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6/4/14 12:59 P

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i would start in the pool first and see how it goes.........
if you try the bike go fir 10 minutes to see how it goes that may be all at first and build from there without going over board and causing further damage or a set back........take it slow and easy.......keep us posted...........

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The standard: quad sets (bug squashes as the therapist calls them), leg extentions, seated knee bends, and straight leg raises. We've added steps up and down to my homework as I still have no strength in my quad, though the machine excerises are easy. I'm going to try for the biking or if I can swing it, swimming. I'll keep you all posted!

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Welcome back to Sparkpeople and the knees team ........... .
way to go with your recovery.........sounds like you are doing great so far!!
what exercises has your dr/physio recommended for you????
that would be a great place to start!
the pool would be the best place to start and help you become stronger.....
if you can't doo the pool yet then the recombant bike might be another place to start.........
hope this helps........
you can do this..............
believe you can............
and you will.........
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“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”

When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world

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Wow, I joined a few months back and never did get a chance to introduce myself. I'm now about two months recovery from patellofemoral stabilization of my left knee (the surgeon has used part of my hamstring to recreate ligiments to stabilize my knee) and currently dealing with inconsistant quad control in my left and chrondomalacia in both my knees. In the years since my initial injury, I've become a stand-in for the Stay Puff Man. So, now that I've finally gotten the go ahead on starting to work out again, I was wondering what kind of exercises are good for building strength and keeping my range of motion up? Thanks for letting me be apart of the group!

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Maria,welcome............
so glad you have joined us .......
sounds like you are an expert with knee scopes............
looks like you have a great dr and physio taking care of you....
good luck with your therapy and keep us posted on your progress.....
there are many types of lubricating shoots for your knee but they mostly work the same way providing the oil for your knee.......if you have any questions don't hesitae to ask.....there are many of us here at different stages of knee issues......
blessings and hugs..........lita.

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When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world

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Hi, my name is Maria and I have had 3 arthroscopic surgeries on my left knee (4/05, 1/07, and 8/09) and just had same on my right 4/2/14. Biggest difference with this one is I have a 2 year old princess that wants Mommy to play with her. My doctor ( he did the last on the left and the one on my right) said my knees are in really good shape, except for my knee caps and they look like a bomb went off. He scoped and cleaned them up. My therapist recommend 4 more weeks of therapy. I go back to my doctor in 5 weeks and have to decided if I want to try lubricating shoots. I have to get this weight off to help relieve the pressure on my knees.

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Karin,welcome...
great to have you on our team...........
so sorry to hear about your knee issues.......
sounds like you have ahd quite the time with your knees.......
keep us posted as to how things work out for you......
wishing you all the best with your journey...
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“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”

When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world

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Hi, my name is Karin and I live in PA with my partner and 4 cats. I had my first TNR (left) in 07 at the age of 41. That one went great. The second knee (right) was done in 2010 but was done by another dr because I had lost my insurance to see the other dr. That one did not go well at all. From the very beginning I knew something was wrong. I woke up in excrutiating pain that has never left me. In the hospital they gave me meds they knew I was allergic to - the meds make me psychotic - so they wanted to put me on the psych ward! Once my partner got it through their thick head it was the meds things went a little better. I came home did all the excercies and pt and the pain never changed. I finally got my insurance and went back to my original dr. He agreed to do a revision on the 2010 one. When he went in he found the other dr had put the wrong size spacer in. He put the right size spacer in but the damage was already done. So I take painkillers every day. I have a TENS unit I use often. I wish for a day free of pain but that is highly unlikely. I am very good at ignoring my pain but it does limit what I can do and the time i can spend with friends. The left one is great and I'm happy for that.

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3/26/14 11:33 P

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GONNABTINY.welcome.....................
congrats on your progress to date.........
so sorry to hear about your recent knee issues.........
strenght training using bands and or weights burns fat well......
the pool would be another awesome place your knee will love......
all the best with the surgeon in April.........
keep us posted as to your outcome...
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When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world

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Just lost 15 pounds and now I have a blown knee. :(
Doc says LCL and possible MCL tears, high probability of PCL damage also. Erg. I have 70 more pounds to lose and now I'm hurt. Appointment with surgeon on April 21st. Any suggestions of high fat burning exercises with a screwed up knee?

