How to deal with pain before tkr?

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Hi. I'm awaiting right knee tkr until at least June. I had had a cortisone shot in my knee so I cannot have the surgery before then. It is getting more painful to do daily activities and is starting to worry me and frighten me about how I'm going to deal with this till at least June. I've been taking ibuprofen which basically does nothing. Has anyone had success with some medication or any method to help with this pre-surgery pain? Thanks.

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    I tried a cortisone shot for my right knee a while I was recovering from post op LTKR complications. It didn't work so six months later I tried a Synvisc injection which eased the pain but not enough to walk straight or support weight on my right knee. I ordered half crutches made by ergobaum which helps take weight off my right knee so I can get around. I have to wait until September before I can have RTKR. Don Joy brace didn't help right knee. I take one aleve in the am but still need half crutches to reduce pain when I walk. I also wear triple depth sneakers in which I put extra foam padding to help absorb stress on my knee. 

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    I’m also waiting for surgery.  I think it will be at least July.  At some points the pain has been really bad for me.  The things which have worked best for me to keep the pain under control have been: really working at my physio exercises to build the muscles around the knee,  resting with my leg up when I have done the repetitive twisting movement which aggravates my knee, icing to help with inflammation, losing weight, Voltarol gel 2-3 times a day plus paracetamol if required (or Cocodamol when it’s been really bad), wearing an Active 650 knee brace for walking, using a walking stick when I go out, changing to an automatic car, avoiding carrying bags, taking stairs one at a time, reducing my expectations regarding doing normal activities and finding alternative ways to do things.  I used to push myself too hard but that just made the pain and inflammation worse.  Now that I am much more gentle with myself, the pain and inflammation have reduced for me.  Good luck!
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    Hello, Neizie! Have you considered other options aside from surgery? I want you to think not even twice about it. I hope you understand that there will be no way back once you do it.

    Maybe you should see one more specialist. ARO or Advance Regenerative Orthopedics provide FREE MRI and X-Ray review, you can send it them via email. They will review it and maybe offer you some options. Please contact them, maybe they will save your knee 


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