Total knee replacement

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I had a TKR on October 4, 2016. Five months later, I am still expericing pain and I cannot bend my knee to reach the 120 range. I am at 115. But there are days that the pain is so bad that I just cannot bend it until I do more than an hour of exercise. I had 50 physical therapy sessions. Has anyone experience this problem with abtotal knee replacement? Thanks J.

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    I had mine on November 1, 2016 and have excruciating pain mostly at night. I'm still on heavy pain meds at night and not sleeping. I'm also scheduled for a TKR on my left knee on April 11. I'm hoping it settles down soon and the next one is better. So I do feel your pain literally.

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      He knows he prescribes the medicine. He thinks it's just because the other is bad and this one was really bad. I have no cartilage in my other knee and the first knee had none either. With all the bone spurs in the first one it was two times bigger then the other. Now they are almost the same and he said it hurts so much because of all the bone that was removed. I will have to believe in him as he looked at it the same day he scheduled the second one. So I'm two and a half weeks away from my second TKR. I'm saying my prayers a hoping this one is easier.

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      Mary - I will pray that your other surgery will be smooth sailing. Sometimes you have problems with one and not the other one. My prayers and the very best for you.
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    Hi j!

    Are you stretching? My PT had me do gentle stretching prior to any exercise I did. This worked GREAT for me and was a MUCH more pleasant experience all the way around!

    Nearly two years post surgery I CONTINUE to stretch throughout the day and night. As I stand in the line at the grocery store I stretch. Before I go upstairs I put each leg on the first step, lean in gently, hold, and repeat. These gentle stretches plus placing my legs straight out on my Ottoman when I am reading or watching TV then flexing my quads REALLY have made a difference for me.

    Do everything slowly and lean into the stretch. This pairs nicely with Yoga stretches, too!

    Wishing you success and NO PAIN!❤️

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    J, see my reply to you in the "How much stiffness do you have?" Discussion.

    May be time for diagnostic testing. Best wishes, Milla

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    I had my TKR on Oct. 19, 2016 and my knee still feels sore around the knee cap, thigh muscles. I take ES Tylenol 1 or 2 as needed and occasionally a half dose of a muscle relaxant. It takes me a few secs to stretch my leg tostart walking after I have been sitting or resting in bed. This is REALLY getting old!!! Ground hog days! I have gone back to modified Pilates and try to do my exercises every day plus ride the stationary bike for 30-40 mins. My bend is 120 and once I got it to 127!
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    Hi

    I'm nearly 14 months post op TKR on right knee.

    It's been a nightmare of a year.

    Now been told I have muscle waistage at the side of my knee and hydrotherapy sessions should help.

    I've had one one to one physio session last week and did a couple of exercises which helped with my balance.

    However, the last two nights the pain in my knee has been constant so I've had only brief snatches of sleep mainly from exhaustion pain or no pain.

    Can anyone tell me what's going on - they keep saying the prosthetic is fine but I'm beginning to wonder if the size was all wrong for me

    Mary

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    My TKR (Left knee) was July 8, 2015.  Massive swelling, went stiff and lots of pain. Had1st manipulation under anesthia (MUA) 8 weeks later and then a 2nd MUA 7 weeks after that. Physical therapy was continious for 17 months after original surgery. Current ROM is about 70 degrees. Still doing daily stretches and still in constatnt pain. 2nd opinion about 12 monts ago was scare tissue is et and only solution is revision surgery (remove this device and replace it) , went for a 3rd opinion and that surgeon went in arthroscopically and attempted to cut the scare tissue to increase ROM. That didn't work pain and swelling continued. Continuing with my daily stretching and strenthening exercises but any progress is slow to nothing. It will be 2 years soon and I am totally exhausted bith physically and mentally.

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      Hi Robert77863-- I am very sorry to hear how much trouble and pain you have gone through since 2015. Especially after the manipulations. My doctor discussed with me a manipulation to be performed at 4 months, I opted not to have it done because I know a few friends that the manipulation and it did not work for them. At 2 months I reached 120 range. Then it fell back to 105 and now is 115. I will continue to do my exercises and stretching and bendin and hopefully one day I will reach 120. That is if I don't have the excruciating pain while bending the knee.

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    I had TKR on 19th May ,on 19th July had to go back to have manipulation and to be on motion machine almost 24 hours, I still am unable to get full bend.Very depressing not used to being out of action, Only have had appointments to see physio every few weeks ! Physio sugested using a gym ball which has been good for loosning up knee just sit on it when watching tv and gently rock back and forth ,you can also use when laying on the bed with both legs pushing and rolling it is suprising what a difference it made. Use ice packs before and after .I found my progress to be slow and frustrating and really worried about returning to work ,but have to have faith that I will get back to normal sometime especially with driving really miss being independant !
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