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Dear fellow TKRs
It is almost 12 weeks since my TKR and at last I have really turned the corner and am feeling way better. Like everybody else, it has been a rollercoaster of pain, heat, swelling, lack of sleep, nasty drugs and occasional bouts of self-pity and depression. BUT, it is a new year and I walk with no pain, the swelling is well on the way out though there is still some, some heat but much less, still take painkillers like paracetomol or co proxamol up to four times a day .... but no more really nasty stuff.
I generally sleep ok now, though for a while I found a pillow between the knees good, then gave it up and have now gone back to it. If I wake and the knee is hot, it is not hot enough to bother icing it. Occasionally I use an ice pack during the evening while I watch tv.
I have had some complications with my back; I had a two level lumbar fusion back in February and the knee/back combination has been difficult at times but I think things will settle as I walk better and with better posture.
The TKR was supposed to be a doddle compared to my back op. but as you all know, the reality of TKR is a hard, painful, emotional slog. I pray to goodness the other knee does not catch up as I hope I don't ever have to go through it again. On the other hand ......... take 10 to 12 weeks out of your whole life and come out of it with a less painful knee, even if it feels 'odd' ... it is worth it in the end.
This next bit of recuperation must be to get fitter, lose some weight and use my new mobility to best advantage. I have a 115 degree bend, can walk around quite well now, cooked Christmas Day lunch and did not have to retreat to bed for a couple of days afterwards to recuperate.
To everybody out there suffering, afraid, despairing etc .... hang in there as there IS light at the end of the tunnel!
HAPPY NEW YEAR
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