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RTKR back in March has been a tough journey pain wise and slow - needed MUA at 10 weeks to break scar tissue and enable bending. That helped a lot. I have made some slow but steady progress since, though knee is still swelling a bit and feels tighter and achy after walking any distance. Today, after just a 10 minute walk, it feels super tight like a vice around knee cap and very sore if lightly pressed in a few areas, as if bruised. Not red or hot at all. The only change otherwise is that some of the numbness I had is wearing off with odd nerve sensations firing off sometimes- as though cold water running down leg, or pins and needles etc. But only occasional.
I have no upcoming appts with the hospital or anyone else now - I will make one if it does not improve. I know it is still early days, but seems unusual in the groups I chat in to have much pain at this stage, everyone is saying how great to be pain free- and I seemed to have greater pain than average all through, not helped by being intolerant of most pain meds! I know there are some who have lots of trouble from their TKR too, I appreciate how far I have come and I don't think I overdo things, I try to be sensible etc. But it is starting to get me down as I have been unable to take another job due to various health problems over a couple of years and this too.
Now other knee OA is getting worse but I could not face that one being done as the first one has not got to being better than how I was pre op - different issues of course, but not better though I am trying to stay positive and reserve final judging until past a year. The doc just suggest painkillers but they do very little to help and don't agree with me - I've just applied the gel though.
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