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I'm just wondering if anyone has or is experiencing this: Had TKR on Feb 5, 2018 and MUA on May 4, 2018. My knee was allegedly custom made to fit me (Conformis brand). Had almost 5 months of outpatient physical therapy and my range of motion at the end of therapy was between 119 and 124. I continue to do exercises at home most days, riding a stationary bike and doing stair exercise and band stretches. My knee seems to be healing slowly. I am a borderline diabetic (under control) on oral medication. Some days it seems like I can really feel the implant when I walk. Its stiff stiff and sore to the point I take 2 Aleve or 2 Tylenol for Arthritis. This helps a bit but Narco helped better. I don't take Narco any longer. I've used the CPM machine ( twice) and also a TENS unit. The TENS unit may or may not have helped !. My OS recently gave me a special cream (made by a Biomed pharmacy) containing Diclofenac sodium, Gabapenyin, Lidocaine, and Prilocaine in a cream form to rub on my knee 3 times daily. This cream thus far hasn't relieved the pain but only made my incision and the skin on my knee tender & sore, so I don't use it. I know its still quite early in the recovery process but it just feels like I can feel the metal in my implant or like a foreign object is squeezing my flesh inside my knee. Its stiff and uncomfortable most days unless I take pain meds. I can go up and down stairs. Its easier to go up than down. Most of the time I go one step at at time going down. I must say my pain is no where near what it was before surgery. I'm beginning to think this is as good as its going to get. My physical therapist said whatever range of motion you have at 6 months, give or take a few degrees, is about what you will have period so I was also wondering if this uncomfortable feeling of stiffness, squeezing and tightness and slight swelling will ever go away or if my diabetes might make my healing process slower. I haven't given up hope and I know everyone heals differently but I hear people report they didn't need any pain meds after 5 months, etc. I've had X-ray after surgery and my OS says my implant looks good after I questioned whether or not my implant was the correct size for my knee.
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