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Jo welcome..............
we have all been there done that.............
today is a new day so just start from here.....
if your knees are causing you so much grief.....than can you get yourself in a pool to workout in the deep water and maybe join a deep water class in your area...............there are many videos out there that you can do in a chair and a lot f upper body stuff too......... so check out the links below.........hope this is helpful...........keep us posted as to how you are going..........wishing you much success with your new goals...................
you can do this............believe you can and you will................
blessings and hugs............lita

here is a link to Limited MobilityLifestyle Centers so check it out ..........
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here is a link to coach Nicole's vidoes..............she does a chair and upper body one as well as others too.......
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Hi jo here back again feel quite low to know i started at the at age of 34 and now i'm 39 wow time has gone fast but i'm still the same weight when first starting SP i lost loads of weight but it's keeping it off, i have no motivation at the moment but i know i have to lose this weight my right knee has lost the cartilage, my disk gone so sometime i'm in pain WOW I'm scared to put to much weight on my body which i have alot of but i know i have to exercise and lose the weight I'm just battling with myself at the moment BUT I HAVE TO LOSES THIS WEIGHT CAUSE MY BODY HAS GONE DOWN HILL BIG TIME, but anyway lol after all that hi my name is Jo and i want to be fit and healthy i'm glad i'm back xxx

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welcome SCHRACJ .................
great to have you on our team.............
sounds like you are doing fanatstic since you had your knee surgeries way to go!!!
many of us here have had similar experiences and are able to offer their help and support as we journey here together.........
wishing you all the best with your lifestyle changes...........
keep us posted as to how things are going.................
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“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”

When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world

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Hi everyone! I just found your team. I'm so excited that there are others out there with some of my same concerns. I'm 56 years old and have been overweight all my life. I too have just been through two total knee surgeries due to osteoarthritis. The first was in October, the 2nd in December. I've been working through physical therapy 3 times a week trying to gain my mobility back. I'm off the both the walker and cane now but still having a few balance issues. It's amazing though, even if you do the most simplest of exercises routinely, how much better is gets!

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Yvonne ........
welcome back to Sparkpeople.........
am wondering if you have tried a pool for exercising???
they say even a little helps especially when preparing for future surgery??
congratulations on your recent weight loiss!!!
there are many here at different stages of knee issues....
we are offering our help and support to you...
wishing you all the best with your new changes.....
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“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”

When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world

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Hi, I'm Yvonne from West Virginia. 3 grown children and 6 beautiful grandchildren. I grew up in dancing school when nobody took notice of the stress on your knees. It's left me with some serious arthritis issues. Just a breath away from a wheel chair and 150 lbs overweight from the inability to move, I found a wonderful doctor who replaced my left knee. The knee is great! The right one will need to be replaced soon. My weight needs help NOW!

Just when I get motivated trouble strikes. So far this month we've had a water crisis and had to drive over an hour for a shower or to wash clothes. Bitter cold and snow followed that so walking outside is out of the question. It really does need to get better.

My daughter introduced me to the DASH diet and I've been working with it for about a week. I'm not following it completely but have modified it to fit my choices. So far I've lost about 10 lbs.

Been on SP for several years, on and off again. Really want this to work but I need help in finding realistic exercises with an old body and bad knees.

Glad you are all here.

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Bobbi and Jen,welcome.................
great to have you both on our team............. many of us here have had similar experiences and are able to offer their help and support as we journey here together.........
wishing you both all the best with your lifestyle changes...........keep us posted as to how things are going.................
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When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world

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Don't rush your recovery because you might injure yourself and that will set you back a bit...you will be fine and when you are able to do the things you weren't able to do before is the ultimate feeling; trust me I know from experience. My left knee is only a couple of months old since surgery.....and I can't wait to fully recover. My knee problems was due to osteoathritis and drinking too much dark soda eats your cartilage out stay away from soda even diet. Aspartame isn't good for us and too much of it can cause seizures. I was hooked on diet pepsi.
If you take a tooth (baby teeth) and put it in diet pepsi in a couple of hours you will see it dissolving in a few days the tooth will be gone. Super scary so imagine what happens to our bones...... emoticon emoticon

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Hello to all,
My name is jenny. I am 47 years old and had knee surgery on my right knee on Aug. 16 2010 and my left knee on Sept. 12 2013. I have no regrets glad I had the surgery done. It's a slow process but in the end is worth it....Don't get me wrong there are good days and bad days. Using a cane is very important so you won't put to much pressure on your knees. Forget of who is looking and don't be embarrassed; remember we are what we eat and we did this to ourselves.
My highest peak was 240lbs. and now I am 161.6 I have been struggling with this flab for the past 10 years it has been a slow process but it is worth it..
Remember you can do it....together we can succeed.....
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Hello,
My Name is Bobbi_260

I am 58yrs old and I am married to my hubby of 20 yrs. and he is the love of my life,
he has helped me a lot since I became disabled in 1997 to this day...but it was worse,
in 2010...because that is when I flat-lined and came home on a walker and ever since,
that is what I have been on...cannot use my cane anymore due to being scared of that,
cane may go underneath me and make me fall down and I don't wanna fall again,
and I need to get myself down again with the help of others..

My knees are so bad that many knee doctors said my knees are bone to bone...and that,
is why I have a hard time getting around they say my knees are deteriorated and I need,
support to get this weight off so they wont hurt as bad.

