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Progress Update #16

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

My leg swelled when I increased my activity level over the weekend. I'm not a happy camper. The pain is awful. My whole leg is stinging and throbbing. This morning, my physical therapist worked on trying to move the fluid around so my body would reabsorb it. It hurt like crazy but she was successful. The areas around my scars are tight and have little electrical shocks running through them. This is ridiculous! I'm 17 weeks post op and this shouldn't be happening. I realize that I had huge amounts of soft tissue damage but when will this end?

On the way home from therapy, I made a quick trip to the grocery store. When I got back in the car and headed home, I thought I was going to be sick to my stomach. I cranked up the air conditioning in the car and aimed it right on my face. It worked like a charm but then I started to feel dizzy. I took a side street so that I could pull over until I felt better able to drive. It was scary. I told hubby about it when I got home. If it happens again, I will call him to come and drive me back home. I feel better having a plan.

It is now 11pm and the pain is keeping me awake. I took some strong pain medication earlier and it took the edge off. As soon as that wore off the pain returned. Maybe if I can get some sleep, it will help the pain. This is not my idea of a functional life. I'm trying hard not to turn into an angry, bitter person. It isn't easy.
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  • SHARON10002
    Agree with JEANKNEE. 12+ years after hip replacement surgery I still experience some pain in my thigh, tingling, numbness, burning, etc. Sorry to be the bearer of unpleasant news. . .

    1122 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    1136 days ago
    I'm no doctor. But, based on my own situation sure sounds like nerve and connective tissue damage. The connective tissue and nerves at my fracture site are still not entirely back to normal and may not ever be. It has been over 2 years since my injury became apparent and I have not had any surgeries to recover from either. Connective tissue and nerve recovery is brutal. It is ...

    Have you talked with your doctor? Have you dialed your activity back while your body regroups?

    1136 days ago
    Thanks everyone. I've been trying meditation and deep breathing exercises to calm myself down. This continued soft tissue flare kind of freaks me out. I'm not sure what my physical therapist will want to do next. I will continue to do my home therapy exercises and will rest. My therapist told me to try to keep my step total at 5000 or under. On Tuesday, my most recent therapy day, I ended up doing 6400 steps. Yesterday, I did better with only 4800 steps. Today, I will strive to keep the slower pace again. I've come to the conclusion that I'm one of those people who moves around a lot. I will do better!
    1136 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/25/2017 8:39:05 AM
    That sounds very upsetting and difficult. I am so sorry.
    1137 days ago
    So sorry for all your pain and your continuing challenges. Don't really know what to say, Cyndi, but know that I care. Love, Marsha
    1137 days ago
  • GABY1948
    This has been unbelievable. You are one of the strongest people that I have ever known! Prayers from us and so many will work but sometimes for some reason we have to wait for them.

    Blessings to you and hubby and babies there! emoticon
    1137 days ago
  • PURPLE0906
    I'm so sorry you are in so much pain. I take certain things to help reduce inflammation. Tart Cherry, Turmeric, Ginger root help. I also started taking Andrew Lessman Circulation and Vein Support for Healthy Legs. They seem to be helping with my issues with my legs at night. You can get his supplement from HSN. I also started taking Liver antioxidant extracts, Immune Factors and Lutein 10 from him. You might want to check his supplements out, read the reviews. Other supplements that I get from Puritan's Pride when they have their sales on. With my Autoimmune Diseases the key is inflammation so I research what foods, supplements will help reduce it.

    Praying you get some relief and sleep.

    Take care,


    1138 days ago
  • no profile photo READYNOW2017
    I had blood testing for blood clots comma even a echo heart test in case that was the swelling but it seems there's an issue with my veins and I will have some procedural things done next month. This came out of the blue period my knee surgery ...
    1138 days ago
  • no profile photo READYNOW2017
    You could telling my life last January. Keeping my legs elevated above my heart, taking a water pill, being told to wear support stockings or Ace bandages and then adding a second pill finally stopped the near unbearable leg feeling like being ...
    1138 days ago
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