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I had my TKR done 6 months ago. What an awful thing that was! Pain, drugs, depression, and worry followed by MUA because the knee wasn't bending, with more pain, drugs, depression and worry. Finally my knee was bending and I got off the drugs but I still had pain, and no energy or enthusiasm.
I spent so long dragging myself upstairs with one arm on the banister, and knitting 12 hours/day because I couldn't fo anything else, that I finally put my arm out. Rather than see another orthopedic surgeon, I went to a myofascial release therapist. Turns out he couldn't do much for my arm because the problem was an inflamed bursa and I did in the end get a cortisone shot for that.
But then he started work on my knee. After the first session it was bending easily 10 degrees more than it ever had and with NO pain - NO pain in the session with him or with my knee after. After my second session I just felt good! I did paperwork and the bank, and the DMV, went shopping, came home and picked spinach from the garden and made a quiche for dinner, followed by and hour or so of pulling weeds. I haven't had a productive day like that in MONTHS! And I was walking fast - people were getting in my way instead of the other way round. So I'm now sure that I can be a normal person again, even though I have to knuckle down sometime soon and get the other knee done.
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