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I am 7wks post TKR and have a bend that's only 70deg and hasn't moved in a week. I find myself with tight quads and the muscle from the hip down to the shin tight that gives me pain and numbness.
At times I felt the phsyio wasn't addressing this even thou I was telling her it was dismissive until I made a bigger deal of it on Monday so she started a bit more focus on massaging quads plus noticed the knee cap was very tight and not moving freely so she also worked on and focussed on these things rather than the routine exercises..
I went back to work last week as I was going batty at home plus can not waste more leave time as I have the left knee that also requires TKR and need to save my leave for that and now I think I should have eased into work rather than work the full week as I pulled up a bit sore on the weekend..
This afternoon has been emotional for me actually the last couples of days have felt really flat as I seem to have gone nowhere the last week plus I think 7wks post TKR and only 70deg is not much?
I have also found that it's 7wk and there is a lot that I still can't do and I'm having to get somebody to do my lawns, wash and groom the dog and today organise somebody to come detail clean my house once a fortnight. I am separated and have my 2 kids Thur - Sun and whilst mum has come to help she is not young and struggling and don't want her to keep this up as I can see the toll on her she has got sick herself..
I am seeing that my independence has gone and gone quickly and I'm not liking it, I also feel that my right leg is not mine it doesn't feel right it feels like something has just been put there and lack the control I would like to have...
I just came back from my doctor to get more pain killers as I was on my last Endone, plus try sleeping tablets as I haven't slept more than 2hrs straight since the operation.. I spoke to him about this and he told me "I can only sympathise with you Tony and I can only say be patient, it will get there but sorry that's all I can offer is be patient."
He also said there is 2 types of recovery that he finds with people that he sees, there are those that get more bend quickly but have more pain and those that have less pain but less bend and takes longer, he said which one would he prefer..... probably more pain more bend as he could deal with the pain and know it will go soon...
Would love to hear what people's view of this is would you prefer:
- more bend but more pain?
- less bend and less pain?
I have the second the less bend and less pain but would add higher mental emotion of lack of progress..
I know keep working at it and patience is required but it's getting very frustrating..😠
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