PRP Injection Update

My PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection went as planned last Thursday.

I woke up at 4 a.m. and left for L.A. at 5:00 a.m.

A Kerlan Jobe nurse took blood from me.

Then I waited for about a half hour for the “spinning machine” to do its thing and pull out my platelets.

I was put in a procedure room, hooked up to an ultrasound machine, and the doc began injecting the actual elbow tendon itself with the PRP magical mixture.

(Some doctors inject the injured joint vs the specific tendon. It’s less painful to do so, but it isn’t nearly as effective.)

I expected lots of numbing medication – thinking the pain I’d been warned of would come AFTER I was done.

Well, it turns out the numbing medication kills the cells they want alive so …!

I won’t lie, the injection did hurt.

(My elbow hurt much more over the course of the next 24-48 hours.)

The doctor had told me it’s normal to be quite sore for a couple weeks.

I drove home.

I was surprised my body seemed to kind of shut down a couple hours later.

I couldn’t keep my eyes open.

I’m not a nap person.

I cannot ever fall asleep during the day.

But, I fell asleep for most of the next 24 hours.

I thought it was very strange to sleep so much, but my body clearly needed to rest.

I took the pain medication my doctor prescribed during the first 24 hours.

On Day #2 I only took one pain pill.

I “could have” taken more based on the pain I felt, but I hate taking pain meds and I felt I could handle it without drugs.

(Probably most people would choose pain meds for the first week – I’m used to pain so I didn’t feel I needed it.)

I’ve been instructed to take a week off of physical therapy – I go back this Wednesday.

The doctor told me to treat my elbow as if it just had surgery – no activity, baby it, ice, etc.

He will do an ultrasound to look at the tendon at the four week point.

He’ll be able to determine then if the PRP has accomplished what he hoped for.

If it has, I’ll get to begin a gradual progression of arm-related activities.

My doctor felt very optimistic during, and after, the procedure.

I’m choosing to adopt his optimism as I go through this four week waiting period.

After all, if some of the biggest stars in the sports world are having success with PRP, why shouldn’t I?

6 Responses to “PRP Injection Update”

  1. Gina

    Crossing my fingers and toes that this injection will be the start of a turn around in luck for you and your family. It’s your turn to catch some breaks!

  2. Michelle

    Praying that the PRP will do what it is meant to do; and patience – did you ever pray for patience, ’cause I figure you’re being taught it now!

    Also, hugs are great for natural pain relief, so Fred and Frank will be great ‘doctors’!

    • Suzanne

      I think I’ve been having the patience lesson for 10 years now.
      The longer it goes on the less patience I have!
      Fred has been a great cuddler for me.
      Frank is a little too puppy-hyper for hugging most of the time.

  3. Linda Tustin

    I am sending positive thoughts and vibes your way sweetie.

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