19 weeks post op now.

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I am now 19 weeks post op. Pain meds are done, pain is controlled mostly but I do have some bad days or hours during the day. JUST NOTICED Pin on knee cap today. Stiffness is still present, somedays it seems like it has lessened yet later in the day or the next day it is back. I take this as a good sign that it is diminished at times. ROM is good, well over 120 for ROM and 0 or better for extension. Walking and standing after a bit are painful, 20 minutes of either can be problematic. Waiting for this very cold and now snowy and icy winter to pass so I can walk outside and not use the treadmill. My recumbent exercise bike and a regular bike on a trainer are used as well, no resistance. Had a setback the other day as I pulled a muscle in my back. Not able to do much and have felt my knee tighten. I can use the recumbent and stretch now, hoping for a quick bounce back, Just waiting and hoping now for improvement.

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    sorry, pain on my knee cap

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    All very typical. Very normal to throw your hips, SI joints and/or lower back out of alignment because we change our gait to avoid pain. So very common. My chiropractor keeps be right on track and as pain free as possible. Hate the drugs...even anti-inflammatories can eat through your stomach long term. Topical relief? Voltaren Gel (RX in the US, generic diclofenac elsewhere)...best stuff out there.

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      i have Voltaren but have not noticed much change, will try again. with 2 cages in my back a chiro scares me a bit had a goid one years ago but she retired I think I may be due for another RFA treament, been 14 months since the last

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      I have a metal hip and knee. Also have had four spine ops with two fusions (lumbar) so I have plenty of metal in me. I interviewed four local chiropractors before I felt comfortable with my selection. Lots of experience on the hardware side. Been using her for three years now. She has saved me from a lot of pain...

      If the Voltaren doesn't work, you have OTC Lidocaine, menthol and capsaicin patches around plus Aspercreme with 4% Lidocaine. Also, an inexpensive ($25) TENS unit at Walmart can help.

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    snow and ice has keep me from going outside and from work so I try to exercise at home think I over did it going up and down stairs will chill out tomorrow

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      Snow, ice, freezing cold, metal knee. Which of these things doesn't belong with the others? After my hip replacement in '09, I spent my last winter in Joisey. That was it for me. Now I live in the country, 20 miles west of Fort Worth, where they start planting flowers in the highway medians on February 1st. At 71 and with over 4 1/2 pounds of metal in me, I'll take this weather anytime...thank you very much.

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