Total knee replacement issues

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Hi I had my first tkr on Mar 28 of this year and recovered quite quickly without problems, I had my 2nd knee replaced on June 1 so I'm 7 weeks post op and have had nothing but problems. Started with my hamstring so had to be put on muscle relaxers with painkillers but I've really had no relief and I'm still in do much pain. Is this normal? Night time sleeping is not as easily as daytime and I'm worried there is maybe something wrong with the hardware and another surgery might have to happen. Dr says all is normal but family and friends don't get it that im still in so much pain and also I don't have a big appetite most of the time. Am I crazy thinking I should feel much better at this point?

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    Each surgery is different -- even when it is two knees on the very same body! My two experiences were very different from one another.

    IF you have no fever, no infection, your issue may be with the soft tissues which are their own story compared to the knee replacements. Ligaments, nerves, muscles play very different games than joints and bones do!

    Maybe a second opinion?

    Please let us know how things go for you.

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      Hi cheryl. Thank u so much for responding I thought it was me going crazy. Thankfully I have no infection or fever. I'm going to see the specialist on thurs and see what he says. I will let u know and thanks again

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    Hi cookie. It is amazing to me that you had your first tkr a week after me, without any issues. Pain had been my companion all along. And hamstrings and nerves and muscle pain and having to stretch every half an hour is my new notmal. Sounds like you were very fortunate with your first and now the second is just doing what replaced knees do. Stir the hell outta us! I too lost so much of my appetite! My body is so lean. Shape has changed. If I did not know better, I'd think I went to the Twilight Zone and came back "different". If you are worried, get a second opinion. It all sounds pretty normal to me. X

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      Hi Lyn. Thanks for responding wow so u can relate timewise to me that's good. The specialist did say that I got off early with my first knee when I saw him 2 weeks after the 2nd knee and that what I'm experiencino is quite normal but to me it just seems so odd I'm still in do much pain and not a lot of improvement and of course the more I listen to family and friends the more I'm doubting myself. I got back to see him on thurs. They put me on muscle relaxers cause of my hamstring and of course still on painkillers..r u still on painkillers too?

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      Hi cookie! YES! I am on 5mg Norspan patch, a 100mg celebrex anti inflammatory, 2 x 15mg codeine and paracetamol twice a day. My pain is not as bad as earlier on but I have an ally! My sister has had 3 joints replaced and she says no one can understand unless they have experienced it! NO ONE has any idea unless they've been there! Pls just keep doing what exercises you can, medicate when necessary and we will get through this! Many others have! It's a test of our tenacity. Don't worry about having to take pain killers. There will come a time when we will not need them! X

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      You are experiencing what most of us have so be kind to yourself and keep on moving forward! Hugs from Sydney! We will be heaps better real soon! I truly believe this after reading some of the positive recoveries after 6, 9 and 12 months. Just a matter of time! X
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    Every tkr is different and every leg heals at its own pace. Be patient.
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    I am 17 weeks and still experiencing pain and stiffness. Healing takes a long time.
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