Total knee replacement pain.

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On Feb 16, 2018, I had a total knee replacement on my right knee. In Feb 2019 I started having terrible pain in my right knee. I went back to my ortho surgeon. He had an Xray done and a MRI. Nothing showed up. Over the next 7 months I had steroid shots, physical therapy, and an ablation. Nothing worked. On 8/13/19 I had a revision. I can walk, drive, and do PT. I can't get up and down without having terrible pain. Now I have excruciating pain in my kneecap, ankle, and on both sides of the shinbone. I am absolutely miserable, can't sleep, and can't handle the stress this is causing. Narco is like taking a baby aspirin. My ortho surgeon says it's normal. What are your thoughts?

Thanks so much.

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    Get a 2nd opinion. i had a TKR last november and had many problems. After wearing a brace for 3 months to move my knee cap into place the surgeon said more surgery and i told him i wanted a 2nd opinion. This Monday i have revision surgery with the new surgeon. The knee has to be removed and a new one put in. My leg currently is not straight...leans in and my knee cap need to be moved and has chipped since my first surgery. Im so glad i insisted on a second opinion.

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    You need a second opinion. Find a surgeon who specialises in revisions and has no link to your current surgeon. Good luck.

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    Hi i had a tkr on 31jan2018 everything was fine thn in October 2018 started getting pain just be low knee cap got told in jan 2019 as my tkr was sore n swollen ing it was because of the cold weather.well same thing again i june this year pain stiffness and swelling. Also see a consultant in feb this year xray looks fine he said just told me to bent my leg back when i was sitting on a chair. So i rang the hospital at near the end of june and told them im not happy with the knee replacement got appointment for the 19th july had blod test done n booked in for ultra scan on 2nd aug then seen my consultant on 30th aug. Got the results the ligaments n tendons have not conted tkrp doing physio to help with my mobility and will see my consultant in 2mths time. Also the consultant said there is nothing they can do.

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    I had bilateral knee replacement December 10th, 2018 and have the same type of pain you are talking about. My surgeon told me to stop doing physio and just live life. I have also been doing massage therapy which relieves a lot of that pain because the muscles become so tight that they are pulling on everything, ligaments, muscles, etc. When the muscles are massaged and I do some stretches for the muscle it makes a huge difference.

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    Dear DRILLSERG, so sorry you are going through the same experience as me except i have not had revision. i had tkr Feb 2018. its been a year and a half and it has never felt comfortable or right. Always very stiff and sometimes pain over the year and a half ive had a MUA, 3 rounds of physical therapy( each round from 6-8 weeks) one included auqua therapy. ive received 1 steroid inhection , X-RAYS, and a BONESCAN, both show that the implant is in place- no loosening but possibly soft tissue inflammation. Ive had these tests and the injection AFTER my most recent PT session ordered by my ortho surgeon which was perscribed to work on the IT BAND., WELL, that was a BIG mistake.. My knee after 2 weeks / 3 times a week of therapy has my knee so sore i can barely walk. Im BACK ON A CANE. None of the pain meds given relieve the pain. I have appointment with another ortho physician next week. ive been researching IT BAND syndrome and its very discouraging. Revision is something I'm not interested in but this pain is unbearable. I'll keep you posted on my progress and I wish you luck and hope your revision heals totally.

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      I have IT band syndrome too, but doesn't sound as bad as yours. My physio has been giving me stretches rather than exercises and my surgeon said it could be 18 months to settle. I ice it still most days. A lot of exercising involving stairs just makes it worse I find, so I just do what I can and hope! I can still do my dancing and exercise classes. I'm having the other one done in January!

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    Thanks to everyone who replied to my comment on TKR pain. Since reading your response, I don't feel that I am going crazy and my pain really is real. My hope is that we all have some resolution to our chronic pain. Again, Thank you, Drill Sergeant.

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