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First question i think that iam doing everything right with medications and resting elevation ,ice,therapy and all. get around house good for the most part with no pain but at night after sleeping couple hrs get up to go to bathroom no walker no cane as i only have to go about 10 ft use the wall for support but every step i take is pure torture even though i could do the same thing before laying down with no pain whatsoever, with the medications sometimes i have to make 2 or 3 trips of torture once iam for the day i move  around with no problem . another question day # 10 after surgery i was doing my physio walking around house nonstop for 8 minutes no walker had cane with me but only in case i needed which i didn't felt so good i was looking for a place to put my walker out of way thought i didn't need it anymore. then after i went to bed that night had lots of cramps discomfort now 3 days i can't do anything without walker tightness in knee and cramping in legs. 

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    I dont understand why you are not using crutches, or walker?

    You have had the biggest load bearing joint in your body sawn and drilled.

    How many days post op are you now?

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    Hello. Sounds like you just had your knee replacement done a few weeks ago. Take Your Time! ! Patience is Necessity!! Do you warm knee b4 exercuses? Maybe scar area needs massage?? You could use lotion (vitamin E or Alogen) I was using walker for 2 weeks after surgery. Still use cane(when out of house) & its 10 weeks. I have been doing the squats, marching in place, leg lifts, etc. from day 5 after surgery. PT 2X week.

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    It c ould be Sciatic nerve that gives you pain. (If so, Ibuprofen, Muscle relaxers or your doc can prescribe something). I find a heating pad helps.

    Nerves take up to 3 months to regenerate, Bone from 1 to 6 months and Muscle about 3 to 4 months. Your knee is toughest place for blood to circulate. Keep doibg toe/heel steps b4 sleep.

    Chico Marx has Great Advice on this site also!!!

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    Bering weight after this surgery is very important, Freddie.  But from the sound of it, you are doing way too much way too soon.  Rest, elevation and ice (along with pain control (meds) are primary in your recovery right now. 

    Use your walker.  Continue to walk, but with support.  Take your PT seriously, but don't let anyone force you to do anything that causes more that a little, uncomfortable pain.  Pain = inflammation = which equals stiffness and pain.

    Remember, slow and steady wins the race. 

     

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      I made a remark about how good it felt that one day I know I have to use walker and cane and therapy all those, what I was trying to get across my leg went from great to horrible over night, the theropist was here with me when I was doing it, what Iam trying to say I don’t understand it getting worse 
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    How long is it since your TKR?. 
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    Welcome, "Kneebie", to TKR-Land, where every day is an adventure.  You've just started your year-long recovery, a time from which very, very few escape.  There will be only three things to occupy your life: time, work and patience...you will need all three.  You cannot push a knee to recovery; it will bite you back big time so you need to give it time to heal.  You MUST do the work to regain both ROM and strength.  Finally, you will absolutely slow down and be patient.  If you're not like that by nature, your knee will teach you.

    Click on my name and then "See All Discussions" for many topics including ROM work, depression, sleeping, exercising, walking, stairs and more.  Have fun...

    PS: The tightness (or a "band-like" feeling) is absolutely normal.  The worst of it will probably be gone by your one-year anniversary.  Docs say it can last 18 months; I'm almost two years post-op and I still feel it from time to time.  Meh...small price to pay for a pain-free life.

    PPS...  Hang this on your fridge.  It's how your non-linear recovery will actually go...

    https://patient.info/forums/discuss/the-reality-of-a-tkr-recovery-in-one-picture-626038

     

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    hey , I am on day 11 myself , I tried only using cane and went back to walker , too much pain and not as comfortable. found out the dried blood in knee is causing most of my pain , now I only use heat pad , going to doctor  today to see if there is a pill to dissolve the dried blood. do not rush this , do not let it hurt

     

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      There is no right or wrong here...no time schedule.  Use the walker until you don't need it anymore.  Then use the cane until you don't need it anymore.  It's really that simple.  It's not a contest to see who can throw their walking aids the quickest.  You need your ROM back and then you need to rebuild all the strength in your quads, glutes and core to support the knee and restore your balance.  This takes time and work.  Commit to it.

      https://patient.info/forums/discuss/post-tkr-exercising-565527

       

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    Hey Fredie,

    It is only 10 day you are I think too ambitious. I would use sticks as long as I need and not feel

    guilty because you should keep

    Pain free. Take pain killers regularly. Until the swelling goes you need sticks and pain killers.

    Also don’t overdo the exercise.

    I stop using stick indoors after 4 weeks and outside after 6 weeks but consult hour PT.

    Do not rush please it takes good 6 weeks before you can have a good night sleep.

    At night your knee and around areas will be painful and you will feel tension behind the knee

    This is all normal 

    Good luck and keep positive attitude 

    U will get there eventually 

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