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Hi everyone, I had a TKR 4 and 1/2 months ago and I thought my knee should be great and all healed by now but as I am reading some of your experiences I have come to realize it takes a long time for a full recovery. I had my TKR was up on a walker doing pt two hours later was released on second day. I came home and like everyone else had problems sleeeping beause I was not a back sleeper and there was no way I could sleep on my side at that point. I had my pt come to my house. I used a walker for a week and then I was walking on my own. My doctor wanted me to go to an outside PT because they can do more so I went for approximately 4 weeks about 2 to 3 times a week and then my PT said I really didn't need PT anymore. My knee felt great I was bending it to the degrees they wanted so they released me. Now I was still on pain medication and I was still not totally pain free but my knee felt great. About 3 months after the TKR I fell and went down hard on both knees. Since then I have been having trouble with my TKR. It gets stiff very quickly. I retain fluid anyway and have a hard time with swelling so I am guessing that this is cusing trouble for my knee. I just don't know what to do at this point. I was doing so well and now not so well. It seems I have gone bakwards. I am no longer on pain medication from the doctor I take tylenol when I have pain. I am not sure what I should do. I have read everyones postings and that shows me that everyone is different when it come to reovery. I guess because of the fall I should just keep doing my exercises and try keeping my fluid retention down and see how things goes over the next few months.
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