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Re: Yellowspike - Dr. Guichet, Internal Femurs, Late 2014
« Reply #31 on: December 16, 2014, 08:33:52 AM »

I'm a little confused about how you had no pain at first? It was the same for me but thats because I had an epidural. The moment that came out... Geeze.

I had an epidural too, but it was taken out after the surgery. So once it's effects wore off...last night was awful. They're gonna try to get me stronger pain meds.
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« Reply #32 on: December 16, 2014, 10:01:16 AM »

Can they get you dilaudid? That stuff will put you where you want to be.
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Re: Yellowspike - Dr. Guichet, Internal Femurs, Late 2014
« Reply #33 on: December 16, 2014, 10:23:09 AM »

Remember when I said the pain wasn't bad? It is tonight! I can't piss in those bottles they give you for the life of me, so I had to crutch it to the bathroom again. OUCH. 8/10 this time. They just gave me some morphine so it's soothed it a bit.

Dude, stand up and try to piss. it is around the same, you have to try... touch ur dckie a bit, it will flow
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« Reply #34 on: December 16, 2014, 11:08:28 AM »

Can they get you dilaudid? That stuff will put you where you want to be.

They just got me OxyContin and Diazepam. And they're gonna give me a more potent but shorter lasting Oxy at lunch. I'll probably be here until Thursdsy.
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Re: Yellowspike - Dr. Guichet, Internal Femurs, Late 2014
« Reply #35 on: December 16, 2014, 07:28:10 PM »

Dear Yellowspike,

I am sorry for interrupting your diary, I sincerely appolgize.
I am relieved that someone is making a diary of Dr Guichet 2014, I, also will have my LL soon around 2015-16.
But the I'd like to know every stap you have taken to get to the surgery, if I may ask :) ?
How did you contact Dr Guichet and what did you include in your mail etc.

I'd appreciate if you took the time to help me,
Thanks for reading!
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Re: Yellowspike - Dr. Guichet, Internal Femurs, Late 2014
« Reply #36 on: December 16, 2014, 08:33:07 PM »

Yeah, ShyShy was back to 100% function within 9 months (his words).
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Re: Yellowspike - Dr. Guichet, Internal Femurs, Late 2014
« Reply #37 on: December 16, 2014, 09:02:45 PM »

As much as I love Dr. G....I am super jealous of you guys who had epidurals kept in the first few days. I have not, and so far, nothing seems to help with the pain. But when Dr. Guichet visited me earlier today, he said most of my pain is due to swelling caused by some broken blood vessels. They put some patches on my legs to help with that, but PT has been very hard so far.

I hope this damn swelling goes down because I want to do PT as much as I can.
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Re: Yellowspike - Dr. Guichet, Internal Femurs, Late 2014
« Reply #38 on: December 16, 2014, 11:58:29 PM »

Honestly, while epidural was nice to have for 2/3 days, once it came out it was a horrible shock.

Dilaudid was the real thing you should be jealous of. Idk why they aren't giving you that, but on the plus side you will be very toughened up for the rest of the first month!
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Re: Yellowspike - Dr. Guichet, Internal Femurs, Late 2014
« Reply #39 on: December 17, 2014, 05:53:46 PM »

This pain is getting old. I NEED this damn swelling to go down already!
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Re: Yellowspike - Dr. Guichet, Internal Femurs, Late 2014
« Reply #40 on: December 17, 2014, 06:29:11 PM »

Can you get medical weed in France? That might help with the pain.
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Re: Yellowspike - Dr. Guichet, Internal Femurs, Late 2014
« Reply #41 on: December 17, 2014, 08:13:01 PM »

Everything gets better man, just gotta truck through that first month.
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Re: Yellowspike - Dr. Guichet, Internal Femurs, Late 2014
« Reply #42 on: December 17, 2014, 08:51:21 PM »

Everything gets better man, just gotta truck through that first month.

Thanks man. I hope at least there's an improvement around the third week mark like many seem to have experienced.
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« Reply #43 on: December 17, 2014, 10:12:17 PM »

Thanks man. I hope at least there's an improvement around the third week mark like many seem to have experienced.

Saying from tibia, my doctor says you have a huge drop in pain after 4 cm
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« Reply #44 on: December 17, 2014, 10:18:31 PM »

You will see an improvement around then. When post surgical pain has subsided things get a lot better. Second month is much more comfortable, and if you are lengthening into your third month it becomes a breeze in comparison. Once you stop you will be very happy with how fast you feel great again as well.

You don't have that much more of this intense pain to cope with, and you're looking at a lifetime of benefit so keep your eye on the prize.

Not sure if you have access, but sitting in a warm shower helped me cope a lot during the period of bad pain early on.
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Re: Yellowspike - Dr. Guichet, Internal Femurs, Late 2014
« Reply #45 on: December 17, 2014, 10:46:38 PM »

You will see an improvement around then. When post surgical pain has subsided things get a lot better. Second month is much more comfortable, and if you are lengthening into your third month it becomes a breeze in comparison. Once you stop you will be very happy with how fast you feel great again as well.

