10 wks post op tkr driving but knee hurting

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Hi i havent written on here for a couple of weeks! I feel iv come a long way over the last 2 wks and have seen my specialist. They were pleased with me and told me my other knee is as bad and needs op! No way its to fresh!

I drove at the wknd and it feels odd but im ok to use the clutch! Im walking unaided round the house and garden and have been out without my crutch! But when i walk to far i really woddle and limp! From other peoples experiences is that the same for you? Do you think using a stick would give me balance and help with the woddling! Also do you think i wont be helping my healing by doing this! Im desperately trying to be ok to go back to work at 12 wks which is only 2 wks time! I need to really improve my walking technique by then! Any tips? Im working hard with my physio exercises! My leg just seems very stiff when i walk? Thanks

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    Unless you are used to having such complicated surgeries like TKR's then it will surprise you at how much it will strain every system in your body.  Your immune system is fighting 24/7 and that pulls energy from all sorts of places--but take care and try to avoid other illnesses. Do your best to walk as normal as possible--if it takes crutches to do so then use them--don't put any extra work on the knee that needs surgery cause it will just break down quicker. Don't force yourself to try and fit into any body else's schedule, your body is the important one right now to take messages from.  wink
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    Sorry Debbie I'm completely in the dark with this one. I'm 11 weeks post op tomorrow Saturday and I've never known anything like it. I can't seem to get the measure of it all. I go from feeling semi ok back to square one again where I'm hobbling round like a drunken old woman. Like you I've been driving since 5 weeks - I've got an automatic but my knee op was the right knee so that doesn't make much difference- I was getting a pain in my right foot which I felt was from driving. It's been so depressing the whole thing that I'm fed up. The only good thing is I've managed to file away a lot of stuff that's accumulated over the years and tonight (Friday night when the lights are low) I was at my computer sorting out around 1000 emails which have built up over the years.

    I can't seem to read much because I got out of the habit when my leg was really bad you know that awful pain and discomfort and the feeling you've gone to bed with your boot on.

    However, do amputees cope having to take their leg or arms off- I just don't know?

    I must have a low pain threshold - also I seem to feel the cold a lot more. Sorry to unload on you whoever and wherever you are but also I've gone back to using one crutch but that's now hurting my hand. Can't win can I??

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      Mary mary please dont say sorry for ofloading to me thats what im on here for my love! We are only 2 days different with our ops so its nice we have eachother to chat to and support eachother!

      Iv had a great day today iv walked round a market! Was so pleased with myself it was hard concentrating on my walking technique! Lets hope it is good tomorrow as you say smetimes we do wobble about like a drunken old woman!

      Im in warwickshire live with my hubby and daughter. Im 49!!! And just want my life back haha!

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      Debbie and Mary,

      i am almost 12 weeks post op.  I find as I do things I have not done for weeks....I get new pain.  I was up on my feet, vacuumed, and mopped a room, then went and bought flowers and made planter for my porch...last Friday.  I should of done one or the other.....it was too much for one day....my feet hurt so bad...and the operated leg...I had a knot on top.  OK?..learned a lesson.....take it easy.  Baby steps.  I rested Saturday and Sunday.  Yesterday I vacuumed and mopped.  I was OK with that. 

      Just remember, when we do something new....you are using muscles and nerves that are still healing.  I am 55 and want my life back too....but it is going to take time.


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      I agree with you pam you have made me feel better. Yes doing to much is hard to except but we must be patient! Its frustrating!

      Im struggling with excepting i wont be back at work in 2 wks as the physio said. I think it will be 4 wks! However many times people say im doing well im struggling with the guilt of being off work still. But it has to be better! At least i get paid!

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    Thanks Debbie

    Gosh i am19 years older than you. i live in Edgbaston.

    had pain in my knee cap for the first time this morning.anyway ive rubbed some bio oil on it to massage it.

    Roll on the days when I can just get up without all this paraphanelia.

    My foot was swollen yesterday 

    I bought these pedals from amazon. useless really because they keep moving away from me.

    Think I will invest in an exercise bike. More junk|


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      Mary i have the pedals from amazon i find if i put them against the table leg they cant slide. Then put dining chair as near to them as comfortable it is great! I am doing it daily! Only 5/10 mins twice a day! Have a go!
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