Bad day

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I'm 17 weeks post TKR, had a manipulation on 27th March. I am getting 115 degrees now surgeon got 130. I spent 10 weeks with a straight leg before the MUA . Today at physio I just broke down crying like a big baby, I think I'm just tired and fed up It's been a long journey and my knee was sore this morning and getting pain behind the knee which I havnt had before. Just was hoping it would all be over now, my physio gave me the " not impressed" look when I walked in to theopy as I have a limp and she reakon s I don't need to limp it's all in my head, just having a bad day today . I think I need a holiday 😁

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    I hope think if you read these posts you will know we are all different. It is you going through this and with little support it’s no wonder you are upset. Take the time you need to heal, we are all different. 

    I am at 4 months and my knee is sore so I exercise, ice and rest. I try to walk as much as I can which isn’t much, others are worse or better. That’s ok

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    Coming back from a TKR is NOT a linear recovery!!!  Post this on your fridge...

    https://patient.info/forums/discuss/the-reality-of-a-tkr-recovery-in-one-picture-626038

    Take today and toss it...you will be different tomorrow.  Maybe this  will help too...

    https://patient.info/forums/discuss/tkr-and-ptsd-569521

    It's a year-long recovery.  Be good to yourself.  Time, work and patience...

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    So sorry you are having a hard time. It's isn't easy. Cry if you need to. Tomorrow will be better. I know the PT isn't supposed to be your best friend but she should be kind and understanding. Mine wasn't. Hope yours will be. Hope you feel better soon.

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    I’m really quite shocked at the reports on here about physio’s and dr’s being annoyed at the ‘lack’ of bend. 

    I’m 7wks post op and have 60degree bend. Not great but Dr and my physio are well pleased with my progress. I’m 55 and this is my 2nd tkr had my other knee done 3yrs ago and I was the same. I now have 135degree bend on my first knee. Everything takes time and as long as you exercise 3/4 times a day it will all come together. Don’t be hard on yourself although I DO appreciate how frustrating it can be. I was very down and emotional the first 3 weeks but it does get better. X

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    Sorry to hear you are having a hard time.  I had both knees done at the same time. I'm 11 months out and still have days the one leg makes me limp. Healing takes a long time. I kept a daily journal so I could actually go back and read to see I really was making progress, even if it was small.  Being very emotional and not being able to sleep is something they don't tell you.  I would cry like a baby most days for no apparent reason.  The depression and insomnia do go away as you heal.You will get better....I promise! I felt just like you but am doing sooooooo much better! It just takes time. Best wishes, Patty

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    Very understandable! Those who judge you don't know how you feel, so try not to be too discouraged. I know how you feel, I still have a way to go and only get to about 105 degrees, so I need to keep up the exercises. You're right, it is a long time and you're really tired. It's easy for others to think you're a crybaby. It's a long time and you've lost blood and it's hard on your body. Do the best you can and that's all you can do. I'll try to exercise as best I can too!

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    natalie, I'm 14 weeks post TKR and I too had a manipulation under anesthesia on May 4. Surgeon got 126 but I'm back to 116-118 at physical therapy depending on the day (and the weather) I still have stiffness, swelling and soreness and a slight limp. If I have to do a lot of walking I take my cane.... I also have a custom made implant, but I'm not quite impressed at this point. I know the healing process can take up to a year or longer but I never imagined that I would still have pain and swelling.  I try to contribute it to my age (70) but I've always been active. I use to dance 2 times a week before surgery, wore heels etc, but now I'm a bit low in spirit wondering if I'll ever be back to my normal pain free life. Hang in there it has to get better for both of us. 

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      No low spirits.  The only low spirits in your house should be a liter of Jack Daniels on the bottom shelf of your pantry!!!  This not an easy recovery by any means.  Time, work and patience...those are your tools...and yes, count on a year.  I had my replacement at 68 but then got spinal stenosis eight months later, delaying my full recovery.  A spine fusion, wrist surgery and another spine laminectomy all within 22 months have been challenging.  But even at 70, I still do all the work I need to do to stay strong.  You can too!!!

      Be careful about the limp...

      https://patient.info/forums/discuss/other-pain-after-a-tkr-641040

      ...as it can result in hip alignment problems and even more pain.  Very common.  I got hit with sciatica at 5 weeks post-op.  Just be aware...

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      Use a cane or a walker as long as you need to: 1. to avoid the limp; and 2. take the pressure off the new knee joint.  This is all until you rebuild all the quads, glutes and core strength to put the work back on the muscles where it belongs...

      https://patient.info/forums/discuss/post-tkr-exercising-565527

      Gotta do this...the muscles are all dead.  Gotta do the muscle rebuild so you can walk normally, get your balance back and be able to climb stairs correctly.  After the ROM, it's all about the muscles!!!

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    I know what you going through and I'm sorry. How was the pain after you had the MUA. I've heard some say really bad others say not bad it felt better. I cry almost every time I go to THERAPHY. I Know what's in store for me. Are u feeling a little better after you had manipulation

    Michelle

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    Hi Michelle, yes the pain was bad after the MUA, pain everywhere but only lasted about a week it was just where they pulled me about. Things are definitely better after as I had virtually no bend now I'm at 115, PT want 120 but I'm happy with that . Hope you are ok

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    Wow, my doctor wanted to do a manipulation on my legs (I had bilateral TKR) but when he told me it was possible that my shins could break..... I said not only NO.... but H... NO! 

    Good job on the 115/130 degrees!! 

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