Left side of leg NUMB following TKR

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It has been nearly ten months now since my first TKR, and the left side of my calf remains NUMB. I am not experiencing this on my right leg on which I had my TKR about five months ago.

Will the numbness always be there?

Why such a difference between legs/numbness?

I have no difficulty MOVING either leg/knee, but the NUMB feeling just feels so weird!

Thanks!

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    Hi Cheryl,

    im not sure if we've spoken before. I had bilateral tkr's 6 months ago and I have numbness in both knees.  I know what you mean about the weird feeling.  Knees are numb but still manage to ache at times......strange.  I asked the surgeon about the numbness and he says I'll probably always have it and that its nerve damage due to the operation or it could get better but he didn't think so.   I knelt on them for the first time the other day, it was a nessessity otherwise I wouldn't attempt it.  It was so painful.  It felt like the scars were ripping open.  It certainly takes a long time healing.

    hopefully, you'll get the feeling back in your knee.  Best wishes.

    Sue

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    Hi Cheryl

    Could be the nerves haven't knitted together yet, keep massaging, not necessarily with oils, don't be too brutal otherwise you will bruise, sometimes sensation will come back, could be weeks, years or even tomorrow.

    Keep smiling :-) x

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      Will try the massage.

      That leg had a nerve block and two drains following surgery. My other one had a nerve block but no drains.

      The leg with the numbness also had lots of swelling. The other one didn't.

      Strange how different experiences can be even on the same body!

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      It could very well be the after effect of the nerve block.  Was it  Guanethadine?  It bathes the nerves in an anaesthetic, which interrupts the messages to the brain.  Have you told the consultant?  keep massaging and elevating. I tend to lay on my back and lift my leg in the air, massage at the same time. You soon know if it is working when your ankles start looking slimmer (wish it would work on my waist!!) It is strange how the 2 legs differ in healing.  A bit like raising children. just when you think you have the first one figured out, the second one throws the rule book out the window and you have to start over. But think positive, at least your original pain has gone, hopefully xx
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      can't remember what they said was in the drip to the nerve block. Maybe lidocaine? It worked really well whatever it was!

      Boy, you sure have it right about two children, two TOTALLY DIFFERENT people! I thought I was a pretty good parent until #2 came along. I felt like a real rookie with #2!

      Yes, with pain gone I feel VERY BLESSED! I just have to watch when I shave my legs!😱

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      I think lidocane is what the use to Deaden the immediate area where the line goes in. They Deaden the surface so there is less pain when the deep line is inserted. I have forgotten what the actual block insists of but it sure works well.
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      It sure does! I had ZERO pain from the top of the knee where all the surgery took place! It was weird learning how to lock my knee before taking a step though. My first physical therapists were, shall I say, not the best instructors. Fortunately my second batch were GREAT and explained exactly how to place my heel down firmly so that I could then lock my knee. Worked perfectly. They also explained WHY it worked. I love when people take the time to realize you are brand new at something and guide you through it.
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      Never tried waxing. Never THOUGHT of trying waxing. It reminds me of pulling off Band-Aids when I was a kid. I had these REALLY hairy legs, and I was always getting scrapes from roller skating, my bike, swinging across the creek on vines, falling out of some tree or down some hill. (Looking back I can see how my TomBoy existence led me to all my a he's and pains NOW!)

      WAXING...Maybe I SHOULD give it a shot! Thanks for the new thought!!!

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      "Led me to all my a he's and pains NOW!"

      WHERE DOES SPELL CHECK GET THIS STUFF????

      I meant: "Led me to all my ACHES AND PAINS now!"

      😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁

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    You may have to get an MRI of your spine and see if there is some degree of blokage in the spine. Sure sounds like something out of the spine and hip that's causing the pain. Possinlyban appointment with a pain management specialist would help. Try lying on your back with a small pillow under your head, pull your knees upward till your feet are flat on the bed and your legs form a bee. Then very slowly rotate your lower body to the left as far as it will go without forcing it and hold to count of 5. The slowly rotate back to right doing the same motion. Do this 10 times each way. Over the next week add a couple of reps and slowly increase count to 10. See if you feel anything releasing in your back and subsequently in your leg. Otherwise you may looking at a pain Dr wanting to do a series of steroid injections in your spine. I get my 3rd one next week and that will be the end of them for 6 months to a year.
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      No more injections - I will try your exercise though.

      My feet are throbbing at he moment - it comes Tom my knee which is swollen but I'm too worn out to get an ice pack.

      The Queen had a knee replacement didn't she??

      Be she didn't have all this pain

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      Yes Cheryl I have exactly the same. Tkr in left knee 14 months ago. Surgeon warned me that this would happen and that the numbness could be permanent. Like you there is no pain just a weird sensation. I suppose in the grand scheme of things a little numbness is walk in the park!! 😂😂
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      I definitely agree on THAT! I had such awful knne pain for YEARS. Nice to be done with THAT!

      Hard to believe how much time and effort I have put toward my recovery, though. It will be a YEAR for #1 in June and a YEAR for #2 in October. It definitely was my Year of the Knees in 2015!!!🙌. 🙌

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