Do you ever wish you could turn back the clock?
Two years ago my life changed and not for the better. The total knee replacement I pinned my hopes on that would allow me some modicum of normalcy aka would allow me to rejoin Pilates and Yoga, Zumba, walks on the beach and go body boarding with the grandkids again etc. has turned my life into a living nightmare of pain and frustration. I can’t even take a bath or get down on the floor. At least before the operation, I could do both.
I can’t go anywhere without planning the trip re. access such as steps, parking etc. When we were on holiday in France it was suggested we take a boat trip on one of the lakes until Mr. Piglet reminded me I would not be able to get down into the boat. … gutted! I wanted to see my grandkids in the adventure park set in a forest. Nope, not a chance.
I am effectively disabled without even the benefit of a disabled parking badge.
The operation has completely changed my life and not for the better. My first mistake: allowing a general surgeon as opposed to a knee specialist to perform the operation – I was swayed by a few recommendations. The second, going to a surgeon in the same group for another opinion and was told it was mechanically fine. No, it’s not piggin’ fine otherwise I would be able to walk without pain and a tight band feeling.
There are reasons why some knee replacements fail. Some issues can be corrected and others not. I accept this. Yes, I am overweight but I was overweight when I had the operation but that should not have been an issue. If it was, the operation should not have been performed until I was at the optimum weight.
So consulting a private sports surgeon who specialises in knees is my last horah! I’ve been tasked to lose a lot of weight (he explained why) my goal is 20kg so back on Keto and low carb diet. AND, despite the pain, I must build up the muscles around my knee. There are also a couple of other things he picked up from the MRI scan … we will see. Fingers crossed as I fight to regain my mobility.
I’d love to hear from other people who had problems with their TKR and the dreaded tight band feeling.