G'day guys have been following post since completely rupturing hamstring whilst getting ambition and ability mixed up waterskiing, MRI scans showed a 10cm gap and had surgery in Aug 2011 and a Lars graft put in so the hamstring would reach back to the bone. My recovery has been really good with no problems out of the ordinary, have just upped the physio work to try and get back to quick running in a month or so. Thanks to all that have posted the info is great and makes the surgery and recovery less daunting, to all those who have had the surgery a quick recovery, to all those who are thinking about or about to have surgery in my case it was well worth having done and my life is back to healthy and normal.
Welcome Christine and good luck with your healing process.
Flathead, thanks for posting how you are doing. I helps to hear from people farther along.
I finally have a surgeon appt. on March 28th, yay! It has been 8 weeks since my injury. I contacted the insurance company handling my case for the resort where I was injured. They were ok with me going the private route (here in Canada) so no more waiting on the longest line. BC,Canada has very long waiting lists for specialists and surgeries. Even tho' my GP doctor marked my referral urgent 2 weeks ago I haven't even had a phone call from that specialists office. I am lucky to be able to go with the private surgery clinic. ($500.00 consult fee) My physio. thinks it may be 50/50 whether they will want to do the surgery on me. My semimembranosus is intact, its my conjoint (semitend/biceps femorus) tendon that is avulsed with an 11cm retraction (as of Feb 28th). But I am 52 and already have fibromyalgia and accelerated arthritis is my neck. As well as a hypermobility disease. I am worrying about being refused because I worry about my future. I will have to sign off with the insurance company and then if I have problems later on I would be on my own. I already am having intermittent sciatica, some balance problems and my leg feels wobbly. I am going to fight for it, even tho' I am about 90% healed. I will have to start all over again! aargh. If the Mexican ultrasound tech had checked they would have seen it and I would be all done by now. But, he only checked around my knee. Even a sports trauma specialist at Cancun hospital diidn't catch my torn tendon! Does anyone know what their surgery cost? Sending healing vibes to everyone...ps A naturopathic Dr. friend recommends the herb Gotu Kola. It reduces scar tissue and helps align muscle fibers! Good stuff!
Hi again: I am now 11 days post op and am starting to feel much better however have noticed the muscle in the thigh of my injured leg feels very loose. I thought it would be the opposite - tight like my knee and calf. I am wondering if anyone else experienced this. I haven't over done it so i don't think I have come unattached and I don't really have pain in the area just a weird sensation and a very heavy feeling.
PS Thanks flathead for the encouragement. Willow good luck at your appointment. Carol thanks for the welcome. And thanks to everyone who has posted so much valuable information.
Last edited by christineb; 20-03-2012 at 01:30 PM.
12 days now and I tried to go without pain meds today!! It was impossible. Was anyone else on pain meds for this long. I am starting to wonder if I will ever feel better. I am feeling pretty down and out about my progress. Was anyone else like this?
christineb: hang in there. Itmight not feel like it right now but it will get better.
Pain sucks. It really, really does. This was my second serious operation. I had a shoulder decompression (bone shaving) and tendon repair where they scooped out calcium from my supraspinatus a couple of years ago. That time I was on strong pain meds for over a month, gradually tapering off until i took nothing at 7or 8 weeks post op..
People differ wildly in how much pain they feel. So some people can take very little while other need help for longer because they are genuinely carrying a bigger burden. It's not weakness, it's like you have awesomely good hearing or vision and can notice a loss, while others can stumble around with big changes and not notice so much.
yep, this time i was on pain meds of one sort or another for about a month, gradually tapering from endone (4 days) to strong codeine (week and a half) through lesser doses (more at night to go to sleep) and then paracetemol (see below) until I got the brace off.
Some advice i got to do with pain in general - firstly, do not expect to be totally pain-free and like normal even with the best painkillers around. Painkillers aren't for making you feel normal, they are just to help you function. To take the edge off it, so to speak. It might still hurt, but that's just something that you can and will deal with.
It's not much comfort, I know. I've been there, and I seem to be very sensitive to pain, so I'm not just being all get-over-it. That doesn't help.
