I Hope My Story Helps Someone Avoid My ACL Journey.....

by Cherie
(Texas)

As I sit here in my wheelchair, contemplating what the next few weeks and months hold for me I am reading everyone's story here on Sport's Injury Info trying to find some information that will help me get through this.....


My story initially began on Thanksgiving Day, 2008. Me and hubby were cleaning and getting ready for everyone to arrive that evening when I fell in an awkward turn move. My knee hurt really bad but I didn't want to ruin our holiday so I limped through it all and made the best of it. I was 51-yrs-old at the time. I really believed I had just sprained my knee and that with time it would heal. By January of 2009 my knee was much better but it stayed swollen all the time and it felt like there were parts inside that moved some times when I made certain movements. I went to my regular doctor, who sent me to an Orthopedic Surgeon (OS), who sent me for an MRI.

When the OS saw the MRI he told me he was shocked and had to double-check to make sure that the MRI he was reading was actually my MRI. Seems my ACL basically tore off right at the upper portion of the knee joint, it was bad and he was surprised I had managed to go so long with a knee like that. His recommendation was ACL reconstruction. NO WAY, when I fell on Thanksgiving Day I was just 6-weeks post-op from major surgery. Now here it was only 3-months later and I was not ready to face another major surgery. What else you got Doc? He said that since I was not involved in sports, nor had any intention of starting any high impact activities that Physical Therapy was an option...however, I needed to be diligent with the rehab and if I were to EVER injure my knee again it might be much worse. I took the PT option and did that at the Rehab clinic for about 4-months.

They told me I would need to keep doing the exercises FOREVER to keep my thighs and knee supporting tissues strong, but after a couple of months I felt so good, I was just too busy to do the exercises any more.......BAD DECISION

Fast Forward about 18-months....knee still felt good with only a few times when I felt a slight shift inside. No major pain....just keep on truckin...

February 3, 2010.....the DAY was a great day....until that night when I went to get something from our attic. We have the good sturdy drop down attic stairs and I've been up and down them countless times, this time was different though. I was descending and had reached the 3rd or 4th step from the bottom of the stairs when my "bad knee" went completely out from under me. I fell HARD onto the cement floor of our garage. My knee was in intense pain, my whole body hurt from the fall and the cement floor was cold. I was all alone at home, with no phone within reach, no one to hear me shout, nothing. I was in pain, scared and praying for the Lord to help me and get me up. My prayer was answered and within a few minutes I was able to get myself up with my good leg and hop into the house to get an ice pack and call my daughter. I knew it was really bad this time.

The next morning, I called the OS....the same one I had seen almost exactly 2-years ago for an immediate appointment. My husband went and got me crutches but my body was so sore that crutches were painful to use as well -- plus I'm no good on them and I'm now scared I will fall again.

The OS was booked solid so I saw his Nurse on Friday (2/5/10), had x-rays (no broken bones thankfully) and received the paperwork and appointment for a new MRI. The MRI is this coming Wednesday (2/10/10). Once I have the MRI I will then be able to make a followup appointment with the OS and get back in to see him.

My knee is in bad shape, I can't put any pressure on that leg. I can straighten my leg out partially, and bend it partially so that's good but I am bound....home bound, couch bound, wheelchair bound, you get the point. I'm using a borrowed wheelchair in my home and just use the crutches to transition from one-place-to-another as needed.

I don't know exactly what the MRI will show but I know that this new journey has just begun. Just from how my knee feels I think that I have damaged something else in addition to the ACL and the words of the OS ring in my ears from two years ago (when he cautioned me about the perils of having essentially NO ACL and what could happen without reconstructive surgery).

I decided to enter my journey on to this post for two reasons; FIRST; I really want to encourage everyone out there who has a SEVERE injury to their ACL (like I did to begin with) to get the surgery, don't put it off and think that you will never have to face it again. I have been very careful all this time and mindful of my knee. I never expected it to just completely fail like it did though.