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Ann.,welcome............
great that you have joined us ...............
so sorry to hear about your recent knee issues
good to hear you have been to your dr and are getting the needed care for your knee...
keep us posted as to your ourtcome with your knee..........
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When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world

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Hi All, I'm Ann. I'm 52 and have had knee pain to various degrees for years. I could do squats but not lunges - they just didn't bend that far anymore. I walked a lot, though, 15-25 miles per week, and walked a marathon and 5 half marathons between 2009-2011. About a month ago I reached a whole new level, where for several days it was between difficult and impossible to put any weight on my right knee. Every time I felt better and started to walk again, I'd end up back in that place.

I had to wait for my insurance coverage to start, but now I've been to the doctor. Last week I had x-rays of both knees and lab tests. The lab tests included tests for R.A, Lyme disease,a and thryoid. I knew about what R.A. and Lyme disease can do, but I didn't know that my thyroid could affect my knees. I'm taking painkillers and just finished a round of corticosteroids and I've got a knee brace covering much of my right leg that keeps my knee from bending. Next week I go back and we figure out what to do next.

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Janet,welcome.........
great you have joined us here............
sounds like you have many years of ongoing knees issues.......
you have such a great attitude which will go a long way while on this journey!
there are many here at different stages and issues of knee problems.....
keep us posted as to how things are going.......
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“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”

When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world

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Hello,
My name is Janet
I have had knee pain most of my life, (got it from my Dad's side)
I am 45, I have had 3 knee surgeries, eventually will have my 4th but for now,
doing whatever I can to make do with what I have. I was told I was too young for
replacements...I have had 2 different arthoscopic surgeries and have also had my right leg "straightened" and had to learn to walk all over again.
I am currently holding my own, with my weight loss and vitamins and supplements helping me
I am doing great. Eating less boxed food has really helped a lot too. emoticon

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HULK76,welcome to our team........
glad to have you on board with us.........
sounds like you have done a lot of work tweeking what works for you..........
congrats on your black belt in martial arts.............wow that is an accomplishment for sure!!!
love your attitude ...............we are all here offering our help and suport each other through the difficult and fun times........
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When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world

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While I've been a Sparkpeople member for years, I've never posted before. Because knee pain is such an important part of my fitness plan, this forum seems appropriate. I have patella maltracking in both knees and at one point it was pretty severe, enough to cause fat pad impingement (the fat pad impingement has gone away, yea!). Finally, after about 3 years I am seeing improvement, not completely pain free, but good functionality and some days...no pain. I do a lot of different types of exercises and with me, I really have to listen to my body. I couldn't do deep squats 3 months ago but now I can, but I might not be able to do them tomorrow. I took my black belt test in martial arts last spring, and passed. Some days are painful, but I am not letting my knees get in the way of getting fit and feeling healthy.

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welcome,BONNIJEAN.........
great you have joined us!!
you sure had knee issues for a long time.......
great to hear you had surgery a week ago.............way to go.........
wishing you a quick and easy recovery.......
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Hello all,

I wish I had found this forum sooner, but I am glad that I found it when I did.

I live in Greenville, SC. I am married with 4 daughters who live at home (3 teenagers). I love creative things such as sewing, crochet, knitting, writing, and graphic design.

For over 25 years I've been struggling with knee pain. I would exercise, but the exercise caused pain in my knees. I have had multiple physical therapy sessions since the pain started. As the cartilage diminished, the pain increased. As the pain increased, my ability to exercise decreased. As the ability to exercise decreased, the weight increased. As the weight increased, the pain increased.

Yes, I did try to do something about it. I tried supplements, but I saw no improvement. I stopped taking supplements because they negatively impacted my cholesterol and blood sugar. Besides supplements and the physical therapy, I tried exercising on my own. My favorite exercises are recumbent bike riding and water aerobics. I tried cortisone shots. I tried gel shots.

A week ago, I had my right knee replaced. I'm praying for a quick recovery.



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Thank you so much for the warm welcome Lita and for visiting my Spark Page. I have been fairly good and stayed of my feet as much as possible today and taking 800 mg of ibuprofen every 6 hours to help with inflamation along with ice on my knees. I do not lean on pain meds, but when a paramedic friend recommended I take that ibuprofen at that dosage, I listened. After doing more reading, I am encouraged. I am hoping the pain will subside in a few days. I think I have only bruised the meniscus in my knees. I definitely have some bursitis, but I am thinking I do not have any tears in that precious cartilage in my knees. Boy! I sure have taken movement for granted. I want to be good and heal quickly!

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Cindy,welcome .....
so glad you have joined is here on the knees team...
you most certainly have had your share of issues!!!
sounds like maybe you need to see your dr as you may have damaged something with your knees????
it would be better to check things out before you start exercising again as you could further damage them.....keep us posted as to how things are going!
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Hello all. emoticon Cindy here. I am a 44 yo SAHM with 2 kids. An 11 yo daughter that we adopted at 2 yo and a son that grew in my tummy. He is 7 yo and has Down Syndrome and ADHD - emphasis on the 'H'. emoticon I teach them here at home. I am busy and stretched but we are very happy. So that's a little about me.

