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beginning to feel knee when I touch it ~ does not feel as swollen and numb! It's a bit painful but exciting too. Has anyone else had this experience in their recovery. 12 weeks almost post op

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    Ain't it wonderful to know you're normal. This is one of the 2 steps forward. Next thing you may start get some stinging, burning and often times right down miserable pain. That's when the nerves have healed and are refiring and starting to strut their stuff. Often times this will happen at the earnest times and just drive you nuts but its entirely normal.. Keep working and that will help.

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      Oh my gosh thank you so much because I am experiencing burning and pain keeping me up at night and sometimes during day I suddenly feel pain and when I touch knee I feel it like I feel my like it's my knee again. Not lime a fat lip from novacaine from dentist lol. There is some swelling and numbness but it has lessened. Will this enable ROM I struggled a bit today because knee was sore and burning lol but got to 116 have only hit 120 3xs can't seem to maintain it yet

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      Find some of Chico Marx's writings on here. He does a beautiful job of explaining the entire process. Just keep working thevexcervises but never, never put yourself in severe pain. You're doing fantastic just don't beat up on yourself when you have a little set back. An honest doc will tell you that the knee owns you the 1st year and if you're lucky, you'll own it.

      This is a process and you have to go through the whole thing as there aren't any real shortcuts. Bact to the mantra...its a marathon not a sprint.

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      It is indeed a marathon smile I struggle with ROM and I need to get a little straighter so I have a ton of work yet to do. Bike riding has been a huge help I think. Stationary bike of course lol. 

      I worry however, that I will runoutmof pain pills and surgeon won't renew Rx for percocet or any medicine this far out from surgery. I am still doing therapy too. I have enough for now but I hate the thought of finishing this marathon without help if I need it. Sleeping is still hard because of discomfort at night. I do think I have come across a new part of this journey which is more painful than the last part. In fact, I thought I wasn't going to need any more pain pills until this new phase of healing began. 

      Chico articles I will review. His work and providing information as has been excellent. 

      Thanks so much 

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    Normal.  You will still see a size difference in your knees for many months to come.  That takes almost a year.

    You will start to see some sensation coming back but there will probably always be a numb area at the incision line.  I'm 20 months and full sensation is not there...don't think it will ever be.  However, there is no swelling, tingling or overt numb sensation

    On tingling:  I still get this when I kneel on it...no pain...just a tingling effect.  So I use a 4" foam pad indoors and padded tactical knee pads for outside work.  Some veterans of this say that the sensation will disappear with time...I'm waiting...

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      This I imagine to be true since I am only at beginning to get some feeling after 3 months. Today way over did it and feel awful and knee is swollen. Took an advil and will later take percocet. Will ice again. I am TOTALLY wiped out lol. But I was happy to get out with a friend. 

      I hope so much the best for you! Your shared experience has been so invaluable. Thank you for helping me and so many others wink

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    Hi

    For myself burning sensation from 6 to 12 weeks became less, to the point I could sleep through the night and did know use the ice bucket and knee wrap.

    At 16 months still some numbness on the outside of my right knee.

    Good healing

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