Pain in thigh just above knee

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im just over two weeks post tkr I’m exercising regularly and walking about 1/2 mile a day on crutches ( I need the air) but at night I have a pain just above my knee in my lower thigh. I can’t get comfortable, have to take more analgesics, all I want to ask is..is this normal? Has anyone else had this? 

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    Oh goodness, did I read your post correctly, 2 weeks??? I am nine MONTHS post op and some days just can’t get comfortable. You are doing terrific, just don’t push too hard this is a very long road ahead. God Bless
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      Thankyou Arlene I am a very impatient patient and feel I should be further along and i have read horror stories on here about people building scar tissue or having to have Mua and I’m not having that Thankyou very much! So I will back off a little and let Mother Nature do her bit oh! And time cos she is a cracking healer too
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    There is no "normal" in TKRville...just like there is no "should".  When you push the knee, it swells...you cannot push a knee.  Also, you need to measure progress in steps not in distance.  Get a fit bit or smart watch.  Chart your progress.  If it swells, back off, ice, elevate, gradually resume.

    Your thigh hurts because your quads are dead...atrophied.  It will take a long time to rebuild the strength in quads, glutes and core.  Usually start that work towards the end of PT and getting your ROM back.  That's somewhere around 12 weeks post-op for many people...although we are all different.  Then you start this...

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

    The plan is to rebuild all that strength so you can climb stairs normally again plus regain your balance.  All of this takes time, work and patience.  Plan your one-year anniversary party...it's gonna be a while...

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    Hi Ruth, I was on my pain killers for a bout 6 weeks after my operation I think its early days for you yet . If you are worried you should get intouch with your doctor even if its to put your mind at rest . I myself is having problems with my knee my operation was 6months ago I can do a lot of walking I go to the gym swimming but never have a full night's sleep for pain . I hope your knee pain gets better soon but I realy do think its early days WILMA

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    Apparently the pain in your muscles is caused by the turneqay they put on your thigh and calf during the op to reduce blood loss.  So I am informed

    It will repair  in a few weeks. Be patient forgive the pun

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