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I am 9 weeks post TKR and was doing ok. This morning I woke up and my back hurts really bad and my foot is killing me too (Planter fasciitis) which I have had before. Anyhow, it has been really hard for me to do my  exercises. I did them this morning and then this afternoon I did some of them. I'm thinking about skipping the 3rd set I usually do because I think it's just going to cause me more pain. Do you think it's bad to skip?

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    Agreed.  When you overdo it, all sorts of crappy things can happen.  Swelling is usually the first, but not only indication.  Back off, stabilize, restart at a lower level and then increase.  Remember, there are advances, setbacks and plateus...all normal.  This is NOT a linear process.
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    I was just going to post!!! I am just over 4 weeks post TKR. It has been a hellish ride. The last three nights the plantar fasciitis in my other foot keeps me up. I wrapped my foot in ace today, no improvement. I also have backache and my left elbow is raw from the continuous pressure point of getting in position. I wear a cut-off sock on it. And struggling with severe constipation despite trying everything.

    I can't handle all this on top of my knee!

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      If you are taking hydrocodone (Vicodin, Norco), you might consider switching to oxycodone (Percocet).  HYDRO is codeine-based and has documented constipation side effects; OXY provides the same pain relief without the constipation.  Source: National Institute of Health.  Ducolax also helps.

      Try Voltaren Gel (RX in USA).  Second best topical pain reliever on the planet. Waaaay better than anything OTC. 

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      Can't take Percocet. I do prune juice, prunes on top of Dulcolax or Senna. I got the Dulcolax suppositories. I am nervous but going to do it after I am done here. Dulcolax gives me really bad cramps and I keep feeling like I am going to faint. I am seeing the doc on Thursday will get script for Voltaren. Hopefully, if he doesn't like it he won't prescribe it. Going to get some Salonpas for my back

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      You too! I can't wait to only have all of this a memory! I am going to ask if my doc can possibly do a cortisone shot in my foot on Thursday. Hubby picked up some Salonpas for back and Bengay for calf and shoulders. So I am smelly, dressed funny and crabby (from pain).

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    Hello I am also nine weeks, same thing happened to me. I am continuing to do the sitting and laying down exercises plus 20 min day on stationary bike. I am scheduled for my other tkr on Feb 17. I have started a wrapping my foot, google it, it does help support it while it heals. After shower I blow dry iy, wrapping can last about three days each time. Also get some inserts. Just store bought if you don't have them already. Make sure your shoes fit like a glove. Never ever go barefoot, even to the loo at night. Slip on something. Best wishes to you, I feel your pain!

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    I ordered a foot brace which you wear for plantar fasciitis at night. I also iced my heel tonight for 30 min. I am up right now from pain the knee and icing it, but when I went to bed I put in thick socks and left my feet outside the covers. I think with sleeping on my back since the surgery the heavy covers' bending of my toes and foot in an unnatural manner has aggravated the plantar fasciitis.

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