TKR

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I had my first knee done last September, and my second one 14th February this year, I still get a bit of discomfort from the first op, but really pleased with it. The second one is still very painful, I really wish I had not had it done. ( I know in time I will be grateful I had it done)

I have alot of pain try to bend my leg, and if I keep t straight that hurts too. We went out to dinner last night and I felt so embarrassed when I stood up and my knee had gone so stiff it took me a while to be able to walk, again I never had this with my first knee. My G.P has referred me back to my consultant. I am really fed up with it all. Sorry all for the rant. Any advice would be very grateful, I want a normal life back

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    Hi

    Sorry to hear that. I have also had more problems with my second knee replacement. It is like having severe cramp all the time. No sleep at all.

    I can never get comfortable. I do think in time we will see the benefit. But it does seem a long road..mostly I wish I had never had it done. It was before, not too painful. But I had no cartilage at all so it was bone on bone rubbing.

    Feel your pain and frustration. X

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    Hi. I'm no expert as I am only 3weeks post op on my first knee but I think that, having read many blogs, your experience with your first knee was unusually good. What you are experiencing now is more the norm. It's early days and there should be no need to feel embarrassed by stiffness. Be kind to yourself and accept people's sympathy. You are doing really well so don't beat yourself up. Good luck with your continuing recovery. Kim

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    Your experiences are similar to mine for my second op. I have a lot of stiffness from sitting down though my straightening and bending are really good. Embarrassed: those you might have been embarrassed in front of haven’t had what you have had. Keep standing frequently and flexing. Like you too I wish I’d lived with the pain from the second knee but I know that would have been putting off the op till I was, perhaps, a year older and 12 months less fit. Cheers.
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    If you only had this operation in February it is still early days.

    I had TKR 6 years ago.

    It was a long hard road to recovery including the knee been really stiff when I had been sitting for a while but I never got to the stage where I wished I had not had it done.

    Hope you continue to improve.

    Take care and keep in t ouch

    Sarah xx

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    When I'm sitting down for a while (restaurant/movie, etc)  I will bend and extend my leg a few times every 15 minutes. It prevents me from otherwise hobbling when I stand and take the first steps. Without doing the bends and extensions, I'd look and feel a lot worse trying to first stand and walk after sitting.

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    I am 13 weeks from TKR and I agree with the others...you were lucky with your first TKR and now with this knee you experiencing a more "normal" recovery.  If I sit for any length of time my knee will get very stiff.  I make sure I keep moving it.   This recovery is teaching me the true meaning of PATIENCE.  Something I have never had before!  

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    Most of those that have had both done, even as a bilateral will tell you one is diggers t that the other. Eventually they will even out but it ma take awhile and some extra work on the most recent one.
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    Hi Debbie,

    I'm 5 months post op on my second TKR. First TKR (2 years ago) recovery wasn't easy, was normal to good I would say. This one 'seems' slower,I gave exactly the same problem. Sat at a computer yesterday and the initial hobble/stiffness/pain hits, but as soon as I take 10 steps I'm relatively good. Day before Yesterday I explained to my physio, mentioned that when I move it's OK and her advice was to keep doing the exercises, increase walking etc. pretty obvious advice, but I agree with her. She told me to pace my self and build it slowly. I tend to jump in, over do it and suffer.

    I do believe it will come good just taking a bit longer. I am 2 years older, put on some extra weight......

    Overall if I gave my first c recovery a 10/10, based on this stiffness I would give this recovery so far a 9 out of 10. Measured against the original pain and compared to some other unfortunate stories I read here I consider this stiffness a small issue. I think it's early yet, you are roughly 10 weeks post op. I'd say stick with it and you'll get there and don't forget RICE.

    Take care,

    Alan

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      I have read the replies and realised I am doing way to much, I do my housework everyday from top to bottom. I have decided to slow down and not try to run before I can walk.

      I think I am my own worst enemy as I just want my life back to normal. I only had my first knee done 7 months ago. So I have decided to take time out and knit for our new grandchild due August.

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    THANK YOU all for your kind replies, I have realised I am doing far to much, not icing enough and trying to run before I walk. Doing the housework everyday really is not needed as there is only the two of us.

    Best wishes to you all

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