SECOND; I am scared to tears! I need those of you who have had this surgery and can share PAIN MANAGEMNT information with me to do so. Did the doctor, or hospital do anything that really made the pain more manageable for you? I have a really low tolerance for pain and I am ALLERGIC to most all the pain meds they give you; codiene and all it's derivatives, Vicodin, Hydrocodone, Darvon, Darvocet, etc. When I had major surgery in the Fall of 2008 I was in the hospital for 4-days and they had to give me Morphene in the hospital and then my Doctor prescribed Talwin for me at home. Talwin is not a drug that doctors want to prescrib though I don't know why as the other drugs are addictive just like Talwin is if you take it for too long.

PLEASE if you know of anything that helped you manage your pain I would be very grateful. I need all the help I can get. I know it might sound strange but I wish they WOULD keep me in the hospital for the first 3-days so they can give me what I need to mange the pain. I don't look forward to the PT or the pain that comes with that either, but I am most worried about the surgery and the pain of the first week or so.

Thank you for taking time to read my journey and thank you for all your help!

Sincerely,
C. Bell
Texas

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Jul 29, 2016
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6 years post op :-) NEW
by: C. Bell

Make that 6 years since my injury/surgery!

Jul 29, 2016
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5 Years Post Op NEW
by: C Bell

It's now been 5 years since my horrible ACL accident and I'm happy to report that my knee is excellent! When I had my surgery in March 2010 I had no ACL at all as it was destroyed 2-years previously in my first fall. My 2nd fall ripped up all the scar tissue that had formed inside my knee that actually helped me walk (though not always stable) for the 2-years before my knee gave way and sent me crashing off an attic ladder to a cold garage floor. The 2nd fall tore both Meniscus as well. Those were dark scary days. What I can tell anyone that damages their ACL is 1) get the surgery ASAP, your knee will never be stable until you do 2) make sure your orthopedic surgeon specializes in legs/knees 3) enlist help from family and friends for at least the first week 4) get an ICE-MAN cold pack machine and Sonic Ice (small ice works best in the machine). ICE will help you control the swelling and pain more than drugs 5) be patient 6) follow DRS orders 100% 7) do your rehab and exercises. How long you will be off your feet, off work, etc all depend on your specific circumstances. Your Dr will best be able to give you direction on what to expect. My injury was so extensive that I did not rush my return to doing anything....I gave my body everything it needed....mainly time to heal. Be good to yourself and do the same and you too will have a fabulous outcome. Best wishes to all facing this journey.

Jul 28, 2016
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by: Anonymous

I hope that you feel better I would look into TheHappyKnee.com and I would get a copy of the 3 Keys to a Happy Knee the pointer keep me from having to use any pain medicine
http://www.thehappyknee.com/3keys

I hope that you feel better

May 16, 2016
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New ACL injury--deciding to go for Surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much for your stories! I'm a 39 yr old nurse. I recently purchased a new fancy bike and fell off, tearing my ACL. THE OS recommended surgery due to my age,occupation and desire to return to exercise. I have been doubting the need for surgery,since it happened more than 2weeks ago and I feel almost 100% better. But, as I'm learning the major issue is long-term stability. My surgery will be in another week. I'm scared,since this is my first surgery ever, and I need to return to work ASAP or I can lose my position. The surgeon says about 6-8 weeks for recovery.....anyone agree/disagree??

Apr 09, 2013
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Have the surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi, I know that this is an old post and you've probably gotten the surgery done by now but for anyone reading it now, please do not hesitate in getting the surgery done. I also put off the surgery, afraid of getting it done. However, last year, my knee 'went from me' again and I ended up with a broken ankle. Now nearly a year later, I'm lying in bed with an ice pack on my knee, just 5 days after the ACL reconsturctive surgery. It hasnt been a walk in the park but it has been more manageable so far than a broken ankle. I was told that I had a 1 in 5 chance that the surgery may fail afterwards but hopefully, it will be the 4 in 5 chance that it works. It really is so important to get it done-I only wish I realised that years ago. Thanks, C

Aug 02, 2011
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The ACL operation is fine!
by: Anonymous

I had ACL reconstructive surgery three months ago,
And the pain post op wasn't very bad at all. I didn't take pain killers for longer then a few days. And the only time it hurt was struggling to get into the shower. There is no pain or very little when just sitting still with leg up.

