Knee replacement

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Hi I am now 11 weeks after total knee replacement and still have pain/swelling when done too much exercise. Walking but not able to walk for more than 20 mins without having to use my stick Still finding it hard to stay asleep, wake up after a couple of hours and not able to get back asleep. Would like to here from someone that has had similar problems and answers as to when it will start to feel normal again.

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    Hi jayne

    it's 16 weeks since I have had tkr at 11 weeks I was in the same position, when I went for my review at 12 weeks I only handed my crutches back then. Try to take as much rest as possible in between exercises. My consultant had advised me to take 1 1/2 hours rest after each exercise session I know it may mean you are seldom out and about but it really is worth it. I still find it hard to get comfortable in bed but honestly it will pass. The consultant was really pleased with my progress when asked about pain he said it could take anything up to a year. Be patient I have both knees done and I am glad I did it. Take care.

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    Hi...sounds like me .Honestly cant remember from my last knee replacement last year when it stopped botheri g me at night.want to say about 4 to 5 months after. Its very frustrating when you cant sleep at night and just stair at the walls saying to yourself ...when will it be over .uggg.well if it makes you feel any better your not alone and yes this too will pass.Hang in there ,it does get better.hoping sooner than later.hope ive encouraged you.good luck on your healing back to health.
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    Hi Jayne,

    11 weeks may seem a long time, but honestly it's still early days. You are doing really well if you can walk for 20 mins, I'm not surprised you are having swelling still, it can last for ages, like Rita says, up to a year.

    The nights will get easier, it's 13 months since I had my second knee done,and I still have swelling at times, but in the main, my knees are miles better, have patience, you will get there.

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    Im same as you jayne butim sleeping ok but im still getting tired through the day.i seen my doctor 6 wk after op n dont see him again untill nxt july and only seen my physio twice n was told i was doing that well i didnt need to see her anymore but i still cant walk without 1 crutch and i cant kneel on my knee.
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    Im same as you jayne butim sleeping ok but im still getting tired through the day.i seen my doctor 6 wk after op n dont see him again untill nxt july and only seen my physio twice n was told i was doing that well i didnt need to see her anymore but i still cant walk without 1 crutch and i cant kneel on my knee.
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    Thank you all very much for your comments you have made me feel so much better. I too do not see my specialist while next year and you feel pretty much on your own and don't really know what should be happening with the recovery or the timescale..

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    Patient: "Doctor, it hurts when I do this..."

    Doctor: "Don't do that."

    - Henny Youngman, 1948

    When you do too much, the knee swells.  Period.  It's the knee's way of telling you to STOP!!!  Listen to the knee!!!

    Read the Exercise section of my post...

    http://patient.info/forums/discuss/the-tkr-experience-or-wish-i-had-another-kidney-stone--524499

    My daughter is an ACSM- and ACE-certified trainer plus a graduate nutritionist.  I wrote down her recommendations.  For the walking, get a pedometer or FitBit.  Track how many steps you do that result in the swelling.  Then back off and increase gradually.  At 5-weeks, I did 8,000+ steps one day and paid for it; never make that stupid mistake again.

    You're trying to rush something that can't be rushed.  I rehabbed a hip replacement in six weeks...6 days a weeks, 5 hours a day in the gym and therapy pool.  The knee is NOT like the hip...and I was warned in advance.  You need to back off and find the point in both exercising and walking where you have no resultant swelling.  That's the point from which you increase everything gradually.  At 3 months, it could take another three...or more.

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    You are telling my story. I'm at near 15 weeks post op and still recovering. I think the only solution is wait for it: time.

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    I am ten weeks post TKR and I'm feeling I should be walking better.I can sleep fine, I am very lucky. I sleep on my side with a covered[pillowcase] small square of memory foam between my knees. My bad leg is underneath.I slept for six hours solid last night.

    BUT... I am fine, with some pain, but as soon as I start walking my knee, leg and ankle swell up. The burning pain on my shin and calf are still very annoying.My knee hurts more too. I so wish I could walk  'miles' as some I read about on here.

    Still I keep telling myself that everybody is different and to hang in there.

    This TKR experience is so hard to go through.

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      Hi saralice....I hear your frustration but rest assured that things will get better 10 wks.is still not alot of time passed.not sure you said you have another bad knee? I think if you have both knees that need replacing you wont feel 100% til there both done because the other one still hurts too.I had 1 yr. Between surgery.It seemed like the longest yr. Was nervous to get second one done since I remembered the rehab part but in the long run it will be well worth it.hang in there wirh your recovery. Glad you can atleast sleep. Ice is really very important in recovery for your swelling.just dont be hard on yourself about how fast others heal..your not them and we all heal at different paces.one day you too will feel better.
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    Jayne, I am going through same thing. I am in really bad pain all day long. If I have to stand up for a while, like in bank line it swells up. Driving over 15 minutes really aggravates it. If I had known all this would happen I would have waited longer. I have a business that is really hurting as a result of non participation. I am at 9 weeks post open. Had first surgery July 12th and had do over as a result of infection on July 26th This had been long tiring ride. Very frustrated Feel free to talk to me anytime Any suggestions, I need them
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