Was doing great after RTKA, but today.. hoo boy!

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So, I'm 11 weeks post RTKA. It has been amazing, truly! I have RA so a lot of my joints are pretty trashed, but my right leg is already my good leg! I'm at 0°-130° and my therapists discharged me four weeks ago. Everything has just been awesome.

Until last night, when I was putting clean sheets on the bed. My husband has a bit of a clutter problem on his side, so places to step are few; I tripped over his laptop cord and had to step hard at some weird angles to keep from falling. It was a little sore last night, along with my left ankle (which doesn't have any cartilage left) but I figured it would be okay this morning.

Nope! It's a solid 6.5-7 on the pain scale with any weight bearing and it refuses to go straight. The pain is focused on the inner back of my knee. This is a new place for it to hurt. I'm forced to use a crutch today (and I hate that!) It's also noticeably more swollen than the other knee.

Has anybody else had a similar problem? I was planning to can dill pickles today, but, well, I think it's a couch day. I can't take nsaids but I did take 5 mg of oxy and 1000 mg acetaminophen, and I'm firing up the ice machine. Hopefully somebody can tell me they also had this happen, and it'll be fine in a day or two!!

Thanks in advance! Hope everyone is having a great day!

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    I would contact your doctor. the fact that its not straight ...you need a professional opinion.

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      I slipped in the stairs about fourteen Weeks after me tkr i cried with the pain I totally bent the knee all the way back. I did think I may of damaged my new knee I phone the hospital and was told to come in and they would xray and check I did just that and all was fine no damage. I am now 16 month on and doing well but it did hurt for quite a while and it knocked me back, like you I was doing really well and then after the fall i felt like I was back at the beginning I do hope you are feeling better it is alot stronger than you think and can take knocks and bumps you will get there takes time. Good luck.

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      Well, I went to see my doc and it turns out I sprained the ligaments along the inner side. 🙁 Not great news, but it will heal. Thank you for your replies! And good luck to you all!

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