17 months PKR knee feels really cold

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Hi Friends 

I am 17 months PO PKR . Last two days knee is feeling very weird . It’s as though I’ve got an ice pack on it.  It is not black and blue  or discolored in any way but is a bit sensitive to touch .

I know some have had infections and wondering what the symptoms would be . The only thing I’ve done different is had grandkids overnight and carried baby up and down stairs bunch of times . But seriously that should not cause this . I’m getting worried and anxious about this .

Thank you 

Debbie 

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  • Posted

    Sounds like your nerves are regenerating in a new area.
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      AuntEG

      Thank you for the reply.  That actually makes sense . 

      Will see if it goes away or gets worse . These knee things it’s like you go along thinking your on your way and then something happens to remind you !!

      Debbie 

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    "...had grandkids overnight and carried the baby up and down stairs bunch of times."  Yeah, that could tweak the knee if you twisted it wrong...even at 17 months.  Really depends on the completion of your recovery including the rebuilding of all the surrounding musculature.  If you haven't done those things, your leg may still be weak.  I'm 20 months and last week, I slipped and fell on my good knee while bending the metal one more than I had before (maybe +135 or better).  It hurt for a day or two...then gone.

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      Hi Chico

      It did calm down. I can't seem to type long or the site locks up on me so annoying. This may come in segments.

      Maybe I have not strengthened enough. I just keep thinking that if I do too much it seems to swell up a little so I just stop and lay low except for work.

      My other knee has a knee cap issue so I can not do any type of lunges or weight activity on the ankle, legs. So you see the issue. I have no problem with bike and fast walking. As I write this I am a little swelled up today again and not sure why except for the fact that again have been carrying my grandson. Cant believe that is doing it. Am so frustrated can't get this figured out. Your thoughts please ? I am signed up to do a 5 K turkey trot on thanksgiving and I need to do it ! I am not running of course, just fast walking. Really looking forward to it !

      Debbie 

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      This is the program to rebuild your strength...

      https://patient.info/forums/discuss/post-tkr-exercising-565527

      If a real gym with all the machines is not possible, get a good set of exercise bands with handles, hooks, door stop and more.  You can do a ton of strength work at home.  Got my wife a kit for her shoulder rehab...about $30 online.

      Also, consider a set of 2-pound ankle weights...the five-pounders may be too much to start with.  With those puppies strapped on, go through a whole day of walking and exercising...especially leg lifts and curls.  There are soooo many things you can do for strength; biking is great for ROM and walking good for extending your leg way out in front of you to help get to zero degrees.  However, you need resistance and/or weight to build strength.  Walking does some but you need more than that.  Have fun.

      PS: At about 14 months, I was able to go up stairs TWO AT A TIME without holding onto anything!!!  It just takes dedication and work.

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      Thank you Chico

      So you don't think it is unusual that at almost 18 months I am still getting swelling? I am just freaked out and so worried about this. Today had a lot of running around to do and knee is like a balloon. This happened about 4months ago and I had to go to Doc as I could not get the swelling down. He drained it and it was all blood.

      I feel as though I need to call him again. I just want cry  .

      Guess I wont be doing my 8 K turkey trot.

      Just does not make sense.

      I was doing some different strengthening exercises today and think it made it worse.

      I  will start using the weights. Should I attempt them also  on the other leg/knee with the knee cap issue.

      At this point though with it being so swelled I probably just need to ice and elevate until it calms down. If it does that is.

      Would I be completely nuts to try attempt the 8k walk if it is till not back to normal? Or if I can get it drained this week possibly would I still be crazy to attempt it after it being in a bad state. Sorry all the questions but as you know there is no where to turn with this. Doc doesn't care about any of the aftercare.

      Thank you for you responses to me. I am so grateful for you and your help.

      Debbie

       

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      Chico

      Also wanted to ask your opinion on one more thing. Some days I sit mostly at work with just a few walks. I just started seeing that maybe (?) if I sit too long that the knee may swell. And then along with other things , lifting something heavy (meaning heavy bag of groceries and/or grandbaby etc.) I think I get swelling.

      I am trying to pay close attention. But I guess you would most likely say it is because need better strength in areas around the knee correct?

      I am just trying to figure this out. And I keep haunting myself thinking the surgery didn't work .

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      I'm 20+ months and have none of this.  From reading so many stories on the Forum, I would think it unusual to be having your degree of swelling at 18 months.  Also considering that the doc drained blood from it the last time, I'd go back for a visit.  This time, get a complete answer to your problem...not just drain and "see ya"...  There must be a reason why this is happening.  Demand a diagnosis and treatment plan.  Fix this once and for all.

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