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I had total knee replacement on July 21, 2014. Five days in hospital. Surgery went well. Pain management was good, pain pills plus Ibuprofen every 6 hours. Recuperating well until I was taken off of pain meds. Found out they were masking an ulcer I had developed in my stomach from the Ibuprofen. Such pain. After three visits to ER got proper diagnosis and feeling better. :0) Released from physical therapy with 110 bend on operated knee and 120 on unoperated knee. PT said that normal use would help the bend increase. Try walking up and down stairs normally but sometimes just do not like the pain, so I walk up one step at a time. Pain is manageable most of the time with Tylenol. Knee very still upon sitting with it bent for any length of time. I just ordered a peddling machine to use while I am sitting watching TV. My surgeon said it would take up to a year for it to really be well. Scar tissue inside causing pain when skin hits replacement inside. This will subside he said.
I am 67 years old and am glad I had it done. The pain before was so bad I stopped going places. Nothing stops me now from going shopping, food shopping etc. etc.
After considering all that was cut in the surgery I can understand why there is pain and stiffness. If I were younger I think it would have been easier. I hear of people having both knees done at one time. To me a crazy idea. I met a lady at Cracker Barrel yesterday. She was at lease 15 years older than me and she had two canes. Had both knees replaced at once and is really having a hard time. :0(
I do not know if its my imagination or not, but it feels extremely cold inside of my knee. Is it possible to feel cold from the replacement inside there? Just wondering.
Otherwise hoping this may help someone else.
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