So who said that a knee replacement was the toughest thing I would ever do? erm… me I think. Well I take that back. If you are a knee replacement warrior you will know how hard (and wearing) pain can be. I was sure that was the end of the pain battle for me, until I started with nerve pain in my other leg. Will this thing ever end?Continue reading “The unexpected neuropathic pain battle – my new plan!”
I have had to do a massive mental shift this month: completely unexpected! Watch to find out what has happened…Continue reading “11 Months post RTKR update”
If you know anything about me, you will know I’m determined, pig headed and have grand goals. This is how I came to decide that my first race in almost a decade after a long long road through knee injury then subsequent major surgery should be not only a middle distance multi-sport race, but also one I also aimed to be fast enough at to be selected for team New Zealand.Continue reading “Racing – I’ve made a decision”
Apart from the hamstring strength, which is still preventing stand up climbing, me and this knee are doing just fine and long distance training is going well. Only a month ago, I was ready to throw the towel in!
I can’t believe that in two months I have my 1 year follow up!! It seemed like a million years away when I saw the surgeon at week 8 and he said that was the next time I was required to see him! Here’s my news this month.
I saw this neat little diagram that perfectly illustrated for me where my weaknesses still lie in this TKR leg when it comes to trying to get back to the cycling pace I once had.
Well, this is not news to me, but it is a perfect example of what will happen post knee replacement if you do NOT stay active.
I had sudden knee pain last Tuesday. I have no clue what I did, but what is the initial reaction to pain? Stop doing what you were doing. Yep. That is what I did and this is what happened.
Smith & Nephew, my new right knee has behaved itself pretty well most of the time, until this week when it suddenly started misbehaving. This does NOT sit well with me, and just exacerbates knee replacement paranoia and makes me think I have done some type major dislodgement or something!
I can say that this knee is no longer dominating my life, which seems strange because it has done exactly that for the last quite a few years!
I also received a comment from an orthopaedic surgeon from the Uk who said that he had been replacing knees for 25 years and he was seriously impressed by this particular flexion picture. 😀
I have said it more than once, the corrections we make BEFORE the knee replacement in order to be able to keep functioning and managing the pain take far longer to re-correct that you might think.
One of these is the left leg bias that I have developed. It is how I managed to keep performing lunges, squats and thus how I kept working right up until the day I went in for surgery.Continue reading “Balancing things out post knee replacement”