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Posted by: jeanb, Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 1:40am
I had to have surgery to repair and debride my achilles tendon  5 weeks ago.  I saw the surgeon last Thursday and he said I was healing better than 99.9% of his patients with this operation.  

He said that my tissues heal exceptionally well even though I am almost 49 years old (he had told me before my surgery, since I was not "young" anymore, my healing time would be double)....After he told me about how pleased he was with my progress and ask how I was able to recover so quickly, I started to tell him about the Blood Type/Genotype way of life, but of course, he started to glaze over pretty quickly.

So, I have my cast off, I am walking well, not doing stairs so well, I can ride a stationary bike alright, rowing is painful.  I didn't walk the dog for 2 weeks after my surgery (mostly because snow and casts don't mix).

I took the painkillers and anti inflamatories for 3 days after the surgery and started on the herbals a couple of days before the surgery.

The tendon is still swollen, but the pain in the tendon is gone.  I start physio tomorrow, so I hope the scar tissue won't build up too quickly.  

I think the most important thing about this way of life, is that it is a way of life.  Having been living this way for about 12 years, I can't even say the diet word about it anymore!!

Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 2:11am; Reply: 1
Great success story!
Posted by: Ribbit, Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 2:12am; Reply: 2
Neat!  "Glazed over"--so funny!
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 3:07am; Reply: 3
it s his loss, right?

great news! ;)
Posted by: NewHampshireGirl, Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 3:24pm; Reply: 4
Your recovery time is super, Jean.  And, yes, I have seen that glazed over look, too.  Why, oh why?  :P  ::)
Posted by: Jane, Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 4:52pm; Reply: 5
That's terrific Jean.  Glad to hear that you are doing so well.
I had about the same experience last year with my ACL...way ahead of schedule with healing.  Turning the dreaded 65 in June so I've got my aches and pains but it would be a whole lot worse without BTD!
Posted by: Vicki, Thursday, May 21, 2009, 10:06am; Reply: 6
jeanb, thank you for sharing!  Very inspiring.  

I remember when the short-term disability people were telling me I was out of work for 2 weeks instead of 4 days because of the doctor note that said I could be out for 2 weeks after my surgery!  LOL!
Posted by: Vicki, Thursday, May 21, 2009, 10:14am; Reply: 7

You are a young-un!  Check out this article:

You may want to read about Hokusai.  His life is very interesting.  

Hokusai writes:

"From around the age of six, I had the habit of sketching from life. I became an artist, and from fifty on began producing works that won some reputation, but nothing I did before the age of seventy was worthy of attention. At seventy-three, I began to grasp the structures of birds and beasts, insects and fish, and of the way plants grow. If I go on trying, I will surely understand them still better by the time I am eighty-six, so that by ninety I will have penetrated to their essential nature. At one hundred, I may well have a positively divine understanding of them, while at one hundred and thirty, forty, or more I will have reached the stage where every dot and every stroke I paint will be alive. May Heaven, that grants long life, give me the chance to prove that this is no lie."
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Friday, May 22, 2009, 1:31am; Reply: 8
Jean: Great News! We know why you healed so fast!
Jane: Think Senior Discount! (while you feel younger!)
Posted by: jeanb, Friday, May 22, 2009, 12:05pm; Reply: 9
The doctor was pretty blunt about age with me..I told him I had the other achilles repaired in my late 20's and he replied you are not that young anymore and things take a lot longer to heal when one is in their late 40's.  

While he was telling me this, I kept thinking, old is 80, not 48 and what facts does he have to prove that it will take me a long time to heal????

I found this article about Blood Types and Achilles Tendons as well as polymorphisms and achilles tendons.

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The prevalence of rupture of the Achilles tendon has been shown to be greater in patients who have blood group O, at least among Hungarians80 and in some Finns99. These findings have not been confirmed in other studies128 even when the same ethnic groups were involved105. We were not able to prove an association with blood group in our area of Scotland, which has a high incidence of rupture of the Achilles tendon152.

The Guanine-Thymine Dinucleotide Repeat Polymorphism Within the Tenascin-C Gene Is Associated With Achilles Tendon Injuries
Gaonyadiwe G. Mokone, BSc(Med)(Hons)*, Mamta Gajjar, BSc , , Alison V. September, PhD , Martin P. Schwellnus, MBChB, MD*, Jacquie Greenberg, PhD , Timothy D. Noakes, MBChB, MD, DSc(Med)* and Malcolm Collins, PhD ,||
From the * UCT/MRC Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, Department of Human Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, the  Division of Human Genetics, Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, and the || Medical Research Council of South Africa, Tygerberg, South Africa
Address correspondence to Malcolm Collins, PhD, UCT/MRC Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, University of Cape Town, PO Box 115, Newlands 7725, South Africa (e-mail: ).
Background: Although there is a high incidence of tendon injury as a result of participation in physical activity, the mechanisms responsible for such injuries are poorly understood. Investigators have suggested that some people may have a genetic predisposition to develop tendon injuries; in particular, genes on the tip of the long arm of chromosome 9 might, at least in part, be associated with this condition. The tenascin-C gene, which has been mapped to chromosome 9q32-q34, encodes for a structural component of tendons.
Hypothesis: The tenascin-C gene is associated with Achilles tendon injury.
Study Design: Case control study; Level of evidence, 3.
Methods: A total of 114 physically active white subjects with symptoms of Achilles tendon injury and 127 asymptomatic, physically active white control subjects were genotyped for the guanine-thymine dinucleotide repeat polymorphism within the tenascin-C gene.
Results: A significant difference in the allele frequencies of this polymorphism existed between the 2 groups of subjects ( 2 = 51.0, P = .001). The frequencies of the alleles containing 12 repeats (symptomatic group, 18.9% vs control group, 10.2%) and 14 repeats (symptomatic group, 9.2% vs control group, 0.8%) were significantly higher in the symptomatic group, while the frequencies of the alleles containing 13 repeats (symptomatic group, 8.8% vs control group, 24.0%) and 17 repeats (symptomatic group, 7.5% vs control group, 20.1%) were significantly lower in this same group. Subjects who were homozygous or heterozygous for the underrepresented alleles (13 and 17 repeats) but who did not possess an overrepresented allele (12 and 14 repeats) may have a lower risk of developing Achilles tendon injuries (odds ratio, 6.2; 95% confidence interval, 3.511.0; P < .001).
Conclusions: The guanine-thymine dinucleotide repeat polymorphism within the tenascin-C gene is associated with Achilles tendon injury. Alleles containing 12 and 14 guanine-thymine repeats were overrepresented in subjects with tendon injuries, while the alleles containing 13 and 17 repeats were underrepresented.
Clinical Relevance: Persons who have variants of the tenascin-C gene with 12 and 14 guanine-thymine repeats appear to have a 6-fold risk of developing Achilles tendon injuries.
Key Words: genetics tendinopathy rupture risk factor
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