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Last Friday, I had an arthroscopy to repair damaged meniscus cartilage. I know it is very early days for me - it's only Tuesday - but I am alarmed at the amount of post-op discomfort. On the ward I was walking quite easily immediately afterwards and for the 24 hours they kept me in. As soon as I got home things started to worsen.
The front of my knee feels fine. It's the back that is troubling me. It's very stiff and swollen. It's feel like a hamstring injury or persistent cramp, pain running from my thigh to just below the back of my knee which feels very lumpy.
I'm taking 1000mg paracetomol every six hours and using ice to try to take down the swelling but neither are having much effect.
I'm probably worrying over nothing and just need some reassurance. Is this amount of pain and stiffness normal and how long does it take to abate? I've been sent home with a booklet about post-op care and a sheet of exercises but I'm finding them painful to do. The sheet clearly says not to force the knee but wondering if lack of exercise is contributing to the stiffness.
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