So my reason for being here. I gained a lot of weight when my son was born. He had several medical issues and a couple that made his ability to hang on to life very tenuous. 14 surgeries, countless doctor appointments and one near death experience for my boy after his 2nd open heart surgery has brought me to a place of having gained 100 lbs that need to come off. I started again a week ago Sunday and did great with my diet and exercise and lost 5 lbs in the first week. Great right? Well here's the kicker. Every day last week except for 1, I walked for 2 miles and the first 3 of those days, I did running bursts. With my knees hurting, I continued walking the 2 miles Thu, Fri and Sat, took a break Sunday. Walked Monday, not as far and slower. Did not do anything yesterday and sure can't today. Every day the knee pain has worsened.

After doing some reading, it appears I have bruised the meniscus in both knees and have issues with some bursitis as well. It sounds as though cold / heat and staying off it are the thing to do along with Glucosamine/Chondroitin w MMA, Fish Oil, Flaxseed Oil and Cissus. I don't think I've torn the meniscus since I don't have locked knees.

Hope anyone? Am I REALLY going to be down with this for a long time? I am so motivated and am really hoping to get a significant chunk of this weight off before traveling to see my husband's family for Christmas. One is in the military and in extremely good shape, his wife runs marathons and would you believe there is a New York fashion model in the mix?

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sweets one thing that helped me before I got my total done was I wore a knee support, it help a whole lot with the pain. Just thought it might work for u Cathie

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thanks everyone for the welcome feeling ok no bruises have showed up but will see the dr. on Monday any way. Was worked on by my massage therapist on Thursday. and today going to the therapy and whirlpool and then some exercise machines also.

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welcome..........CATHIE
wow you sure did take a fall............
sounds like you are ok and you are seeing your dr on Monday that is well timed!!!
hopefully after x-rays etc all will turn out ok too........you will perhaps have more bruising????
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Hi had a tkr March of 2013 still having problems accepting all that goes with this. Fell yesterday while taking laundry down to basement, dumb thought I was on last step wrong 2 steps away down I went landed on rt elbow hip and knee that was replaced. Was so scared cried and praying no begging I didn't create a new problem. Could move and bend knee no pain hip no pain on getting up elbow hurt. Iced down all parts. after time checked no swelling or black and blue part except elbow but all parts moving. I see my dr on Monday sure he will take xrays. I just want to hear from people that have gone thru this surgery and have support with life, my knee just doesn't feel normal in my head to me.

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there are two ways to look at something one is negative where you make it harder on yourself or the other way is where you look for the positive and feel better about yourself and how much you can achieve.

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good luck with the next phase with your knees..........am sure it will all work out well.......you have a great attitude from what i can see and that will atke you far........

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dr has been telling me for two years now that I am too young for knee replacement so I am pretty sure the swelling and pain meds convinced him that it is time to replace the bugger hence the referral. I know I am in competent hands with this guy he has been my primary orth since 1998. we are looking at the knee replacement that lasts for thirty years. that wil take me to 85 I like that prognosis. I lived a long time thinking pain was normal with kidney problems. ob/gyn put 9 staples in my ureter and left them there for two years went through 5 surgeries over two years getting that straightened out. he basically shut down my right kidney during that time. mostly it is how you approach life you can let it get you down or you can look and see that tomorrow is another opportunity for a better day,.

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i was only thinking with all that pain perhaps you needed some re thinking of your meds to help you get through this painful time etc.....
when there is so much pain maybe there is more going on then what is expected??
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thank you for the warm welcome let me think pain control consists of tylenol and some left over pain drugs from an infected tooth. just got back from two weeks in sturgis and took more meds in the last two weeks for pain than in the last 7 years. really i avoid taking anything until the pain is out of this world bad. one dr made a comment once that i have a very high tolerance for pain so when i do complain i am like in the last stages of labor or passing a kidney stone (did that without drugs too). beyond redemption. they readjusted my knee brace and i get the 6 month shot which is why i was with the dr yesterday. it is funny the doc expects the pain to be on the outside of the knee and it is on the inside. go figure. i rode the harley so he could see how much it swells after a 75 mile or greater distance ride. seems like the 75 mile mark is the length of time i can ride without pain. they also did some adjustments on my polar care unit. remember ice is your best friend. in the meantime i will do my best to stay active and try not to complain too much

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SWEETS,welcome...........
sounds like you have had several year of knee issues......
what are you taking for pain control and sleep.....
perhaps you need to re look at that with your dr.....as it sounds to me what you may be taking doesn't sound to be very effective??? as if you can take your meds preventively you may be able to do some exercise such as in the pool etc...........keep us posted as to how you are doing....
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i just turned into a speed limit 55 two weeks ago. this past six months my left knee has been giving me enormous grief,.met with the orth surgeon and he gave me a referral for knee replacement so i see this doc in november. walking has been torture and even sleeping hasn't been much better. i have put back on 20 of the thirty pounds i lost. i need to get back into my game but it is a wee bit difficult atm. i injured my knee back in 78 the first time., then again in 93 i think i was blessed it took so long to reoccur. in 98 it gave up the ghost and i got an acl repair. now it is time so i can still enjoy being busy,

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welcome to our team so wonderful to meet you.........we are all here at different level of knee issues and we offer our help and support as we journey here together......
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Welcome to a great team. I have learnt loads since joining. I understand what you mean about limitations. it is a lesson you learn with time. limitations can be new opportunities.
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Hi everyone! Newbie here!

