Don't know what to do now.

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Hiya everyone, I have just finished my six week circuit session at the hospital gym with the physiotherapist. I am so disappointed at my progress. I have managed to do all the exercises, plus the ones at home, I have a perfect bend and no problems straightening my knee but I just cannot stand up of this sit down without holding on to something (difficult when needing the toilet) without excruciating pain on the outside of my knee. I also get the same pain when going up a hill or step and down steps too. I am 5 months post op on a partial knee replacement and I thought I would be rid of my crutch a long time ago. Really gutted. I have to go back to a one on one appointment with physiotherapist at the end of the month but then what. Has anyone had anything like this happen to them and do you know what will be the next step for me, pardon the pun.Susan x.

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    I had a pain on the outside of my leg below knee for just over a week I woke up one morning with it,  two days ago it just disappeared, my consultant thought it might be a stress fracture but x ray today should it was ok.  May be get it checked out like I did,  I am six weeks Today total knee replacement .  Jackie 
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    Hi Susan,  am at 8 and half weeks TKR,  i got excruciating pain at 5 weeks on the outside of my knee.,  and still get it now, it prevented me to do any exercise , i finish my 6 week physio next week, but the physio has told me to try and push it thrugh the pain barrier. which i have , i can just about climb the stairs as normal, but cant come down.  ive just come back from seeing my consultant , i told him my problems and he said because of the opp being so brutaL all the scar tissue and musles  are contracting, and when you do your physio your knee is fighting any exercise you try, he said it will take time proberly up to a year to really find any big improvement,  he did say if you can,   try and use the bike for 15/20 mins a day ,  thats the best exercise you can do, adjusting the seat gradually,  hope all goes well for you  Brian.  
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      Thanks both for replying. I am cycling on my exercise bike at home for 15 mins a day and have been for a long time. The physio keeps saying that the muscles need to strengthen, but I thought by now I should be a lot better. I am hoping they can write to the consultant so that I can talk to him about it. I know from reading other messages on here that it is a long job but was hoping for better. Thanks a lot Susan.
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    You took on an awful lot in a short time. The 2nd surgery is as tramatic as the first and you hadn't even really started getting up to speed from it. You still need the rest as well as the excercise. O expect you have taken on a lot and continue to add to it. Back off some of the activity and concentrate on getting well. Rest as much as possible. Turn down offers for activities and make sure you are the center point of all your activity. Its hard to say no but very important to you well being.
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    that's really horrible. . i get discomfort on going down stairs, but not excruciating pain . I'm nearly six months, and only really get pain when trying to improve the bend which is not too good at 115 . . Try to insist on seeing the specialist. . At 5 months you shouldn't, surely, be in real pain any longer.. . . . 

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    hi susan though i didnt have partial knee i had full i think it would be the same ,i feel for you doing all excersises and more ,and still have problems i think oldfatguy is right though you may be doing too much i have the problem of doing too much too .my physio has told me to pull back a little you say your bend and straightening is good that would sugest that all is well .lay off the excersises for a minium of 5 days during this time just stretch the leg in morning and night and the same with the bend  this will give your leg a chance to recover  i find the toilet seat very handy it takes pressure off . hopefully it will ease the pain my physio says he usualy has to kick a** to get 90% of his patients to excersise  im in the other 10%that needs to slow down try not let it get you down you have come so far chin up take a well earned rest
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    I know if that was happening to me I would want it checked out to be on the safe side. If you aren't scheduled to see your surgeon you could see your doctor about this. I'm 5 months post TKR and have experienced all kinds of pains and sensations along the way but nothing I'd call excruciating at this stage. Very best wishes for a good outcome.
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      I should be routinely called back to see surgeon in September, but not had an appointment yet. I was hoping the physiotherapist might refer me back to see him. Thanks for all your suggestions, this forum is so brilliant as you are left on your own really, with all the worrying aches and pains, not knowing if they are normal or not. Thanks, Susan.
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      Hey, reading Jackie's message - that would be a good idea- to ring your surgeon's secretary and get your appointment moved forward. Don't know which country you live in, but seems to me people in the UK don't like to be too pushy. But you know when it comes to health situations and in you're in pain and worrying about things, maybe it's best to take the initiative! There's never any harm in simply asking!
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    I must have been lucky with my consultant I live in Scotland by the way,  I called his secretary last week and he was in China but the day he returned he called my house and we discussed this pain that I had and he was able to see me today and I had x ray,  so I wish everyone had my prompt reassurance because it certainly helped me,  jackie 
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      Wow Jackie, that is lucky. I'm in Wales and my last appointment with the consultant, which was the 6 week check up, lasted literally 5 minutes. I was just told to keep up with the exercises, but obviously that was early days, even though he did show concern about the crunching in my knee cap, which I still have. I have asked the physio whether I should phone the consultant office for an appointment but they weren't keen on that and said I should wait until they see me again at the end of the month. Susan.
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    Dear Susan

    No wonder you feel dispirited. In my area the NHS gives you 6one on one sessions with a physio. Sounds like you have not been getting personal attention. My suggestion would be to buy the best advice you can find from a private physio, try to get an appointment with your consultant ASAP and discuss where to go from here. You've done everything you can to help yourself and this situation doesn't sound right. Hope you can move forward positively - you deserve it.

    Gail

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      Thanks Gail, i cant honestly say that I haven't had the attention from the physio sessions as I also had one to one sessions with the physiotherapist before the gym sessions, but I think I may need an x ray and chat to consultant, even if its just for my own peace of mind. Susan.
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