exhausted and very tired

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i am 9 week post total knee replacement. i am exhausted no energy still have pain and my knee in the last 2 weeks seems to have become more stiff when i am doing exercises.both my knees and feet are very swollen. it feels very uncomfortable. i had to buy a size larger in shoes. i am doing everything i was told by my surgeon and seeing him next tuesday. he said it would take 6 months to recover. i did not know i was going to feel so terrible. is this normal and did anyone else feel the same.i still have to take tramadol which make feel sick. it would help me to know if other people had been through the same problems. i am also a chronic daily migraine sufferer and waiting for my neurologist here in ireland to get the new migraine injection. hoping for some replies . regards joan in ireland.

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    Everybody is different in how they recover but i had some swelling in my ankles as well. Tramadol was the only thing i could take that didn't make me sick. Sleep was my best friend and of course my physical therapy 3 times a week. Keep your chin up, I'm having my other knee replaced on Nov 30th. My first knee feels great. Hoping for a good second one. I wish you the best of luck, but it does get better. Just don't give up. 😊

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    it would be beneficial to check out Chico Marx posts on this site. He has helped many of us with the struggles. Be patient and take care of yourself.

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    HI JOAN:

    It took me a couple of months before I felt better. at 6 weeks my knee was still tight in the front and hurt in the back. I felt so depressed because I wasn't healing as quickly as some. BUT it does get better. Still some pain now and then but at 6 months I was able to walk around New Orleans with my DAUGHTER and visit plantations. Stairs are still a bit of of problem but I take my time and do just fine. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

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    hello joan 😀 i am 9 months out from my tkr& yes,i had the very same issue,stiffness &pain! My knee is still swollen,stiff&painful to the point where i can't even walk without severe pain! it feels very loose & unstable.yes,i did 3 full months of therapy but now on dec.4th I'm having surgery again to see if cleaning it out helps but that means the clock starts all over again,3 more months of intense,painful therapy!!! i hope you get better soon!

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      Hi Joan welcome to the site look up CHICO he has some great advice you will find lots of other people who will also have helpful advice for you

      its rubbish that we are told 6wks then you will be fine NOT TRUE you will find it will take up to 12mth i had mine done in june this yr ive been to hell and bk still having physio had an infection that caused an abcess and last week an infection behind the knee cap! i have gone back to using a walking stick for confidence i also need my left knee doing but until the right gets better i'm not going down that road all i can say is tske your meds when needed rest exercises rest ice take meds and massage as often as you can

      stay positive keep strong

      hopefully ROSEMARY who is from your part of the world will be in touch we had our ops on the same day I'm from the UK hope to talk soon xx

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    Hi Joan, I feel your pain, I came on here after 10 weeks say I g the exact same as you are now....I asked too was it normal and "testis the answer to that..isn't it just dreadful how long it takes to get better, like you I didn't think it would feel so bad for so long....im 4 and half months now after my TKR and I'm still not back to normal, but it is a lot better than it was, just do the best you can....I was in town today shopping and I could feel my knee hurting and am exhausted since I got home all because of the KNEE..I didn't have the swollen feet though, and God help you having migraines too....it's lovely to hear from someone in Ireland, I'm from waterford. I wish you a full recovery sooner rather than later. Rose x

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    Sorry to hear you are feeling so poorly .I am also in Ireland and am waiting to get on list for tkr in my left knee problem only started around last Christmas but it's already changed my life.Ilife.I am on sick leave from a job I love since May and can't see myself able to go back to it. It makes me wonder if surgery is worth having at all when I see so many letters like yours and yet it is my only option according to consultant who examined me in March .Sorry for pouring my doubts out to you but it's helped me a bit i truly hope you feel better soon keep up with your exercises and pain relief too .regards hmg

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