11 weeks now....

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This has been such a long journey, holy crow!

I'm still doing my exercises but not seeing to much improvement on bending. A little but not enough in my eyes. Suggestions?

I am practicing with one crutch now. I have enough bend to walk. So now I have to do it! I know it's a mind thing, but I'm scared. But I'm also sick of my life not being normal. So many different thoughts right now! I want to do it but I'm scared!

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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    Don't give up or get discouraged. It will come. Do you have access to a swimming pool to walk in? This helped me a lot with both of my knees. I had Both knees done within 6 weeks of each other. Hang in there. It will come.

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    Tammy!  Check with your doctor!  This doesn't sound right.  Bending was a big part of the focus of my first 3 weeks of in-home physical therapy.  At a month, I was able to freely toss and turn in bed at night (a good and bad thing, right?).  Before 3 weeks post-op, I was using a cane.  I'm just a month after surgery, and I'm told I'll only need the cane for another 2-3 weeks.  This is not due to a bending issue, but to help me walk without leaning from side to side.  Before you go too much longer, you need to get that bend back.  Concentrate on your leg slides and all exercises bending.  Try putting your foot on a step stool in front of a counter and lean, lean, lean.  Don't wait too long.  I've heard we have about 12 weeks to get full movement back.

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      Joyfull, how fortunate you were to be able to easily toss and turn at four weeks. There was nothing easy about it for me. But 23 months later, all is great. I was riding a moped at 6 weeks, but that was still with pain and a lot of determination and need to be out and about. The nights were definitely the hardest.
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    Hi Tammy, I was just like you 12 mths ago!! Your right it can be a head job!! What changed things for me was my physio telling me that the new knee was far stronger than my old one ever was. I started to practice standing on it and lifting my other leg off the floor first for a few seconds and then building it up to a minute. Also walked up and down the swimming pool holding the side at first then built up to the middle. I now know I'm the bionic woman ha ha!! And that my knees are my strength,im 5 weeks post op with my second one now and doing far better as I've altered my thinking. This surgery is both physical and mental

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      A pool is a great place to exercise. I remember doing this little jog thing and spening time treading water and doing a bicycle motion with my legs (both knees were replaced in the same surgery). The bouancy helped.
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      Hey that cycling exercise for the pool sounds good,i will definitely try that out. I've just been given the all clear (by physio after my 2 nd tkr 5 weeks ago ) to get back in the pool, I can't wait to emerse myself in water again

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      I used to do the cycling in the water - got one of those long bendy tube floats, bent it in half and sat on it.  Then I pedalled around the pool sat up like a sea horse!  I felt a bit daft at times but oh my, it helped me so much.
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    Hi, I'm 12 weeks, and think you need to go back to your doctors. Did you get discharged? I know everyone is different but I haven't used a crutch since 2 weeks I think. I have a stick for long distances outside, but can go upstairs holding on with 1 hand and downstairs not holding at all. Something I haven't done for years. 

    Others have said there is a time frame to get things going, and I think that's right.  Have you put your bad foot up on a stair and leaned into it?  Put a carrier bag on the floor and slide your foot back and forth. Pull your bad foot back under you when sat on dining chair by using your good foot. 

    Look on you tube for other exercises, and try contacting your doctor for advice.  Good luck 

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      I broke my patella. At last appointment with surgeon (didn't need surgery) I was given the ok to start therapy and walking on it. I had my knee immobilized in a brace for 8 weeks. I have no insurance so I've been doing exercises that I've googled. I'm sure with the proper therapy, I could have been walking by now.

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      Tammy, reading this I have a little new insight. You didn't have a knee replaced, but a broken bone heal, is that correct? I think some of the exercises I mentioned should still help with creating a bend in a safe environment. But I know if I was dealing with a break, my mind might respond a little differently and wonder how well the healing really was.

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    I am new to this group so bear with me.  Tammi I am thinking you had a knee replacement?  Not sure but looking at other posts, I am assuming.  I had 2 knee surgeries not replacement.  However, I do know 2 other people who had knee surgeries who were bending thier knees right after surgery.   For me, I was in a movement machine making my knee totally bend.  After I turned the machine back, my husband rigged up a type of homemade machine for me.   After PT, and a leg blood clot, I purchased a rowing machine and that saved my life -seriously.  I was so depressed after being so active and then down for so long..... I marked on the rower how much I could bend my knee when I started, then as the days went, my mark kept changing and changing until I could bend my knee totally.  I recommend continued use with the rower as it is non weight bearing and just a wonderful exercise for your quads- which totally deflate from knee surgery.  Hope this helps.
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      No kr! I broke my patella. Required no surgery. Leg was immobilized for 8 weeks. I don't have insurance currently so I've had to do exercises on my own. I'm sure if I had the proper therapy, I would be fine by now. Just frustrating!

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    The 1st thing you learn with this surgery is PATIENCE. Everything else falls into place.......slowly. You speak of normal......normal is a phantom that slowly moves in and out of the shadows. I've been through 5 complete rehabs.....the difference between each is noticeable in every aspect.......bend, straight, nerve repairs, sciatica, strength. Too much of recovery is predicated on hearsay and unreasonable expectations.

    Don't try to push the process. Overdoing excercise and activity thinking you are going to force the recovery is foolishness. The body will react with negativity. Slow down.....hydrate (several large of glasses of water throughout the day and especially 1st night). Do your excercises up to the level of pain but not into pain, rest, elevate. Take a nap when you are feeling worn out and ice several times a day. Recovery is a full time job. Don't try and work a heavy schedule of other activities into the rehab.

    Taking care of yourself does not equate to weakness.......it magnifies your intelligence. People will give you all kinds of stories about how far behind everybody else they know that's gone through it...........those people are dreaming or drinking the cool aid of misinformation. You are you and no one else.........listen to your body.

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      Oldfatguy i simply live your perspective. I dont know how many replies i had read you have posted but each one reasonates we must have patience and listen to our bodies. I have copied several of your posts to use as quotes and to simply remind myself this is not an overnight miracle that i was in so hopes of. Yes i am so thankful for being able to sleep all night without interruptiin but do however long for the day i have completely healed with no soft tissue disconfort....it is just a matter of time. 13 weeks post TRKR!
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      Thanks......my education in this area is through the school of hard knocks. I' ve made so many of the mistakes that I speak of I should have earned a PhD in the field of "dumb". I hope you continue on your road to recovery and have all of it behind you soon. You are at one of those benchmarks, 13 weeks. The next 3 months will have you half way to really owning the prosthesis. Good luck.

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      Thank you!!!!! I'm noticing progress. It may be little steps but I'm noticing it. My 8 yr old is my motivation. He reminds me every hour that it's exercise time. I will conquer this!

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