Please tell me if my swelling is normal im worried!

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Iv posted on here a few times and find the advice from people who are further ahead of me very helpful. So after being very weepy and worried for a few days im asking for advice again? Please!

Iv been back at work for 2 wks and am now suffering a lot more pain than i have had all along and am having a lot of swelling. My foot is swelling loads and my knee is so i elevate and ice when i get home. My husband and myself both keep saying using it more wil make it hurt and swell do you agree? I went to a craft workshop today and sat down from 10/4pm only walked about for 10 mins twice my foot and leg were so massive and swollen i felt worried! Im 18 wks post op had op in february! I really thought it would be feeling better by now! Am i expecting to much or do you think i should check with specialist? Thanks

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    Oh debbie, i feel for you. Im 25weeks po and im exactly the same. I didn't think i was doing enough so I tried to increase my activity and now the last week in pain and swelling agian. I spoke to my physiotherapists and she says its all normal and my body telling me iv over done it. So i to have been resting and icing again,its just soo frustrating.😟
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      Thanks Tracey! My physio said it was normal but i just keep thinking i should be seeing more improvement! Work is hard im on phased return and am going up to 6 hours from tomorrow. Its all very scary! Some people are great by 12 wks and i know we shouldnt compare but i cant help it. It was just sitting with my leg down today surprised me at how much it swelled! I could hardly walk when i stood up. Do you struggle when it swells? Im sorry to hear your feeling the same for your sake but it is nice to know im not alone. Do you wish you had never had op? It is so much harder than i thought. Thanks mluv
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      I am 11 weeks post op and went back to work two weeks ago for 5 hours, and last week 8 hours a day for the whole week. I do have a sit down, stand when I need to, and elevate. Friday night I was in tears wishing I had never had this done. It was so tight feeling. I have taken it a little easier this weekend, but now I am having some pain and swelling (weather change from 85 degrees down to 60). I don t know if that has anything to do with it. I go to work tomorrow and then therapy to see if he is going to discharge me, the way I am feeling tonight, I think I will have to go for my last two weeks. This has been a hard road, and from what everyone says, it will take a while to get back to normal. Good luck to you.
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      Debbie, I struggled terribly. As a matter of fact, I was still icing 8 months after my surgery. The end of October it will be two years and one knee still sometimes swells from walking. But I am so glad I had the surgery! At this point, the pain is much less than it was prior to surgery. So it was indeed worth it all. Don't let it get in your head. Best of luck.
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    hi Debbie

    I'm also 18 weeks post op.

    My knee has been always a bit swollen even with icing and elevation. Go and see your surgeon. I went back to work , I'm a nurse lots of walking but no excessive swelling , just thightness.

    Can I ask you if at night when you wake up your knee is stiff, mine is so stiff and I have to fully stretch it.

    I do hope all goes well with you.

    Maria

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      Hi Maria, I am 12 weeks post op and due back to work next week. I am a teaching assistant so will be on my feet too all day. I can't do phased return. My knee does not swell so much but gets really stiff and tight during day and is stiff during night and when waken in morning. Can you rest it during day I only get 30min break during 8 1/2 hr day.

      ​Thank you sue

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      Hi Sue,

      The stiffness is very annoying . I do have 2 breaks 1/2 hour and 1hr , luckily we have an ice machine in our tea room so I do ice and elevate my knee. The weather as well doesn't help, very cold now.

      Hope you keep on getting better.

      Maria

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      Hi Maria,

      Yes the stiffness is annoying, I can elevate it during my break and borrow one of the school ice packs at lunch but as for any other rest during day it will be hard.

      ​I am gettng better bar the stiffness and tiredness, so glad it was done as stiffness is better than bone on bone pain. I also agree the weather does make a difference.

      Hope you also keep getting better and the stiffness eases.