I suggest getting the hamstring tendon operation rather then the patella tendon if your surgeon gives you any choice for reconstructing your ACL. (You will be in a brace for 3 months after patella and no brace at all with hamstring)

Otherwise don't worry yourself.. I was on an exercise bike one day after surgery - you can do it! Keep up the Physio, this helps with loosening the knee up. The more you use the joint the better it feels.. Exercise bikes are fabulous
Goodluck!

Australia

Jun 15, 2011
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trying to decide about surgery
by: Marty

So good to hear encouraging comments from so many people.I am a 59 yr old retired teacher who is very active. Tore my ACL and did some damage to the meniscus also in a Zumba class :( I keep thinking if I had acted like a 59 yr old and not been jumping around like the 20 something I felt like maybe this wouldn't have happened!! But anyway...have been trying to decide to do the ACL reconstruction or just fix the meniscus and try to take it easier, exercise-wise. But really I just want to be able to do all the activities I enjoy! So especially after reading so many comments saying, "Do it, don't wait," I have made up my mind to go for it. Glad I found this site.

Mar 04, 2011
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Waited years before I had the surgery DONT YOU!
by: J

I am very active in sports, tore the ACL and went many many years until I had the surgery

Dont wait if you dont have to

If you KNOW THAT YOU WILL ONLY SIT ON A COUCH FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE WOULD BE THE ONLY reason to not have it

If you want to enjoy life, find the doc you trust and do it

dont worry about PT

look at it like your whole body will be getting into much better shape :)

god bless all of you

Feb 21, 2011
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Dont worry!
by: C.C

Hello! I am 17 years old and tore my ACL playing soccer back on January 17 2011. I had an MRI done and that confirmed that i did tear it- awful news as I love soccer and cannot play for 6-8 months. But all ACL people need to say strong. I had surgery on January 27,2011, my swelling wasnt bad so my doctor said i should have the reconstruction done soon if i wanted to get better and back on my feet faster. It has now almost been a month past surgery and I am feeling awesome. I was very nervous going into surgery as i never have anything wrong with me and have never had a serious injury. the worst part honestly was not the pain- i had minimal pain after the surgery. they gave me loratab which made me very nauseous- i stopped taking it 2 days after. so i would not recommend that. but within 4 days after i was just taking advil! what is funny is the worst part was how hungry i was from not being able to eat for many hours prior, on top of the nerves in my stomach! so dont worry. everything goes by very quickly, PT is very enjoyable for me- i have a great physical therapist. It is not as bad as it sounds, just stay strong and think about how much better your knee and you will feel after surgery. The pain will not last forever, and ask for a nerve block, because that definitely kept my pain away for a very long time!

Aug 11, 2010
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GREAT TO HEAR HOW U ALL COPE
by: suzanne

I am also 9 weeks post surgery and had a very similar op to Cherie except they cut my hamstring which they then used to repair my ACL and meniscus and put a hollow screw into my tibia bone.
I still have an inner stiffness in the knee joint though its far more flexible than a month ago. I also have a deadness/sort of pins and needles around my scar by my tibia but the doctors say by 6 - 9 months depending on how you heal it should feel normal.
I do my exercises religiously and walk up to 4km per day, and for the first time walked in the mountains unconsciously.(IT WAS GREAT I FELT NORMAL!!!) As I had mentioned earlier in writing push yourself to the point of pain but not through, know your limitations, there will be good and bad days listen to your body.
I also went for a body stress release session which helped tremendously and massage your L5 of the spine as it relates to the quads, knee, hamstring, shin and circulation. Good Luck and I could not stress enough DO THE OP it improves the quality of your LIFE

May 15, 2010
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9 Weeks Post-Op on ACL & Meniscus
by: Cherie' Bell