You don't have that much more of this intense pain to cope with, and you're looking at a lifetime of benefit so keep your eye on the prize.

Not sure if you have access, but sitting in a warm shower helped me cope a lot during the period of bad pain early on.

Thanks a lot bro, I really appreciate this! I actually do feel slightly better, but Dr. G is tough and expects a lot out of me even this early on.

As you said at the beginning of your diary....I definitely don't think I'd be doing as well as I have been without my huge triceps, chest and shoulders. My legs are starting to come back, but are still virtually useless at this point.
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Re: Yellowspike - Dr. Guichet, Internal Femurs, Late 2014
« Reply #46 on: December 17, 2014, 10:47:26 PM »

Saying from tibia, my doctor says you have a huge drop in pain after 4 cm

Cool! I think I'm at like 1.2-1.3cm right now.
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Re: Yellowspike - Dr. Guichet, Internal Femurs, Late 2014
« Reply #47 on: December 25, 2014, 05:35:25 AM »

Cool! I think I'm at like 1.2-1.3cm right now.
How is everything now me brother?
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Re: Yellowspike - Dr. Guichet, Internal Femurs, Late 2014
« Reply #48 on: December 25, 2014, 02:41:07 PM »

Hey guys! Sorry I've been slackin was the updates. The first week, as you all know, was quite a physical and emotional challenge. I figured id have all my breakdowns offline, then resurface lol. The hospital was hell on Earth. I had a lesser version of the Rtaller/Cooper alien poop because I knew enough to use prune juice and hot water. But the pain the first 3-4 days was debilitating.

It's post-op day 10, and the pain is almost all gone, except for on the sides of my butt and a little on my right knee. My main complaint now is that sleeping SUCKS. I sleep for like 3-4 hours if Im lucky, then struggle big time going back to sleep. I'm hoping this at least improves a little, even though I know it won't resolve completely until I stop clicking.

The one sucky thing about the Gnail compared to Precice is clicking. It's not painful...just very annoying. And I hear it gets more painful as the bone heals  :-[

Dr. G is hardcore. He makes us go to the gym and do the isokinetic center almost every day! From a physical fitness standpoint,  no problem, but going off little to no sleep makes it very hard. I'm hoping my body somehow adapts to it all.

I hit my first inch in 3 more days (I'm a little over 2cm right now), shooting for 6.5-7cm. So I should be done in early Feb.  ;D

I'm a tad concerned about the cost the of all of this (all these damn taxi rides are adding up)... But I'm trying to tell myself that we make most of our money between our late 30s through our 50s, and I still have a nice amount left to buy property in the next year or two. Plus my next goal after LL is to get a new job to make more money anyway.

One day at a time!
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Re: Yellowspike - Dr. Guichet, Internal Femurs, Late 2014
« Reply #49 on: December 25, 2014, 04:15:20 PM »

Congratulation on being 2cm taller already.  Hang in there.  Hopefully your discomfort and sleeplessness will get better soon.
How many hours do you spend in the Gym everyday? Do they focus more on stretching or aerobic exercises in the Gym?
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« Reply #50 on: December 25, 2014, 05:05:46 PM »

Congratulation on being 2cm taller already.  Hang in there.  Hopefully your discomfort and sleeplessness will get better soon.
How many hours do you spend in the Gym everyday? Do they focus more on stretching or aerobic exercises in the Gym?

Thanks pal. I hope the sleep issue even just improves a bit, since I don't expect it to completely resolve until after lengthening ends.

We do about 1.5-2 hours in the gym, and then about 2 hours at isokinetic. The only aerobic exercise they've made me do so far is cycling, and then mostly stretching exercises. Dr. G came to my isokinetic session yesterday and said I was doing well enough that he thinks I can do the elliptical (on broken lets!!) in about 2 weeks. Nuts!
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Re: Yellowspike - Dr. Guichet, Internal Femurs, Late 2014
« Reply #51 on: December 25, 2014, 05:27:07 PM »

I am currently lengthening my femurs as well (Precice II, South Africa) and I have a diary as well.
My surgery was about 5.5 weeks ago. One thing I am learning is that there are surprises all the time during this journey. My sleep was very bad, then it suddenly got better. In the last couple of days I have been sleeping too much (more than 12 hours per day) and I have been taking less pain meds, so it is not due to medications either.
Same goes with pain (sometimes it is better, other times it is worse).

Maybe you can ask Dr. G if you can take any over the counter sleep aide.

