Too much too soon?

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I have been doing very well I am 6 wks tomorrow post right tkr and decided I would try and reduce my meds so dropped everything apart from my anti inflammatory everything was going well until I went to a concert on Sunday night and was standing and rocking to the music I would say dancing but it wasn't quite that lol today my knee is hugely swollen very tight and stiff and my good knee is absolutely killing me. I think I may have been a bit stupid and done too much too soon needless to say am back on my painkillers :-( just worried I have damaged my non operated knee.

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    I don't suppose you have damaged , just over done it . Use ice and elevate to reduce swelling . Does seem brave lol 
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    I know how you feel ..I stopped my meds because of the sickness ..and I went shopping today for the first time 

    now my knee is so swollen I'm sat here with ice pack on and it will be meds before I go to bed 

    it's physio in the morning too ...I may not be able to do it 

    jean 

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    I git really good, did 20 min walk and 30 mins on exercise peddle machine . I did this for 2 days . On the 3rd day everything hurt lol. After 2 days off all fine so I will start again tomorrow .its all trial and error and ice lol.

    pam 14 weeks 

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    I am amazed that you actually managed to do that, it would have been way beyond me at 6 weeks. I wouldn't think you've caused any permanent damage, probably like you said too much too soon, keep taking the tablets and exercise a bit more conservatively for a few days, sounds like both knees could do with a break. Hope they both settle soon

    Deb

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    Thanks guys guess I'm just feeling a bit daft and sorry for myself I guess it's rest for next couple of days x
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    I admire you doing that at 6 weeks! Understandably you're aching! No permanent damage I'm sure. 
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    Possibly you were putting a lot of your weight on the good knee without realising it. I had a lo tof pain in my good knee pre op because of doing this. Just the odd twinge now up and down steps so Im sure it will get better.
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    I understand ... Did the same myself after a spinal fusion in February ... Went down from oxycodone to co-coda mol  .... Boy did I cause havoc for myself. At that point I realised my. GP was the one to help and she was great. I kept a diary of pain score like 5/10 or 7/10, the time and drugs taken. She got me back on track, 

    ice, elevate, walk and rest and take your drugs regularly. In a two three days you should be fine.

    and by the way .... It is 02.07 and this is wake up number two already tonight and looking at my drugs and thinking "what shall I take now?" while my knee is red hot after physio today .. Am four weeks post op and really wondering when on earth I will turn a corner ...

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    H dear Joanne. How well to get this far after just 6weeks I think you were probably a bit too ambitious with the standing and dancing, I think we are all the same wanting to run before we cad walk. I would just go back on your painkillers until every thing settles down and give both knees chance to settle down. Wouldn't think you have harmed your good knee it was probably just compensating your op knee. I am 10 weeks and was only ever on paracetomal . I just take 2 at night now. I am going to my granddaughters wedding next  week but think maybe I will stick to a waltze. Keep up the good work you really have done so well from tucks.
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    Cut down on meds if you can and want to but I aim to continue to use meds as long as I need it for pain of any level. That way I can exercise and use the leg as much as I need to for good recovery without any obstruction. I know everyone's ultimate aim is to get off meds ASAP due to later kidney probs but that will come a d rushing it is not going to Mae it happen sooner. My first TKR was still requiring mild meds at night even at 6 months and I was happy to do it, why be uncomfortable. I am still taking meds at 5 weeks with my second TKR but I am cutting down gradually as the pain level gradually subsides. I take strong meds every 8 hours as opposed to every 4/5 hours which I did at weeks 3 and 4. I have no intention of being in pain. I walk with a bit of a limp and can socialise comfortably for about 4 hours. I don't do a lot more smile Because I'm in recovery. I plan to go back to work at 7 weeks and no doubt I'll still be medicating then but how much and how strong I will let my leg tell me.

    Patience Joanne smile

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    wow amazing i couldnt have even thought of doing all that well done , but slow down you dont want to slow things , i was told that it is really hard to damage your new knee even if you were to fall ( not that i want to try that ) , and remember we all recover at different rates , smile

     

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