When does the burning after tkr end?

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I had right tkr six weeks ago. I am progressing in PT and am back at work. Still wake up every 2-3 hours but at least it's in my own bed. Spent the first three weeks in the lazyboy. We are taking a cruise to Alaska in three weeks and am still experiencing a lot of burning throughout the day, particularly on the outside of my knee and below the knee cap. At what point does this subside. I want to enjoy this trip, it has been on my bucket list for a long time. 

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    Everyone is different, and every TKR is different (I've had 2), but many of us have burning and pain for many weeks.  Sometimes months.  A cruise may be a bit ambitious at 9 weeks, to be honest.

    I hope that you have an easy recovery.

    Patsy

    1st TKR Dec 2012...2nd TKR Sept 2015.

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    Its the nerves waking up and general inflammation post major surgery that causes this burning feeling. Ice will help and i also found massaging arnica cream into burning areas helpful. But it does last a few weeks - think it was about 8 weeks for me before the burning feeling began to recede properly. Hope it resolves in time for you to enjoy your cruise!! But back to work in 6 weeks?????? That seems far far too soon??
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    Thanks tess94652. Yes ice helps and I have been using Arnica since the first week. Weekly massages have been a godsend. I don't know how people recovery without them. Work is ok, I can ice with my feet up whenever I need to, or nap. It's a good gig. I have three more weeks til the cruise so I am hopeful things will calm down more by then. 
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    Fifteen weeks, and although the burning pain in the thigh had subsided for a couple of weeks, it's back now. . .so it is a biu of see saw recovery  Hope you enjoy your cruise. . We've done 27, all over the world, and it's a great way to see new places with the minimum of effort!  Provided you don't get any really rough weather, I think you'll be able to enjoy it, as it can be as relaxing or as energetic as your knee will allow!
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    We won the cruise just b4 I went into the hospital. Wasn't about to turn it down. Even if I sit and watch ten scenery it will be perfect
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      If it's one of the new huge ships, you'll get your exercise walking from your cabin to the dining room!  Last cruise I was on was before the TKR, nd it was a real struggle!  Cabin was right in the stern, and dining room was right in the bows!  what a great win . . !  Ialways sleep better on a ship than at home so perhaps you'll get somemore sleep than usual . . 
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      Yeah, off for five weeks from work, work for a month and then go on vacation. Boss wasn't happy but oh well. I have the time so they cant say no. 
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    I had both knees done 8 weeks ago and I am farther on the road to recovery. Still get up at night, but not as often as when 6 weeks. Still have the annoying knee ache on outside and below knee cap. Would I travel far in  9 weeks. My guess is much will be ok and some u will wish u were home. I would not want to fly far. Also, if a lot of walking, u will get a bit tired.

    then again, I am judging that I had both legs done. Good. Luck. Take an ice bag. smile

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    The cruise sounds lovely! I bet you have a great time.  Obviously you'll have to take your knee with you but so long as you take your rehab routine too I expect you'll be fine. You can do your exercises and some walking on the boat and it will be straightforward to get some ice packs chilled by the crew I am sure.  So long as you take painkillers with you it will be a beautiful change of scenery.
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