Hi All, Happy New Year! I am now six weeks post partial knee replacement

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Seeing NHS physio next week. Still very tired is this normal? Knee is pretty good; can bend and straighten with some discomfort. Still getting the tight band feeling that I had prior to the operation (in both knees). I can now walk up the stairs which I struggled with pre op. I am off crutches indoors and have been for a few walks trying to see how much I can do without crutch. Today walked about 300m but then knees felt wobbly so went back to using crutches. I think the physio is expecting me to be using one crutch or a stick by now. Any other experience of this? GG

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    Hi there! Yes, I was sooo tired for quite a while! It will pass eventually. Your body has been through a lot. sounds like your doing great, there will be some days easier than others but you are on the way...Hope you are walking freely soon. Blessings to you.

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    I am almost 6 weeks post op and sleeping 3 to 4 hours a night. Which is not near enough. Alot of crying as im so tired. Allergic to pain meds and Extra Strength tylenol is not cutting it. I have tried Benadryl, Tylenol PM for sleeping and nothing helps. Im trying Melatonin tonight now. Keeping my fingers crossed. Bend is great, straightness is at a 5. My issue right now is swelling and inflammation. Need ideas on how to get it to go down. Ice every 2 to 3 hours and still not helping. I believe tiredness is par for the course. Sleep is good for healing they say. Walking for me is not bad! I can walk up stairs now, if i walk or am on my feet for long periods of time the knee hurts like heck. My biggest is swelling and No sleep if you have and suggestions please let me know. Have you read Chico Marx files? He has so much great information. Keep us informed on how you are doing?

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    Hi , I am 14 weeks after TKR slowly but surely I have improvement. I think staying positive is very important and the excercise program . Dr is very happy with my progress, I was hoping for more but it isn't quick fix operation. It takes time and hard work ,I am still at physio and taking medication but it's slowly being reduced. I still have swelling and stiffness and night are bad but getting better. My specialist was very happy with my progress, but he also said 2 more months of pain so I am keeping him to that. I love the mornings because I can do so much but the afternoon and evenings are a little rough. Staying positive and excercise are the key.

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    Thank you for your comments - it helps to have someone who knows the score! I feel for you if you are not sleeping properly, as it is one thing I do well due to medication for depression and anxiety. I do wake up, especially if I have been laying on my right side as the weight from my other leg is on top of new knee but I always go back to sleep. So I would suggest maybe asking your GP for a mild sedative. Swelling is still a problem for me too I still rest and ice but it doesn't go down much - mind you it was swollen before the op. I can at last see my knee when I straighten it; so that's an improvement on how it was pre and post op. Yesterday I had new pain in the outside of my knee (replacement was on the inside). GG

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    Oh yes, tired.... I remember being shocked at how tired I was... really well up to six months, for me, but we are all different. Congratulations on your surgery, I am not on here much but I think I may have posted something before you had it! Welcome to the other side! No need to rush off the crutches in my opinion. Remember, rest is healing too, and no doubt you are doing all the exercises! Read some of my posts on walking... I was using support for around three months... I worked on my theory that if it helped reduce pain and meant I could walk faster and more often then it was worth it. I don't see the point in rushing off support myself. My physio encouraged me to stick with support for as long as I felt I needed it. All the best! Keep going!!!

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