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I had a TKR in November 2018 and had to have a manipulation under anaesthetic in February 2019. My knee is a lot better - I can now bend it and I know it will weight bear because my physio has me doing exercises standing on my operated leg.
My problem is with stairs. I am just about managing to get up the stairs one foot after the other - something I haven't been able to do for years due to the pain. But it's so hard, and my knee aches so much afterwards I get so disheartened.
Coming down is a different matter. I use a step at physio and I'm now able to go straight on and off the other side in a totally natural movement, bending my operated knee. But the stairs are so much deeper than the step, and I just can't bend my knee enough to make it down the stairs - even using a crutch and the handrail, and doing it slowly so I don't fall (which is what scares me).
I'm still in a fair amount of discomfort most of the time, and have stopped taking pain meds as they made me feel nauseous.
Any one else had a similar problem? When you listen to stories of people having TKR, they are back to normal after just 6 weeks.
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