Forgotten how bad the pain was

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Hi I am 10 days post op on my 2nd TKR my last one being 5 yrs ago which thankfully was a complete success but I have to say I had forgotten just how wiped out I feel ,so I am looking for some support I had open heart surgery 14 months ago and honestly don't think it was as painful having my sternum cracked open as at is having a knee replaced, I am so tired and giving my hubby a bit of a hard time, I am icing and relying on pain med's but cannot exercise at present or should I be ,would be grateful for some feedback yes I have done it before but had forgotten how much it hurt

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    Hi I didn't exercise alot at first just small bends and trying to straighten. I had to stop for about 5 days altogether as I was getting really bad muscle spasms. Try do little bit but don't panic. Did you get any pain in your tibia just under the knee? Mine is just awful at the moment and I was doing so well ??

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    Hi Pam,

    That good ole post-op pain brings back unpleasant memories, but they will subside sooner than later.  I'm having my 2nd tkr in 3 weeks and will soon be in the same boat as you.  Will most likely give my hubby a hard time too, but hubbies are tough and will be there no matter what...as we will if ever needed.  You know what you have to do to get through this, so you will do it...you're tough, as your surgical history proves that! Time to think positive, the best is yet to come.

    Keep in touch, we're all here for you.

    Many blessings,

    Cherry🍒

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      Thanks for the reassurance Cherry ,forgot to mention in my post I decided to have a spinal tap as opposed to a general anaesthetic and it was amazing ,good luck with your upcoming tkr Cherry stay in touch
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    Hi I am 23 weeks I had knee cap replacement and my knee feels so tight I can bend mostly no problem. I have trouble lifting my leg as my glup muscles still arent working properly im still walking with a stick especially for work my knee also keeps giving way and can feel it grinding when walking can honestly say it's getting me down now I can't see it getting any better

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    As for the wiped out feeling I can totally relate. I'm 2.5 weeks post op from a partial replacement. Today I went to mother in law's and did a short little walk. I'm now totally exhausted!!

    Pain will improve, keep taking the painkillers even if not in pain, take them regularly before pain even kicks in. I've regularly, and just try and do a few exercises when you can.

    It will get better, still very early days. Take care. X

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    2 major surgeries in close to a year is a load for anyone. You were barely over one and got hit with a second which will take most of another year. Plus, and its always hard for anyone to accept, you are 5 years older. Increase you water intake and make sure your diet is heavy on protein. Your family will have to back off because you are going to need time. Have patience with yourself. Dont set such lofty goals for yourself. No 2 Tkr's are the same. I've had 5 complete rehab on the same leg and they have all been different in May ways but the one common denominator, I've recovered.

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