I was hit by a van while riding my bike - had partial replacement on my right knee, also a menescus tear fixed on the left last December.

I have a tendency to try to do ALL the things I used to do only to hurt myself and find out I DO have limitations. I HATE limitations..... Trying to become more aware of my limits before I hurt myself! Also looking for healthy exercise that works for me.

Glad to be here! Looks like a great team!!!

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Hi WOMANWITHGRIT
I know what you mean about the pain from OA my right knee is pretty worn, the surgeon said Knee replacement in 3-5 years if I dont get the weight off. I am dealing with an injured left knee so am pleased with maintaining.
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Hi Katy
I am going through the same as you. Ski accident in Febraury with ACL reconstruction, removal of most on the medial cartilage, torn medial ligament and almost fractured my shin bone in April as needed to wait for the swelling to go down. I am now 8 weeks Post Op and my surgeon told me to expect swelling for the first 12 weeks. I try to lie down for an hour at lunch timer and again after work this seems to help, but he knee still swells particularly after Physio. I have become a bit lazy with cooling but try to ice once a day, up until 2 weeks ago I was icing 2.3 time a day. Have started LLLT (laser) therapy to help the regeneration. Didnt have that on my other knee a few years ago so it will be interesting to compair.
Take care not to over do it
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welcome Pam.............
great you have joined our team......sorry to hear about your osteo in both knees.......
i agree they do hurt latley it has been while i am sleeping=causing sleep disturbances!!!
you are so right about losing weight!!!
it will greatly improve the pain........
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Osteoarthritis in both knees and they hurt! I can control it with Ibuprofen to a large extent...but I don't think its a good idea to always depend on it. Hoping that as I lose weight and exercise, I will feel better. How can I go wrong with that?

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Apologies for not responding earlier. I was gone at a conference and visit to my mother. Yesterday I had a 5 week post surgery appt. They tested my strength turns out I'm the same as I was pre op. And I have full range of motion. I was told there is a chance I will be allowed to start light jogging at ten weeks since I'm progressing so well. I was surprised. That nagging swelling, well they said I would have that for up to a year. I'm suppose to let that determine how much I do. Guess I was a bit ahead of myself on this stuff.
Very happy I didn't lose strength. That is huge.
Thank you for listening!
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you haven't said what your orth dr says about the swelling ????
if you haven't had your follow up visit yet give the dr a call to make sure you are not overdoing things............if you are having physio what do they say about the swelling???if the dr says this is normal then keep on keeping on with what you are doing.................wishing you all the best as you recover.......
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Hi Lita, Thank you!
I'm so impatient. It's been exactly 3 + 1 day weeks since my surgery. So the knee swells whenever I'm on it. Whenever I do my therapy. At this time is time on the stationary bike, calf raises, squats, single leg squats, hamstring curls. I'm grateful to get to exercise but it's so limited. And the knee swells. Very little discomfort, just stiffness when swollen (all the time!). I'm constantly icing.
Really shouldn't complain, it's probably going really well.

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welcome back to sparkpeople,WYULTRARUNNER................
great to have you with us on the team............
we easily can become impatient when we need to depend on others......
what does your orth dr say in your foillow up visit,about the swelling you have beeen experiencing .......wishing you continued healing during your recovery phase......
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Hi, just joined this team. I'm not used to being hindered ever.... but had a spectacular (according to my sister that got to watch) ski accident in March and am now recovering from anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Dealing with not being able to run and being restricted is tough on this impatient individual. So how long til this knee stops swelling all the time? gah!
I haven't been active in Sparkpeople for a number of years, always so busy but hope that perhaps it will be helpful again.
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Honouria,welcome to our team..........
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I'm signing into the Introduction - hello all. Osteoarthritis, left one.

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welcome,GREEN..................
great that you haver joined us here on the team..............
at our pool they do zumba so maybe your pool will too............your knees will thank you as it is amazing what you can do in the pool...........i can do lunges in the water and yet it is impossible to do on land and causes much pain...........
am wondering if you may need a re assessment of your knee issues and perhaps surgery is needed depending on how bad your meniscus is torn........some don't and others where the tear is small heal well on their own with rest ice and meds etc.....
keep us posted as to how you do.........;looking forward to getting to know you better..
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“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”

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If you really want to try water aerobics try your local college. There you should have a a good mix of age groups. And even if you are the youngest person in the class your there for you and sometimes the old ladies in the class are a blast. I have taken water aerobics before and the women no matter their age were fun and loved being around them.

