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    If it makes you feel any better, I had minimal...

    If it makes you feel any better, I had minimal pain and stopped all pain meds a few days after surgery. There are a few listers who reported similar outcomes. The original injury was so painful that...
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    You may want to get a clarification on whether...

    You may want to get a clarification on whether you are cleared for stairs. Particularly if they still don't want you stretching, running, or speed walking. Leading with the surgical leg to push...
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    Mine was the right side. Could not drive for six...

    Mine was the right side.
    Could not drive for six weeks. As soon as the Dr. said okay, I was driving.
    After my injury I couldn't drive for almost two weeks because of the pain with braking. I didn't...
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    For what it's worth, I was in a knee brace at 80...

    For what it's worth, I was in a knee brace at 80 degrees and non weight bearing for 6 weeks. I took it easy for the first two weeks. I then went back to coaching my softball team for a couple of...
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    Happy Anniversary

    Hi all,
    It has been 1 year and a day since my repair and things have gone really well for the most part.
    I ruptured two of my hamstring tendons at a field hockey tournament while making a split...
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    Toe touch weight bearing

    Think of toe touch weight bearing as if you were stepping on an egg and you didn't want to crush it.

    Happy Healing!

    Tammy
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    My MD was on the conservative end of the protocol...

    My MD was on the conservative end of the protocol spectrum.
    I was non-weight bearing for 6 weeks. And then was limited to ROM and no active strengthening until 12 weeks. My surgery was not until 4...
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    My bruising was about the size of my hand and it...

    My bruising was about the size of my hand and it took 4 days to come through. It didn't look anything like some of the pictures I saw on line where the whole back of the leg was purple from the butt...
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    I was instructed to be non-weight bearing for six...

    I was instructed to be non-weight bearing for six weeks after my surgery and then allowed to wean off of my crutches which took about a week. So I can't really answer to that. Some folks on this...
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    I would sleep with a couple of pillows under my...

    I would sleep with a couple of pillows under my knee or on my left or right side with my knees bent and a pillow in between. Since I only had a knee brace, getting comfortable when sleeping wasn't...
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    You have probably noticed that there are many...

    You have probably noticed that there are many different protocols. My doctor has been very conservative with my recovery but here are some answers based on my experience.

    My injury was to my right...
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    Yay, glad everything went well. You will back...

    Yay, glad everything went well. You will back doing your thing in no time.

    Tammy
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    John, For what it's worth, sitting on the toilet...

    John,
    For what it's worth, sitting on the toilet was no worse for me than it was right after the injury. Actually, I think it actually hurt less after the surgery. I was only in a knee brace locked...
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    If you are going to be on your own during...

    If you are going to be on your own during recovery, make sure you get some things to help yourself out. Hopefully you can at least have some one with you for the first few days and checking in every...
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    Since it is a single tendon rupture, that is a...

    Since it is a single tendon rupture, that is a tough call. Most literature that I have read has either not addressed single ruptures or seemed to favor no repair for single tendon ruptures although...
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    If you look at post #2468, there is a great...

    If you look at post #2468, there is a great research article referenced there that can give you an idea on outcomes. It pretty much mirrors other articles that I have read.

    I think it is better...
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    Can't answer about the laryngitis. I was not...

    Can't answer about the laryngitis.

    I was not allowed to weight bear until after six weeks. After that, I was allowed to wean off of the crutches. That took about 10 days.

    My doctor has been...
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    I wasn't as bad after the hamstring repair but I...

    I wasn't as bad after the hamstring repair but I was really sick after a knee surgery a couple of years ago. Couldn't eat for a good four days except for soda crackers, water, miso soup, and ginger...
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    Hi Baking Again, Sorry to hear about your slow...

    Hi Baking Again,

    Sorry to hear about your slow progress but glad to hear you are still making progress. While not a common complication, RSD can really make things very difficult so you have my...
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    Hi Terrirobo, I only had a 4 cm retraction but...

    Hi Terrirobo,
    I only had a 4 cm retraction but did not have surgery until 4 months after the injury. They did have to remove scar tissue from both the tendon and the nerves but everything has turned...
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    Hi Akabbott, Sorry to hear of your daughter's...

    Hi Akabbott,
    Sorry to hear of your daughter's injury. I would try to get her into a sports medicine specialist. Did she complain of any discomfort in the weeks prior to her injury? I don't want...
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    I love my grabber too. It was a good thing that I...

    I love my grabber too. It was a good thing that I went shopping for one before my surgery. The couple of places that I went to didn't have anything that was less than three feet long. Since I am...
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    6 Weeks Post

    I went to see the doctor today.

    No more brace unless I am in crowded situations. I can start weaning off of the crutches. I should start PT next week but only for range of motion and gentle...
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    Yep, I have numbness below the incision line to...

    Yep,
    I have numbness below the incision line to my mid thigh. I haven't really payed too much attention to it since it is supposed to be normal and go away with time.

    Tammy
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    4 weeks post

    I definitely think the period between the 3rd to 4th week is the "getting over the hump" period. I was pretty disappointed in how quickly I got tired doing simple things like feeding my dogs or...
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