And I had no idea just how crazy my left knee was until I put these on either! Sheesh! That thing is at a very unnatural angle. But the good news is that the braces will help prevent more "drooping" inward. And most of all, they stop hyperextension and support the entire joint when I move. Less balance trouble, less falling, more strength (same strength, but now I can use it more properly), more comfort, less pain.
In addition, because I don't hyperextend my knees in the braces, I don't hyperextend my back as much when I'm standing in them.
Did have a small setback yesterday. While I've worn the braces for at least 8 hours every day since I got them, yesterday was the first time I worked (a full 12 hr shift) in them. Between the added moisture (sweat! life 4 floors up in the summer!) and the added friction from rigorous work, my skin is very displeased. Very. When I took them off last night I had blisters and irritation in the lines between the pads, kind of spider web-ish. After showering and sleeping (I was scratching in the middle of the night, I know I woke up and got a baby wipe at one point to just wipe my skin with something cool...it was like fire in my skin), it looks better this morning, but the movement of just walking is enough to irritate the open spots. So I was intentionally very lazy today. If I give in and give my body the time to heal, I can pick up again sooner. I have a doctor appointment across town tomorrow, so I'll have them back on for at least 4 hours. I probably won't keep them on once I get home...just not worth the torture; skin needs to breathe to heal.
And this weekend, I'm going to have to minimize how long I wear them at work. I may do the shift in thirds, wear them for the first 4 hours, off for 4, on for the last 4 (first and last 4s are the worst anyway). I know my skin will get used to it eventually. Just gonna take some time.
In other news, finally off light duty from the wrist/hand sprain from last month. I saw 3 different doctors in 4 visits at the work comp clinic. Continuity of care much? The first doc was great, agreed that my hypermobile/loose joints saved me from a crush injury (I prefer a nasty sprain to crush fractures). Second doc admitted he knew very little about EDS but that he'd read my file, tested my mobility and asked me what I thought as far as work and restrictions. The third doc didn't believe that I had EDS, that my hand dislocated when my patient grabbed me, that anything I said was true. Very frustrating. But he still listened to my suggestion that I needed another week of modified duty before I returned full duty. I hate those situations. I get that people haven't heard of it, and I'm more than happy to help with my end of the knowledge, but people discounting what I say and refusing to believe me just because the disease is rare, that's just ignorant.
And now I'm back to itchy irritated skin, so I'm gonna sit back with something cold on my legs to make it stop!