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Pins and Needles feeling

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by hollyhobble, Aug 17, 2009.

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  1. hollyhobble

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    I am now 15 months post-op for my bilateral knee replacement and just today am experiencing something strange. My left knee feels as if it's being stuck with pins and needles, on the outside of the leg in particular but extending across the knee-cap. It also feels as if there is a tight band across it and in hurts somewhat when climbing stairs.

    Is anyone experiencing such sensations at 15 months? If so, what remedy might I try? If it doesn't improve or gets worse, I know I need to schedule an appointment with my doctor. The right leg is just fine and basically I am thrilled with the results. This new development is somewhat troubling to me though.

    In the past, I have gotten lots of support and advice and encouragement from those who have gone through the whole adventure so hope someone has some input.

    Thanks.

    Holly
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    I can't help you but send a message to Simon. He has had the same surgery or wait for Jamie or Jo to post and help you. Good Luck. I know after my surgery, my papers that were sent home with me said if that happens to contact the Dr. but my surgery was only 4 weeks ago. Sorry I couldn't help.:sigh:

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    Many times the tingling feeling is related to nerves that are getting reattached. And it certainly can take over a year sometimes for that to resolve itself completely.

    The tightness and pain climbing stairs would seem to be something else, though. Is the pain you feel consistent every time you do stairs or just sometimes? And where exactly does it hurt?
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    I know Im not that far out but as I get feeling back lil at at time I get that feeling..Just sayin...Good Luck...Im glad other then that you doing so well......thanks for posting that far out I like to hear stories...because Im only 5mths....so thanks....Do you still have any numbness in your knee at all?...Good Luck.....:)
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    Simon is a lady! (:)0). Hope you feel better!
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    I would ask your OS if I was you. Never hurts to ask and be safe, not sorry.

    I get the pins and needles and it's nerve regeneration. Do you still have numbness in the knee area? Is so it is probably the nerves reconnecting as Jamie said. Feels funny, but each time I seem to get more feeling back around the knee area.

    Pain in taking stairs may just be swelling, but as stated above, I would ask OS and see. Wouldn't hurt to get it checked out just to be safe side. Peace of mind is priceless!

    Hope you get some answers and relief soon.

    Blessings.
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    This is my current pattern of numbness at 5 months. When it starts to regenerate, it will surely start to get pins and needles.

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    And that tight feeling across the front of your knee is likely an inflamed ligament like the ITB band. Examine what you have been doing lately and ease back on that activity.
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    Thanks for the thoughts, everyone. The knee is better today though it is still a tiny bit numb to the touch, so the regenerating of nerves makes sense. The other tightening and slight pain was probably from overdoing it, going up an down stairs too many times or twisting the knee slightly because I have had houseguests for the past week or so and been up and down dozens of times a day. Both knees do have a slightly numb feeling when I touch them, but if I am just going about the routine, I totally forget about them and the knees have no unusual sensation.

    I will certainly keep track of each sensation and if they are troublesome, contact my OS. Last evening I took some ibuprofen, used my heating pad and slept well and am much bette today.

    So, thanks everyone for your thoughts and input. I am SO glad I live in the era I do or I would definitely have been wheelchair bound by now.

    Holly
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    We can all say a great big AMEN to that, Holly!
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