Tkr

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Since my tkr I've had a tender thigh and shin. Does anyone know why this is?

3 and a half weeks tkr

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    Probably because they had to drill into the bones to put your implant in. Mine hurt for quite a while  and still hurts once in awhile. My first TKR on right was November 1 last year. And my second TKR was April 11th this year and it still hurts a lot if I over due it. Best of luck on your recovery. 
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    Sounds normal...as Mary says, it been drilled. I am seven months post op. Life is great, I am very happy and those challenging early days were well worth it.

    There will be all kinds of pain and tenderness in the first few months particularly. Thigh pain also the norm. Things will improve with time.

    Do you have a physiotherapist you are working with? They will help provide reassurance. Best wishes for your healing!

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      ☺Are you in UK?

      For thigh, gentle massage towards your heart while elevating the leg might be worth trying out.

      You may like to go to my profile by clicking on the image next to my name. I kept a journal of my own knee replacement journey, and I have been told by several people they found it helpful to read, or skim through. It has a lot of useful suggestions and information. It is a bit long, but I also wrote a shorter abridged version too!

      This is a good forum with lots of great TKR perspectives!

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    Watch a couple of videos of the operation  on youtube and you will realise that TKR is serious surgery . Lots of cutting , sawing , drilling and hammering . it is quite brutal and takes a lot to recover from it . Don't worry you will get there in the end . My left knee will be celebrating it's 20th birthday soon & the right it's 18th . It is great to have been pain free for all these years , and no sign of any problems .

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      Wow. That is so encouraging. 10 weeks in and have felt pretty desperate at times. Being 56, I thought I would sail through this !!! Did too much walking downhill 2_days ago and now suffering for it. Your message is good in telling us WE HAVE HAD major surgery and time is the important thing in the healing process. Sue
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      It's funny you say that, about walking downhill. I've been lucky I think, less than 4 weeks and walking without my stick in the house. Just a very subtle pain. I walked down a tiny incline and felt it. I didn't expect it so it felt weird

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      Walking on an incline whether up hill or down puts extra pressure and strain on the knees . Walk on level surfaces and avoid activities that cause impact to your knee . To quote the Carpenters , "You've only just begun" .   

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    Plus they cut a boatload of nerves.  Nerve tingling and irritation is very common.  I'm at 19 months p/o and I still feel the tingling but only when I try to kneel on a hard surface.  That's why I use foam indoors and knee pads outdoors.  Don't know if it will ever resolve.

    At less than 4 weeks, you've barely begun your recovery.  This one takes a long time...chances are that you will be back to feeling like your old self again in the 9-12 month range.  There seem to be big improvement spikes at 3 and 9 but a truly full recovery takes a year.  Even then, you can have some residual stiffness, tightness and those funny clunking sounds to 18 months...or more...plus the kneeling issues. 

    The good news is that at 4-6 weeks, almost all the really bad pain is gone.  Concentrate on your ROM at PT.  After that, you need to learn how to walk correctly again without limping because you can throw out your back or hips...really avoid that.  Then comes an exercise program to rebuild the strength in your dead quads, glutes and core.  That's gradual and take up most of the time until you get to the 9-12 month timeframe.

    BUT.......  This is all very individual and you might do all of this in half the time...not likely but possible.  Just don't push the knee...it swells.  That's the telltale sign that you did too much that day.  Back off and increase your activity gradually.

    We're here if you need us...

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      The tingling and discomfort when kneeling goes eventually . My knees feel normal to me , but I still know they have been replaced . My young granddaughters think it is great fun to check them with a metal detector . 
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      Good to know it goes away eventually...thanks.  Still have one knee to go but I'm waiting until this one is a more distant memory. I've got almost 5 pounds of metal in me (knee, hip, 2 spine fusions)...I'm the TSA's worst nightmare at the airport!!!

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      I'm always aware that I have two TKRs , don't really know why I am so aware because they cause me no problems at all . Perhaps it's because I don't have the knee pain others of my age have . 

       

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      I am aware of my TKR knee at times but usually never even feel it or think about it.  Yes, when I concentrate, it's definitely different from my "real" knee but it doesn't bother me...and yes, it's absolutely wonderful to have all that pain completely gone.  Once the second one gets done, I'll have a matched pair...I'm paying the bill for 45+ years of ice and roller hockey.  Can't escape it...

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      Not a clue.  I paid my insurance deductibles and that was it.  Hospital, doctors, anesthesia, etc. plus 5 days in a rehab joint were all included.  In addition, the initial home PT plus the external PT visits for 10 weeks were all covered.
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      At 7 months post op I have only tiny odd zing in nerves occasionally. Numbness is gone apart from one small spot which was numb before...I think related to previous injury. Feels a bit odd kneeling on it but not uncomfortable. So very pleased! Husband complained he couldn't keep up with me recently on a walk!

      It feels like my own...i was not actually expecting this. Obviously it is different...bit bigger than the other one, and clicks a bit sometimes, but not all the time. I seems to have settled in nicely. When I say it feels like my own, of course it is far superior to the other one which makes horrid sounds, hurts sometimes, and the leg is much weaker. I really don't know how I walked at all before the op!

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