Things are going well with my recovery. I am still going to rehab twice weekly for 2 hours each time and trying to do my exercises at home every day. I am able to walk without any crutches just using my partial knee brace when I am out and about. At home I am not using it much as I can sit down frequently as needed. It has been challenging to recover my muscle tone lost during the 4 weeks pre-op that I was off my feet and then the 4 weeks I was on crutches and non-weight-bearing on my new knee after surgery. I am trying to do a little more standing/walking every day and I can tell it is getting better. At this point I am at about 60-70% of what I was before I injured my knee. I do have scar tissue that I have to try to massage every day that is very hard to get to as it is deep inside my knee but the OS wants to make sure I get my knee cap back to full mobility. To make recovery a bit more challenging I have an issue with my foot on the same leg, that causes pain when I stand and walk (known as Metartasalgia). I was diagnosed with this condition and waiting on the custom Orthodotics to be delivered when I fell and tore up my knee. I still have swelling in my knee and leg post-op when extends down into my foot. Because of the swelling I am unable to wear any of my regular shoes and I can't take delivery of my orthodotics until I CAN wear my normal shoes - which the OS says may be another 2-3 months before the swelling is gone altogether. The swelling is still there in part because of the scar tissue. So for the first time in my life I just went and bought two pair of identical walking shoes - in two different sizes! One shoe fits my left foot, the other my right. It's quite a hoot! Of all the things I considered before surgery this was certainly never one of them. Still I am so happy to be able to walk with both feet on the ground. Now I look forward to the day when my knees and feet will no longer be in my thoughts and conversation every day! All is well and I have received much comfort, support and encouragement from all who contribute to this Sports Injury website. Knowing what to expect and what others are experiencing helps al of us to not feel so alone - and gives us hope in the dark, scary moments. To God be the Glory.

May 14, 2010
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stay strong!
by: jill

i was really encouraged to see that you guys have a mini encouragement group going on, when i tore my acl i had no one as i am the first case out of all my friends. i just had my op on the 10 March 2010 too!

yes the pain for the first week was terrible. spent most of the time sleeping and icing. but after the second month i'm able to drive and walk normally (more or less). people have told me that physio is really really important. so dont skip on it and do as much as you can, try to push a little harder each time. im still going every week and today's session been able to bend to 125 degrees. it not easy and when you can you should do bending as much as possbile to prevent scar tissue build up and a need for a post op.

don't worry you'll get better soon! hope to continue reading your updates!

Apr 29, 2010
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To Delay ro Not to Delay Surgery
by: Cherie'

Hi Kym, just read your post and my personal recommendation is that you do what you need to do as far as scheduling your surgery. It IS definitely a committment for rehab so you need to work that out with your transportation but if it is better for you to postpone the surgery for a few weeks or even a month or two in order to work it into your schedle then do that. Just don't put it off too long.

Apr 29, 2010
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This helped me before surgery tomorrow
by: Kym

I am having my ACL replaced tomorrow and suddenly am having severe doubts about going through with it. I can walk now and my knee feels fine except when I move it the wrong way :-) So I was rethinking because I didn't know the PT was so extreme. I tore ACL skiing. I am not a ski addict and it does not matter that much if I don't ski again. At age 55, I am happy to give it up. But.... I don't want to be looking at ACL surgery down the road if it is inevitable. Since it does not heel, I understand that my knee will always be a bit unstable.

Reading these posts have helped me lean towards getting the surgery done. But it is so inconvenient not being able to drive a car. My husband has to drive me to work, to doctor's, etc. And he will be traveling in a few weeks and won't be able to do it.

Does it matter if one waits a few weeks for the surgery?

I will post tomorrow on my decision, to do or not to do, that is the question.

-Kym

Mar 25, 2010
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Part 2 of Status Update After Surgery
by: Anonymous

Continued from Part 1 of Status Update After Surgery....

Sleep has evaded me much of the time as Talwin does not make me sleepy and sleeping on my back is anything but normal to me. When I have NOT been strapped to the CPM machine(which required me lying in bed) I have spent the majority of my time in a recliner with my leg propped up on pillows. I am happy to report that up to now the pain has been manageable. I continue to keep the Iceman on most of the day and night as it just feels really good and helps keep the swelling down and I still take Ibuprophen 3-times a day.

I am on crutches for at least 4-weeks, maybe 5 because I ended up having TWO menincus tears, one medial and one lateral, plus a donor ACL reconstruction. My surgeon repaired both tears and I am praying for a complete healing and full recovery.

