knee won't straighten 1st thing after sleeping

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Does this happen to anyone else ?.. when I go to bed  I try to keep my leg straight .  but usually wake up and it's bent..... I find it really hard to get it straight enough to walk on it and if I try to just walk anyway it gives way..... I have been doing all my physio.... 11 weeks after TKR... any suggestions?..

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    Hi....I am a 1 year after TKR November 2013 and have not been lucky .....have since had 3 manipulations and artroscopic surgery to fix the problem of one firstly unable to straighten knee and 2 and it will not bend more than 75 degrees ......I have had 70.sessions of physio and it works short term  and then it reverts back to being bent ...I have only recently started driving as had to change car to automatic as I was beginning to get cabin fever!! .....It is very disheartening trying to understand why it has not worked and the surgron is baffled I have had scintigraphie scan so we will see...but surgeon penciled me in for a region TKR which he doesn't really want to happen  on the 13 Feb. ......but he says it is unusual for people to have this sort of problem here's hoping 

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      hello neise57 ... OMG. your story is a scary one to read. i am nearly 11 weeks post op and my bend will not go past 90. so i too am going in for a manipulation. am really, really not looking forward to it so any info you have on that would be amazing!

      so let me get this straight: what is a region TKR? are you saying your surgeon is replacing the joint which you had done in november 2013?

      i think you are very, very brave reading all the things you have gone through. and i can totally understand it being disheartening. i think i would have to be on serious anti-depressants as the present situation is already doing my head in!

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      Sorry not region TKR but revision TKR .......He has to study the scintigraphie osseuse which is where they inject nuclear dye into you and you drink copious amounts of water for it to flush round yr body before scan is done......which I had done in october ....but he has not seen results so has to look at them to see what the problem is.......I am hoping I will not have to have the revision surgery in February but seems likely otherwise it will be another manipulation and arthroscopic surgery woopeeee eh! Not.....

      revision surgery is where they take previous prothesis out and put new one in ......its been hard enough but hey....you will be fine I am just unlucky keep chin up ...keep in touch and good luck

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    Hi Mary

    yes this is happening to me and also 11 weeks 

    I've just got in after being to a group I go too and my knee is twice the size again

    and it's started to lett me down  ...

    I'm going  to book an appointment with my GP ...it just isn't progressing..and it looks full of fluid 

    ( fed up Jean )  

     

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      Jean.... Once I'm up and about its not too bad.... but I try not to stay seated for too long or its back to square one..!!...  I was on exercise bike  for a while today... feeling  it  now..!! 
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      I do the exercises regularly ...but I don't have a bike

      and I try not to sit for too long  

      we will get there eventually

      just think how much better you are than you were a couple of weeks ago 

      jean 

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      When my knees get swollen, I ice them more, and sit on the bed with them on 3 pillows so they are really elevated.I find that helps. I try not to sit too long as well, that really makes them play up. TKR is certainly a long recovery isnt it??? Not for the fainthearted or impatient. I cant WAIT to drive.
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      Me to sandra ...thank goodness for the ice pack 

      I even find myself walking round the bedroom during the night when the knee is stiff and painful 

      and...yippee I have driven my car twice ...I didn't go very far but at least it got me out 

       Jean 

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      Hi Sharon... my surgery was 12 weeks ...ago... still the same stiff and sore.... when I walk without any support... my knee gives way completely... I have fallen quite a few times... thankfully not damaged new knee... but I hAve fractured my thumb in my latest tumble.... consultant says it's because I need to build up my quad muscles... I am doing my exercises  but is taking a long time to see any difference....
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    My knees are always really stiff in the mornings. I do a few gentle bends and straightens to unstiffen them a bit before getting out of bed, and always use my stick. I think they just take a while to get moving.  If mine are extra stiff I massage them a bit before getting up too. Makes getting up quite a saga!!!! Awkward if I am busting for the loosmile But 11 weeks is still really early days so I wouldn't be too worried if I were you. Still frustrating though!!
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      Yes  Sandra... I  bet we are all the same in the mornings... desperate to get to loo... yet leg won't let us rush... I use my stick too , I  have too otherwise I would never get there... but by time I get a shower and downstairs I have loosened up a bit... It is hard going at times ... Thank God I found this site.... everyone is so helpful and supportive.... and it makes me feel better when  I am worried about something and others let me know it's normal. 
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