Secondly, taking a full dose of paracetemol (tylenol in the usa?) every day for the whole duration that you need painkillers and perhaps longer will do two things. It will help the other painkillers work better - longer and more effectively- and reduce the number and severity of "breakthroughs" - episodes of pain that can't be gotten rid of by even strong painkillers. Apparently it is used in cancer patients and chronic pain cases for this purpose, even thiugh for a lot of people it seens to do stuff-all when they get an episode of pain (I'm one of those!).
One thing though if you take paracetemol: DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL AND DO NOT TAKE MORE THAN THE RECOMMENDED DOSE. It can be seriously bad for your liver in these cases. Check that your other meds do not already contain it, and if they do, reduce the extra amount of plain paracetemol that you take.
Thirdly, don't just stop taking stuff. Never. Start by taking a little less at each dose time, or even every second time. Maybe 1.5 pills rather than 2. Then 1. etc. Gradually get used t how you feel - not perfectly pain-free, but coping. If you just stop you might get a breakthrough or rebound.
Fourthly, distract yourself, or get people to distract you. Do as much as you can that you enjoy. Funny tv. Stupid cat videos. ICanHasCheezburger. Cartoons. Good music. Whatever. When you're doing nothing and/or alone it can be harder. Ask for and get help. Demand it, even.
Last edited by flerdle; 21-03-2012 at 10:14 PM.
I'm sorry that you are having a difficult time. Hang in there, and know that it will get better not too long from now. My experience was that the first 2 weeks were particularly horrible. I felt a little better week three, and better every week after that. You are going through the hardest part right now, so give yourself a pat on the back for enduring and surviving it. Try to surround yourself with as many comforting things as you can. Music, feel good movies or a pet if you have one. My cat helped tremendously. Get through a day at a time, and know that this will pass, and it will be worth it in the end, because you will get your leg back. My leg didn't even feel like it was a part of me at first. It felt so strange. Hang in there. Dave from this blog had a great idea. Put up a picture of something you love to do, to encourage yourself to get through this. A friend of mine had a good idea as well. She suggested that I visualize walking, and better. Visualizing can be almost as good as doing it for real. Good luck! I am thinking about you.
7 weeks(?) post op, and improving at the rate of a snail, but improving none the less, which is far better than getting worse! My leg keeps swelling, especially the knee, which gets discouraging because I feel like I shouldn't still have to rest so much. I am expecting too much too soon, and I need to shift my perspective to what I can do, and remember to be grateful for those things. I can dress myself, and shower by myself, and I am no longer confined to home, because I can drive. This has been true for a couple of weeks, but I need to remember that not all weeks are going to have major breakkthroughs, and that healing is gradual, so it can be difficult to see progress from day to day.
After scouring the Internet I have come across injury update which in turn led to this thread. Thank you to all that post and reply as I now have a better understanding of the requirements to treat this injury.
As of 3 days ago during a sporting contest I have managed to tear all three tendons off the bone with a retraction of 13cm down the muscle on my left leg, to add to this I have also torn all three adductor muscles on the same leg.
I am currently having trouble sitting (as all do), which seems to be effecting defecation. I have found constipation a problem, and this is not due to pain killers as I have not had any yet. Has anybody else experienced this problem and are laxatives the key? I am booked in for surgery exactly a week from now and would like to start to prepare for life in bed. If there are any helpful hints that have not been mentioned that would be much appreciated. When did people stop elevating their leg in bed and fell asleep in their stomachs?
Secondly, as I am a school teacher and 1 month away from permanency how did people find returning to work? Does treatment stipulate the RICE treatment post op or were there those who were happy to keep their leg down? Is swelling too much within the first few days post op? I am quite bullish about this situation and as it is 3 weeks before school holidays I was hoping to return to work for a few days. Any thoughts on this would be great.
Lastly.... Yes finally! I seem to have a constant nauseous feeling, not debilitating just slight like the outset of motion sickness. This sees a constant slight headache towards the front of my forehead and has not been shaken now for 3 days i have not had a head knock for at least 6 months...Hmmm I hope others have experienced this.
Thanks for your time, the waiting game for surgery is quite tough as you know you are not on the mend and hopefully in 7 days I can set goals!!
Wish me luck. Will be going into surgery in 4 hours. I'm think I'm going to be glad to get this over with. I Hate the waiting part