11 weeks and still can’t lift leg off bed

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I am exercising and going to the gym. I still cant lift my leg off the bed unless i use a belt to lift it up. When I do lift the leg I get pains like shin splints. I am doing exercises for my quads. I made a mistake of not focusing on my quads initially. These shin splints wake me at night. The surgeon had problems with my knee cap as it floated off to the side. Today at the gym an acquaintance who hadn't seen me in a couple of weeks commented that I wasn't improving since she last saw me.

Anyone else experiencing similar problems? I find it very depressing.

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    i am 9 weeks post patella fracture still unable to lift leg butimproving and doing the bike I AM TOLD TO BE PATIENT

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    Hi Jean, I have been to see physio today, i am 11 weeks and i agree it is very depressing, i still have a lot of pain. I Can manage to lift my leg but it is so stiff in the morning. I think the only thing is to keep on with the exercises, as my PT says it is down to strengthening muscles and keeping tendens working and that this will take time. Are you taking pain meds.? Keep your chin up Jean, i am fed up too.

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      HI FED UP GIRL....My surgeon only gave me a 2 week supply of pain meds and told me after that to take tylenol extra strength. He is afraid of addiction. My last knee surgery i had all the pain meds i needed. i think this is part of my problem. My last knee surgery was 11 years ago and i was dancing at 5 months. thanks for the positive words.

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      Hi Jean,

      I am in the same boat with the pain meds. I also feel that's why I am struggling with my second knee. No pain meds and still a lot of pain. Aleve /Motrin not working, gave me gabapentin for nerve pain not working and makes me dizzy. I am 6 weeks and still can't sleep. I have made an appointment with my GP to see what he can do about the pain and sleep.

      Good luck!

      Melissa

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      Hi Jean, I would speak to your GP about pain meds. i am 11 weeks and still have 30/500 co codamol which help a great deal, i hope to be dancing after my 12th week but i'm taking it slow my PT recommends swimming so going to try that next week, i wake up very stiff and in pain but i am hoping that will go with time. Don't be too hard on yourself. Good luck

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      A two week supply of pain meds and then just Tylenol? The doc is DELUSIONAL!!!!! The typical path is an HD opioid (Norco, Vicodin, Percocet, etc.) for a month to six weeks and then going down to Tramadol for a while and then Tylenol or ibuprofen (Tylenol is for pain; ibuprofen for inflammation). Very few people get past the worst pain in just two weeks...almost no one...especially when you start the PT work for your ROM (first 3 months). No one gets addicted in 60 days, especially when you're gradually reducing the dosage and transitioning to the Tramadol. You need serious pain management to get through this.

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      I agree with you Chico, i just could not manage without pain meds and my GP is happy to prescribe them i also have breakthrough meds. I had a hip replacement in June and managed to come off the meds easily as soon as the pain subsided

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    I'm sorry to hear that, be patient and keep trying, i'm almost 4 months from having tkr , my issues are still stiffness and some pains here and there, if your shins still hurt a lot i'd speak to your surgeon. Good luck

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    I'm sorry to hear that, be patient and keep trying, i'm almost 4 months from having tkr , my issues are still stiffness and some pains here and there, if your shins still hurt a lot i'd speak to your surgeon. Good luck

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