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Offline alclimbup2

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torn meniscus
« on: October 23, 2011, 12:38:27 PM »
Just had arthroscopic surg friday on my right knee, torn medial meniscus, hardest part now is the no climbing for 4 to 6 weeks and not being able to do much of anything the first few days, but....nothing compared to one of my best climbing partners who just had his FIFTH! torn ACL, 2 in one knee and 3 in the other, he is out for 5 or 6 months.
Had been bothering me for years, but it got worse over this past summer and I would be limping back many times after a day of climbing and really set it off at a friend's indoor barn gym, finally took my head out of the sand and saw a doctor, prob have had for awhile and now also have arthrtitis in that knee, doctor says should be fine to resuming climbing all out after a month or so and will prob be 10 years until the arthritis really begins to bother me, so at age 53, not too bad all and all, but....wish I had checked it out sooner, so dont wait years if you have a chronic joint pain is all I can suggest.

Good timing in between rock and ice seasons to recuperate, will be reading a lot and posting on NEclimbs to fill the void as I am just a hyper climbing kid at heart....climb one for me!

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Re: torn meniscus
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2011, 12:53:51 PM »
good thing the knee has "extra" meniscus.  You won't be completely hammering joint to joint YET   ;)  Lots of low impact like swimming is great ( though prolly not in the Swift)

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Re: torn meniscus
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2011, 07:31:27 AM »
Hoping for a speedy recovery for ya Al. Try to make the best of it  ;). Let me know if you need anything.

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Re: torn meniscus
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2011, 07:36:58 AM »
yep, its my first one John, so still have some left, the doctor went over the bone to bone scenerio when most of the meniscus is gone, and learned all sorts of interesting facts how meniscus does not regenerate and heal after age 18, and has no nerve endings, the pain is from the surrounding tissue, not the actual meniscus, and can see why people get addicted to painkillers. Hats off to my wife for helping out all weekend, I was getting pretty bored yesterday, the Patriots had a bye week, so no local football, all my climbing partners went to P-Way and one guy took a couple safe "whippers" leading something hard from what my brother told me , wish I was there to see that!  

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Re: torn meniscus
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2011, 07:37:59 AM »
Thanx Jeremy, we'll be up in the Ravines by early December!

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Re: torn meniscus
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2011, 09:14:25 AM »
good thing whiskey season is coming.

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Re: torn meniscus
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2011, 07:40:58 AM »
I've had two "scopes" on my left knee. I find if I use a support brace when I climb and run it helps out. Just use caution when you get back to activities as we tend to overdo it when we feel better. I learned a tough lesson. (that's why I needed two scopes.)

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Re: torn meniscus
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2011, 11:58:55 AM »
Thanx for the tip Steve, will way try to remember to take it easy at first as I know I'll be full of enthusiasm but the price of having to do this all over again is way too much, 5 days now, can bear weight/walk limping, still some swelling, but better each day, cant wait till its over

John you must go nuts with your non climbing due to your hip problem, I guess after awhile you have to accept it, man that part has to be tough, I'm not good at bad reality   

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Re: torn meniscus
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2011, 01:55:58 PM »
Walking is the real problem, I can still fake easy climbing pretty well. Good thing the local crag has a level 2-5 minute approach

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Re: torn meniscus
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2011, 10:44:53 PM »
John, you sound like George Hurley. he has trouble walking, but sure can climb...
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Re: torn meniscus
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2011, 07:32:27 AM »
If John laid off the whiskey he might find it is easier to walk!! :-X :-X :P

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Re: torn meniscus
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2011, 10:42:12 AM »
If John laid off the whiskey he might find it is easier to walk!! :-X :-X :P

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Re: torn meniscus
« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2011, 05:43:07 PM »
If John laid off the whiskey he might find it is easier to walk!! :-X :-X :P
never worked before   :D

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Re: torn meniscus
« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2011, 07:16:59 AM »
I hear you John. I've always been one to look for adventure where none apparently exists. :o :o

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Re: torn meniscus
« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2011, 12:37:30 PM »
Been getttin by on nice smooth Cabo Wabo Tequila. Another injury laid up problem is gaining weight, easy to munch out and eat extra hanging around, lot of side effects from post surg. Good timing though, knda crappy weather this weekend, with an early northeaster with 5 to 10 inches expected state wide tonight