What was your pain before you needed surgery?

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I had a total patella dislocation of my left knee 2 weeks ago. I relocated it myself. My right patella does this periodically. I have learned to relocate it and I'm fine 30 mins later.

This time, I'm not fine.

I get pains at different places in my knee. I can't fully bend it without getting a shock of pain. I can only lift my leg slightly while laying down. If I go too high my patellar ligament hurts.

I'm getting an x-ray on Tuesday.

My question is:

What did your pain feel like before you needed surgery?

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    Hi Majigutl,

    For me it was constant pain and quality of life. I would go home from work and take an opioid hoping it would still the pain and I would not walk a block even for something I wanted. I'm 9 and 6 months out and so very glad I had tkr's Hope you get good news. Good luck

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    I had very little pain prior to surgery but had tremendous and constant swelling of knee and limited use. I decided to go ahead with the surgery because at the beginning of 2017 I had brief encounters of pain while walking. This pain was severe enough that it literally stopped me in my tracks. Luckily, it subsided. I k ew then this must be the pain everyone one is referring to. I did NOT want to get to the point of being immobile and in constant pain. So, here I am close to 7 months out and things are getting much better and knee doesn't swell up like a balloon lime prior to surgery. Doc said knee was over 70% shot. This has been a hard long and difficult recovery but seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I have hope going forward.

    Wishing you all the best! 

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    I had to involuntarily scream when bone hit bone, gradually creating a "pothole" according the surgeon who replaced my knee.  Before surgery, I managed a stiff, bandage wrapped knee and walk that worked most of the time--drainage for the eventually swollen knee plus a steroid shot to hide the pain.  This went on for a year or two.  My new knee is now almost one year old.  Continual physical therapy but no pain and I can walk to town again.

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