I began formal physical therapy 2-days ago which consisted of the PT interviewing me, doing some measurements and some light PT. I actually had this same physical therapist two-years ago when I originally torn my ACL and she was helping me to try to rehab my knee and avoid the surgery. She told me this time rehab will be more difficult, will seem like it's going on forever before I am discharged from PT (5-Months formal PT for my injury plus DAILY in-home exercises)and yes it will likely be quite painful at times (oh goody), I have been saving my pain pills just in case I need them for PT!

Walking on crutches is very difficult at my age. I am so looking forward to the day when I can be downsized into a smaller leg brace and walk on two feet again (4-5 weeks?). Until then and even after that I just have to take it one-day-at-a-time.

I have been very blessed to have a great deal of support in every way from my husband and mother and that has really made this experience as stress-free as possible. I encourage anyone facing this surgery to enlist the support of everyone you know as it will make it easier on you if you don't have to get up for everything you need. And when you are on crutches you can't carry a thing for yourself!

Thank you to all who have contributed to my post to help me, your input was indeed helpful. To anyone who has severely injured your ACL don't do as I did and put off having it repaired. The horrible fall I took later has cost me dearly with the addition of two tears in my Menincus. Get your ACL reconstructed ASAP. A torn Menincus makes the whole ordeal much long and more painful.

Best wishes to all who are facing this journey as well. I hope my update helps you know what to expect and if you are allergic to pain meds see if you can take Talwin as I did. Bye for now!

Mar 25, 2010
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Part 1 of Status Update After Surgery
by: C Bell

I began this original post and wanted to add an update so that everyone who reads my post will know how it's going for me. Today is 2-Weeks since my surgery on March 11th, 2010. Before surgery I made sure to discuss every concern with my Surgeon. I was so worried about pain mgmt. I laughingly/seriously told my surgeon to inject the maximum amount of numbing drugs he could safely inject directly into my knee while I was still under!

Woke up in recovery in pain, which surprised me but they gave me a Morphene injection (yes, even though I'm allergic to it it's not life-threatening). The shot really helped the pain. I did develop hives and intense itching from the shot plus all the other drugs they injected into me during surgery for the first 3-days, but after that the side-effects went away. The fact that I was not in extreme pain was worth it. It was a also a BIG help that I was not injesting pain meds I am allergic to. I asked my Surgeon for a script for Talwin (no hives, no itching). It's been around for a long time and he had no problem giving me a script for that. I took Talwin every 3-4 hours plus 600 mg of Ibuprophen 3 times a day for the first 4-5 days. After than I was just taking Ibuprophen. Note: I did not take the Talwin and the Ibuprophen at the same time. I alternated so that at one med time I took the Talwin, and at the next med time I took the Ibuprohen.

I was issued a CPM (continued passive motion) machine for the first 10-days. I used it faithfully every day almost non-stop for the first week then I began to use it a bit less. I always used it 10+ hours a day/night though as it actually felt good along with the Iceman cooling pack. I faithfully kept my leg elevated above my heart any time I was not in the CPM machine for the first 7-days as instructed. Since surgery I have had my leg in a full leg brace that stays locked at 0 degrees. When I went in for my first post-op appt at 7-days they removed a ton of bandages from my leg and put on a new ace bandage, then put the iceman pack and brace back on me. I was really happy to get all that packing off as it was heavy and beginning to be really itchy.

Read on to Part 2 of Status Update After Surgery.....

Mar 08, 2010
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@Jo
by: Bryan

Jo: If you end up needing an ACL reconstruction, my guess (based only on my own experience) is that you'd be back in the office in a week or two. I was on crutches for almost 4 weeks (meniscus repair with the ACL), but in the office after a week. But obviously talk to your doctor -- if he/she needs you to stay out longer, then do so.

It's pretty rough for the first week -- I didn't want to do much of anything except apply ice and sleep. But then it's really just the long tail...months of slow healing, PT, and recovery. That part isn't...well, it's not necessarily fun, but it's nothing that will keep you out of work.

I hope it all turns out well!

