recovery after TKR

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Iam 9 weeks post op and having the most terrible thigh cramps at night, The surgeon says it is nohing to do with surgery but it only started after the surgery. It is 3am and I am still up and walking trying to stop the pain. as soon as I sit or lie it starts again. Please can anyone help. Am taking Magnesium but to no avail

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    I get thigh pain too at 8 weeks, so much so that Icant lay on operated side because of it.   Surgeon said it was to do with surgery as its nerves waking up
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    I think these pains are muscle spasms due to all theexercising and walking in a different way. Have you tried heat to the area? Or maybe just cutting down on activity for a day or two.
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    It could be due to dehydration. The meds taken often dehydrate and along with less appetite we often have less thirst. Try drinking more water and you may have benefit. This works for my spasms and discomfort.
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    I had both TKRs. One in April 2013 the other in July 2013. I suffered leg cramps for months and months and then I spoke to my GP and he prescribed Quinine tablets.  It was like magic; almos completely disappeared. I have only had it once since. I also have a friend who is a GP and I spoke to her and she sonfirmed that she always prescribed Quinine tablets for night cramps.  Hope this helps!

     

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    Try to recall the way you were walking prior to tkr. Just a guess but I would think you have changed considerably. If that's a case you are having to recondition your entire body to the change and that is putting a strain on every part of your anatomy. Try walking slower, taking distinct heel, ball of the foot, toe steps that will put less strain on the system. In the meantime ice an elevate. Take a good antiinflammatory. BTW ,most docs will never admit anything is their fault. They operate, now you get well according to the text book.
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    I've just found out after a hunch from my gp  that one of my legs is an inch shorter.  He got my physiotherapist to measure at my last appointment I'm 5.5months post TKR I've been having lots of pain at night and when moving from sitting too standing in my hip knee thigh and shin  .    See my consultant in March too see what he says may have to have shoe built up.
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    Hi jen. . I have been having these muscle spasms since I woke up from the op... I was prescribed diazepam but only short term.. so now I find massaging my legs at night and drinking tonic water helps .. I think dehydration does play a part.. I also take magnesium. .
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      You are a genius. I bought a bottle of Tonic water yesterday and had a glass as soon as I felt them start. After 10 mins they stopped. I was at the docs today and he has prescribed Quinine tabs. Thats whats in the tonic that  helps, he said. I live in Australia so I was not sure if my doc could prescribe them so am pleased.

      Thank you so very much.

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