23wks and in pain

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Hi just wondering how you other long term TKR sufferers are faring.

I'm 23 weeks and feel like I have regressed a couple of months. Suddenly i have pain almost constantly .i dont have much swelling but my whole leg hurts.

Especially just above the knee like it's inflamed.

I saw my surgeon yesterday who says I'm doing well. ROM is 2-125. Just said to massage with Voltarin and keep stretching the hamstrings.

Have others experienced this and come through it with no problems?

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    pit could be the change in the weather. I have noticed that my knee has hurt more this week. We got a sudden drop in temperature here in the west.

    Caz x Perth Western Australia

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      Still hot here in Sydney Caz though a bit of rain. I though maybe I was walking too much so rested over easter but made no difference. It's like the entire muscles and tendons are protesting. Ice made it worse. I'm massaging with Voltarin and back on painkillers which I havn't used for the last 3 months x rolleyes
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    I continued to have post op pain off and on for two or three years after surgery.

    I have both my knees done at the same time just to get it over with.

    I even had situations where my knee would actually lock up for a few seconds and I just had to stand there and slowly move it in and out until it was freed up. Lateral movement also caused some pain for a couple of years.

    I was about 40 when I had my knee replacements done and I made the mistake of trying to do too much too soon thanks to the effects of the oxycodone.

    As a result one knee swelled up and became so inflamed it took a year before it was back to its normal size again. I think inflammation hurts more than the actually surgery.

    You can go on YouTube and watch an HD video on real knee and hip replacements. It was only then that I realized just how much trauma they subject your knee and surrounding tendons to.

    It’s been 10 years now since my surgeries and I haven’t had a pretty normal life. Except for the fact that I can no longer run full out you would never know I had both knees replaced.

    Hang in there, I know it’s hard but you’ll get through it.

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      Thanks Larry. I watched one of those videos pre op and was awake for the op. It's all pretty hairy stuff isn't it.

      The surgeon didn't seem the least worried about it being still in pain and said it can take a year. I'm still not sure I'm glad I had it done.

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    I'm at 7 months now and following manipulation my knee is still not straight, struggling to walk as it's so sore all around the knee-cap.  Actually worse than before the manipulation.  I keep massaging it, and I have always had tight hamstrings, but it would be nice to see a light at the end of the tunnel.  I also had manipulation on my first TKR after 6 months, but it was straight then and so much easier.
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    Hi Suzi, I've learned that we all get different pain symptoms. My TKR caused weakness in the glute muscles and so a tight piriformis muscle (in the bum). So I have struggled with pain, tingling and numbness down the back of my leg. From what you describe it could be other muscles are a problem for you. I have persevered with exercises and things are definitely improving. I find walking is quite magical now as there's often no pain at all. I still get stiffness at the back of the leg after a long walk and it hurts a bit when I get up from sitting but it's a huge improvement on what I was like before. 

    I found the surgeons are not very interested in these secondary problems as long as the replacement is in situ and the bend is ok. So keep up your exercises and hang on in there. It's a bumpy ride with lots of setbacks but it'll be worth it in the end.

    Jen (9 months post op) 

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      Hi there

      I am just off 7 months post op; it has been a journey I never want to go on again! I turned 50 last month and have done everything I can to aid my recovery but:

      I have a 115 bend, can straighten my leg properly if I'm lying down but when standing its natural position is slightly bent, it is painful and tight partcularly when I bend it, it still feels like a block of concrete inside and feels mike it wants to pop out / like it is lifting out, I have back ache from the way I walk, I feel the operated leg is now longer than the other and all the muscles are very tight and the tendons roundly ankle are still not right. I sill have numbness.

      Everything however is much better than the first day post op but my life is still not my own and I have to plan carefully what I do.

      I eventually got to see the surgeon that actually did my op last month; he said it is a good two years for a proper recovery -just under 18 months to go! Am seeing him at the beginning of June again. He also reiterated that younger people often have a worse time with this op.

      I hope the light at the end of the tunnel comes soon as am beginning to think this is as good as it gets and I don't want to spend the rest of my life living like this?!


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      You are not alone! There are at least 3 more of us, post 6 months on here, who have lumps of lead for legs, limp, can't sleep & generally feel the new knee is the wrong fit! Keep going back - maybe to your GP? It's my GP, who admitted he brushed over orthopedics but took one look at my lumpy swollen knee & knew it wasn't correct. My second opinion is this Thursday, although I'm not holding out much hope, as the surgeon who did this to me actually chose who would do the 2nd opinion! We have decided we will ask our GP to refer me privately, just for a detailed dignosis & 3rd opinion, if they "stick together". Met a nurse on the holiday I have just come back from (still enjoyed it, despite not being able to walk far) who said orthopedic surgeons have the biggest egos ever!
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    Are you telling me they didn't put you under for the surgery?

    Did you have a full knee replacement?

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