Tkr short term pain

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Hi everyone 

I’ve had a tkr 9 days ago and basically the pain level is not getting any better I have achieved thus far a 90deg bend in my leg and can walk relatively easily with both crutches,I’m trying to do all the expertise’s 3 to 4 times per day but am struggling a bit. Is it normal at this stage to have that sort of discomfort whereby no matter where you have leg when resting ( elevated) you just can’t find a comfortable spot. And secondly it seems to me that the pain through my leg is considerable.

does the pain reduce say after 14 days or does it continue for 4wks before overall pain reduces.

im on 5mg endone every 6hrs  with a couple of panadol.

i would appreciate any feedback 


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  • Posted

    Nine days and your typing coherently on a computer?  Really?  At that point, all I was doing was drooling on my pajamas.  Congrats.

    The pain will be bad, but decreasingly so, for the first 30 days...some people have that extended to 60.  Everyone's different.  The first few weeks are just hell on earth.  All you must do is manage the pain correctly with your doc.  Sometimes that involves a switch in meds, dosages and/or the number of times a day you take the meds.  It's very trial and error until you achieve a good balance.

    But even then, there's still the background pain that only goes away in time.  You just have to manage the pain and let that time pass.  There's no magic bullet for this.  It's the most brutal of all surgeries and you just have to endure it.  One strategy is to take your mind off the pain.  Check out this great article...

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    Hi Neil, sorry your hurting so much. You are still really early in the recovery phase. I'm 8 weeks out and still in a good amount of pain when I over do it. Make sure to do your stretches but don't over do it. Take it easy, you've gone through a major surgery and you need to baby that knee. Take your pain meds, ice your knee, bend it as much as you can tolerate, elevate it as often as you can, and rest it. The pain will get better but it will take time and patience.

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