      ​Sue x

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      The stiffness will eventually lessen. My bilateral TKR was in October 2014 and I have nearly no stiffness today. Well, at least not when I compare it to how stiff I felt before the surgery...it's a huge difference. I know all of our bodies are different, but lets face it, for those of us over 50, our bodies suffer all kinds of stiffness. We might have gotten some new parts in our knees, but the legs are still the same old bones groaning at us. smile
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    Hi all, I'm 4 days post tkr on right leg,my first tkr was left leg 11 months ago, my specialist has told me that every knee is different so I'm going from a comparison journey to a new journey. Swelling is all part of recovery I believe, nature's way of protecting us from ourselves sometimes ! I still get stiffness in my first knee and do exercises that will keep me fit in general, ive also accepted I'm not Superwoman so I'm not going to be going silly and do myself an injury, just one day at a time I'm getting better. Be gentle with yourself
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    Hello Debbie, I am 28 wks post op after a full knee replacement and my knee is still swelling after I have been on my feet for 1.5 hours. I don't go to work as I have osteo arthritis in my back & I have really awful back ache as well as knee and lower leg and foot swelling after I have over done it!

    My physio and doc have advised it could be as long as 2 yrs before swelling goes or if I am really unlucky it may never go completely which is really inconvenient. Any how I think we have to learn to pace ourselves - which is difficult. Everyone has different expectations, for me I am just going with flow as worrying only has a negative effect - keep positive.

    Regards Janey

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    Hey Debbie

    I am 9 months post op and still have stiffness and swelling, more so after doing 10 minutes on my stationary bike! I just think we just have to keep going and do as our body tells us...rest and do the exercises when you can.

    It is such a long road and we don't see improvements do we but everyone says it will be a year or more til we feel happier about the whole situation.

    Some days I think  when will this whole knee thing stop taking over my life. It is the first thing I think of when waking up and the last thing at night. 

    One day eh? We will get there!

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    12 weeks post op on a LTKR.  Yes it looks swollen compared to the other knee; yes, it's a bit stiff.  Doc said to expect both for up to a year.    Great site out there called bonesmart. They have pre- and post-op forums for knee and hip.  I was warned by many, many people (including the RNs and NPs) that recovery from a TKR would take a long time and that you cannot push it (like I did with my hip replacement...full recovery 8 weeks from day of op).  If you do too much, the knee will swell.  You have to back off and let it heal.  I have taken their advice and have had no major problems.  Then again, I'm avoiding all the heavy stuff I used to do. The one time I pushed it, I walked around a mall with my daughter for over 2 hours.  8,000 steps on the FitBit.  I paid for that mistake for a few days.  Simply put: Swelling is the knee's way of telling you that you did too much with it.  
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    Hi Debbie, I read thru your discussions.... Everyone seems to have it right. Can only add n pray your pain n discomfort eases with time. I'm 12 weeks post op,still can't drive, goin stir crazy, but see small changes for the better each day. The swelling, stiffness n tightness still there. I don't know how u all do it by going back to work, I don't think I could do it at this point. If your really concerned, I can only suggest talking with your doctor or phisio. This is a tough operation.  I had both hips replaced n lower back fusion years ago, doctor tried to convince me the Tkr would be a tougher operation. I kinda of laughed, n thought to myself, no way, boy was I wrong!   I have found a whole new world of appreciation, humbleness, patience n strength thru this whole ordeal, the big guy upstairs does a whole lot for me too.  Blowing healing prayers your way 🌬🌬🌬 a little soup helps too 🍵 Some luck 🍀 And if you drink a little wine always helps too 🍷... Hang in there girl. Today was another terrible day for u.s. With mass shooting in Orlando Florida.  G-d bless them all... Prayers going out to all of them n the souls lost.  N then I think my little world of pain is but a pin head of what could be. We Tkr patients are lucky to have this support group n to also know " one day at a time".  We will get back to ourselves eventually, sooner rather than later.   Those people affected have a long struggle of healing ahead.  What a terrible terrible state of affairs.  Humans wanting to hurt other humans. I'll never understand it.  🤔😇
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    Wow that sounds like your body saying too much too soon but I'm guessing you don't have a choice. I would suggest you wear a support hose, those white ones they give us after the op, and a tip for putting them on is to put a small plastic bag over your toes which you pull out once you've got the sock on. Also wear one of those strap on ice packs when you can at work, even if you can't elevate this should lessen the inflammation. Such a shame you can't lessen your hours or sit down more, my heart goes out to you, remember nothing lasts forever, good luck
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