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Hi folks. It's been interesting reading this forum - thanks for all the contributions.
There has been some mention of my specific problem some months ago on here but rather than resurrect that I thought it may be useful to start a new specific thread.
Im 56 yo male. 16 days post-op of left TKR. Operation went well. Had epidural and when that wore off pain was off the chart and after about 5 hours waiting eventually got some oxycodone which helped.
I had significant swelling and bruising BELOW my knee - on my shin, calf and foot - much more than the average displayed on a search on Google images for TKR.
I was discharged after 3 days as once pain under control I was managing to exercise and got 90 degrees and leg raises and as knee itself wasnt cause of any undue pain they were happy to let me go.
Swelling remained at discharge. I was told to take self injected Fragmin as precaution for DVT which made the swelling even worse...and the pain with it significant. I went back for a scan to see if there were any indications of a clot but that was inconclusive as the leg was so swollen the scan wouldnt go deep enough so DVT doctor increased dosage of DVT drug to treatment level (as opposed to precautionary dose)
Wow...that made my leg swell even more...and pain increased again.
Oxycodone didnt touch it. So after second dose I made decision to stop taking it....and slowly the swelling came down over following days....and I actually managed to get 2 hours sleep. (Have since had another scan which was negative for clots - so yes, I know not following orders to take Fragmin is definitely not advised - but it was my decision)
It left me with some reduced swelling on my lower leg but that is now very hard and VERY tender to touch and constantly uncomfortable. The skin on my shin resembles sunburn....like the worst case I ever had.
The original post which prompted mine suggested their GP prescribed Neurontin...and following a phone call with my GP he agreed to let me try it....and it came in form of gabapentin. It certainly worked and took the pain away from the sunburn....or rather reduced it to bearable levels.
I cant get in to see my GP until Friday. Whilst the gabapentin is dealing with the pain nothing is being done to treat the condition.
Has anybody else had this? Did you find a cure?
Im supposing the excessive swelling has done some damage to circulation or nerves and that it will sort itself out, hopefully, eventually, but its really stopping me doing any advanced exercises I wanted to do. I can walk half a mile with sticks....yay it's sooo good to get out in fresh air but wanted to work more on flexing my knee sooner rather than later..
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