Three weeks in from TKR

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Had 1st TKR years ago.THR last year and Now other TKR. Only 23 days in but I think I'm way behind??!! I'm still at home , doing little other than pogoing to Physio twice a week. Pottering around, bit of housework and cooking. Came off meds a week ago. Only take them if I'm desperate!

Knee very stiff, bend really hard, maybe only 80deg at mo. Straight flat no problem.

When walking it feels solid (like locked ) after 5mins, it just swells. I walk like I have a false leg at the mo.

My surgeon stretched my hamstring and muscles which slowed me down, but that's getting easier.

Sure my other knee ALL was a bit easier.

Sitting very uncomfortable!

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    Am finishing week four and still have major swelling at times. Find that meds cut down on swelling! Range is 110 but still painful
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    Hi Gaby

    You can do it at your own pace but you also have to be a bit regimented you need to exercise your knee at least twice a day get the movement back into it simple things like squat down until just a little pain sit on a chair and get your foot under it as far as you can it does get easier but you have to do it .

    Good luck.

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      Thank you. I am doing the bend etc hourly! Pulling back , holding, pulling back etc & so on. Continually ice and elevate.

      It's just trying to walk the leg/knee is stiff and restricted not flowing ( as yet!) was probably same last time just can't remember?!

      Btw For anyone's info I'd rather have 3 hips on one day than a knee!!!! Hips are a breeze!! Lol

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    Hi Gaby. I guess I am surprised you are getting off pain meds so quick. They are important to be taking and on top of so you can move your leg more and more. A lot of people going through this operation seem to be trying to prove how tough they are, or something, by getting off pain meds ASAP. When in fact they are for helping you to keep your knee moving better and better. Just my take. Good luck, Mike.
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      I haven't come off meds to be a hero! More they make me feel so dreadful!! I do take some , as and when and before Physio! As I said this is my 3rd joint replacement in 3 years!! I'm battered, shattered and hate KNEES they're the Worst for ME! Who I was on Knee 1 is not the same girl as of now sadly! So hard so fed up.

      Thanks tho

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    I suspect that you were using this leg to get through the other two replacements.

    Your body is not recovering from one replacement, it is recovering from three replacements.

    You are off of narcotics...excellent!

    Rest is so important, as important as exercise is.

    Elevation above your heart and ice...not enough can be said about either.

    Be kind to yourself. I think you have been running a sprint when you are in a marathon.

    hugs

    judith

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      I didn't really think of it like this so perhaps you're right!

      I am icing all the time ! I am bending , pulling the knee back at least hourly!

      I've hoovered, steamed the floors, changed the beds and cooked!

      My hubby got carted off to A&E on Sunday (bit of a scare!!!!) Turned out horrific virus but was stuck there 10 hours!! Had to sit and walk a lot!!!

      It's just a slow process! I suppose it's true it's just 1 year since my THR on that leg!

      Thank you.

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      Oh my, your plate has been way too full....how is your husband?

      Definitely, you over did it.

      Your doing great, especially with pulling it back. Add some rest and I think you will come along nicely.

      hugs

      judith

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    I hear from BTKR patients that the second knee recovery can be totally different from the first.  If you don't expect it to be the same, than you can approach it in a different but totally normal way.  Go slow, stay strong.  You sound like a lot of us.  Relax, do the work, recover.  

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