I don't know what exactly Isokinetic center is. Is it a place where there are machines that will help you stretch? Why can't a physical therapist help you with those stretches?
I understand that Dr. G considers Isokinetic center very important. And I respect Dr. G., so I am not arguing. But I want to understand and I am curious. What part of it makes it so unique? Staff experience?modern machines?
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Re: Yellowspike - Dr. Guichet, Internal Femurs, Late 2014
« Reply #52 on: December 25, 2014, 06:47:24 PM »

I am currently lengthening my femurs as well (Precice II, South Africa) and I have a diary as well.
My surgery was about 5.5 weeks ago. One thing I am learning is that there are surprises all the time during this journey. My sleep was very bad, then it suddenly got better. In the last couple of days I have been sleeping too much (more than 12 hours per day) and I have been taking less pain meds, so it is not due to medications either.
Same goes with pain (sometimes it is better, other times it is worse).

Maybe you can ask Dr. G if you can take any over the counter sleep aide.

I don't know what exactly Isokinetic center is. Is it a place where there are machines that will help you stretch? Why can't a physical therapist help you with those stretches?
I understand that Dr. G considers Isokinetic center very important. And I respect Dr. G., so I am not arguing. But I want to understand and I am curious. What part of it makes it so unique? Staff experience?modern machines?

I will check your diary out bro! And I'm glad to hear that your sleep improved...I really hope that mine does soon, because then I'll be much better able to deal with the onslaught of physical therapy. He prescribed a sleeping aid from the get-go but it doesn't help that much  :-\

You can look them up, but my understanding is that isokinetic centers and the specialists who work there are experts in dealing with any and all kinds of physical inquiries. I met a guy there who tore his miniscus, a guy who broke a femur in a skiing accident, and a girl who badly sprained or tore her hamstring while running vigorously. They're almost like "super physical therapists," and they have great facilities and equipment too. Dr. G works closely with a few in the various centers in Milan and London, so they know best how to deal with LL patients.
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Re: Yellowspike - Dr. Guichet, Internal Femurs, Late 2014
« Reply #53 on: December 25, 2014, 08:43:54 PM »

Ok thanks for explanation about Isokinetic center.
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« Reply #54 on: December 25, 2014, 11:48:12 PM »

Keep the costs out of your mind for now man. Stay strong!
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« Reply #55 on: December 26, 2014, 12:46:32 AM »

Keep the costs out of your mind for now man. Stay strong!

Thanks man!
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« Reply #56 on: December 26, 2014, 02:23:55 PM »

When did any of you attempt to sleep on your side? I almost was able to last night, but it was still pretty painful. The only pain I have left at the moment is on the sides of my upper thighs/butt, really. It's still pretty bruised on one side too, hoping it goes away soon.
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« Reply #57 on: December 26, 2014, 03:56:17 PM »

Since 3 weeks post-op, I have been able to sleep on my sides but only for about an hour or so and then I wake up. I usually put a pillow between my legs (my PT told me that I could put a pillow under my legs as well, which I have not tried that yet).
I don't know why I can't sleep for too long on my sides. Part of the reason could be that before the surgery, I always slept on my back.
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Sleeping on one's sides
« Reply #58 on: December 26, 2014, 04:36:41 PM »

Since 3 weeks post-op, I have been able to sleep on my sides but only for about an hour or so and then I wake up. I usually put a pillow between my legs (my PT told me that I could put a pillow under my legs as well, which I have not tried that yet).
I don't know why I can't sleep for too long on my sides. Part of the reason could be that before the surgery, I always slept on my back.

Hi! I am also 3 weeks post-op and I have the same problem when trying to sleep for too long on my sides! I hate sleeping on my back because I am used to sleeping on my sides. Can anybody tell me when it is possible to do it without feeling pain or discomfort?
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« Reply #59 on: January 01, 2015, 06:06:33 PM »

Well, Monday will be 3 weeks post op, and I'm getting new x-rays taken soon. I believe I'm at about 3cm, perhaps a tad more. The x-rays will confirm. Pain is only bad at night. I still have a lot of trouble sleeping. My only complaint aside from this is some very slight numbness in my left shin. The head physiotherapist said I'm doing fantastically so I'm not sure what's causing the shin numbness. Neither Guichet nor the physiotherapist seem too worried about it but I hope it goes away.

I had a family member visit me in London this past week and I'm kinda down now since they left today. According to Dr. G's calculations, I'm due to hit my goal of 6.5cm on Feb 5...so I'm just hoping Jan flies by. I'm ready to start sleeping again, and as I havent been home since Nov 11, I'm really ready to go home.
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Re: Yellowspike - Dr. Guichet, Internal Femurs, Late 2014
« Reply #60 on: January 01, 2015, 08:22:07 PM »

Are you in London? Not Milan?

Where does Guichet stay?
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« Reply #61 on: January 03, 2015, 12:15:18 AM »

Remember when I said the pain wasn't bad? It is tonight! I can't piss in those bottles they give you for the life of me, so I had to crutch it to the bathroom again. OUCH. 8/10 this time. They just gave me some morphine so it's soothed it a bit.

They actually give morphine???
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