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I’m nearly 8 months post tkr on my right knee. I still experience stiffness which I realise is to be expected for some time yet – 12-18 months seem to be the agree upon time scale from what I gather on this forum. I basically function normally and well – up and down stairs (2 floors in our house), walking, usual household jobs also some easy gardening (not daring to kneel!). In fact, I find walking is the best thing for the knee. Some days are better than others and sometimes I feel some sensitivity above or below the knee – nothing painful or distressing, just sensations. Am I right in thinking all this is par for the course? Sitting for any length of time causes the knee to stiffen up until I stand and start to walk about. Ditto getting out of bed in the mornings. It’s generally more sensitive on the outside of my knee. Does this sound normal, that some days are better than others for no obvious reason?
Another issue which has really bothered me: We are signed up for a series of concerts - prepaid and with fixed seats somewhere towards the middle of the row. Been to the first two. For the first half hour I felt nothing at all from my knee and then it started to be bothersome, really uncomfortable verging on pain, because I couldn’t stretch my leg out fully as the rows aren’t wide enough for that. I tried to once and found myself pushing against the seat of the person in front, so no room. The halfway break was welcome but then it started again. Yet the minute we got up to leave, the horrible discomfort was gone. Third one coming up in a week and I’m rather dreading it. Didn’t want to ask to change seats as we sit with friends who like the position. Anyone else experience this?
One more thing. I am a candidate for tkr on my left knee too. In fact I originally went to the doctor because that was far more painful than the right, although the specialist said the right was worse – bone on bone and I could see from the xray he showed me. He said the left was more painful because my body was automatically compensating for the worse situation in the right knee. After the operation, after finishing all the medications my left knee was quiet for a while, but now has started acting up again. Now that my right knee is really good – feels firm when I walk and going up and down stairs while my left knee “gives” a bit, under me – I’m wondering should I do the left tkr and if I don’t am I likely to cause my good, right knee to then become my bad know. This was mentioned once on this forum.
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