hi am very depressed 4 weeks after tkr surgery

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I have shed many tears since surgery and have found the pain pretty terrible although it us improving. I wonder if it is to do with the fact that I had a phone call on a tnursday aftetnoon to go in the fo1llowing morning to have my surgery! Not only did I not have time to prepare but I also had it done under a spinal. No pain but very harrowing sounds.

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    Hello 

    what you are going through with the tears etc... Is part and parcel of this awful op ...but I can assure you these feelings do diminish in time 

    I'm now 8 weeks post op and feeling better each day ...I still get weepy and frustrated but nowhere near as much as I did

    i too had a Spinal block but as I said I was scared the anaesthetist gave me a sedative which sent me so drowsy I never heard a thing

    theres no getting away from it this op is horrendous and no amount of preparation makes the slightest difference 

    but honestly there is light at the end of the tunnel 

    hang in there 

    this site is wonderful for advice on all the different stages 

    take care and keep your chin up 

    Jean 

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      Cathy, I too had my surgery 13 days ago. The days are endless, can't sleep longer than a few minutes only to wake up and stay awake for hours and the cycle continues throughout the night. My pain has gotten better but I am sick to my stomach most days and have decided not to take the pain meds anymore because of it. My knee keeps swelling, which they say is normal and has gone down tremendously but the bending exercises bring me to tears each day. Don't know what to do myself, just want this to be over! I hope you are doing better.

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      I am just approaching 3 weeks post op and share many of the same feelings everyone else is sharing. I have never been a crying person and yet I find myself crying daily. Sleep is very poor. Pain is just crazy. I am avoiding the narcotics. I am very active and look even my therapy but some days this kind ee will not cooperate.
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      Thank you so much. i am 2 weeks after my right foot reconstruction and I keep falling on the floor and trying to do things that I used to do and I can't. The issue I hate is depending so much on others who don't have the time to ride you around and pick stuff up for you while you hop to the toilet. I feel useless.

      I did prepare in advanced and it still wasn't enough. Its hard to keep your head up.

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      Hi there. I feel your frustration. First things first. take the necessary steps to protect your new implant. The falls must stop. You can do a few things but it is to soon for you to do what you are trying to do. Getting up and moving around is important however, equally important is resting and allowing your body to heal and regain strength. I have now had both knees done. I am very independent but planned my activities and scheduled breaks. sounds like tour doing too much. Are you using your walker?

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      Hello,

      I'm also recovering from foot reconstruction surgery. I am almost 14 weeks out. Other than the falls have you had any other problems? I just started physical therapy 2 weeks ago and I can't get my foot to rotate left to right or flex very far when I try to point my toes. It's very frustrating, and then there's the pain across the top of my foot at the ankle. I also had my Achilles tendon repaired so I have a scar on the side of my leg, and there's a knot of scar tissue that is refusing to break down. Ugh! I'm really interested in how you are progressing in your recovery.

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    Oh dear, you have gone through it. First of all let me reassure you that the tears are normal and have been experienced by most of us, including the men1 The pain is also normal and those of us who considered ourselves well prepared found that we were never prepared for the amount of pain. I suspect the suddenness of your op added to the shock factor which didn't help. Have you had physio? That is so important and if not get referred immediately. Also sort out your pain relief, you should have a lot. I am 7 weeks post op tomorrow and the nightmare of the first four weeks is gradually fading but I do know that the lack of sleep, the physical pain and the emotional pain will always be in my memory. It should start to get better from now on but even today I did too much and really suffered. Keep intouch with people on here. It really does help.
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      Hi Carol, I'm five weeks into my TKR RKnee.  I too can tell when I do too much during the day.  At night knee stiffens right up.  To relieve, I take Tylenol and ice a lot.  I'm doing my exercises faithfully.  My husband has been a big help.  Still can't believe how painful this surgery is.  

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      Your symptoms are just like minevwere. I am hitting 9 weeks in a day. Things are much better. Not sleeping so much. Putting bio oil on scar and it looks good. Still need light codeine at night. During the day just advil for 12 hrs. Yes there is discomfort but doctor is pleased with my bending..127 .. 130. My first was so much better but that's life!

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    You said that your pain is improving, so try to be positive now.  Even though you did have much time to prepare, you must have had your pre-op?  A spinal is a strange experience to begin with but it is common for TKR these days and it doesn't take any time to come round after your op.

    Things can only improve now, so start looking forward to what you will be able to do in the future,

     

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