posted on May, 9 2016 @ 08:44 PM
a reply to: Zerodoublehero
i had an ACL/MCL/meniscus repair about 5 years ago.
Definitely not a fun situation to be in. Do what your physical therapist says. Don't over do yourself, but you want to build your leg muscles back
to even stronger than they were before.
I went to the gym every day and rode a stationary bike for at least 30 minutes. I'm sure your physical therapist will keep an eye on your recovery
and suggest different exercises that will be right for you along the way. Don't skimp out on those exercises.
Also i recommend using a protein shake to help build muscles, i use an all natural non gmo plant based protein mix cause i've heard a lot of negative
stuff about the other kinds.
You'll be on the couch for a long time. I took the opportunity to teach myself how to play guitar. I went on different websites and looked up tabs,
and went on youtube and found guitar lessons for different songs i wanted to learn. Sounds hard but once you get the muscle memory it starts getting a
lot easier. (i also became a master mario kart wii expert)
I actually just had meniscus surgery on my other knee about two months ago. So i've been rehabbing the other leg now. It's a lot easier than the ACL
but still sucks. One thing nice about today vs 5 years ago is podcasts. Makes going to the gym much more enjoyable. You can strengthen the mind
and the body at the same time, much better than watching cnn or fox or whatever they have on the tv at the gym.
As for the pain, i'm sure you got prescribed some hefty pain killers. Those work the best for sure. Problem is they incapacitate you. For me the
pain started to decrease a lot after about two weeks. When the swelling starts to go down and the stitches start to heal your will start feeling lot
better. I think i stopped taking my pain meds about 2 weeks after my first surgery and about week after the second one.
Good luck man