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1/19/13 11:31 A

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Working on my exercises for sure. I was told to do 10 reps of these six or so exercises 3x a day. i am finding that it gets too painful and exhausting to do them that way and am instead doing about 2-3 of them well, every hour. I am using the philosophy that it is better to keep in steadily moving and doing the exercise correctly than pushing my body hard, then resting and doing it again. I suppose I am taking the attitude of recovery versus what seems more like a training technique. When I weight trained, or trained for a marathon I would train hard one session, then have a rest period then have a light training period, but to make the session a good hard one, then have a time of recovery. I am still tired from the surgery and not up to speed yet, so am going to take the slow road.
So for anyone out there that has had the surgery, I had a lot of leg spasms last night, awakening because my operated leg was jumping in the night. It was immediately painful and woke me up, but am wondering if there is any harm in that happening. I wouldn't have said that I have restless leg syndrome or anything like that, and I ended up taking some short acting morphine last night to get back to sleep. Any ideas about this? I am thinking of calling my Help Line to see what they have to say about it. I can live with it as long as I am not jarring something in my new joint.
Time to log in some exercise time. emoticon
Thanks for everyone's support. Takes a village to raise up a new knee. emoticon

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1/18/13 8:01 P

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Just read your post Good for you. Please keep us posted. I'm in for the same thing and would be great to hear from someone who has" been there- done that'

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1/17/13 7:18 P

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Glad your surgery went well and you're back home and on the mend. Just keep up with your exercises and things should go real well for you. I have 129 degree bend in my knees - doctor said that's more than a lot of people have that have never had knee replacements. emoticon emoticon

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ALLIBERRI's Photo ALLIBERRI Posts: 87
1/17/13 7:13 P

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Just arrived home today from the hospital with my new knee. Feels great to be home and looking forward to a successful recovery. My surgeon wanted 60 degrees out of my knee before I left hospital, (which I wasn't quite at) and 90 degrees in two weeks. I will keep everyone posted. I appreciate any encouragement anyone has to offer.

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1/17/13 6:44 P

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I read your story,I have had both knees replaced,then found out my entire back is full of arthritis as well as both feet.I love to walk for exercise and find it very dificult.I was happy to see that zoomba is easy on the joints.Thank you for posting it I'm going to get me a cd and try it out.

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1/17/13 6:37 P

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I read your story,I have had both knees replaced,then found out my entire back is full of arthritis as well as both feet.I love to walk for exercise and find it very dificult.I was happy to see that zoomba is easy on the joints.Thank you for posting it I'm going to get me a cd and try it out.

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12/9/12 12:10 P

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Thanks for your encouraging words. I'll admit that I am still wishing I could run. I just finished reading an article in Runners World that spoke of a woman that ran as a girl, then as a young woman then had to stop because she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and the meds made her unable to run. It was a sad to read but helped me know that other people have had to stop running and have lived through it and moved on to different things and are happy. I suppose it will get easier with time.

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12/9/12 11:44 A

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I used to be a runner too, by was told by my doctor to stop after he found OA in hips and knees. It's been about 18 months since I last ran and still miss it, but have found different ways to be active. One activity that I do now is Zumba as it is low impact on the joints. Strength training has also been good for me, although I use low weights, but more reps.

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12/5/12 9:27 A

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Thanks Judy. I have heard good things about replacements, and am looking forward to even doing housework without sitting down at the end of the day is agony and not wanting to get up again even to make supper.
I am already in pretty good shape, so I am really trying to maintain that.
Rode my recumbent bike this morning at a slow, no tension pace and feel a bit sore, but less stiff. My partner is going to treat me to a hiking/biking holiday in the spring when I have completed the initial physio etc.. It is an incentive to look forward being healthy and active in a good way again.
I am going to remind myself that the biggest treat is just being as healthy as I can in this body of mine. As Dr. Phil says - it's all up to me!


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12/4/12 11:57 P

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I had total knee replacements three days apart and niver regretted it!!! Good luck to you. Just remember to do those exercises and you'll do just fine.

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12/4/12 11:24 P

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Thank you all for your comments. You have all helped me in some way today which is making the ending of my day a good one. I know that high heels are now definitely out, and I have changed to flats. I agree that I need to look at this differently to ensure success. I have come here to begin my process of change and success. Thank you all for being a part of it.
I am already doing knee exercises to maintain the muscle that I have, and know that with your support over the next few months - I will succeed.
I have already had 2 scopes on both knees previously and have maintained my range of motion and I do not expect anything less out of myself on this surgery.
Thanks again for your warmth and caring.
I will check out the chair stuff, and the Dr. Oz stuff too - every little bit helps.
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12/4/12 9:06 P

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very difficult to have knees with no cushion left, I know. I used to be an avid exerciser.

Can you send the link to the Dr Oz article showing the knee exercises ?

strengthening the muscles around the knee is supposed to be the most helpful. also you have to stop wearing any shoes with heels. I wear flats most of the time -- not by my preference since i am only 4'10" !! when i wear heels, i hurt for days !

if you find anything good that helps, please keep us posted !


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12/4/12 6:24 P

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A lot of the success of knee replacements is up to the patient. They HAVE to do the exercises if they want good results from the surgery.

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12/4/12 5:44 P

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You need a whole new self concept. At the moment, you are still operating as a grieving runner who believes there is some magic to put things back the way they were.
Boy do you not want to hear this, but you are a hurt puppy who's life will never be the same.
You need to conceive of yourself in a whole new identity,... and then begin your journey toward all new, powerful, successful goals.
You might need to see a therapist to help you leap the greatest hurdle of your life.
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12/4/12 2:37 P

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I am the same as you with bad knees, and trying to lose the weight to put less stress on the joints. I happened to catch DR OZ and his personal trainer (you can go on his website) gives three knee exercises that you can do from sitting in a chair. I have been doing them and been having some success. I have never had the knee surgery but working in a hospital where many people have had the surgery with much success. I think it all depends on the doctor performing the surgery. Talk to some of his other patients to see how they did before you make the decision.
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12/4/12 2:10 P

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I have never had the knee surgery, but there are still things you can do at home to exercise without putting alot of pressure on your knees. Have you checked out the chair exercises here with sparks?

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12/4/12 1:24 P

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I am in the throes of my knee joints breaking down. I have been a runner all my life, and about one month ago, the pain was getting worse and worse, and so I contacted my doctor about what could possibly be wrong. An MRI showed that I have large bone spurs on the back of my knee cap and that there is little to no cartilege on the joints anymore.
Sad news - they told me not to run anymore. Sadder news - not to do anymore stairs if possible, and not to bike until I get my knee(s) replaced.
I do cross train by swimming three days a week, but the pool is closed for the month of December. I enjoy hot yoga, but I have to drive at least one hour to get to a class...
I feel like a carpet has been ripped out from under me.
Any ideas of what else I can do until I get my first surgery in January, and anyone out there had this done, and did they run after? My surgeon says that he doesn't want me running on my new knees because it wears them out faster. I am 50, so they are already telling me that I will need a new set at 65 years of age.
I so miss my exercise. Interestingly, the OA in my hands is worse because I am not moving as much.
As well, I need better motivation to eat properly because when I was running three days a week (for a total of only 9 - 10 miles a week) and swimming three days a week, eating wasn't that big of a deal and I was losing weight. I have gained about 4 pounds over the past month not being able to exercise. Any ideas about motivation/ideas about cutting back on the calories?


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