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Monday, October 14, 2013

So, I have lost the weight I regained and another pound (I was down to 252#, but went back up to 258#). That brings me down to 251#. I am practically starving myself to lose weight, though. Anytime I go over 800 calories, I gain. I am tired of this BS! I want to be able to do more exercises! My body is telling me I need to vary my routine and I can't because of my knee! I called my surgeon, in hopes that he'd be compassionate and see that I am trying to lose weight. When I first saw him, he gave me the hope that if I was able to lose just a little more weight, that he would replace my knee. Well, he told his nurse that I would have to lose a CONSIDERABLE amount of weight, now! I asked, what's a considerable amount?!? I can't lose much more, as my body is telling me I need to do some different exercises! I even asked her if I need to starve myself to death to get a knee replacement! She said not to do that! Looks like I have to, though. She did say if I could find a surgeon at University of Wisconsin, Madison, that they'd refer me to them. Well, my insurance won't cover anyone up there. They are my only hope, as it's a training hospital. I don't understand what's up with the orthopedic surgeon, though?!? He said he's done knee replacements on patients that have weighed much more than 300#!

I only called because I have seen two different people about a knee brace and both gave me the impression that my issues cannot be fixed with a brace due to my excess skin. Well, I called the last one I saw, an Orthotist, to see what she thought and if she knew of anyone. She didn't know of anyone, but she did say she found a company that could make a brace to correct both my OA and my knee popping out of place. The only thing is, the company wants me to try a patella brace for the kneecap, first. If that corrects the kneecap issue, they will then go ahead and make a brace for both issues that I am having. She said she sent in for approval of the patella brace, to my insurance company. I just tried calling my insurance company to see if they would approve two braces, though. The representative didn't understand my question. I said I have TWO knee issues that need to be corrected with braces. She said if that is the case then all they have to do is put in for approval of each brace and it should be covered. So I guess if they don't approve a second brace, I am stuck with the patella one. I guess that would be fine if it works to keep my kneecap from popping out, as that is the reason I cannot ride my recumbant bike! It's all a waiting game, basically. The Orthotist told me to hang in there and give the brace a chance. I really do hope it all works out, as there is nothing else I can do, short of starvation, to lose this weight. And we all know starvation doesn't really work for long. All it did was kill my mother, and she wasn't trying to lose weight.
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JUDY106 10/17/2013 12:59AM

    Sorry you are having all the problems about your knees. I do water aerobics because my knees are so bad. I burn a good amount of calories doing the water work out and it is so easy on the body. Wishing you the best of luck.

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NOWYOUDIDIT 10/16/2013 5:18AM

    emoticon Don't give up! There has to be an answer! My knees were much worse in my 250s but now I'm 211 and even though that's not so small they are so much better. Have you ever used an exercise bike or a health rider (from the 90s), maybe recumbent bike. They are much easier on knees! Or wait like I did- I couldn't exercise till I got to 211!
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JENS_NEW_LIFE 10/15/2013 5:25PM

    I am sorry you are having trouble. I have severe AO in my feet so know how crappy life can be with it. The only cardio I am able to do right now is the upright bike - not the recumbent because it hurts my knees. At first I didn't even want to try the upright bike because I was worried about my back.

My back is fine, my knees get a little sore if I don't warm up for 15 minutes, which is a long time, for me warm up is level 4 staring at 75 RPM working up to 95. Currently after my warm up I do intervals 3 minutes level 10 and 1 minute level 6. I'm only telling you in case it helps you determine a good warm up level for you. If its level 1 - great, all that matters is that your knee doesn't give you issues. My knee only has early OA so I know we could be different. I do know as a rule recumbent bikes are not good for knees.

I am looking forward to the day I get lighter and can start walking for exercise again. I think being more active throughout the day will help me a lot.

Good Luck!

I hope the brace helps enough that you don't need to get a different bike.

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PINKYYSUEE 10/15/2013 2:53AM

    I am so sorry that you are struggling...I don't know if your open to advice so I will just say that, the lifestyle change I am doing has been really great for me...I would love to share it with you if you are interested...if you go to my blogs, on the 4th or 5th page, is the story of my journey. The first title is week 15 weigh in...and a bit about me, a bit about me 2 and a bit about me 3.

I will tell you that I was 380 lbs and now am 306.8 and that I did it without starving myself, with little exercise so far (cause I couldn't at the time), and no pills. I eat normal food from the store, and you can find the book I used at the library or on amazon for ten bucks.

Please sparkmail me if you want to know more...

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CSYOUNG1952 10/14/2013 6:53PM

    I'm so sorry your having so many problems. I hope they soon get the brace that you need for both of your knees. Congratulations on all the weight you lost.

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