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I had a left TKR on 3/7/16 and a right TKR on 31/11/16. I exercise and have good bend and straightening on both knees, and, unless i over do it I can walk without pain ( just the usual clicking and clonking you get with a knee replacement but you ignore over time) However I cannot walk upstairs, downstairs or tackle any slope without considerable pain. I have had to give up my part time job of 15 years because my progress is so slow I have even moved my bedroom downstairs because of the pain of trawling up and downstairs. When I last saw the consultant he said either my ligaments have not got strong enought to get my kneecap in position or sometimes the knee cap does not like rubbing against the implant and he may have to go in and put plastic backings on my kneecaps!!! Another op Aghhh!. He has suggested waiting until my second knee replacement is a year old in November and then having a CT-SPECT scan (whatever that is). I have asked him if there is anything else i can do to aid my recovery and he said no, he said if I exercise and it hurts, to stop!!! I do water aerobics twice a week and try to push myself although I don't do anything that hurts, for a few days afterwards I am in quite a bit of pain but how can I progress if i don't push myself a bit? Also am I damaging my kneecaps if they are not aligned and I carry on exercising. I am so frustrated that even though I have gone through the pain of the ops i am really no better off. I am going to Tuscany this June but cannot do things like visit the Iffuzi in Florence because apparently there are lots of steps involved and the lifts are only for wheelchair users, and as for the tower of Pisa, don't even go there!!! it may seem trivial but I thought my life would be better afterwards and these are the things i was looking forward to doing. Has anyone else had this trouble? Should I be asking for a scan sooner to get this sorted? I would be grateful for your thoughts x Jan
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