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  1. Steelergal

    [TKR] Steelergal's Recovery Thread^

    Thanks @Jockette and yes, I've seen Bert's ROM list before. As you mentioned, it's just really hard to read about and see people who are moving right along in their recovery. I'm 46, I should be cruising through this! I was at PT yesterday and there was a guy about my age on the table who is 3...
  2. Steelergal

    [TKR] Steelergal's Recovery Thread^

    My ROM has been hovering around 80 for the last 6-8 weeks. I usually start PT around 78 and then it's between 80-83 by the time she's done with me. Extension is stubbornly staying between 6-8. I know I can't expect everything to be better at once, but there's been no change. My trip didn't...
  3. Steelergal

    [TKR] Steelergal's Recovery Thread^

    Just a quick check in at week 12. Nothing new to report. Still lousy ROM. Still pain and stiffness around my kneecap (I don't know if it's getting any better or if I'm just getting used to it). Still need the cane for long walks. Still annoyed and frustrated. Still trying to be patient. I see...
  4. Steelergal

    2 THR’s and now booked in October for RTKR ...wondering how different it will be ?!

    I just found your thread. Good luck in the TKR in Monday! I’ve also had both hips and one knee replaced. As others have mentioned, the knee has been more difficult for me. Not necessarily more painful, but it’s required more patience. The recovery is slower for sure. But no restrictions like the...
  5. Steelergal

    [TKR] Steelergal's Recovery Thread^

    I talked to the PA today and she said, "Kneecap pain is very common after increased activity, especially hills and stairs, as well as after sitting for long periods (like on a plane) so this is most likely related to your recent trip. I would continue icing, NSAIDs, gentle ROM and relative rest...
  6. Steelergal

    [TKR] POCTDB recovery thread

    Well, I'm afraid the travel has given me quite a setback! I'm working through it and learning patience again! :bored: I'm so glad to hear you're doing well (in spite of long work hours). You've given me a spark of hope that I'll be in a better place in another few weeks!
  7. Steelergal

    [TKR] Steelergal's Recovery Thread^

    Thanks @lovetocookandsew and @FitGal. It helps to have encouragement. I think I will send a note to my OS tomorrow and see if he thinks I need to come in. I don't have another appointment until the 24th and I'm not sure I want to wait that long. I wore my compression sleeve a bit today and that...
  8. Steelergal

    [TKR] FitGal’s Recovery

    I feel the same way! I just wish we weren't experiencing setbacks this week! :headbang:
  9. Steelergal

    [TKR] Steelergal's Recovery Thread^

    Thanks everyone. I hate these types of setbacks because i don’t know if it’s normal or something more serious. I’ve been taking it easy all weekend and there’s no change. How do i know if something is messed up in there? I keep looking at my knee and wondering things like, “did my kneecap look...
  10. Steelergal

    [TKR] Steelergal's Recovery Thread^

    Well, after a really successful vacation with a lot of walking and stairs, Ms. Knee is being difficult again. I'm not sure if it's a delayed result of the exertion from my trip, or if it's all from getting some feeling back in the numb spots, but I feel like I've had a big setback. I'm very...
  11. Steelergal

    [TKR] FitGal’s Recovery

    Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear you've had this setback. And let me tell you, I UNDERSTAND. I also went to PT yesterday for the first time in almost two weeks. But even a couple of days before that, I noticed my knee was sore and stiff. I'm not sure if it's a delayed result of the exertion from my...
  12. Steelergal

    [TKR] Steelergal's Recovery Thread^

    So I've been trying to figure out why I'm feeling more tingling and stinging pain + stiffness around my kneecap (this is a new thing) and I realized that it's because I'm getting feeling back in the part of my knee that has been numb! It's still not totally back, but it's definitely different...
  13. Steelergal

    [TKR] Steelergal's Recovery Thread^

    @luvcats Yes we had amazing weather while in Greece and the view from the Parthenon was incredible. The climb was very slow and steady (even slower on the way back down), but totally worth it! We were lucky to get there very early, so the crowds were manageable. That was worrying me more than...
  14. Steelergal

    [TKR] luvcats recovery box

    Hi @luvcats! I've been catching up on some threads and it sounds like you're doing really well! I'm thrilled to hear the 2nd surgery recovery is going well! I'm still amazing you've had both knees done so close together and hope everything continues to go well as you get ready for Disney! :yay:
  15. Steelergal

    [TKR] Steelergal's Recovery Thread^

    Is it really sad that I was most excited to come home to my ice machine? And then in second place, my own bed. :) Ms. Knee did such a great job on my trip, but is NOT having it today. I've had a ton of stiffness and some new stinging pain at my kneecap. It's ice, elevate, and early to bed tonight!
  16. Steelergal

    [TKR] Steelergal's Recovery Thread^

    Hi @FitGal! We just landed in Newark. The 9 hour flight felt long and my knee/ankle are swollen but not too bad! I still have 2 days of meetings in New York and i take Amtrak home Tuesday afternoon. I’m ready for my own bed and my ice machine! My trip was AMAZING. It was hard and tiring, but...
  17. Steelergal

    [TKR] Steelergal's Recovery Thread^

    Just a quick check in! Ms. Knee is doing really well. Swelling slightly and still stiff but there’s no pain. It’s really amazing how the knee joint itself no longer hurts! Now all the muscles around my knee and in my leg are super sore but that’s to be expected. My only issue is that my ankle...
  18. Steelergal

    [TKR] FitGal’s Recovery

    Glad your flight was ok! My knee and ankles swelled yesterday after we landed but today seemed fine. We walked all over Venice last night and today and my knee and ankle are swelling up a bit again this evening. Ice and elevate more i guess! Have a great trip!
  19. Steelergal

    [TKR] 2 new knees, 3 months apart oy vey

    Yes i wore compression socks on the plane yesterday and my ankles didn’t swell. However my knee swelled a bit (even with ice). Once i landed and took off the socks my ankles did swell but nothing awful. Everything was pretty normal when i got up this morning. My op knee and ankle are a bit...
  20. Steelergal

    [TKR] Steelergal's Recovery Thread^

    Thanks @Didot that is very helpful! Well we made it to Venice. Compression socks really helped my ankles from swelling but Ms. Knee isn’t super happy. I iced quite a bit on the plane but elevation didn’t happen. I just iced more at the hotel and elevated for a while but we’re starving so off we...

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