Leg pain driving me mad

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I am 10 weeks post op and went back to work 2wksago after left total knee replacement.   I'm finding my knee is swelling and I'm getting pain from my hip to my ankle  which is really painful.. I'm still using a walking stick outside for safety.     I also have a lot of clunking in my knee when walking.  Consultant said it would improve as it beds in but very aware of it.  Have a good bend upto 110 /120degrees.  Does anyone else get leg pain?

 

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    The fact you went back to work at 8 weeks is brilliant.  Yes the pain comes and goes and I get what you mean by clunking lol. You don't say what your job is , if you are sitting could you have another chair to keep your leg elevated ? If you are not sitting , then I do t know how you do it lol. Keep up with icing and elevation , good luck 

    pam 13 weeks 

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      I work at a school I try to change position every 20mins so I'm not continually standing but can't really put leg up in the classroom .  I've tried using voltarol cream  which seems to help a little bit.   I'm on lots of other medications include methatrexate as I have rheumatoid arthritis .
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      I think the pain maybe because you are over doing it . I couldn't have done that at 8 weeks. Could you ice at lunch time ? And elevate for a while? . You are doing great ,just try to elevate all evening x
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      Hi Linda, I'm not surprised your leg is aching. Mine still hurts when I'm on my feet and I'm 12 weeks post op. I'm a retired teacher and know I could never cope in a classroom with this knee. You've done remarkably well to return to work so soon. I can't offer any more advice than others give you but hope it gets easier as time goes on. Jen 
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    Hi Linda,

    have you had a recent discussion with your Rheumatology consultant or nurse?

    it could be that after having a long period resting, you have started to flare now you're more active. It may also be that they can alter your dosages to better manage the current problems.

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      As you're no doubt aware, the Mthotrexate will take a bit of time to kick in properly after a break. It may be that it will resolve soon. If not, don't be afraid to contact your helpline, if you have one. It might be possible to do more to help you through this.
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    Linda I also teach and went back to school at 7 weeks. I did sit often and put my leg up in class when I needed to as well as sending for an ice pack and using it during class about twice per day. It worked fine, nobody complained, nobody suffered in fact the kids were more than fine with it. And yes it did ache although I never had clunking. If u had an arm in a sling you could still teach, in this case your needs are different but u can still teach. I found it took about 3 weeks until I could stop doing extra things. I am now 4 weeks after my second TKR and no way could I go back at this stage but intend to at seven weeks and will ice and put my leg up when I need to. 
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      Hi Gloria gosh I do admire your tenacity and how you are handling these ops. I am retired but desperately want to get my life back again. To have got back to work must have taken so much strengh from you. Keep up the good work you are a wonderful role model  take care tucks 
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      well thank you Tucks. I am trying really hard to get back to normality and although I may sound strong in actuality I am not always so . However , now, on my second TKR I believe I have to just be patient and give both legs time to heal. The first knee at 7 months is still often stiff in the morning and at night but I just push through it and if I need meds sometimes I just take them  because I believe that given time everything will be pretty good so why suffer needlessly if I don't have to. With my second TKR I am 4 weeks and again (although this knee is recovering Remarkedly well I must say) I am determined to give it the time it needs to recover and at this stage I still medicate 6 hourly and it varies between over the counter meds and prescriptive meds depending on the discomfort and I just allow myself couch potato time most of the time because I believe the leg needs healing time and that's what I will give it for 7 weeks and as I said I then intend to try to go back to work but in the meantime apart from some exercises a movie and lunch for about 3 hours here or there I do nothing else, just heal. Is it easy? No, I have the same bouts of depression like everyone else I have pain discomfort tightness etc etc swelling but we just have to wait for things to happen. I decided to give myself 18 months out of my life where I did not do anything like travel etc just to heal. But having said that I totally sympathise with everything that everyone is going through because it is a very traumatic and life altering operation. Good luck to you and thank you for your bolstering words smile
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    hi linda ... i think you are doing brilliantly, you have a great bend! am far off this myself. honestly, i think 10 weeks is early days, i think swelling is fairly normal at this point, no? i would also imagine that you are doing way more now then when you were at home. so imagine, the body must be in a bit of a shock. i get leg pain too but only when lying in bed or if i have been too active (i went back to work at 4 weeks, i know, crazy, but i had to as i only have a temp job). massaging in tiger balm is my preferred "drug", i have a little jar with me at any time.

    as for the clunking, i have a bit of that but nothing major. very disconcerting for sure! i think once the muscles around the knee build up again (very important for stability), the clunking will reduce but my surgeon tells me there will be a bit of that going on for a long time / forever. i try not to let it bother me.

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      Hi Brittany how good have you been getting back to work so early. I am 9weeks post op, and although I am getting around ok, the nights are something else, I get a lot of pain and heat. There doesn't appear to be be a problem with the knee, bends are excellent and I am shopping, doing vacuuming ect.  But I dread night time coming around and the weeping stars. My bed is so hot ,and the heat just seems to be coming from my body. I am 82 and normally fit and healthy. Take care I do admire your resolve.
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      Tucks, have you asked your doc about the possibility of a mild muscle relaxant. I was having uncontrollable cramps caused by epidural injections. The spine specialist suggested the muscle relaxant for helping that and suddenly found myself going from 2 hr naps, mostly sitting up in my recliner. After the new drug, I am in bed 6-7 hrs with solid sleep. As I have mentioned a number of times, I have had 9 surgeries on the leg over 12 yes, 4 of those in 2013. I am no stranger to the drain lack of sleep puts on the body. Hope this improves.
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      Hi there thank you for your thoughts, a muscle relaxant seems a good idea I will see what my GP has to say.i have had very little pain relief from him since I left hospital. Just paracetomal  because I had problems with some of the meds the hospital gave me he's being very cautious with me. Alright for him but not so good for me still i will give him a try . Take care
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      tucks -- i think it has caught up with me at the weekend.  i feel totally exhausted.  and tearful today so i got into bed after i had finished work and before i went to physio.  life looked a bit brighter after that :-)

       i see your gp is only giving you paracetemol.  i find that simply incredible.  there are so many different pain killers out there and rather than trying some different ones, he opts to give you nothing.  paracetemol doesn't even work on my headaches!  i know this is quite a sensitive topic, but having worked in a retirement home for six months, i know that depression is quite common in the elderly.  when you next see your gp, how about speaking to him about this as well?  just to get you over the worst.  i hope you have somebody who can go with you and DEMAND help.  i am sorry if i sound bossy, but i find gps who prefer to ignore their patients requests / concerns totally unprofessional.  good luck, tucks!

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      Tucks, nighttimes are the worst for any sort of pain or discomfort. You sound as if you are doing really well during the day, do you medicate at night? Just a couple of prescriptive painkillers at night and maybe combined with a sleeping pill??? If it gets you through the nights until the leg is further on then that is a good thing. You really don't need to suffer! I too find night times are the worst time but just knock myself out with drugs ( sorry sounds crass I know) and always feel better in the morning and do not dread the nights. If on the other hand you do not like taking medication then investigate pain relief creams. There are really good ones in health shops. I use Living Essence brand and it is called accident relief cream and it takes off the edge. But please don't put up with it. At your age (again sorry) you should not have to. 
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