sudden swelling

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I used this forum a lot when I had my tkr, its been 28 week now and after the first 16/18 week things have been really good and I was virtually back to normal. Around 3 week ago I developed a swelling about the size of a plum towards the bottom of the scar.It does go down a bit overnight but as soon as I put weight on it it comes straight back up. I have not done anything   out of the ordianary. My knee feels very stiff and tender, any ideas? not sure wether to see my gp or wait a bit longer ?

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    I think I would definitely go and see the gp about this . it isn't something that ever happened to me, and I've never seen anyone mention it on the forum.  I hope it is not a problem, and for your own peace of mind, I should go and see the doc. . . 
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      thanks for your swift reply, I guess you are right,thought I was done with all the doc trips! I once saw a post on this forum which said "TKR the gift that keeps on giving"  has there ever been a more apt  phrase ?
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      I'm now nearly a year after the TKR . . Mine is pretty good, but there is still a sort of stiffness around the joint, which I think is going to be with me for ever!  Still have numb thigh, tingling feet . .. but overall I would say its been a success!!!

       

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      I think you right and that we have to expect some level of stiffness (obviously  thats better than the pain pre op) but my symptoms are new, having thought of little else I now remember that just before all this started I was quite ill with a chest infection, surely a chest infection cannot affect the knee ? I have managed to get a doc appt for thursday morning so hopefully will be told its fine !
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      I think any infection can affect an implant. . I know that OFG's problems were caused by a urinary infection . . did you take antibiotics for the infection? I do hope it is not important!  99 per cent it will not be a big problem!  Roll on thursday so you can be relieved!
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      no,I had prednisilone when I was ill. I have just googled how infection in the body can attack implants(as you do !) wish I had not done it. Naively I thought that infection risk was related to the wound and , that as this is healed then it was not an issue, how can I have been so ignorant? I do not consider myself a stupid person,but I have never even thought of this nor has a medical proffesional ever pointed it out. I shall forever more be paranoid about it ! However I do feel too well to be ill (does that even make sense)
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      dotty,I think it is really quite rare, so please don't get paranoid about it! . . but it is a possibility even years after the TKR .  .Some doctors recommend antibiotics as a prophylactic before dental treatment, but others say it isn't necessary.  My specialist spcifically mentioned begin careful with chiropodists . . The internet is a great tool,  but also scares the life out of sometimes when really there is nothing much wrong!  tomorrow you should find out a bit more about what the problem is. I'll be back on line Friday evening, so looking forward to hearing what your doctor tells you!  It'll be OK I"m sure!

       

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    Get it looked at ASAP. It may be a small broken blood vessel but it could be something more significant such as an infection. No need to worry about things when you don't have to.
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      thanks,  it actually looks a lot worse than it feels (or maybe my pain threshold has been dramatically raised! after tkr pain most things feel pretty minor !) but as it has come on so suddenly something must have caused it. Thanks and best wishes to you
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    Dotty, my TKR was January 2014.  I had good in patrient rehab for about 12 days, then three months of outpatient rehab twice a week.  Good flexibility but never really pain free.  One could feel the device on the inside of my knee.  Then in Septembr some large black and blue spots began appearing on that spot, quickly getting lighter and spreader.  The surgeon xrayed it, said it was fine, then had blood work done to check for infection, finally a bone scan.  The scan showed loosening of the replacement at that spot.  He didn't suggest surgery as he couldn't guarantee it would be better.  Have since seen my GP (who is a wonderful caring brilliant MD), and he agrees with me that I should not consider revision unless the pain increases or I'm in a wheelchair.  I have resigned myself to living with it, with one or two tramadol daily.  The other knee was in the same shape back in Jan 2014.  I've since lost 40 pounds and it rarely gives me any problem. Not sure I'm glad I had it done, although it is stable.  Yours is the closest symptom to mine that I've seen on here.  Hopefully yours will clear up and you won't have any more probles.
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      sorry to hear you had so many problems, I had a few to begin with, but after about 14 week I have made steady progress, so I am quite shocked by my new symptoms, I guess I thought I was out of the woods by now, very frustrating !
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