Pain in the same place

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Details: LTKR on March 6, 2018. I had bone on bone osteoarthritis in this knee for about 2 years prior to replacement

My swelling/pain is getting a bit better each day, but just now I realized that the pain is in the EXACT same place that it used to hurt before the TKR; the place where my joint was bone on bone, no meniscus there at all. 

Now.... I know that I have a brand new knee joint (at least that's what I paid for! biggrin) Why does it still hurt in the same place? Is my body just used to hurting there?

Thanks in advance for any answers!



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    Interesting question. TKR hardware. The brand? Are we (TKR) patients supposed to know? I guess we are. I am looking forward, in the not too distant future to a revision (removal of the infected TKR and insertion of a new implant) Perhaps I may keep the infected hardware as a souvenir. I'll let you know. Keep on with you heel-slide and low impact exercises (swimming, water walking etc)  Best regards Bangkok-Johnnie    

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    I’m 3 months post op left TKR and I also had some of the gnawing arthritis pain early on and wondered what was going on.  Physio said it much like phantom limb and the nerves need to learn they are not aggravated anymore and sure enough it is now gone!

    Good luck, mine is just starting to feel like it is a part of me and now the other is acting up!! 

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    Hi. I had a right medial partial knee replacement on 6th March 2018. I too have pain all over the knee but especially on the inside where the mechanical joint is. It was the same bone on bone with torn meniscus for over a year. I had exactly the same operation on the right knee in June last year so knew what to expect (although hoped for less pain😏wink. So, I know that it does disappear eventually, although there are still times on the old new knee that I can feel pain on the inside.

    I don't think it is phantom pain, more likely the nerves and insides all healing.

    Good luck with your recovery it is interesting to compare a partial to a total done on the same day! I am in the UK by the way. Came home after 2 days I can get almost straight leg still lots of swelling and bruising but my bend as measured by the physio on Friday was 65 degrees. Still need strong pain medication (Tramadol 4 times a day) and using 2 crutches. This time however I am sleeping better, stayed asleep for 4 hours last night whereas last time could only get up to 2 hours.

    Its still very early for both of us. 


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      My sleep is ALL messed up. I'll have a couple good nights in a row, then one like last night, where I was awake every two hours. Ugh. I know that it's all a process, and a lesson in patience, eh?

      I'm in the US (Minneapolis)... can hardly wait til ALL the snow melts and I can practice walking around outside! Good luck with your recovery too. Take care! 

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