Mar 05, 2010
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Awaiting MRI Scan
by: Jo

I fell down a small grass verge 4 years ago, the swelling and the pain in my knee was unbearable, I too was house bound for 2 weeks, I was supposed to go back to the hospital for an xray after the swelling went down, but I didn't. Now 4 years on and several falls later I am finally doing something about it. Periodically my knee just gives way, I can't walk on it and the pain is like nothing I've ever felt before and I've had 3 kids!It feels like I have a red hot poker sticking in my knee. Last time it went was 2 weeks ago, I can't even wear high heels because of the way they push your heel up!I couldn;t even lay down in bed due to the pain My husband persuaded me to go for an xray, which I did and I saw an OS yesterday, I now need an MRI scan to determine the extent of the damage, I'm nervous about the recovery time if I have an op because I had major surgery last year which took me away from work for 3 months, it's only a sit down job, nothing too taxing but I was wondering if anyone knows the recovery time for peoplewith sedentary jobs? any info would be most helpful

Feb 23, 2010
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ICE
by: Bryan

The only advice I can offer (particularly if you can't tolerate the drugs) is ice...and I mean lots of it. A cryo-cuff is fantastic -- and I was freely adding ice packs on top of it. I felt like the ice did just as much to relieve the pain as the pills did. When that machine kicked on, I felt sooooo much better. We ran the local grocery completely out of the small ice -- it melted faster, so it was colder, so that's what I wanted on there.

I hope you feel better soon -- I'm sure you will. This whole thing won't ever be a pleasant memory...but it will eventually be a memory.


Feb 22, 2010
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Thank You and Update
by: Cherie

Thank you Pete, Catherine and Denise for your kind words of encouragement, and for sharing your stories with me. Today is now 18 days since I fell off the attic ladder and my knee is so much better that it was in week one. I had an MRI on day 7 and saw my OS on day 14. Though my knee was better I couldn’t straighten it out completely nor bear weight on it. OS recommends surgery since this is my 2nd ACL related accident and now my knee is worse than before with the Meniscus tear. MRI also showed significant bone bruising which only time will heal. For now OS says I can bear weight on leg as tolerated, continue with cold packs and elevation often to reduce swelling and he gave me a couple of simple stretching exercises to do daily to work on straightening my leg to full extension prior to surgery, (scheduled for March 11th). It seems crazy to have to do so much to get the knee better so they can do surgery on it but I understand why this is necessary for this type of injury. I am still seriously dreading the surgery and rehab but just as seriously I will be happy when I am on the other side of it all and fully recovered. Thank you again.

Feb 19, 2010
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All The Best
by: Denise

Hi Everyone,

When I first tore my ACL, my orthopaedic surgeon sent me straight to physiotherapy for pre-hab. I always intended to have the surgery because I couldn't bear the way my knee constantly gave way without the ACL. I'm in my early 20's and I definitely need stable knees for a long time to come!

I had the surgery last year and let me just say that the post-surgery pain was no where near as bad as I was expecting. If anything, it was more like discomfort. I stopped take the painkillers I was prescribed, because they made me feel severely nauseous and compared to this feeling the pain was much more bearable. The worst pain will be associated with post surgery rehab, and even then, you're always in control of how hard you want to push yourself. Some days will be better than others in terms of pain, but it will definitely be worth it when you have a stable knee again. I know that everyone's pain threshold is different, but stay positive and remember that the pain is not as bad as you're probably thinking.

Just another piece of advice: be really careful after your surgery and remember that you're putting extra pressure on other parts of your body to compensate for the inability to use the post-surgery knee (I managed to badly sprain my thumb while trying to baby my knee which made using crutches quite an ordeal). Wishing you all the best for your surgery.

Denise

Feb 12, 2010
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3 1/2 months on from surgery
by: Catherine

I tore my ACL and fractured my tibia last February and fractured and initially went for the exercise and rehab option. Unfortunately the knee was too unstable and I decided to go for an ACL reconstruction. The first couple of days following surgery were difficult, but I was able to get to 90 degrees the day following surgery and I have been impressed and reassured with the stability. If you are facing surgery with trepidation, remember that your new knee will be stable.

It is far better to get it fixed and do the exercises, then spend your life avoiding 'anything' that might injure your knee. I am looking forward to hillwalking and my next ski-ing holiday. But already I can swim, dance, go to the gym, push my daughter on the roundabout and navigate a supermarket trolley without fear. I am not an overly active person, but I didn't want to end up limiting my life when there was and is an alternative. My advice - go for it, have the surgery and move on with confidence.

