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Great Big Wuss !!!

john64 > john64 Blog > Great Big Wuss !!!
02/07/2008 - 1:05 PM

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A couple of months ago I had a problem with my right knee. It swelled up above the kneecap and I couldn't put any weight on it at all. I saw my GP and they got me a referal at the local hospital for yesterday evening.

The swelling has more or less gone now and walking is mostly fine, but I still can't twist it or kneel on it at all. For someone who is used to a lot of physical activity and sport this is a real drag. No golf, no cycling...

The referal was over pretty quickly with the conclusion that I probably have a tear in my medial miniscus (?) i.e. cartilidge. My options are that I can leave it as it is and have the same problems every so often, or opt for arthroscopic surgery to remove the piece of cartilidge that has torn. It was really a no-brainer, I'm going to get it fixed, but this is where my problem is now.

I've never had any form of surgery and am anxious, to the point of being terrified, that I'm going to go through this. I know it's only a small op, compared with what others have been, and are going through, but I didn't have a good night last night and can see me having restless nights for the next thirteen weeks or so.

Does anyone have any recommendations for how to relax?

Tags: Get over it yer big jessy


IanA  113048 forum posts England12 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2008 - 1:26 PM

They (Docs, nurses etc) do it all day every day, the only person it's not routine to is you.

The only thing they get wrong nowadays is their estimates on how long the repairs will last! I had a heart op and the general consensus was that I would need further surgery after about two years. That was nearly nine years ago!

You'll be fine.

Ian Smile

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mark2uk  9745 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2008 - 1:27 PM

Can't help with relaxation techniques I'm afraid.
Have had two major knee surgeries (on the same knee!) and had no problems.
Try not to worry, they know exactly what they are doing. Get it fixed and never look back Smile

john64 Plus Member 11824 forum postsjohn64 vcard England
2 Jul 2008 - 1:29 PM

Thanks gents. I know there's nothing to worry about really, but subconciously my mind is thinking of all sorts of things.

Chant57 Plus Member 9395 forum postsChant57 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2008 - 2:05 PM

As has already been pointed out, you will be in good hands. Its human nature to be anxious , its the fear of the unknown. A friend of mine recently had arthroscopic surgery on his knee for the same reason, he too was worried, when it was all over he did wonder what all the fuss was about - and yes, I know, that won't stop you being anxious.
Try drinking chamomile tea, it relieves nervousness, and also, try using lavender essential oil in a bath, 8-10 drops in a full bath, swish around with the hand to disperse the oil, and simply lie and soak in it, breathing in the aroma. Lavender is very calming and slightly sedative, a bath before bedtime should help you sleep better.

john64 Plus Member 11824 forum postsjohn64 vcard England
2 Jul 2008 - 6:55 PM

Thanks for the suggestions Chant. Nice PF by the way.

pepperst  82328 forum posts Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2008 - 9:58 AM

Ay dont worry yourself lad.

Had an op on mine when I was eighteen which solved one problem (still trying to sort the other!). Mine prob I had was they asked if I needed painkillers or crutchs when I was still doped on so I said no!

Soon regreted that decision!!!

You'll be cool dont worry.

3 Jul 2008 - 11:10 PM

Don't worry - I had the same op in December after 5 years of knee problems and its brilliant now!
Arrived at hospital 7.00am - prepared for surgery 7.45 - opened my eyes at 9.00am (and had tea and toast) - saw the surgeon at 10.30am and was discharged at 11.30am ! I walked out of hospital without even a stick.
Surgeon explained he had removed a torn piece of cartilage and "chipped off" two bone spurs from the joint surface - he gave me some painkillers to take home in case I needed them as he said there was no reason for any discomfort. I didn't need them and have never taken any painkillers or anti inflammatories since.

I had major abdominal surgery 15 years ago and like you spent the weeks before my knee surgery thinking back to my previous surgery and dreading my knee op. Believe me all that worrying was a complete waste of time
Instead of thinking about the op try to think past the op to how much better things will be


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helenlinda Plus Member 8342 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2008 - 7:34 AM

Good for you for not ditching the obvious thing to do!!

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