knee pain 6mths after tkrp

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I had a total knee replacement 6 months ago, now when i stand i get severe pain in the calf and behind the knee which leaves in mobile for a short time, it is very painful. The medics say there is nothing wrong with the knee, any ideas

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    Dear Mary

    Could it be a blood clot?

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    Not a blod clot that would have been picked up very quickly and treated. Its probably the muscles going into spasm often for no obvious reason
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    Merry Christmas Mary

    my TKR was 16 weeks ago and there hasn't been a day when I aven't had some sort of pain 

    you have probably developed Sciatica.... I wonder if it's because we didn't walk properly before the Op and now we are walking differently 

    I keep thinking there's something wrong with this knee joint as other people are well

    on the road to recovery by now

    take care Mary 

    Jean 

    I see my Surgeon on the 31st so hopefully I will learn more about things then 

    take care 

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      Hi Jean,

      If you remember, I am the same as you 16 weeks, & am struggling same as you are.

      My surgeon does not seem really bothered that I only have 95 degree bend, but my physio says he cannot see me getting much more.Which grieves me when I have always been very flexible ,

      I was just wondering if you had the same prosthesis as me? it is a nexgen CR flex(supposed to allow for a 155 degree bend) I wish

       

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      Hi

      i have no idea what sort of prosthesis I had ...but it was supposed to have been made specially for me as I am on a survey 

      .at clinic I was only dealt with by staff nurses and above because of the survey 

      well! If this is a designer knee they can keep it ...

      i have been in so much pain since spending Xmas day at my daughter's that I could quite happily sit and cry all day.

      i see the Surgeon next Wednesday and if he says ...everything is ok I will be quite happy to strangle him ...lol

      seriously though I'm scared there is something wrong.

      i only had 5 sessions of Physio which I don't think was anywhere near enough  but ....that's the UK  for you.

      i can't afford to pay privately so I'm stuck 

      it really is disappointing 

      and that's my Xmas moan over 

      Jean 

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      I got to 115 degrees without any pain at 9 weeks then I was in an accident and could only do 90 degrees. That was 4 weeks ago and with exercises have got it to 110 degrees but with a lot of pain.
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      Hi jean and seasons greetings my freind, your words about Xmas day. Rang a bee. I spent the day with my son,family and new inlaws. Wonderful people looked after us so well.my knee which is now19weeks has decided to do a u turn on me for thr past month also the bottom of my back a d hip ares have become very difficult to stand and its making me walk unsteady. I'm afraid I didn't enjoy my Xmas day,like you the back of my carves are very tender and sore. When is it ever going to stop jean I spent most of my day fighting off the tears and feeling very anxious. Take care 
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    Merry Christmas Mary.....you are the holiday recipient of another of this little things docs don't discuss, soft tissue repairing itself. Icing after any kind of excercise is essential. Often times when we feel we ate doing better we back off the excercise protocol and we still new to be doing them,maybe to a lesser degree but nevertheless doing something to maintain. Nerves are the slowest healing part of the system and have to be reminded daily to continue to heal and heal correctly. Maybe a little moist heat would help for relief but that is just a band aid effect. Proper excercise and correct walking is the secret. Good luck.
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    Hi Mary - I haven't had a tkr but I have had a number of operations on my left knee. Over the last two years I have had times of acute pain through my calf and at the back of the knee - almost like. Twanging feeling at the back. I have recently found out that this is due to synovial fluid leaking into the back of the joint forming a cyst. My surgeon always told me that there wasn't a problem in my knee but it is due to damage in the knee. There were times when I would have three or four days of intense pain which meant it was hard to walk. These episodes would come on all of a sudden. The pain would go through the calf right down to the Achilles . I'm not sure if this is the same as u but it may be worth investigating 
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    Hi Mary

    it sounds more like a muscle or tendon issue? I would firstly get a second opinion from another specialist in another practise, then maybe try heat packs and massage to help loosen things up. Hope it comes good for you. Cheers Paul 

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    Hi Mary, I am 22 weeks post op and have suffered from pain at the back of the knee, thigh and calf for the past few months. The physio tells me it's separate from my knee. It' s from a tight piriformis muscle (in the buttock) pressing on the sciatic nerve. Could this be your problem? Do you get pain at the back of your thighs too? I've been given lots of exercises which are helping but it's taking a long time. It's very frustrating as my knee is coming on well. 

    You may have another problem  but thought I'd let you know.

    jen

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      Hi Jen. I too am getting a lot of pain in the back of my thighs making I dit. Difficult to stand up and I am not moving steadily. Haven't see doc about it yet, I'm so fed up with all of it Jen. I will be 5months next week but I sure as hell doesn't feel like it. Take care
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      Hi Tucks, have been wondering how you're doing. Sorry to hear you're suffering again. I get fed up too. I've established that this pain I'm getting is definitely from this tight muscle in my bum. Sometimes the whole back of my leg just tightens up and it's stiff to walk. Are you getting something similar perhaps? My physio tells me it's a separate  issue from the knee but I think it must have been caused by the way I've been holding myself. She says it will go eventually if I keep at the exercises and stretches but I get so fed up of doing them twice a day 😞 But, what's the alternative I suppose? It is getting better and I get quite  long spells now when it feels looser. Are you still seeing a physio? Might be worth asking if it's something other than the knee that's giving you pain. I really hope you get better. Take care. Jen x
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      I've just been to my son's for a Boxing Day tea

      its snowing heavily so we had to cut the visit short as my daughter was driving  and it's not nice driving in snow.