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I love zumba! Or...I did. Until while during class, I went down and then couldn't walk. I had torn my miniscus. Probably because I was heavy and jumping around like a maniac. Anyways, that was over three years ago. And, I still have issues with it. Not everyday, and not chronically like some gals on here, but zumba has never been the same again. Wearing a brace is a joke. For one, it is either too tight and hurts my skin around my knee, or it wont tighten up enough, and starts slipping halfway through the class. So, I have hung up my zumba shoes :( I read somewhere that water aerobics are the way to go, but am nervous that I will be the only person there that is under 40!!

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SKINNY,welcome...........
wow.............so sorry to hear about your knees issues......didn't realize that Lyme desease affected the joints that way!!???
i hope you are recovering well post op so far!!!
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I have to shorten to just Knee!! emoticon I have a left total knee replacement due to Lyme Disease. (I live in CT) emoticon I had a 2nd operation at xmastime to remove scar tissue from the 1st operation Jan 4,12. I love the knee pics. I think I could do the same with mine without embarrassment and post here. I don't show them yet.

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Carrie,welcome..............
am wondering and hoping you have seen a dr about your knee????
swelling and buckling doesn't sound too good to me.......especially every other day or so for 3 years......if you have injured your knee it is very important to be assessed......we are here for you offering our help and support........
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HiI'am Carrie, my right knee I'm having problems with, besides going through pt 3 years ago, I had a accident where I tore cartlidge in my knee, so every other day my knee swells up.and almost buckles under neath me.

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Alison,
great to hear you can get something done soon.............walking is a great exercise it can help keep your knees strong.........all the best.........

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Thanks for the warm welcome Lita! The last time I had injections was last spring actually...I put them off this year. I will get them again next week for a 8wk period. It's hyaluronic acid and it works a bit. I love the walking and am not willing to give it up, so my knees need to be able to handle it! hehehe!
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L*I*T*A, thanks for the welcome! You are right; I have a problem with expectations! Thanks for reminding me about the pool. I have one 10 steps from my back door and it's only a few days from being warm enough to do laps every day.

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Alison,welcome to the team............
congratulations on your efforts
wow.................30 pounds! is taken pressure off your knees well done!!when was the last time you had your knee injections????if they are bothersome now and it helps you i would recommend you see your dr for an assessment of your knee issues...there may be something else they can do to help you......
when do you return home????if it is soon then maybe things can wait??
it is hard to say.........walking can really help as long as there is no real serious knee issues or further injury.........keep us posted as to how things work out............
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Hi there! I'm glad to see a team like this one! I have been having knee issues for 4 years now...I live in South Korea live in an apt building with no elevator...I climb about 80 steps to get to my apt..not a huge deal, although it had me winded in the beginning and after a year, took a toll on my knees. I have a history of wearing bad shoes, 15 years overweight and forced to climb stairs at work and home. After hearing an awful crunching sound in my knees, I went to a doctor and saw that my knees were really in bad shape. The cartilage was worn away and I soon would have to get a knee replacement. I want to wait to be in Canada for that. But I have lost 30lbs and do a lot of walking, about 40kms a week. It's one of the only exercises I can do. My knees sound terrible and three times a year I go for lubricant shots in my knees for 6 consecutive weeks. It's manageable for now. I really don't want to give up the walking or exercise. I think with more weight loss and care, I will be fine. It's great to meet you all! May your knees be pain-free for good!



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welcome K...........
sounds like you have had some issues with your post-op recovery expectations.........
many of us have been there done that.......we all tend to forget we are no longer 20ish so it takes more time and patience to see our recovery through......try not to be disappointed just give it more time and soon you will soon see the changes you are looking for .....have you considered working out at a pool????? most knees love it there!!
keep us posted as to how you are doing.....
keep on keeping on.............
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Hello! I'm introducing myself and my knee! :-)
I am K, and I'm 7 months post-op from microfracture and meniscus repair on my left knee. I did nearly a year of physical therapy before the surgery and about ten weeks afterward. After the surgery, I was in a continuous passive movement machine for 8 hours a day and on crutches for two months. I was in really good shape before the surgery; I had been working out one-legged; but after the surgery my mobility was greatly reduced and it's only been in the past few weeks that I've been able to walk more than a mile. Consequently, my weight is going up, and for the first time in my life I feel like I really need to do something about the number on the scale. (Argh!) I'm so glad to find a community that will understand!

I haven't been back to the gym in a long time. I had thought that when I returned, it would be after a successful surgery and I could jump right in with both legs. The recovery has been extremely slow and I'm feeling disappointed. Usually I'm a really positive person, and I know I just need to get off my butt and get moving.

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cj.......
way to go............carry on while your waiting for the surgery.......it will help you immensily in your post op recovery............all the best and let us know when your surgery is booked.......
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Thanks LITA!
Yes, I am on blood thinners (anti-coagulants), and just had a vascular ultrasound this morning to see if the blood clot has dissolved. The technician couldn't tell me what she saw, but did say that she did not see anything concerning. So hopefully that means that the clot is cleared, which means that I can now discuss surgery options and dates with my Ortho.
As far as pre-hab goes, I have been instructed to wear my brace at all times that I am walking, I can ride a bike, use an elyptical, and swim (free style and backstroke only - no breast stroke). I hate the eliptical (always have), but have been swimming and riding the recumbant bike at the gym (just don't have the range of motion to use the upright bikes).
My knee doesn't hurt much, except when I step funny, but just feels wobbly even with the brace.
Thanks for the support!

