Achy pain 4 wks post-op

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Hi everyone...... just curious if anyone has experienced a deep achy pain at 4 wks post-op. I have such a deep achy pain; I just did my home exercises and did about 10 min on my treadmill on the lowest speed. I'm icing now and hoping it goes away. I expected to feel so much better by now. I'm bending at 95 degrees, which I understand isn't terrible. No one tells you prior to the surgery how complicated the recovery can be.

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    im no expert, and guess you will hear from someone who is better informed than me. i reckon you are doing brilliantly, ignore a bit of pain, have you seen what they do!!! 95 good on you. i was told this is an up and down recovery. i am 3 weeks in, at a real push i can get 90 reckon you are doing very well and better than me keep at it

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    PS Also agree with you i completely underestimated the op and recovery. i think because its a common and very sucessful op people treat it like a breeze....... um...... no way!!

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    tomorrow I will be 4 weeks post op. I still have some pain but the biggest is the sharp pain when I bend it sometimes especially at night. I can bend my knee 102 degrees now and walk with a cane when out of the house. I don't use the cane inside the house. I know they said sometimes the pain is from the loosening of the knee. Sounds like you are doing good. I would just keep doing exercises at home and talk to your PT. You are right about them not telling you how hard the postop from a tkr.

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    hi laurie i too was surprised how difficult and long the recovery was. dont worry you are still so newly out the gate so to speak on recovery. the best advice given to me was this is a marathon and not a sprint. it took me around 7 months to get it all going well. your knee is different now and always will be but in time it all comes together. dont overdo and ice and take pain meds if necessary. you will make it but just knkw its a very long road and patience is deep,y required. best wishes

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    I'm 3 months post op and experiencing different types of pain each month. Pain of the month for Dec seems to be sharp stabbing pains shooting through the left side of the implant. Still struggling with sleep when the pain is more cramp like.

    My surgeon says should get better in a month or so . My physio says it may be 12/18 months before knee feels normal.

    Like you, annoyed that no one prepared me for this, but we just have to get on with it now. Good luck .

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    Sounds like you're doing great. I'm 9 wks out now and have all kinds of discomfort on and off. Night is still restless because I like to sleep on my side, my LTKR doesn't like the weight of my right leg. My PT said I am doing great and my left knee is perfect. She also said I have to consider what a traumatic surgery it is having your old knee sawn out and replaced, the amount of healing that needs to take place and nerve endings. She's right and I need to be more patient.

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    It's been 4 months since my PKR and while the knee itself isn't particularly painful, although it's numb to touch, I have a constant nagging ache on the outside of the knee, behind it and radiating up my leg. I feel it most of the time and it affects my sleep. My knee still looks bent when I stand and walk even though I try to straighten it. Going downstairs is still an issue too so it hasn't been the success I had expected. I still consider it to be early days so I hope eventually I will feel better but I am almost resigned to the fact I will never be completely pain free again and will probably always walk in a strange way.

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