      I've never been so scared of falling in my life and I heaved a big sigh of relief when I got back in my own home

      Jean 

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      Hi Jen I have not seen physio for4/12months, I had 2sessionss and he said I was fine, just excersise. The bottom of my back and hips are making it difficult to get to my feet, and then I feel like a drunken woman.its been going on for a month so will go t GP next week.i feel it is pulling me right back. I am walking ok except I am straying away from a straight.line. I bee with my family this Xmas and yesterday was the best pain free day I've had.my daughter in law i who is a nurse says it could be more like 12 months than 6 before I am back to normal. Onward and upward Jen, feel like      Screaming but ill have a glass o wine instead, happy new year Jen, going yo a posh hotel for the weekend with my family, bought a long deep blue dress and a blue sequin bolero. Think there's a chance I might pull Jen ? I think it might do me more good than my pills lol. Take care my freind love from tucks x
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      Jean it's terrifying when you have good knees, its dreadful when you have mobility problems. I have with my son and family since Xmas eve. It's been lovely had lots of fun and haven't ha to lift a cup.. Take care my freind, things have just got to get better soon love for a good new year xx
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      I was fortunate to have my op done in a private hospital on NHS. I have seen a physio weekly since discharge. The key is exercise 3 - 4 times a day. Im having problems with stairs so go up to come down at least 10 times a day. I find it easier to do exercises standing holding onto the kitchen work top
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      Hi Tucks, sounds like you'll be the belle of the ball 😊 Your outfit sounds lovely. I was feeling fed up this morning. This pain in my muscles comes and goes and when it's there, like you, I feel like screaming. My son and his fiancé are coming to stay over New Year as well as my sister in law and husband. We'll have some fun no doubt but it's a bit of an effort getting meals organised especially when the shops are so crowded. Moan over - I must be grateful to have my family round me. We've got my grandson's 4th birthday on Monday so will all be together for that too. 

      Happy New Year to you,  Tucks. Hope you have a great time. Let's toast to our knees going from strength to strength in 2015 🍸🍸Love Jen xx

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      Thank you jean and because I ham gone down to a size 10 clothes are looking better on me, you never know jean I might even pull lol. Have a good new year xx
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      Hi Jean, Like you  am getting lots of pain in my calf and behind my knee.  A nurse at the hospital told me that some of it is due to the very tight tourniquiet placed around the calf area during surgery.  Although necessary, it does quite a lot of damage, and takes a long time to heal in many people.  Either way, it is really holding me back!frown
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      Hi Liz, interesting what you say about the tourniquet. I'm 23 weeks now and have suffered with pain at the back of my leg in my calf and thigh for months. My physio has diagnosed a problem with the muscle in my bum pressing on the sciatic nerve. It is improving - slowly- with exercises. I' m convinced the muscles are damaged too though and I remember a Doctor saying to me a day or so after my op they the awful bruising I had was caused by the tourniquet they'd used. I wonder if that could have contributed to the pain I'm getting. Jen 
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      The whole of my leg was black from top to bottom after my op 

      halfway up my stomach right down to the soles of my feet.

      when the surgeon came to see me he said I hadn't lost much blood during the Op 

      i bet it was when they released the tourniquet that I bled causing the horrific bruising.

      i was kept in hospital for 9 days and had a blood transfusion.

       

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      My leg was bruised from top to bottom too. They kept me in for 2 extra days to be sure there was no clot and because I had a bleed from the wound. Makes you wonder about the tourniquet doesn't it? 
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      I have bruising along my incision site and around the knee but also have the worst pain in the back of my hamstring and behind the knee, looking at what other people have posted this seems to be the norm. I also have sciatica down my left leg to the foot I had a left TKR.
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      It's early days for you yet so it could well improve. I suffered from this pain at the back of knee, hamstring and calf for months. I was lucky to attend a good physio dept who didn't give up on me and referred me to a senior physio who diagnosed a tight piriformis muscle (in the bum) which presses on the sciatic nerve. This was the cause of the pain I was getting. She said it was separate from my knee but I'm sure the op must have had something to do with it even if it's just because my leg is straighter and I'm walking differently. I'm still doing exercises to strenghten the hamstring and various others to loosen back muscles and to stretch the muscle. It is improving but it's taking a long time. I'm 23 weeks now. As I say, you may find you just get better but if your pain continues it might be worth you bearing in mind this muscle and mentioning it to your physio. Jen 
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      Thanks Jennifer, I suspect I am expecting too much, I need to be patient and go with the flow. I start physio on the 13 th Jan so I am sure they can assist me, I will also be doing hydrotherapy.
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      hi liz ... ah, just to throw the cat amongst the pigeons, i didn't have a tourniquet. i had an arthroscopy 3 weeks before the TKR and had massive bruising and swelling so for the TKR my surgeon decided to go without a tourniquet. i was told by one of my therapists that this would have caused a messy operation and to be honest, not quite sure how he did it without, but he did. i had zero brusing from the TKR. many other problems though so swings and roundabouts! in the end, we all end up healing so don't give up, it will get better!
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