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So it is now six months since my TKR. Some of you might even remember me! I have learned a lot on here and had a lot of help. But the biggest thing I learned is to remember we are all different. Ironically the stomach pains that put me in hospital two weeks after the op weren't caused by the pain killers as (badly) diagnosed but by gallstones. I returned to hospital in October with the most unimaginable pain possible. I thought I was going to die with the gall stone blocking my bile duct. The pain made a knee replacement like a breeze in comparison - so it's not always worse than a kidney stone or maybe gallstones are worse! So that got removed and I lost over a stone in 10 days after zero food. All sorted now except I have to have my gall bladder out in the next few weeks. BUT - my knee is great. The two weeks with no physio and no exercises at three months worked wonders. It must have needed a rest! When I came out it was much straighter - maybe laying on my back for 10 days, about 2 deg, virtually normal. Unfortunately it still only bends to 90 deg, same as before the op and I doubt it will improve. Since I came out I have just exercised a bit and relied on walking and natural exercise - I did a lot in the first three months though. But hey, it's brillaint walking and pain free and even standing for long periods is good. Have also played nine holes of golf, walking with no problems at all. Can't wait to get the other one done as it hasn't been that painful for me. Just thought I would post something positive to help those who may be fearful of the op and may read less positive posts.
Good luck to everyone, especially those who are having difficulties.
Happy New Year!
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