Pain post arthroscopic injury

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Hi all had arthroscopic surgery November 2017 knee still painful unable to run and walking is troublesome. Continual pain around area . Any suggestions . Have been to pt and wear support knee brace

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    Hi Ron. I feel your pain. I, too had arthroscopy in November and am worse than pre surgery.  Very stiff. I am in gym 6 days/week and am now starting a walking regimen on top of strength. Hope that will do the trick. 
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    Hi mine still hurts from May 2017 but I think because I have an acl to fix still. It just takes time so you’ll be ok I believe.
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    I had tkr 6/28/17...and to be honest, just about a week ago I woke up with NO pain. Have been able to go to gym, walk, do exercises, haven’t ran for any amount of time...BUT have needed NO pain meds at all. This is is huge.  It’s been a long six months, but for the first time am seeing a plus side. 
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      Way to go Cliff!  I want to wake up pain free ....sooner rather than later!  I am a Nurse and want to take care of patients again. No time soon im afraid 😟 

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    Ron, I am very interested to know whether you had meniscus trim, or what specifically was the surgery to do?  I am supposed to go in for surgery Feb 3 for a trim and remove a piece of meniscus that's stopping my joint having full flexibility.  I was hoping to hit up tennis camp (which is quite intensive!) in late March/early April which would be 8 weeks post surgery.   Some people here are making me think that the "6 week recovery" thing is not like a "better than previous" sort of recovery but a "no more surgery pain" sort of recovery and I'm questioning doing this surgery at all.  My knee clicks, and doesn't have the flexibility the other knee does but other than that I can play tennis for a few hours without much repercussion.  I don't want to be worse off than I am now...

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      Polly,

      Unless you are young and/or dont have much damage, dont do it!  I am worse off at 2 months post op. I am 58 and very athletic. I wish i had just dealt with the pain. I now have mobility issues.

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      Mobility issues? Frankly I'm thinking 'forget it' at this point - I'll wait for a few more years.  This is so good to hear your perspective, thank you. 

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      You are so welcome!  I wish i had done my research. Hang in there and just keep working your quad strength to keep your muscles supporting your knee 😊

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    Ron, I am very interested to know whether you had meniscus trim, or what specifically was the surgery to do?  I am supposed to go in for surgery Feb 3 for a trim and remove a piece of meniscus that's stopping my joint having full flexibility.  I was hoping to hit up tennis camp (which is quite intensive!) in late March/early April which would be 8 weeks post surgery.   Some people here are making me think that the "6 week recovery" thing is not like a "better than previous" sort of recovery but a "no more surgery pain" sort of recovery and I'm questioning doing this surgery at all.  My knee clicks, and doesn't have the flexibility the other knee does but other than that I can play tennis for a few hours without much repercussion.  I don't want to be worse off than I am now...

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    It's still pretty early in your recovery so I suggest to keep at it. I found with my two tkr's that it took longer than they say to really get back to "normal". Lots of PT. Follow your dr and therapist's orders. Stay on task and it should come for you. I'm 6 mos and 4 mos out and find I still have moments of pain and definite stiffness. So it takes time and patience. Don't give up.

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      Thank you Lynne. The stiffness is bad but walking miles several times a week and water aerobics as well. Feel great doing both but hurts and stiff as soon as I stop. Will that get better? I am almost 3 months post op chondroplasty
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    I wanted to add after reading all the other replies that I have never regretted my decision to have the surgeries. I had an outstanding surgeon and wonderful PT. But it does take time and perseverance. As long as I remain active and keep things moving....as soon as you are able get into a walking routine, swimming, etc. you will feel so much better. 
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