Feb 10, 2010
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petes acl 5 years since tear
by: pete

it's not that bad guys.had my surgery on the 4th.they gave me a nerve block, will last up to 36 hrs.get it! not much pain the first 6 days.i went pt today now i am a little sore thats all.going off meds now i was doing oxycodone without acetaminophen at about 4 per day.you wont itch and better for the liver.i started to work my knee on day two 15 min five times a day.i also used an aircast cooler cuff stays cold up to six hours.i cooled for 5 days straight.i had 90 deg flex on day 4.ii can put full weight on it,i am 49 yrs old so you can do this to.thanks pete

Feb 09, 2010
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You Are Not Alone Donna
by: Cherie

Hi Donna, my injury is my left knee as well. I am laying here with my leg elevated and wrapped in cold packs trying to keep the swelling down in preparation for my MRI tomorrow. Seems you, Claire, and I are all at different points in what may prove to be very similar journeys. Claire has her surgery on Friday, you are going for your pre-op appointment on Friday and I getting my MRI tomorrow! I never knew so many of us were suffering! I encourage you to talk openly to your OS on Friday and tell him straight up (as I will surely do to mine as well) about your need for serious pain management -- in whatever forms they have it, be that procedures, special post-op equipment, whatever they have! I know I want it ALL! It's bad enough as it is ~ and I know that there are methods and such that can help us get through this. Stay in touch and let me know how it goes and what your OS offers to do "to" and "for" you, to help you get through this with the least amount of pain possible. I will be praying for you as well Donna.

Feb 09, 2010
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C. Bell of Texas
by: Donna

C. Bell~

Thank you for sharing your story with us ACL injured folks. I was diagnosed in late December with a torn ACL in my left knee and I have a pre-op appointment with my OS this Friday...I am also scared...I'm scared about the surgery...recovery etc...and I like you, can't take hardly any pain meds without throwing up.

Please stay in touch with me ok...donnaardolino@aol.com

I will keep you in my prayers,
Donna

Feb 09, 2010
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I Know Your Pain Claire
by: Cherie

Thank you for your response Claire. How different the advice we received from the OS we saw in the beginning. It really stinks to be allergic to much needed painkillers but for me my allergic reaction is giant hives from head to toe, swollen eyes and INTENSE Chigger/Mosquito-bite itching at it's worst stage of itchiness! The reaction is so bad that I just can not add that to trying to recover from surgery too. I will definitely be talking to my OS about this when I get in to see him next week. By then you will be at home post-op and I pray doing much better. I hope all goes extremely well with your surgery on Firday and that you will be blessed with only minor pain and a speedy recovery! Let's try to keep each other posted on how we are doing and encourage one another in the process. Blessings to you Clarie.

Feb 09, 2010
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I agree, get the ACL repaired asap
by: Claire

I'm 50 and I'm scheduled for an ACL repair this Friday (Feb. 12 2010).

I've fallen "off" the knee several times, but the last time was the worst and I've severely hurt my medial lateral ligament. In the past I've stretched this ligament when my knee's collapsed, but it's repaired itself after a few days. Not this time. If I hold the leg up sideways its agonizing and not getting any better. I'm afraid I may have torn it completely.

My surgeon initially suggested I not have the operation and just stabilize the joint using exercise, but this hasn't worked. In fact I think it's dangerous advice. It just means one is postponing the eventual accident until one is older. It really doesn't matter how much one exercises, eventually age will weaken the joint. So, I agree with you.

I'll try and post after the operation. Everyone I've spoken to and read about has said that, yes, it will be painful for the first couple of days. Like you I am allergic to the painkillers, but I believe you can still take them, but just vomit and feel nauseous a lot. One thing that everyone seems to universally agree on is ice. I've bought several bags of frozen peas and my husband is going to buy me a bag of ice. I intend to have a cooler near my bed/couch so that I can continuously ice the knee while I watch the Olympics, as he can't be with me 24/7.

I hope everything gets better for you quickly.

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