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hi everyone I'm new here and just hoping for a bit of direction

I am 6 ft 1, 115 kilos, and never used to believe in depression, 4 weeks ago tomorrow I had a total knee replacement and since coming home from hospital (only in 3 nights) I have found it difficult mentally, the operation went superb but I can just break down in tears for no apparent reason

I have tremendous support from my wife and family but whilst I'm on my own I'm really struggling

I'm used to being active have a decent social life normally but since the operation, hours of sitting or lying around have really altered my outlook, its difficult seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, this rehab is approx. 3 months or so long but it sems like a lifetime

I just want to get back to work and normality, if theres such a thing, is it common to feel like this or is it just a case off man up

any suggestion would be nice

kindet regards



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  • Hello Derek, I'm very much like you. I had to have surgery on my hands because of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. I was an artist and was always literally hands on with everything I did. I am still healing a year later. After my surgery I felt useless to everyone, more like a burden because of my disability. I had support from family and friends but they couldn't understand what I was going through, or why I was so upset and angry. I believe there is light at the end of the tunnel for both of us thanks to support groups like this one.

    Best wishes Derek.

  • thanks kc

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