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CJ,welcome.........
so sorry to hear of your knee issues......
what has your dr done about the blood clot are you on blood thinners????
well it is very hard to say what type of rehab you will have as it is up to the surgeon once he/she establishes what surgery will be needed and then he/she will decide and give you some idea once the surgery is done.........depending on what he/she found and repaired etc..
what does your dr/physio recommend you do while waiting for the surgery????if they have not given you any advice i would suggest you ask before tackling any form of exercise as you would not want to damage things any further........
wish i could be more helpful............keep us posted as to how things are going...wishing you all the best with your up and coming surgery.......
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Hi All,
Until a little over 7 weeks ago, I didn't give my knees much thought. I was a runner, and have run 10 Half Marathons, 5 10ks, and a handfull of 5ks in the last 4 years (I actually had 5 races already scheduled for this year!). I was slow and weighed more than most of the other runners out on the courses, but I was out there, feeling really good about myself, and losing weight slowly.
Then I went skiing on Jan. 19th, and everything changed in an instant. I have been a not quite avid skier for 25 years, and have never had the slightest injury from it. But with just dumb luck, I had a very minor fall - minor except for the part where my right knee came down across my left ski. It didn't hurt much in the first few hours after it happened, but I knew it wasn't going to be good since everything felt loose and the slightest movement would make it feel like it was going to pop out.
A week later I got double bad news, not only did I completely tear my mcl and partially tear my acl and lateral meniscus (thank you terrible triad), but I had a blood clot form in the back of my calf and knee. So I know surgery is in my future, I just don't know when, and the waiting is almost worse than knowing it's going to need to happen. I have an ultrasound in the morning to check on the progress of dissolving the blood clot, and (fingers crossed) if it is gone, can schedule the surgery.
So, for now, I'm just looking for some advice on what to expect after the surgery (i.e. what will rehab be like? is there anything I can do now that will help for later?, etc.).
I have started swimming, and riding the recumbant bike. I was told to use the eliptical, but have never felt comfortable using one, even before the injury.

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Keshia..........
glad to hear you have a program working for you...........way to go!!!
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I wish I could afford to spend a bit on a gym membership to use a pool or taking spinning classes but my college student budget won't allow it lol. I've been sticking to the exercises my physical therapist showed me, leg lifts, calf raises, squats and bridges all to help my leg get strong. I look forward to getting my knee pain under control and not having it limit me anymore!

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Keshia,welcome.........
great to meet you...........what type of exercises does your dr/physio recomend you do??
if you can a pool would be a great place to start or even biking on a recombant bike....keep us posted as to how you are doing....all the best with your new goals........
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Hello everyone, my name is Keshia and I've just learned about sparkpeople a few days ago and I'm looking forward to getting healthy with all of the tools and support here.

I joined the knees because I am limited by my right knee. In high school I was on the soccer team and injured my knee. I went on without treatment because it wasn't recommended by my doctor but it started giving me real pain about 2 years ago. It ends up my ligaments were completely torn and I had arthritis from the cartilage damage so I needed surgery and gained a lot of weight (about 30 lbs) after my knee was repaired.

So here I am now!! My leg with the injury isn't as strong or stable as it should be and the extra weight is just adding to the strain. I really need to focus on low impact exercise and I've started walking regularly. I'm here on sparkpeople to take the first steps towards strengthening my knee and getting back in shape. I'm looking forward to working with you guys and reaching my goals with your support!

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Kelsey,welcome to the team and sparkpoeple as well.............
sounds like you have things well at hand with your dr and physio etc..........
way to go..that is a great start.........
has your dr or physio recommended to the pool for exercise???
if not try to get to one soon and you will find it very beneficial.........there are a variety of types of exercise you can do from using bands, chairs to pole walking etc..........
below is a link to sparkpeople vidieos so check them out
we are all here offering our help and support through the fun and difficult times......
wishing you all the best with your new goals...keep us posted as to how you are doing.......
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Hi!

My name is Kelsey. I've just been introduced to Sparkpeople, and am looking forward to giving it a try.

My left knee is clamoring for an introduction, so without further ado...

Until recently, I've been working jobs that involve standing for 9 or more hours a day on concrete floors. Recently, my left knee decided to phone it in. Since October, with no explanation, my knee started swelling to three times its normal size. Since then, I've had consistent pain around, below, and behind the knee, and I limp like a champ.

The doctors have diagnosed me with patellar tendonitis, and an unknown problem that causes me to be knock-kneed, possibly stemming from overpronation in my feet. I attend physio twice a week to build up my thigh muscles so that they'll start pulling my kneecap back into place.

