Post TKR

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Almost eight weeks after TKR, I am still in a great deal of pain. Not so much in the knee, but defferred pain in my entire leg, worst in calf, shin and ankle. I did really well, never needed to use sticks or crutches from day one, did all the exercise without much problem,,,, but, from the second week, my leg muscles went into spasm and I have been in agony since. I am not sleeping more than a maximum of three hours out of 24 and there is nowhere I am comfortable ! I am pacing around to aleviate the pain for between 20 and 22 hours a day..... Non of the pain relief prescribed has helped ( Paracetamol, Tramadol and Diazapam ) and I am just about demented with the lack of sleep more so than the pain ! At my six week check up, I was told that all was well, the only exercise I was told to do was to try and get my leg straighter as it is not quite as straight as the other one...... I am driving again, but would not be able to drive more than 40 miles without being in pain. None of the medical staff I have spoken to seem to be concerned about this, but I am just about at my wits end now. Is it just me ? I have a high pain threshold and have been told I may have " overdone " things from the beginning !!!!

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    Jane,sorry to hear of your pain. I had TKR in Dec 13 and I also had pain like you described up til about a month ago. I still get the ankle pain sometimes at night....it is a burning pain. I think it may have something to do with the different way you are walking/using the leg post op. Hate to say it but it does seem like you are over doing things but I also understand the need to get back to normal.
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    Hi Jane

    I am 16 weeks post op, and understand why you feel demented having no sleep, i ended up getting over counter sleeping pills which really did help. Did Physio advise not to use the sticks?? i was told i needed them to reduce weight from my operated knee. i reduced them down to 1 after 4 weeks, then to none at 7, this was al lon the advice of Physio. I too have a high pain threshold but TKR pain is the worst i have ever come accross, but it does get better. I did push myself with the with my excersises, and even bought an excersise bike, i have a full bend now and hardly any pain, i can only explain my discomfort as a 'tired' feeling!I am back at work on phased return but have to say being back in work has tired me out, i am sure the tiredness will reduce once im used to it again. Keep being positive and get something to help you sleep, if the shop bought pills dont work then ask your GP for slow realease DIHYCROLCODEINE think thats how you spell it, these are really powerfull pain killer and will help with sleep.

     

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    I am 6 weeks post op. We were all told to use crutches from the start and not try to walk without them , so I find it surprising you didn't use any .i am on one stick now unless I walk a long way .i get very little pain , and it's more a tight stiffness than pain..it does seem you may have over done It from the start  Didn't you even get crutches in the hospital? Maybe you should try using them for a while now 
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    hi jane , im on my 2nd tkr and i still have pain in the first knee (done feb 17th )and i was also told that i was doing too much and that it can take as much as 2 years to get better ,a bit grim but since ive slowed downi can see a change for the better ,hang on in there 
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    I too at about your stage of recovery had exactly the same thing...Sometimes I could have just cried, not with the pain, but with my body screaming out for some 'proper' sleep.  I too went to the chemist and bought some Nytol...I think they might have worked on the first night I took them, and I think that was just a fluke.  I even went to the doctors and got some 'proper' sleeping pills...He only gave me six tablets...again, the first one I took seemed to work on the first night, but I took one the next night and might as well have not bothered...I've still got the other 4 tablets...Not bothered taking any more.

    I'm 3 months post op now and I still don't get much sleep....It's definitely better then it was.  But I rarely stay in bed for a full night, and most days wake up and get up at about 4:00am and take some pain killers.  Then sit there watching the TV doing the 'nodding dog' impression!...

    So you're definitely not on your own....I think pretty much the sleep thing is common to everyone who has a TKR.  I can remember the hospital staff telling me to just sleep as and when ever you can...day night, whenever...I thought it was just because you kinda needed 'more' sleep...they didn't tell me it's because you WON'T be able to sleep for months!!! smile

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    Oh, Thank you all so much for your replies. Without intending to sound mean, I am relieved to hear that I am not alone in my suffering ! As far as  the crutches/sticks are concerned, none of the THREE physio"s I saw whilst in hospital encouraged me to use them ! I was given a Zimmer frame on the morning following my op the previous evening, which I used for the first time I went to the bathroom but found it more of a hinderence than a help. I have seen physio twice since my discharge from hospital and been told I am doing really well and it is GOOD that I have not used crutches or sticks. I have tried the over the counter sleeping aids, but like all the medication I have had on prescription, found it has not helped. Having been a nurse for some forty years, I am quite aware of what I can or should not be doing/taking and although I am sure things will improve with time, it is still very frustrating that no-one makes you aware of these possible problems PRIOR to surgery ! I most certainly would NEVER contemplate having this operation on my other knee, ever ! This has been the most horrific five weeks of my life !
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