Severe pain when turning my right leg 2months post opt TKR

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This just started a couple days ago and pain has gotten so bad I’ve had to take my pain medicine often . It hurts down to my toes.  I can’t turn my knee or hardly move it. Is this normal for anyone ?

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    Hi there, I'm a bit confused by your query! When you say turn your knee, are you meaning bend the knee? Or are you trying to twist it or what??

    If you are having trouble bending the knee, the flexion, I would initially suggest icing & elevating a little more but am wondering what has caused the knee to almost seize!

    How is the extension? Are you straightening it well?

    What have you been doing that started this problem?

    If you are unable to bend now, but have had good flexion since the op I think maybe you should get some medical advice.

    You are still very early in your recovery, I'm assuming you are still having physiotherapy. At the very least speak to your physiotherapist.

    I hope you sort it soon. All the best with your recovery.



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      Hi, thank you for replying.  The pain is when my leg is turned left to right, or any sideways movement at all. The pain is so sharp it aches down my shin to my toes. I also have MS so I battle different feelings with it.  I am trying to get into my orthopedic dr in the morning. I have stoped PT except my own because I am 1 straight and 120bend. I have been faithful to keep up my exercises . 

        This is my 2nd leg to have surgery the left was in July, the right in Nov 6. I know that everyone heals differently. 

         Thanks for inputting

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    “I’ve had to take my pain medicine often “  May I ask what is your ‘pain medicine’?

    Bangkok-Johnnie  TKR operation in 2014 - still in pain 

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    Question...  What did you do to the knee "a couple of days ago" minus 1 day.  Whatever you did, that's the cause.  Typically, people go beyond what the knee is capable of at some point in time, fall on it, twist it somehow, or something else.  At 5 weeks, I did 8,200+ steps on my fit bit one day and paid for it with a balloon knee for the next few days.  I learned my lesson, tracked my steps every day and it never happened again.

    ?Put on your thinking did something to make your knee angry.  The cure? Ice, elevate, meds, take it easy for a few days.  But you need to figure out what caused this and avoid it in the future...or just back off and resume gradually.

    ?A TKR recovery is absolutely NOT linear in nature and a full recovery takes a year...period..  Advances, setbacks and plateaus are all part of the process.  Tack this on your fridge just as a reminder...


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