I find the sudden limitations to my movement, slight as they may be, to be very frustrating at times, especially since it coincides with my finally giving proper diet and exercise a real try.

When a friend suggested I look for others trying to lose weight despite of knee and joint problems, it didn't take me long to find this group.

Going forward in any task can be difficult alone. Hoping to find motivation and inspiration among you lovely Sparkpeople!

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2/23/13 6:27 P

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cherie......wow, way to go

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2/21/13 12:39 A

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Cherie ........................

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When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world

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2/20/13 3:00 A

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I am proud to announce that as of Valentine's Day, I am 100 lbs. lower than I was when I started this journey. Today marks 18 months of working at getting healthier. I couldn't have gotten this far without all the great support I get from my Spark friends. Thank you all.


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1/11/13 12:17 P

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welcome,Lin.................
great that you have joined our team...........good that you are seeing a specialist for your knees and al great to hear his advice about the pool and spinning...........if spinning doesn't work for you there is always the reliable and trusty recumbant bike....
wishing you all the best with your 2013 goals.................
blessings and hugs.......lita

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“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”

When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world

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Hello, my name is Lin. I have been around SPARK off/on since 2005. Found out at the end of summer that both of my knees are osteoarthritic. Have dual stabilizer knee supports to get me through the days of walking. Saw specialist last month and he wants me to join a spin class and get into a pool for more exercise and to help me lose more weight. Hoping to have a plan in place by the time I see him again next week.
Looking around on sp for a team that is somewhat active. The teams I am currently on don't appear to be very active at all. I am hoping to get more motivated to "get moving" by joining a more active team.
What sort of things are you all doing as a team?
A bit more about me: soon turning 51 (ugh) on Sunday; single with no human children, only fur kids; hard of hearing on disability; enjoy mysteries, knitting, and sports watching.

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1/7/13 9:38 P

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BLUZ.................
so sorry to hear about your recovery from your arthroscopy..........sounds like you had more going on with your knee???!!!
with your knees acting the way they do have you tried the pool for exercise????
i still cannot do lunges on land but in the water it seems like it is no problem for me......
you might consider finding a pool near by and get in asap your knees will thank you and so will your body too..........
are you on any pain medication???/if so do you take it an hour before you exercise????
if not that may be worth experimenting to see if your pain can be bearable while you exercise etc.....keep us posted as to how you are doing.........
wishing you all the best for 2013............
blessings and hugs..............lita

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When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world

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Hey everyone! I had a right arthroscopy in January 2012. It took a LONG time to recover from this. My co-worker had a replacement and was walking great after one week, and I was still limping around 3 months later. One year later and I still do not have the range of motion I did before the surgery. I had to sell my motorcycle emoticon

I have degenerative changes in both knees, very little cartilage left. My right knee is my "talker" it makes the most disgusting noises when I go up stairs, exercise etc, grosses out everyone. I am only 42 so no replacements in my near future.

I find exercising so difficult these days, lunges, burpees, squats...all irritate my knees

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1/7/13 3:07 P

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Welcome Jane and Sandy..............
so glad you both have joined us here...........am sorry to hear about your knee issues......but with that said we are here for each other offering our help and support through the fun as well as the difficult times ...........keep us posted as to how things are going.............wishing you both the best in 2013!!!
blessings and hugs..................lita

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“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”

When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world

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Hi my name is Sandy. I've been a member of spark people on and off for a number of years. I rejoined again the end of 2011. I've recently discovered that I have degenerative arthritis in my left knee... all the cartilage is gone and a bone chip is lodged somewhere in there. I have surgery scheduled to remove the bone chip at the end of January. In the meantime I'm on crutches and I am limited to chair exercises.

I can't say that I'm happy to be here because I am not really happy to be in this situation. But I am happy to find people with the same issues that I have. Thank you for inviting me to join your team and I hope to continue learning to exercise with limited mobility.

My name is Sandy and I live in Ohio.

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1/6/13 10:48 P

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Hi. I am Jane. I joined SP in 2008 and managed to go from a size 24 to a size 12. Unfortunately, on my journey to size 10 I manage to screw up my right now. Three years, a surgery, and many PT appointments later I'm 100 pounds heavier and am still having problems with my right knee. Recently, I injured my left knee. I have yet to go to the doctor to get it checked out (sometime is week, for sure though). Glad to be here with a group of people who can understand how I feel.

Cheers!

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Amber,welcome...........
i had a torn meniscus on both knees and had surgery for both...........i have since torn it again on one of my knees and did not require surgery this time.......sometimes it heals itself with rest etc but not always depends on the how badly it was torn...............
your dr will decide what is best for you ..........it is usually done laproscopically and not as invasive as it used to be .....i was in physio the next day on the bike for 10 minutes.......recouperation is usually relatively quick and easy..............keep us posted as to what your dr decides for you......
wishing you all the best with your knee issues......blessings and hugs...........lita

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Edited by: L*I*T*A* at: 12/12/2012 (12:23)

“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”

When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world

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