Lateral pain 4 months TKR post-op!

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Had a TKR early December 2017 and my recovery has been so slow and very painful - although I have seen some improvements and have weaned myself off the really strong opiates I still have quiet bad pain - especially trying to get out of passenger side of car (left side/left knee opereated). My hinge doesn't seem to work as well and prevents a good nights sleep as I use my legs to turn over in bed too! Anyone experienced the same? I am constantly being told I am too impatient and it takes time but I would have expected to be in less pain than I was before surgery by now!

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    Expectations...that's the problem.  Here in TKRville, expectations have been banned and the word "should" stricken from the lexicon.  To expect anything just screws with your head.

    This is the most brutal and the most Zen of all surgeries: "The knee will be better when it's better."  Period.  There is no rushing...there is no pushing.  Time, work and patience are your tools...use them wisely.

    Click on my name and then "See All Discussions"...there are 30 out there.  Have fun...cheer up...it does get a lot better...

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      Ha ! Thanks - it is also a pain when people have expectations (of you) as 'X was running the maraton in 4 weeks!' 'You should be much further down the recovery road by know'! It's hard to switch off from those comments that are not invited BUT have they had the surgery themselves NO.....perhaps they think I am malingering but when they have to look after me, they can comment but as I am alone and caring for myself then so be it - unless they fele guilty for not helping out more....bt then I don't ask either - is tough eh....I will look at your other posts...thanks for taking the time to reply...it helps....x

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      Yes...that's another thing...others' expectations of you.  I'm a Sicilian from Brooklyn...you know..."Leave the gun, take the cannoli,"...right?  For those "commentators", you simply run them over with your walker or club them repeatedly with your cane.  This serves two distinct purposes: 1. They will never do it again; and 2. It's very, very, very cathartic for you.  All that pent up frustration released in a matter of seconds...ahhhhhhhh...and how gratifying all those broken bones and brain matter scattered across the various rugs and sidewalks of your life...  Then again, I've got Carmine and Paulie out back idling in the '68 Caddy...they're always available for a little side work...

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    Hi, I had my tkr beginning of November and I have good days and bad ones. I’m sick of people still saying it’s early days, but I’m sooo depressed sometimes I can’t even get dressed. My other knee needs doing but no way. Chin up and let it take its own time. Sandra 
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      Ha !  Me too - I need the other doing eventually but no way Jose......never say never but it will be a tough call if I ever put myself in this postion again but will see how this end up.....been like a hibernation thank goodness it's been a bad winter here in UK and still going on would you believe - so maybe I will emerge from the chrysalis - as long as the hairy knee goes too....not a good summer look - what a phenomenom that is too - lol !

      Thanks for taking the time to reply...this is actually my first forum......I will have a look round to see what I can see......x

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    I also had TKR in December 2017 and my greatest accomplishment to date is I can make my own bed! I have good days and challenging days, however I am realizing is that if I don’t exercise and rest, my challenges seem to amplify. I am no way saying I am ready to take on the world. What is helping is Chico and member discussions that let me know I am not alone and support is an email away. Keep the faith we will get better!
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      Mmm - bed changing - another challenge......good you are getting on though and chatting here is very cathartic.....people are good to take the time to respond as I think my friends and family have compassion fatigue....so pleased I found this site...keep up the good work....I expect I need to find a happy medium with my walking/exercising plus I sort of stopped the huge ice pack....so perhaps should take that up again before bed as Carol suggested.....it may stop the awful restless leg too..that's a real fidget init ?

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    Had my tkr late November 2017 and get how you are feeling. I seemed to be going along nicely then my knee started giving way at the back and the pain is horrendous when it happens. I've had a few giving way feelings all the time really but just thought it was everything repairing. Now when it happens I get the pain then it swells for a few days and I've gone backwards again so fed up. I thought I'd turned a corner a few weeks ago shouldn't have assumed that. Waiting to see consultant can't get in till 21 st May.. Keep at it good luck.

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      Your knee healing depends on your health. I had my knee in Dec 5, 2017.  I never took any pain meds after the surgery upon leaving the assisted living where they overdosed me with opiods. I am using a cream for my knee pain of Voltaren gel, lidocaine and an essential oils mixture.  You can buy lidocaine 4% at any drugstore but the Voltaren gel is a prescription from the new ortho doctor I now go to!  I had the same problems you are describing and still have s foot that tingles.  The cream has saved my life , taken away almost all of my pain. I can tell you I exercise my knee every day, yoga, weights, cryotherapy.  I have done everything to strengthen my body as I was getting severe muscle fatigue.  I would ice your leg at night before bed.  Prop it up on pillow above your head. Go buy some lidocaine roll on cream at your drugstore.  I feel so sorry you are not not better!
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      Crikey Carol, you must be wonder woman not taking any pain reflief...there's no way I could have managed without despite how awful it made me feel....good tip about the night pillows etc and may try some sort of topical analgesia before bed too as goodness knows what next door must think when their 70 year old neighbour is screaming out in the middle of the night with a leg lock....ha ha x Thank you for taking time to comment x

       

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      I have Hypogammaglobulinemia.  It is an autoimmune disease of allergies and asthma. I am allergic to over 500+ medications which includes all pain meds. The doctor almost killed me with the anesthesia they used to do the knee.  I am lucky to be here, as in coma 9 days after surgery!  Once I came home and did my own thing, daily I am getting better.  I have bad health problems so the doctors never even done the surgery.  
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      Thanks Carol. I will definitely try the cream. I do ice at night and doing my exercises when it's not too painful. Im hoping that this time next year I will be able to say to myself what's all the moaning about? Lol. You keep up the good work too.

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    How old are you? Do you have other health problems? Are you overweight? Are you doing the knee exercises?  Are you using any cream to prevent pain on the outside of the knee? I had my knee done in December 5, 2017. The anesthestist and. Octor left me for dead as I was allergic to the anesthetic and I told them that before the surgery.  I was sent to assisted living where they overdosed me with opiods and sent me to ER.  They made me stay there protecting the assisted living center.  I was in a coma they all of this and did not wake up for seven days. I did not get out of this place until almost Christmas!  I never took another pain pill.  I used an ice machine
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      Yes - I had a dreadful problem in recovery as allergic to morphine (depsite telling anesthetist) and Ketamine was used too - that sent me tumbling and fighting for my life and was in hospital for over 10 days and they really like you up and out in 2-4 on the NHS! So not a good start and am trying to put that behind me....am fairly pragmatic after 70 years on this earth and need to look forward but it's tough as during this episode I had a collapsed vertebrae which also needs fixing - which means more surgery but to coin a phrase 'it is what it is' and not much I can do about that, except try and chose my surgeon carefully for the spine repair too....and no - i am not very overweight now but could so with losing probably another stone as I lost 3 in preparing for the TKR!

      So sorry to hear of your experience...it must have been terrifying - no wonder you didn't want to take any meds...keep strong and I wish you a speedy recovery...x

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      I am 69 and my experience was very similar to yours.  I finally just got so fed up with my doctor doing nothing with major Seroma and fluid on knee which was infection.  I was put on Antibiotics and was fearful I would need more surgery but my scar incision opened up and infection poured out.  The new doctor did a day surgery and went in cleaned it out, still on a/b but now no pain at all.  I was so smart to get another doctor as my doctor had no follow up!  Finally I am on my way to feeling good!
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