After effects TKR

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I am trying hard to remember what I was like before this TKR in February last year but one things for sure I had a lot more energy and zest for life than I do now!

I feel like I've been to war and have forgotten what I'm supposed to be fighting for. Admittedly I did have terrible knee pain but it could be controlled with drugs and creams.

I wanted stem cell but foolishly though because that could take a year a TKR would be better because it would be quicker.

I've suffered tremendously since the TKR and can't really walk properly now and my balance is all wonky

I've developed other problems as well such as a cyst on my finger and pains in my side. At one time I could be tired in the morning say but could make energy as the day went on. Now if I'm tired I just get worse.

I feel like I've aged 100 years - never in a million years did I realise it would be like this. I'm seeing the surgeon next month and wonder if anybody has any questions I should put to him

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    A total medical check up would not be a bad idea. . . just in case there is a different reason for how you are feeling.  I do agree with you though that this operation does have effects which do not seem to be connected exactly with the knee.  the lack of sleep. depression, tiredness, lack of enthusiasm for anything. . . these seem to be common to quite a lot of TKR patients, although, of course, not to all.  However, things like thyroid, diabetes, etc should be checked in case the reason has nothing to do with TKR.  I sometimes think that the shock to the system of the TKR could set off other problems. . . My balance is all over the place too, by the way. I sometimes use a stick even now after two years, not because of the knee, but because if I feel myself falling, I have an extra 'leg'

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    Balance problems and pin in your side could mean that you need more physiotherapy.  Exhaustion after a general anasthetic could last for up to a year.  Do you think there's a link with your finger?

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    I had my op last Sept and I still fall asleep every afternoon. I don't have too much pain in my knee but the cold damp weather here doesn't help. My balance is also off centre, my ballet class, I teach, and I often laugh at my weak attempts  to to stand on one leg, something I could do easily before. My 12 week check went well, but I am left wondering how much progress will I make by my year check. I still have a lot of swelling around the joint and its not quite a full bend yet. It does sound like you need to go back to your Doctor. Hope you feel better soon

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      Hi Lynne,

      same here, except knee hurts and quads feel as though I'd been kicked by a mule.  PT 3 X week.  Flexion good but can't fully straighten leg.  PT guy doesn't seem particularly concerned.  Don't know what to do.  Thinking of seeing chiropractor bc now left leg starting.  It's hard to keep my chin up when I'm constantly looking down at my knee.

      Need Miracle

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