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Old 12-21-2009, 11:47 PM   #1  
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Hey Chickies! It's been a little while, but I'm back. Last week I had knee surgery...not really the results I wanted...but its nice to know whats up. Apparently I have the knees of a 70 year old...Im only 19...going on 20. I had a small tear in the miniscus in my right knee. But I guess my biggest problem is arthritis...I have 3 bone spurs in my knee already... And the cartilege in my knee is like pushing on a feather bed....its not supposed to be like that. I was told that within 20 years I will have to have a knee replacement...thats scary. So this leaves me thinking...what exactly can I do in the way of exercise? I dont think that running is an option... so what can I do that wont mess my knees up any faster? I have my first post op appointment on Wednesday...and these are all questions that I will be asking the doctor. My mom told me that the surgeon mention having a weight loss surgery to help with my knees. Apparently, the problems in my knee help to make me a candidate... it seems like an extreme way to reduce the knee pain...any thoughts?
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Old 12-21-2009, 11:51 PM   #2  
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What about swimming?

And hey, welcome back!
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Old 12-22-2009, 12:10 AM   #3  
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My coworker has the exact same knees, except that she's 42! She's been swimming for a while and it's been great for her. She's up to walking and the elliptical now, after a few months.
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Old 12-22-2009, 07:07 AM   #4  
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Exercise bike. Lets you move the knees to keep them supple, but without them bearing any weight. But check with your doctor or a physical therapist first.

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Old 12-22-2009, 08:56 AM   #5  
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Welcome back!

I second the swimming notion. I think overall walking is better on the joints than running. I recently have started reading about jumping on a trampoline. I don't know if that's considered low impact or not. But as long no one was around to see me it sounds like fun!
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Old 12-22-2009, 06:06 PM   #6  
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I just wanted to let you know that I understand what it's like to be young with a serious injury.

I was a cross-country runner in high school; I had a full ride scholarship to a Division I school for softball. And then I essentially crushed my foot my senior year. It's devastating to be told as a teenager that you aren't as young and vital as you're supposed to be. My injury put me into a great deal of depression and denial that lasted through my early-mid 20s. I did a lot of stupid things that caused greater injury to myself, and I could have had normal functioning a couple years ago.

I've had to have several reconstructive surgeries on it. I had to walk with cane for several years. In the couple years, they've developed some new equipment and now I have a fully functional partly metal/plastic/bionic woman foot.

11 years ago, they told me I would never walk without pain and have to use some sort of assistance device. After surgery last spring, I don't even have a limp.

Medical technology does advance drastically, and there is always hope in advances. Don't let it get you down.

For exercise, every situation is different. Always, always, always consult with your doctor and PT for what's a activity for you. For me, I thought swimming would be an ideal activity (not load bearing), but the foot positioning in swimming could have done drastic damage to some fragile connections (at the time). I have spent more time on a rowing machine in the past 11 years than I ever imagined was possible. ;>

So talk through with your health care providers. Be proactive with it. I know it's hard to get into the "take it in stride" and "okay, so what's next" mentality, but once I've gotten to that, I've been unstoppable.

You're also more than welcome to message me anytime if you need someone to talk to about it. A big port in working through it is support.
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