will work out.

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DSCROW 7/27/2010 7:07AM

    Melatonin has helped my sleep but this morning I woke up hot at 3:30 am and just could not go back to sleep. Had the fan blowing on me and air set at 72. But the melatonin has helped. I don't have drugged after effects at all.

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A new week...oh, boy!!!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Slept better last night but it would be nice to sleep all the way through for a change. I didn't count, but think I was up about 4 times during the night due to knee stiffness. I am about to do 10 minutes on the recumbent bike before work this morning. That should help me walk from the ramp to my desk without a cane.

I have decided also to clean out my purse as that seems to be getting heavier and heavier lately. Perhaps I should change to a smaller purse as the one I have probably weighs 4 lb when it is empty. LOL emoticon

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MARPET44 7/26/2010 2:59PM

    I have given up carrying a purse--have a small wallet that fits in pockt. Chiropractor told me it caused a lot of my back problems and my sore shoulder--it weighed less that a pound. Since I gave it up--no more backaches (sciatia).
Please take it easy--Enough setbacks - take baby steps then walk then run. emoticon

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JUSTA123 7/26/2010 10:19AM

    I have trouble sleeping so I know how you feel , I've come to the realization that waking up a few times a night is just the norm for me. once I exercise in the morning I'm good to go for the day!

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 7/26/2010 9:27AM

    Great you got some exercise in.


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PATTYKLAVER 7/26/2010 8:14AM

    I'm sorry you're having trouble sleeping. I know how aggravating it can be. But I am glad last night was better for you.

I hear you on the purse! Cleaning my purse out and/or getting a smaller purse has been on my to-do list for about three months now. Maybe we can make a contest about it on the message board and see how often women do this!

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Another night of discomfort...

Sunday, July 25, 2010

I finally had to get out of bed about 5:30 a.m. due to back pain and knee pain. The only exercise I did yesterday is walk around the farmer's market for about 20 minutes and swim for about 30 minutes. Apparently that may have been overdoing it. I did do some of my PT stretches and exercises but right now I am just sitting in a recliner and thinking about walking around the house a bit.

I wish I would get over this varying between exercising and having pain......


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ELLENS2525 7/25/2010 8:50PM

    Sorry to hear about your pain and how its disturbing your sleep. It seems to be a viscious cycle! I hope you feel better soon!

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DIDMIS 7/25/2010 7:56PM

    Sorry about your pain. I hurt my knees at the gym and the doctor told me I was trying to do too much and the muscles needed time to heal. Do only what your body lets you do.

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LAVENDERLILY 7/25/2010 7:49PM

    Living with pain is so tiring and difficult. Perhaps your doctor can help with medication. I have a pain prescription that I will take only when I am desperate for some rest. Just be gentle with yourself and only do a little until you heal. Some activity is necessary but don't try to do too much. Feel better soon.

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GIZMO-G 7/25/2010 6:07PM

    It seems there is a fine line between "too much" and "not enough". emoticon I'm having increased pain, esp at night and I didn't have a muscle tear. I keep telling myself "patience and persistence" emoticon Sending healing emoticon and emoticon thoughts your way.

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MS5835 7/25/2010 11:39AM

    Hang in there. You've been doing so well. Maybe a day of rest would be good today.

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GAILRUU 7/25/2010 11:02AM

    There was a recent blog about Cherry Juice here at SparkPeople that might be helpful for you. I hope you feel better.

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WANDAH3 7/25/2010 9:24AM

    I'm sorry you are having so much discomfort. Thinking of you today.


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TEDDYTEDDY 7/25/2010 8:58AM

    Thanks Wobbles12 for your advice. However, with sore knees and back I am afraid to get in a bathtub. I will get to the gym today and spend at least 15 minutes in the whirlpool and try to limit exercising in the swimming pool. emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 7/25/2010 8:54AM

    I know it is really hard to do, but maybe you just need to stay off that knee today and let it rest.

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FUNNINFIT 7/25/2010 8:54AM

    sorry you've had a rough night...those aches and pains are quite discouraging as well as disabling-movement/icing/heat may help some-stretch & hang in there... emoticon

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WOBBLES12 7/25/2010 8:40AM

    I am sorry to hear you're in pain-maybe try a Epsom salt bath and maybe get a massage? (from a friend, family member or professional) I hope you feel better soon!

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May have overdone exercise..again...

Saturday, July 24, 2010

I did 10 minutes on the recumbent bike before work, did 30 minute PT session after work and then went to pool for 30 minutes (gentle exercises) and found I had pretty intense discomfort last night and went to bed early. It is Saturday morning and finally had to get out of bed at 5:00 a.m. (no rest for the wicked). I would have liked to sleep in but any position for too long is just intolerable. So here I am in my recliner with my laptop on my good leg. Today I am going to be less aggressive in terms of exercise but on the other hand I am not going to lie around by any means. Next time I have therapy I will limit the swimming. emoticon

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CYCLINGSANDY 7/24/2010 11:01AM

    It does sound like you were too diligent in your exercise. The pool may be better for you than the bike. Just listen to your body and stop earlier than when you are hurting.

Get well soon!

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DJS-DEBBIE 7/24/2010 8:21AM

    I know the pool is great because things don't hurt so much but at the same time I think sometimes you don't realize how much work you have done until after you get out. Maybe the wicked do need some rest today!

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