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Posted: 11/22/12 08:42am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My wife has 2 new knee's and we know many folks with at least one new knee. Your story is not the normal but to you it sucks. Hope you will be better soon.
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Captain, One month is a long time to be having such pain. I hope all is well. Happy Thanksgiving!





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D Captain,
You'll be fine, the rehab is tough as you mentioned, but the more you put in to the rehab, the more you'll get out of the procedure. A camping buddy of ours did the same thing about 4 years ago at age 60 and he's doing great now. He said the rehab's the key.

Hope to see you down the road soon!


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So true Ron3rd


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Wife had both knees fully replaced in 2009 and she was like a teenager about 6-7 months later and still in today as far as her knees go. She loves climbing steps now and she's 71 but couldn't without almost tears flowing for many years before to knee replacements. T'was a bad case of the kneezels she had! haha

Her back and neck is another story and is somewhat better after all the operations (18) and metal parts/fusions she's had but they (docs) and she doesn't want any more as it's tolerable now and she's had enough.

It's so bad with all the metal brackets, screws, and plates she has that we cringe just driving past an airport with all the metal dectors they have operating and keep looking for the security police with their bright gumballs going around. haha

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Well folks it has been 2.5 months and rehab continues. I had hoped to be 100% by the time 3 months rolled around but it looks doubtful. Still have lots of pain to go with the restricted movement but I work on it every day. Down to just a couple of happy pills a day so that is not a problem. My Physical Therapists says not to worry and while not as much as I'd like, he sees progress and is optimistic. I guess some folks just take longer, lucky me. I either have PT at the VA or go to our local gym everyday with lots of walks and Jacuzzi time as well and ice is my friend.

Quartzite is coming up and fully expect to be able to make the trip around the 20th. Went to the trailer yesterday for the first time in 3 months. Opened it up, connected the batteries, fired off the Honda and let it run for an hour., Furnace, water heater, stove, AC etc., all fired right up and ran fine. Found each of new tires down a few pounds so out came the compressor and I topped them all up to 50 psi. Can't wait to get back on the road again.

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That gadget you bought is a modern version of this:



MacIntosh Electric Polysine Generator

My grandfather owned the MacIntosh Electric company until his retirement in the 1950s.


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camperpaul wrote:

That gadget you bought is a modern version of this:



MacIntosh Electric Polysine Generator

My grandfather owned the MacIntosh Electric company until his retirement in the 1950s.


Yep, think "Young Frankenstein". I call mine "Sparky".

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Three months have come and gone since the surgery and finally I am beginning to see some significant improvement. I was mobile enough to make our long planned trip to Quartzite, we got back this afternoon. Wasn't expecting to find help for my knee or the nerve damage in my foot (PHN), in Quartzite but think I got lucky. A pain relief booth was marketing Electrical Muscle Stimulators, a little larger than a cell phone that give you controlled bursts/steady shots of low voltage to trigger muscle movement.

My Physical Therapist has been using this technique with good results but only once or twice a week for short periods. After trying the device on my knee and foot I noted remarkable improvement immediately so I plopped down my credit card for $200.

Now I have been taking Oxycodon for over 3 months though I had weened my self down to just 2 to 3 pills a day to deal with the pain that comes with rehab, being able to sleep etc. I started treating my knee on Tuesday morning. The pain level dropped immediately from 4 to 6 to a 1 or 2. I haven't had so much as an aspirin in over 4 days. Considering all of the walking and lifting etc that comes with running a truck and trailer for a week of camping I find the change not only wonderful but absolutely amazing as does my bride.

Could it be Placebo effect? You betcha but after three months I don't care if it is. I see my surgeon next week and hopefully can gain more movement now that the pain has been reduced so dramatically. With a little luck I will see similar results with my foot.

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