Suki again

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Hi all need advice. 7wks post tkr and even though I’m doing as told I’m still on heavy pain meds. I’m walking ok till it feels like it’s twisted and the pain is so bad I’m brought to tears. Does anyone else have problems even after 7wks or should I put up and shut up. I’ve had an X-ray and replacement looks ok. I do have underlying problems with my back but am I expecting too much as we’re all different. Help

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    Hi Suki, when do you see consultant again. I only get  pain if I try and bend or stand too much. I saw GP today and I’m at six weeks. He said that this was still very early, he said that it may become more painful as I start to feel better and do more. He said that people underestimate the intensity of this surgery. Have you been more active recently? Are you still resting, icing and elevating. Your back maybe affecting knee if alignment out. Hope it eases soon. 
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      Hi Victoria don’t see my consultant till 2nd January. Yes did shopping yesterday and leaned on trolley people were bashing into me could have been that came home and went straight to bed but still hurts today. The pain is never ending xxxx
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      That might be it. I find that if I do too much I suffer the next day. People are so rude. It does feel never ending. My GP assured me that I will look back on this positively when new knee healed and reminded me that I could not continue as I was. Keep strong x
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    Like previous replies I agree it's too soon. This is my second TKR 2 LEGS in 10 months. I was still taking heavy meds at bedtime when I went through 2nd. It does get better but can take 12 months to say you're over it. Keep taking ALL of the meds do your physio. Icing is a must. Rest often. Dont expect to be normal for a lomg time. But you will be better than before the op. Good luck xxx

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      Hello Joan- I’m new to this chatting on line thing, so bear with me.  I need two tkr and I’m trying to decide how to do this.  Both @ the same time?  One @ a time?  How did U figure out how to do each one?
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    At 7 weeks I could walk unaided in the house for five minutes but not more than that!

    Are you walking unaided?

    I wasn't taking any pain relief at that stage, and was working on the principle that pain is there for a reason, so if I feel it, it is my body telling me to stop.

    Pain is there for a reason. If you are taking a fair amount of pain relief AND it still hurts you may be asking too much of it at this point?

    Do you have a physiotherapist you could consult?

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    You're right in the middle of the 0-12 week max pain period.  Normal.  You will start getting off the heavy duty meds when you're a few more weeks into it.  If your alignment x-ray was good, then you're right on track.  Gotta be doing the PT work at home and at "The Dungeon" (PT place).  Do the work, be patient...

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    Hi Suki, 

    How you feeling today? 

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    Hi all 15wks post tkr, today I didn’t cry wow what a step forward. I’ve stopped heavy meds and even though I still get shooting pains and feeling like a tight band round my knee I feel I’m moving forward at last. Still hurts if I do anything for more than 10mins but I can put my own socks on, doesn’t sound much but for me it’s an achievement. I still walk with one stick. Overall I think I’m on the right track. Yippee xxxx
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      Good thank you....my one year anniversary will be on 8th March!

      I have all my energy back.

      Feeling so relieved I can walk around as I need to. My other knee is so weak and holds things back a bit now. I have to be careful waking down stairs. But I am going to try and keep it going for as long as I can. Mind you, if I ever get to how things were before I had the surgery, I would certainly go through it all over again, though people do say all knees are very different!

      Lots of my other bones have aches and pains😀😃 now that is annoying, however its nothing like the pain my knee used to give me!

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      You are soooo lucky.  Eight months into my recovery (October '16), I developed spinal stenosis at L2/L3.  Stopped me cold.  Fusion in March of '17.  Still off the shelf due to back restrictions.  Then wrist surgery in December '17 while dealing with more lower back pain.  Turned out the fusion was TOO GOOD...too much bone growth that pinched nerves between L2 and L4.  Just had that decompressive laminectomy two weeks ago...still on back restrictions for a while.

      Just started some easy yoga (cannot roll my spine)...really shows my muscle weakness.  Starting the gym too as soon as I get back clearance.  On the good side, 45+ years of hockey gave me some fantastic muscle memory so I can climb stairs two at a time with no issues.  Need the strength training to get all of it back plus regain my balance which was always superior because of the hockey.

      For me, I'll be 2 years post-op on March 10th but it will take the rest of this year to get completely back to normal.  It's been a looooong road for me because of all the intervening spine issues.  Doesn't matter.  70th birthday in two weeks and I'm not stopping (still work full time in IT).  My complete recovery will take almost three years but I'll get it done.

      Even talked to the Donjoy people, makers of the best braces on the planet.  I want to do some light skating again when I'm ready and their Defiance model will totally prevent any twisting or torquing of the TKR knee.  They have lots of clients in the same boat.  Saving my pennies...the fully custom model costs $900...worth it.

      Long journey...not over...

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      I already have the new rollerblades, changed the wheels and bearings to get the desired "rock" and speed on pavement, removed the brakes, got hockey pants to protect my hip plus helmet, gloves, stick for balance, knee and elbow pads.  The Donjoy Defiance (picture) will be the last piece I need so there will be absolutely no torque on the knee.  I figure it will take me 9-12 months of constant work to regain my strength and balance.  It's been 2 1/2 years of non-activity which has left me sidelined.  That will change this year.  Told my neuro: "After four ops, hands off my damn spine!!!"  When the 22 staples came out on Tuesday, he was amazed at my spine ROM, lack of any medication and general well being two-weeks post op.  Except for the TKR, I have always bounced back almost immediately after any surgical procedure (30 under general anesthesia in the last 18 years...mostly minor stuff).  But these past 22 months have been knee, spine, wrist and spine again all in a row.  Just beats you down.  Now it's time to get back up!!!

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