Right Knee TKR 6 mos post op - continuous extreme swelling

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Had my right knee replaced 10/16 - recovering normally.  In 11/16 i was doing yardwork when i experienced great pain and swelling.  I called my dr he said, ice, elevate.  I couldn't do anything to alleviate the pain.  I ended up going to the ER and was diagnosed with a bakers cyst.  For 10 weeks following that my knee would have "epidsodes"  i'd feel a pain across the top of the knee and it would be hard to bend - this happened 1,2,3,4 times a week.  Went back to dr, said just part of the healing, hang in there, etc.  After 12 weeks i went back to Dr and demanded an MRI and a bloodtest to rule out infection.  Blood work came back negative.  MRI showed tendonitis in the pateller and the quad and a bakers cyst.  Basically go back to PT.  SO i went to a new PT.  For 6 weeks no episodes - great!  A month ago today i was putting something in the oven and i felt something.  Knee has been swelling up and has everyday sometimes 2-3 times.  I ice, I use a portable tens unit but it is non-stop.  Sometimes it is so bad I can't bend it.  I even went to another dr and he is at a loss.  Suggested a Bonescan but also said to "hang in there" till the one year mark cuz the Bonescan may show warm on a 6 month old knee.  Basically told me to go back to my original dr - I'm at a loss - i've been to the dr 3 times in the past 3 weeks.  Help!

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    So sorry you are in pain so much of the time with no real answers, just wondering if your DR.told  you before the tkr that it would probably be up to a year before pain and stiffness would go away. My dr.   nor anyone told me it could take that long.

    i am 11 weeks po and have pain and stiffness all the time,the pain is nothing compared to what it was in the beginning but the stiffness is bad. I do my exercises without fail and the bend gives me trouble daily but I continue to work on it..

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      Ya I know up to a year. But I've gone from walking to using a cane for 10 weeks, to getting better again to now having to use a walker for last month This is also my 2nd knee replacent. My left one was done in 2015 and I didn't have these issues. So to me. I know this isn't I Nirmal. But thx for responding!

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      Hi bak , I'm 10 weeks & am exactly how you've explained. Sorry you're having trouble too but l was consoled it's not just me. It doesn't feel as bad one day but the next is awful.knee is stiff & hurts still keeps me awake most nights. It's got to get getter soon surely after all the exercises & care we take ,

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      No bak I didn't have any idea it would be this painful & take this long ., but I have found a brilliant forum on iPad which explains everything & tells  you week by week what is best to do. Definitely worth  a look. It's :- Bonesmart joint replacement forum . At least you can see why & understand what it's all about x 

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    Hey all - I'm headed back to my doctor today to see if there is anything that can be done to alleviate the daily swelling (up to 3x/day).  I've been on the walker for a month now - they say they may aspirate it to test the fluid then share other options.  Please send out good thoughts and prayers for some sort of solution.  Thanks!!

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