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I was 51 when I had my TKR, not a decision I made lightly but I was in so much pain & the steroid injections had stopped working. Noone prepares you for the sheer pain after, the sleepless nights & the loss of independence, but it does get easier! I still feel vulnerable, I'm worried about falling over, & lacking in confidence & I feel old & I'm NOT!! I wasn't prepared for the long recovery, my Consultant said 6-8 weeks - misleading, no way was I ready to go back to work, physically or mentally! Tips: I slept in leggings for 12 weeks as my knee was so sensitive to the sheets & I found that more comfortable & could apply ice packs more easily. Ibuprofen gel is my new best friend. It's not a race, everyone heals at a different pace - it's a MASSIVE op. Dermablend (various shades) for the scar, its fab! Flat shoes/low wedges - no heels. Happy to chat to anyone who wants a bit of advice, encouragement, motivation - we've got this!
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